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Oahu nightlife

Nightlife in Oahu holds many of the same temptations—sexy bars, nightclubs, and shows—as urban beach spots like Rio and Miami. The Sheraton Waikiki's Hanohano Room, a glass-box restaurant, bar, and nightclub with 360-degree views, has been the live music and dancing hot spot since the 1970s (their monthly Skyline party is not to be missed). In contrast, ThirtyNineHotel in Chinatown (the heart of Honolulu's art world), opened its doors only a few years ago, attracting DJs from around the globe and Honolulu's fashion set. Now Waikiki and Chinatown are locked in a classic uptown vs. downtown battle for Oahu nightlife dominance. Don't worry about choosing sides: Just decide what kind of mood you're in and what kind of music you'd like to hear. Beauty queens bounce to Top 40 in Waikiki, while bohos bop to acid jazz in Chinatown. Surfers, meanwhile, congregate at Haleiwa Joe's on the North Shore and Duke's in Waikiki (though to be honest, true surfers can't afford to eat or drink at either regularly). And for the budget conscious, there's always Sunset on the Beach, a free outdoor Sunday movie at the Honolulu Zoo end of Waikiki Beach.

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Thirtyninehotel, Honolulu

There's Chinatown by day—a loud, bustling, pungent open market—and then Chinatown by night, populated by young hipsters who seem more Tokyo or New...more

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Sunset on the Beach, Honolulu

Visitors often wonder about the 30-foot screen on Waikiki Beach at the spot known as Queen's Surf, across Kalakaua Avenue from the Honolulu Zoo parking lot...more

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RumFire, Honolulu

Although the legendary Hanohano Room on the 30th floor of the Waikiki Sheraton has closed, this open-air restaurant and chill-out lounge on the beach has more...more

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Nightlife at the Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu

You've got two pretty great nightlife options at the Sheraton Waikiki: The Hanohano Room, on the 30th floor and surrounded by glass walls, is a restaurant and...more

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La Mariana Sailing Club, Honolulu

Luckily, no ambitious impresario has ruined this authentic tiki bar and restaurant, untouched since it opened in 1957 (balloon-fish lanterns have become so...more

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Hawaii Theatre, Honolulu

This beautiful old theater, a hub of entertainment since 1922, is still the place to go to catch live performances. The nightly shows range from big-name indie...more

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Haleiwa Joe's, Haleiwa

This North Shore standard with great sunset views over the harbor is a hub for local thirtysomething surfers, who come to sit at the bar and order pupus...more

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Doraku Waikiki, Honolulu

Waikiki is striving to become the new South Beach, so it's fitting that Kevin Aoki chose it as the location of his outpost of Lincoln Road sushi mainstay...more

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