Where to Find the Best Happy Hour on the North Shore

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 on the North Shore to get your pau hana on.
Banzai Sushi Bar
Photo: Banzai Sushi Bar

Banzai Sushi Bar

Voted one of Oahu’s best by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser four years in a row, Banzai prides itself in offering the local community and visitors alike some of the finest sushi the islands have to offer. By partnering with local fishermen and North Shore organic farmers, Banzai combines fresh fish with seasonal produce to serve unique quality sushi. Happy hour is Monday to Thursday from 4pm to 5pm with a selection of $5 drinks and $5 handrolls. Love sake? Then stop by on Sunday for the Sake Sunday special! During Covid times, Banzai is open daily from 12pm to 9pm. Happy Hour is Monday through Thursday 4pm to 5pm. banzaisushibarhawaii.com

Photo: Breakers

Breakers Restuarant

Opened in 2003, Breakers is a sports bar and restaurant where you can enjoy both local fare and classic American dishes while catching your favorite game. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with happy hour specials available every day from 4pm to 7pm. During Covid times, Breakers is open 8am to 8pm Monday through Thursday, 8am to 10pm Friday through Sunday. Happy hour is still every day 4pm to 7pm. breakersnorthshore.com

Photo: Cholos


This Mexican restaurant is ready to shake up some speciality margaritas for you! Cholo’s has been a popular tourist destination on the North Shore for almost 20 years. Happy hour is Monday to Friday from 4pm to 6pm with $6 margarita specials, $1 off draft beers, and $10 nacho special of the day. During Covid times, Cholo’s is open Monday to Friday 11:30am to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 9pm. Happy hour is Monday through Friday 4pm to 6pm. cholos.mx

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Photo: Maya’s Tapas & Wine

Maya’s Tapas & Wine

This hip spot is a chef-owned-and-operated local favorite, with an inside bar that peeks into the open kitchen and plenty of fresh air seating on the front deck. The menu features dishes Spanish and Mediterranean style dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. The service is fantastic and the cocktail, beer and wine menu is on point. During Covid times, Maya’s is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch 12pm to 4pm and for dinner 4pm to 9pm. On Sundays, Maya’s offers drive-thru BBQ from 3pm until they are sold out. Closed Monday. Happy hour is Tuesday to Saturday 4pm to 5pm. mayastapasandwine.com

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Photo: Roy’s Beach House

Roy’s Beach House

Located right on the breathtaking Kuilima Cove, the restaurant is a casual yet upscale alternative for resort guests, residents and visitors. The concept and design for the new 140-seat open-air restaurant are a reflection of Roy’s love for white sandy beaches and the ocean. turtlebayresort.com

The Point Sunset & Pool Bar​
Photo: The Point Sunset & Pool Bar

The Point Sunset & Pool Bar

Poolside at the Turtle Bay Resort is open to the public. Open daily with nightly entertainment, here at The Point restaurant, you will experience one of the most dramatic sunsets in all of Hawai‘i while surfers flock to catch some waves in the day’s final rays. turtlebayresort.com

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