Where to Find the Best Happy Hour in Waikiki

There are few things that bind people more than the ritual of after-work drinks. Whether you’re in California or Delaware or Germany, the phrase “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” resonates with just about everyone. In Hawaiʻi, the expression “pau hana” is often interchanged with “it’s happy hour” and translates to “work is finished.” It refers to a conscious decision to leave any worries behind and enjoy free time. The essence of “pau hana” encourages visitors to put down their phones and relax in the company of others over drinks and pupus (appetizers). Here are some of the top spots in Waikiki to get your pau hana on.

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Some of the best eats for great prices can be found at Doraku. Fill up on mouth-watering sushi, chicken wings, ribs and vegetable dishes. But we prefer the sushi, and it’s best chased down with a few $6 lychee martinis! Open daily 11am to 10:30pm with 4-6pm happy hours.dorakusushi.com

mahina and sons Waikiki
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Mahina and Suns

Ed Kenny and team know how to create a there, there, and they certainly have with Mahina and Suns in the heart of Waikiki with really good food and nightly live music. Be sure to get a selfie in front of the ‘Wish You Were Here’ pool. Open daily 8am to 9pm with happy hours 5:30pm to 7:30pm. mahinaandsuns.com

Maui Brewing Co
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Maui Brewing Co.

Location, location, location … and really good beer. Done. Open Monday through Thursday 3:30pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30am to 11pm, and Sunday 11:30am to 10pm.  mbcrestaurants.com

Photo: @rumfirewaikiki


For that “I’m on vacation” vibe, head to RumFire. You can pair their tasty appetizers (like pork & shrimp lumpia or wok-fried miso shishito peppers) with one of their inventive cocktails. Open daily 11am to 10pm. Happy hour is every day 3pm to 5pm. rumfirewaikiki.com

Sky Waikiki
Photo: @skywaikiki

Sky Waikiki

An incredible view, duck pizza and a cocktail — this spot’s for you. Open daily 4pm to 10pm. Happy hours 5pm to 9pm. skywaikiki.com

happy hour Waikiki
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You won’t find a better spot to get views of Diamond Head. This newly renovated hotel has a nice open-air restaurant that owns its name — it’s a big open air deck. Happy hour offers 50% off beers, wines by the glass and a selection of cocktails and $10 appetizers. Open Monday through Friday 7am to 10am and 3pm to 10pm, and Saturday and Sunday 7am to 2pm and 3pm to 10pm. deckwaikiki.com

hideout at the laylow cocktail waikiki
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The Hideout at the Laylow

This retro chic, open-air restaurant is located in the newly renovated Laylow Hotel. Happy hour offers $5 beers, $7 liquors, $8 glasses of wine, and a $12 mai tai. Some delicious bites are available for $10 to $15. Enjoy the fire pits, live music and good vibes. Happy hour is daily 4:30pm to 6:30pm. hideoutwaikiki.com

yardhouse Waikiki
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This taphouse has a massive selection of beers, and the daily happy hours offers half-off selected appetizers and pizzas, as well as $2 off beer, wine, spirits and cocktails. Yardhouse has a cozy pub vibe with a food menu that tries to compete with their large beverage selection. Open every day 11am to 11:15pm.  yardhouse.com

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