Where to find good live music in Waikiki?
Different places are always having live music and entertainment, especially on weekends or during happy hours! Two of my favorite spots that have nightly live music are the Irish Rose, and Jazz Minds Honolulu. The Irish Rose is a local dive bar with darts, no cover, and cheap drinks! The bands play mostly rock music, but don’t be afraid to request a song, and have fun on the dance floor! Jazz Minds Honolulu is a hidden gem, located at 1661 Kapiolani Blvd. They offer plenty of delicious pupus, drinks, and even a sit-down sushi bar. They have live music 6 nights a week, including jazz, funk, local, and R&B music. Check out their website at jazzhonolulu.com. Some other great places for live music are Mai Tai Bar, Arnolds Beach Bar, Amuse Wine Bar, Tropics Ale House, The Deck, Hawaiian Brians, and Vintage Cave Café. Another website that offers a live music calendar is, https://www.livemusichawaii.com/. Hope this helps!
One of my favorite places to catch live music is at the Kani Ka Pila Grill at the Outrigger Reef Resort on Waikiki. This restaurant/bar serves lunch, dinner, pupu’s, and drinks all day starting from 11:00am in a relaxed, open-air setting next to the pool.You’ll be able to hear a rotating selection of the best Hawaiian traditional and contemporary musicians there nightly from 6-9pm. If you’re lucky, you might even catch some very good hula dancers joining in as they often get called up to the stage by the band!
@t.allen231 Thanks for all the info & link. Is Irish Rose the one you can smoke at? We have a smoker in our group and we heard that there is an Irish bar that sem-allows smoking. Mahalo!
Thanks @gerilynntravels! Can you watch a sunset from Kani Ka Paila Grill? What’s the best place in Waikiki for hula show + sunset? Thank you so much for the info, we’re really excited!!!
While you cannot watch a sunset from the Kani Ka Pila Grill, check out the Reef Bar & Market Grill in the same resort. The bar/restaurant is as close to being on the beach as possible on Waikiki. It’s another one of our favorite spots to take guests because of the view and the proximity to the sand. A big bonus is that you can wander onto the sand directly outside to watch the fireworks every Friday night. Make sure to get a reservation at the restaurant in that case, and get to the bar early as seats fill up fast.
Check out the free and very good quality Kuhio Beach hula show on Waikiki every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evening starting at 6:00pm. Again, seating fills up fast, so arrive early.