Where to Find the Best Happy Hour on Oahu

It’s always five o’clock somewhere, and in Hawaii the best part about happy hour is the great deals on tasty pupus (a.k.a. appetizers) and tropical cocktails. This time is often associated with pau hana (translates as “done with” “work”). And for anyone traveling from the US mainland, the timing is basically dinner time, win-win. Check out our favorite places for happy hour on Oʻahu.

Photo: bevyhawaii.com


675 Auahi St., Honolulu

This hip  little joint offers a cozy vibe inside and an urban corner seat outside.  Located in the up and coming Kakaako neighborhood, this ocean-friendly bar and restaurant has a team of bartenders who know how to concoct, shake and stir it. The happy hour is just as bangin’ as the music. Be sure to walk around the neighborhood to check out the graffiti art from this year’s Pow Wow. Happy hour is Tuesday through Thursday 5pm to 7pm. Regular hours are Tuesday through Thursday 5pm to 9pm, and Friday and Saturday 5pm to 12am.  Closed Sunday and Monday. bevyhawaii.com

Encore Saloon
Photo: @encoresaloon


This little mezcal bar has a gorgeous open-air back patio for enjoying your drinks and eats. The street tacos pair perfectly with their creative tequila drinks. They also serve beer, wine and other bites as well. This is the perfect spot to throw back a couple after a long day of being outside on the beach. Open Tuesday through Friday 12pm to 10pm, Saturday 2pm to 10pm. encoresaloon.com

Photo: @otwhawaii

Off The Wall Craft Beer & Wine

At Off the Wall, you’re the bartender! Choose from a rotating selection of 24 kocal craft beers, red & white wines, and ciders … and pour your own glass from the innovative, self-serve drink wall. Chef Jose Ramos has crafted a South American-style tapas menu. Open Monday to Wednesday 11am to 10pm, Thursday to Saturday 11am to 11pm, and Sunday 9am to 9pm. offthewallhawaii.com

Photo: @paihonolulu


Pai opened its doors in downtown Honolulu in 2017. Chef Kevin Lee has a background of working at Michelin star restaurants as well as being a former food scientist. His cuisine is as innovative as it is delicious. Dinner service is a bit high end, but worth it. Be sure to check out the bar, where you can watch the professionals do their thing as you enjoy the fruits of their labor. Open 4pm to 10pm Wednesday through Sunday. Happy hour is 5pm to 6pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. paihonolulu.com

The Surfing Pig
Photo: @thesurfingpighawaii

The Surfing Pig

The Surfing Pig Hawaiʻi is the 4th restaurant from Kono’s Restaurant Group, opened in early 2018. Also known as “Kono’s sexy big sister,” it is the first of its kind. Nestled in the heart of the Upper Kaimuki, its flavor is Americana with a bold, local twist. The interior design celebrates modern surf culture. Open for brunch Monday through Friday 11am-2pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm. Dinner hours are Monday through Thursday 4pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday 4pm-11pm, Sunday 4pm-10pm. Happy hour is Monday to Friday 4pm to 5:30pm. thesurfingpighawaii.com

Photo: @workplayhi


WorkPlay is Kakaako’s newest lounge, a place where great ideas start over cocktails and are perfected over coffee. Enjoy half-off wines by the bottle every Wednesday, stop by Sunday mornings for NFL games at 10 am (in season), and check out nightly live music featuring local Hawaiian artists in the “Artist’s Living Room.” The menu is Mexican-inspired, but they also have salads, prime rib, and surf ’n’ turf. Open daily 11am to 12am. workplayhi.com

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