Oahu Bars & Nightclubs Memorialized

A reader recently commenting on the ‘Oahu Eateries Memorialized‘ post mentioned some really old school Honolulu nightclubs, that those of you who remember them may have quite the story to tell… or keep hidden and buried deep in the closet! Therefore, let’s now create a master list of bygone bars & nightclubs on Oahu (Hawaii).

This alphabetically organized list* shall include ALL nightclubs & bars who have come and gone on Oahu, including restaurants that “moonlighted” as nightclubs, as well as those catered to alternative lifestyles, and adult entertainment. That in mind, please keep your comments PG-13 rated.

Again, like the ‘Oahu Eateries Memorialized‘ and ‘Oahu Eateries 50+ Club‘, this list is dynamic, intended to be contributed and modified by readers such as you! If you have any suggestions, additional information (location details, type of music, clientele, decor, notable club events) or corrections that need to be made, please leave them in comments or private eMail, and they will be kindly edited into the list.

Oahu Bars & Nightclubs Memorialized

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Aku Bone Lounge and Grill – Kona St., Kaka’ako / Bar, Karaoke and live music, pupus / currently
Alley Cat – Nuuanu Ave, Hotel Street area / 60s era; pass some time with Kitty and Ruby *contributed by Jim
Aloha Beer Company (a.k.a. Aloha Beer Hall) – Nimitz Hwy., across Gentry Pacific Center (next to the former Sam Choy’s BLC) / Microbrewery featuring locally crafted beers by Dave Campbell; sports bar and (very large, contemporary, spacious) lounge, featuring live music and private functions / currently not open for business (sign is still there, however closed since July 2012)
Angles – Kuhio and Seaside Ave., Waikiki / gay bar / currently Lojax
Anna Bannana’s – Beretania St., Mo’ili’ili / biker bar, live music & dancing / currently
– Top of the Ilikai, Waikiki / features / currently Sorento’s
Aquarium Bar
– Ala Moana Shopping Center, under escalator, behind Muntz Stereo / bar *contributed by “Kona” Wally C.
Atlantis – Pacific Beach Hotel, Waikiki / opened in 1979 and rivaled the nearby Point After; 80’s club / currently *contributed by Bryan Nakamura
Baba Louie’s  -Waipio Gentry / Brudda Noland, Kata Maduli and the gang played there during the mid-to-late 80’s / currently Nancy’s Kitchen *contributed by DHTD
Bambooze Sports Lounge – Waikiki Gateway Hotel, Waikiki / formerly Nick’s Fishmarket; sports bar, also featuring pub grub, billiards and dancing
Black Angus
– Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / Tony Tam Sing would jam there / currently *contributed by A.T.
Black Diamond, The
– Waikiki Trade Center, Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / hip-hop genre / previously Fashion 45/Maze / currently
Black Orchid, The
– Restaurant Row / opened by Tom Selleck and Larry Manetti of ‘Magnum P.I.’ fame; restaurant by day, club by night / eventually became World Cafe; currently
Beef ‘n Grog
– Kalakaua Ave. (makai), Waikiki / Burgundy Express, Greenwood, Asian Blend, The New Experience bands performed there / currently
Biggie’s Nut Shell
– Oneawa St., Kailua / An icon in Kailua where all the “heavies” used to hang out *contributed by Jimmy Barberino
Black Cat, The  – Hotel at or near Richards; across from the Armed Services “Y” / bar whiskey was $0.25 / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
Blaisdell Hotel Courtyard
  – downtown Honolulu / Sons of Hawaii, Sandwich Isle Band performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
Blue Tropix
– Kapiolani Blvd., Ala Moana area / monkey bar / currently razed
Blue Goose
– Mo’ili’ili / popular hang out for UH students; Jon & Randy played there / currently *contributed by KeithF & A.T.
Blue Kangaroo – Waialae Ave., Kaimuki / live music / late night “animal night” (off-color songs) / currently *contributed by KeithF
The Blue Note
– Kalakaua Ave. (a bit mauka of Kapiolani) / eventually, Forbidden City moved there / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
Blue Sea Lounge – Kapiolani Blvd. / features/ currently *contributed by DaSauceMan
Blue Velvet Lounge – Waikiki,Kuhio Ave / had a piano bar / currently *contributed by KeithF
Blue Oyster – Kuhio Ave., next to Scruples / features *contributed by Tappy
Blue Zebra – Restaurant Row (adjacent to Sunset Grill), Kaka’ako / Opened by Kail, who also opened Pink Cadillac and Pink’s Garage; dance club that attracted the younger hip-hop crowd; a “certain” waitress who worked there was the love of Pomai’s life (or so he thought) / closed to become Mystique, currently a bank *contributed by Ivan
Bobby McGee’s Conglomeration – formerly located in what is currently Lotus Honolulu (an Aqua Resort), in front of San Souci, across Kapiolani Park / THE club to be at for the younger crowd (20’s) during the mid to late 80’s; staff dressed in cabaret: attractive bartenders wore suspenders, while the attractive female servers wore a Tuxedo top and black short-shorts with black nylon stockings; porcelain toilet bowl logo drinking glass / currently
Boyd’s – Ground floor of the Alexander Young Hotel, makai side / bar / currently *contributed by Linkmeister
Brandy’s – Stadium Mall / Starting from the late 80’s, was a local watering hole/dart enthusiast’s hang out. Had a lot of dart boards, supplies, etc.; pretty good pupus, typical bar fair; used to hold dart leagues there along with other pub style locales like “Elephant and Castle” “contributed by Jay
Brew Moon – Ward Center, Kaka’ako / microbrewery restaurant & bar / currently
Brown Derby, The – Nuuanu, near Beretania / heard Louis Armstrong here; the owner got into a bit of legal trouble, something about heroin / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
Bullwinkle’s – Puck’s Alley, University Ave./Mo’ili’ili area / Before Moose McGillicuddy’s, they were named “Bullwinkle’s”. Some kind of lawsuit  with the cartoon moguls forced the owners to change the name to Moose McGillicuddy’s. *contributed by Jimmy Barberino
Cane Knife Room – The bar located within Ciro’s on the Mauka side of Hotel Street, in the middle of the block between Bishop and Fort Street / The bar was a popular after work spot for the downtown business crowd *contributed by Jonathan Roberts
Canterbury Place Lounge – Ena Rd. & Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki / circa 1970’s; Nueva Vida with Pauline Wilson (of Seawind fame) performed there / currently
Canton Puka – International Marketplace, Waiklp club / currently a tattoo parlor
Captain Nemo’s – location / features / current *contributed by Catherine “Cathi” Bell
Celebrity’s Bar & Grill – Algaroba/McCully / “Celebrity’s Bar and Grill” (CBG for short) was started by the former managers of “Steel Wings” in the Ilikai; Mackey and Malani played there back in the day; opened after “Steel Wings” closed; VIP card was a brass keychain fob. Pretty classy; $2 Kamikaze’s (7up back) *contributed by A.T. & Jay
C’est Si Bon – location / Greenwood & Power Point bands performed there / currently
Charley’s Bar – Koko Marina / features / features / currently Zippy’s *contributed by DaSauceMan
Cheerleader’s – Moanalua Shopping Center / features / currently *contributed by DaSauceMan Cheerleaders (moanalua shopping center)
Chi Chi’s – Westridge Plaza, Aiea / Mexican restaurant by day, club by night / currently
Chico’s Pizza – Waialae Ave & St. Louis Dr, Kaimuki / pizza, fried chicken ‘n potato wedges; popular watering hole (cheap beer, big place) for UH students back in the late 70’s to early 80’s / currently City Mill *contributed by John B
Chuck’s – Pearlridge / Kaeo performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
Chuck’s – Manoa / features / currently *contributed by A.T.
Cilly’s – McCully and Ala Wai Blvd., just before Jack-in-the-Box on Kalakaua ave/ hip-hop crowd; closed doors some time in the early 90’s / currently Tatoolicious (a tattoo parlor)
Classic Cat – Sheridan St., behind where is now the Koreamoku Walmart / gentlemen’s club featuring “shower shows”; photography was allowed; live DJ / currently
Climber’s Paradise – Location / features / *contributed by Jion Wansu
Clouds, The – Kapahulu / gay bar, however straights went there too, especially on New Year’s Eve to marvel at the drag queens / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
Club Arirang – Ala Moana area / hostess bar / currently
Club by Me – Mo’ili’ili / gentlemen’s club / currently
Club C-5 – Hotel Street; then moved to Sand Island Access Road / Min, the owner, was nuts; lot of metal, thrash and punk bands played there; used to get these pitchers of a drink, can’t remember the name, but it was pink and it messed you up!  *contributed by Amy Kinard
Club Cho-Cho’s – location / Korean bar / currently *contributed by KeithF
Club Domiko’s – location / Korean bar / currently *contributed by KeithF
Club Don’t Tell Your Mama – Kapiolani Blvd. (across Ala Moana Center) / hostess bar / currently
Club Ginza – College Walk, between Beretania & Kukui / a big blonde named Manon Smith was often a featured mc/entertainer / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
Club Hubba Hubba – Hotel St., downtown Honolulu / gentlemen’s club
Club Irene – corner of Auahi & Keawe, Kaka’ako / hostess bar; same space known to be bar since 1963, including a hostess bar, strip club and place where local “mafia” hung out; following Club Irene, space became Score’s Sports Bar / currently Bevy (a bar) *contributed by Christian (owner of Bevy)
Club Jubilee – Kalihi / popular spot at the time for Hawaii’s most famous contemporary Hawaiian bands / currently
Club Korea House – location / korean bar / currently *contributed by KeithF
Club Pango Pango – Moi’ili’ili (where Star Market was) / owned by the Napoleon family; old school nightclub / currently Longs Drugs *contributed by Richard Wiley
Club Rappongi – location / hostess bar / currently
Club Rendezvous – location / gentlemen’s club / currently
Club Rose – Ala Moana area / gentlemen’s club featuring the “4 song show” / currently
Club Stop Light – Keeaumoku / gentlemen’s club / currently
Club Ugly – Kapiolani Blvd., Kaka’ako / hostess bar / currently
Club Yobo – location / Korean bar / currently *contributed by KeithF
Cock and Bull, The – a side street off Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / an “interesting place” *contributed by T.T.
Cockatoo Lounge, The – location / Gabe Baltazar’s club / currently
Cock’s Roost – International Marketplace, Waikiki / features / currently
Coconut Willy’s – Kapiolani Blvd. & Kalakaua Ave. (formerly Hard Rock Cafe) > previously on Lewers Street > previously in the Waikiki International Market / restaurant, bar and nightclub featuring live music and DJs / currently The Crown
Country Meeting – Wahiawa/ Summer and Island Band played there / currently *contributed by A.T.
Crazy Horse – Kailua / previously Ernie’s, featuring local bands / currently  *contributed by AieaBoy & Jim Fox
Crow’s Nest – Waikiki (above the Jolly Rodger) / features / currently *contributed by KeithF
Da Fish Hook – King and Mokauea st. / features / currently American Savings Bank
Da Sting – location / Natural High, The New Experience & Reach bands performed here; Rick Mayo was the DJ / currently
Dancers – Sand Island Access Rd. / gentlemen’s club / currently
Danny’s – Manoa Marketplace / features / currently *contributed by DaSauceMan
Davy Jones Locker – in the Waikiki Reef Hotel / “Underwater Bar” to drink and “spock” da’ tourist wahine in da’ pool / currently *contributed by AieaBoy
Deja Vu – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki – Gentlemen’s club / became Pure Platinum, currently Maddog Saloon
Dickens Pub – Blackfield Building, fronting Kapiolani Blvd. / 80s era English Pub owned by Arie Bos, who also owned Portofino Italian Restuarant; best French Onion Soup and pauhana bar *contributed by GK Wong and Linkmeister
Dominic’s Rock & Roll Clinic – at the edge of Waikiki / rowdy crowd / currently
Don Ho’s Island Grill – Aloha Tower Marketplace / Co-founded by Don Ho and restauranteur Fred Livingston; restaurant by day and evening, featuring live music, club by late night / currently
Dolphin Club – Beretania Street, near Bishop / U.S. Navy (submariner) hangout in the early ’60s; strange place *contributed  by O
Dragon Lady, The – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki (which turned into the Wave Waikiki) / features / *contributed by mr. crabnuts
Duke Kahanamoku’s – Waikiki International Market Place / The place was named for the renowned Olympian athlete and operated by the late impresario Kimo Wilder McVay; the dinners actually played second fiddle to the room’s top banana, entertainer Don Ho in all his glory, and it was a spot to catch a glimpse of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Liza Minnelli and other glitterati of the era eager to sing and sway to “Tiny Bubbles” and swoon to “I’ll Remember You” / currently
Dunes, The – Airport area / owned by Jack Cione; featured a naked waiter; had acts as famous as Sammy Davis, Jr. / became Gussie L’Amours; currently
Dungeon, The – airport area, then moved to Kalakaua, next door to where is now Home Bar & Grill / a “pop-up” warehouse club type BDSM fetish event that took place once a month; whips ‘n chains ‘n flogging polls; erotica (voyeurism and exhibitionism); gothic, industrial and synth-pop DJ music & dancing
Eastside Bar & Grill – University Ave. in Puck’s Alley / sport bar and grill / previously Magoo’s Pizza; currently
Elephant & Castle – Ka’ahumanu Rd. (across the street from Gyotaku), Pearl City / Fish ‘n Chips, English Pub / currently*contributed by L
Enlisted Men’s Club, The – Ford Island, Pearl Harbor / circa 1960’s; 2C’s mom was a drummer for a band call ‘The Rainbows’ / currently *contributed by 2C
Ernie’s – Kailua / local groups played there; then it became Crazy Horse / *contributed by Jim Fox
For the kids in the 60′s we had the Hoot above Rocky’s liquor store across from the library and Police Station.
Eurasia – Hawaiian Regency Hotel, Waikiki / hip hop nightclub with VIP lounge / previously was Point After; currently a Spa
Eye, The – Location / features / *contributed by Jion Wansu
Fashion 45 – Waikiki Trade Center (2nd floor) / mixed urban groove / previously MAZE, then because Black Diamond; currently
Fast Eddie’s – Kailua / only nightclub in the area and was popular with servicemen from nearby Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station (known back then as KMCAS) / currently
Ferdinand’s – Reef hotel on Kuhio Ave. across from Nahua St / home to entertainer Freddie Morris; Lyle the bartender and Tammy waited tables and Gilberto Martinez was playing Guitar / currently *contributed by Bob (Frank) Frankland
Forbidden City – Ala Moana area on Queen Street extension / features / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
Foxey Lady Too – location / Asian Blend band performed there / currently
Foxy Lady Disco – Beachcomber Hotel, Waikiki / circa 60’s and 70’s / currently
Gars – near The Picadilly / 1974/75 era? It was on the penthouse floor of building? *contributed by Jeana
“Gay 90’s” – McCully/Kalakaua? / Home of Sassafras, Gold Rush, etc. *contributed by mr. crabnuts
Gingerman –  Moilili (near UH ) / student hang outs / currently *contributed by KeithF
Ginger Lounge – basement of the Prince Kuhio, Waikiki / live music / currently
Ginza West – Behind the World Cafe/Groove location on Nimitz / collection of Japanese bars and clubs hoping to capitalize on the popular Tokyo area of the same name / currrently
Glades – downtown / “Boys will be Girls” revue; the Glades revue was so well known that in the 70′s a fraternity at UH actually presented the show on campus as a fund raising venture / currently *contributed by KeithF
Gold Coin  – Kapiolani Blvd. / George Helm, Mel Cabang, Chucky Boy Chock performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
Green Turtle – Kapiolani Blvd., fronting Ala Moana Center / hostess bar / currently
Gussie L’Amours – Airport area – live bands (some very well known, including Talking Heads, Stray Cats and Ratt); oil wrestling/offbeat “contests” / currently
Hale Makai Hotel – entrance of Waikiki / Country Comfort performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
Hamburger Mary’s  – Kuhio Ave, Waikiki / Hamburger Mary’s and HULA’s became an icon of Hawaii’s gay & lesbian community / currently a high-end boutique retail mall; Hula’s has since moved and still operates in a second floor open air hotel space across the Zoo on Kapahulu Blvd.
Hank’s Place – Kaimuki / Makaha Sons of Niihau performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
Happiness Lounge – Ala Moana Blvd., Kaka’ako / hostess bar featuring Vietnamese food, karaoke & satellite TV (and soft p@rn) / currently vacant (Sprint recently opened next door)
Harbor Lights – Kewalo Basin area, on a side street / Boiled peanuts / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
Hawaiian Hut – Ala Moana Hotel
Heidi’s (the original) – Under La Ronde revolving restaurant, Ala Moana Business Building / bar *contributed by “Kona” Wally C.
Hell – Ilikai Hotel, Waikiki / features / became The Power Station; currently
Hernando’s Hideaway – Kuhio Ave, Waikiki / hand-tossed Pizza, sports bar / currently
Honey’s Place – Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe / home of Honey Ho, and her famous son Don / currently a bank
Hong Kong Junk – Ilikai Hotel / features / currently
Hoot, The –  above Rocky’s liquor store across from the library and Police Station / 60’s era / *contributed by Alan Paz
Horatio’s – location / Audy Kimura performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
Hotel – corner of Hotel & Nuuanu / 60s era; *contributed by Jim
Hush Boutique Nightclub – Hawaiian Monarch, Waikiki / intimate nightclub / currently
Infinity – Sheraton Hotel, Waikiki / circa 60’s and 70’s; The Kasuals & Phaze VII bands performed there / currently
Jackhammer Lounge – Ala Moana Hotel / temporary during renovations, Jeff Rasmussen performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
Jazz Cellar, The (a.k.a. the Cellar) – Imperial Hawaii Hotel, Lewers St., Waikiki / live music and dance club / currently
Jilly’s – Lewers St., Outrigger Reef on the Beach, Waikiki / circa late 70′ to early 80’s, lots of “beefs” / currently Shorebird
Junction, The – location / circa 1970’s; Reach band performed there / currently
June’s Two Moon Café – Pearl City / 60s era; visit June and the lovely young women who worked for her *contributed by Jim
Kama’aina Room – Ala Moana Hotel / Brothers Caz’ performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
Kanpai Bar & Grill – Ward Ave. / Sports Bar & ono ‘kine pupus / currently *contributed by DaSauceMan
Kapono’s – Aloha Tower Marketplace / waterfront restaurant and live music club co-founded by Henry Kapono Ka’aihue and John Bilgrave / currently
Kengo’s (the original) – Kapiolani Blvd. (next to Kapiolani coffee shop) / restauarant and bar / currently Nordstrom *contributed by A.T.
Kewalo Inn – Ala Moana near Fisherman’s Wharf / features / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
Kewalo Ship’s Galley – location / Leahi performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.|
Keone’s – Lewers, Waikiki / Jimmy Borges personal after-hours club, made his own *contributed by AieaBoy
Kojak’s – Young St. / Nueva Vida with Pauline Wilson and Kalapana played there regularly; first gig for Andy Bumatai/ currently
Kuhio Grill – King ST. (University area) / ono pupus, free just had to leave tip / currently *contributed by A.T.
Kuhio Saloon – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / features / currently
La Boom Boom – location / Phaze VII band performed there / currently
La Hula Rhumba – Lunalilo St. / features / currently
La Mancha – Keeaumoku St. (across where Walmart is now) / circa early 80’s; dinner and disco / currently *contributed by A.T.
LAVALAVA – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki  / preceded The WAVE Waikiki; after-hours competition for The TOMATO (across the street, next to Al Phillips The Cleaner) *contributed by webrunner
Lemon Tree – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki / features / currently
Level 4 Nightclub & Ultra Lounge – Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Waikiki / dance club / currently
Limelight – Down the street from the old Wave on Kalakaua, Waikiki / Circa late 80′s; Alternative/New Wave/ currently Allure Waikiki condominium *contributed by A Hanaike
Liquids – University Avenue in Puck’s Alley (took over Moose’s University spot for a while) / College crowd, beach attire, dj and live music, and they had sand scattered over the floor to finish the beach scene off; local group Ten Feet performed there / currently *contributed by Taneets
Little Orphan Annies / airport area / features / previously was The Dunes, then became Gussie L’Amours; currently a car lot
Living Room at Fisherman’s Wharf, The – Dancing, Karaoke; the gals of the local singing sensation quartet Forte met each other while singing Karaoke here (before it was called The Living Room) / currently closed (the restaurant, too)
Lobby Bar – Ala Moana Hotel / Iva Kinimaka performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
Lollipop Lounge – Beachwalk, Wakiki / features / currently
Lorraine’s – Hotel Street, between Maunakea and River Street (before Glades) / formerly owned by Sad Sam Ichinose, the boxing promoter *contributed by Jason
Lucky Pierre’s – Puck’s Alley (upstairs), University Ave./ owned by the same guy who owned Little Orphan Annie’s and they shared a lot of bands; a band called Piranha Brothers would come over from Chicago once a year and play both; Lucky Pierre’s changed ownership in 1982(?) and became York’s for a while; Talking Heads and B-52s played at Little Orphan Annie’s *contributed by Steven Hall
Lucky Luck’s Tavern – Hawaii Kai / owned by Robert J. “Lucky” Luck, famous radio and TV personality in Hawaii during the “Aku” era; bar was there before Henry J. Kaiser’s marina development took place (Hawaii Kai was mostly pig farms back then); a.k.a. “Okole Maluna’s Bar” / currently Koko Marina
Lum’s – University and Dole / beer steamed hot dogs and draft beer / currently *contributed by KeithF
M’s – Bishop Street, Downtown Honolulu / Hard to find in an alley; best cheeseburger and fries in town *contributed by Doug Crocker
Magic Mushroom – Ala Moana / $20 all you can drink; Mackey Feary Band, Ashberry, Natural High, The New Experience, White Light & Greenwood bands performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
Maharaja – Waikiki Trade Center, Waikiki / Maharaja introduced Honolulu to the high end glamour club concepts in LA & NYC / currently Zanzibar
Malahini Room – Ala Moana Hotel / Olamana, Rap & Makaha Sons performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
Mama’s – Pokai Bay, Waianae / dance the night away! / currently
Mama Mia’s – Pucks Alley / features / currently *contributed by A.T.
Marigold, The – Waipahu / features / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
Masquerade – Kalakaua Ave & Ala Wai Blvd., Waikiki / there was an upper mez’ level / currently the Waikiki Landmark
Maze – Waikiki Trade Center (second floor) / hip-hop club / became Fashion 45, the Black Diamond; currently
Merry Monarch – Beachwalk and Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki / Live bands The Wilde Ones and Gross National Product covered soul music there in ’66 and ’67; after mid-summer ’67 there was a moss rock facade; first topless waitress bar? / currently *contributed by Jim Fox, Richard Wiley & Mike Prewitt
Moon, The – Outrigger Hotel penthouse, Waikiki / features / currently
Moose McGillycuddy’s – Pucks Alley / Prior to being named Moose McGillycuddy’s, they were named Bullwinkle’s (see that entry above for more info’); Ernie Cruz, Kaau Crater boys, Robi performed there / currently *contributed by A.T. & Jimmy Barberino
Mustang – Waiakamilo Rd. (across the fire station) / dance club / currently
Mystique – Restaurant Row, Kaka’ako / attracted a younger local hip hop crowd / currently (previously Blue Zebra)
Napoleon’s – location / Reach band performed there / currently
Oahu Bar, The – location / live music / currently
Oasis, The – Old Waialae Rd. / gentlemen’s club / currently
Ocean Club – Restaurant Row, Kaka’ako / Honolulu’s uber “yuppie club; took over where Studebaker’s left off / currently M Night Club
Oceania’s Empire Room – Oceania Floating Chinese Restaurant / Moe Keale and Anuenue, The Kasuals & Reach band performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
O Lounge – Ala Moana / dance club and lounge / currently The Republic
One Honolulu – Aloha Tower Market Place / they tried to give it lots of media hype and glamour glitz like celebrity red carpet grand openings / currently
On Fire – Kapiolani Blvd. / features/ currently *contributed by DaSauceMan
Pantheon – Nuuanu, near Hotel St. / 60s era, owner Johnny would handout freebees *contributed by Jim
Paris – Hawaiian Monarch Hotel, Waikiki / small nightclub lounge / currently
Pearl City Tavern –  Waimano Home Road & Kamehameha Hwy, Pearl City / opened in 1936 by George and Irene Fukuoka, closed in 1993; house specialties were steaks, live Maine lobsters and banana drinks at the live Monkey Bar; popular with Pearl Harbor servicemen / currently
Opehrs  – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, next to eggs and things / features / *contributed by mr. crabnuts
Piko Lounge – Waikiki, near the Ambassor Hotel / small place with a nice bar; Arnold Kealanui played there in the wee hours of the morning / currently
Phaze – Behind Masquerade nightclub at Kalakaua, McCully & Ala Wai Blvd., Waikiki / Circa late 80’s; Alternative/New Wave / currently the Waikiki Landmark condominium *contributed by A Hanaike
Piccadilly Pub – Waikiki Beach side behind the Lollipop 70s-early 80s / dart bar / Publican-Don Hall *contributed by Bill Marshall
Pink Cadillac – Ena Road (next to 7-Eleven), Waikiki / Opened by Kail, who also opened Blue Zebra and Pink’s Garage; younger crowd during the late 80’s / currently Irish Rose *contributed by Ivan
Pink’s Garage – Honolulu / Opened by Kail, who also opened Pink Cadillac and Blue Zebra; the original warehouse style club in Honolulu with great concerts *contributed by Ivan
Pipeline Cafe – Pohukaina St., Kaka’ako / live music & dance club / currently BJ Penn Gym
Pirate Bully Hayes – Pearl City / features / currently
Players Sports Bar – Alakea Street & University Ave. locations / sport bar featuring attractive servers / currently
Pohaku’s – Nimitz Hwy. / features / currently
Point After – Hawaiian Regent Hotel, Waikiki / features / became Eurasia, currently a Spa; hotel is now Waikiki Marriot
Porkys & Stetsons – Pearl City / features *contributed by Kama
Power House, The – The Power House – across from the Red Noodle in Waikiki / very rowdy place with lots of action that spilled into the parking lot behind the International Market Place during the late 1960s *contributed  by T.T.
Power Station, The – Ilikai Hotel, Waikiki / place was happening in 1985; was called Hell before ’85 / currrently
Primo Gardens – across the street from the marina entrance to the Ilikai Hotel, Waikiki / entertainment by Sunday Manoa *contributed by Pat
Prospect Place – Kalihi / features / currently
Pure Platinum – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / Gentlemen’s club; co-owned by David Shutter / previously Deja Vu; currently Maddog Saloon
Pyramids – Location / features / *contributed by Jion Wansu
Queen’s Surf – a Waikiki legend only your parents or grandparents know about within its hallowed walls / likely those who loved Queens Surf didn’t vote for Frank Fasi
Rainbow Tavern, The – Kalakaua, one block Ewa from the Ala Moana junction / where C&K made their bones / currently *contributed by AieaBoy
Ralph & Ann’s (Ayala’s Ballroom) – makai side, North School St. (around Houghtailing?) / lots of Latin music / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
Rathskellar, The – basement on King, makai side, same block as the King theater / had a piano player name Sylvia? (something) / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
Red Lion, The – Hyatt Regency Waikiki (sidewalk cellar) / bar and club / currently
Red Lions Pizza – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / features / currently *contributed by A.T.
Red Rooster – Duke Lane/Kuhio Ave,behind International Market Place / mostly African-American clientele, however some locals would chance ‘um; glad we did because most of the time was pretty much fun *contributed by Phil
Red Vest – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / features / currently
Reef Showroom, The – location / live music / current *contributed by Catherine “Cathi” Bell
Reni’s – Pearl City / opened by Roger Mosley (TC from Magnum P.I.); Was it the same space as Bully Hayes was in? / currently
Rex’s – Waikiki / fine dining restaurant & fancy disco, THE place to see celebrities; in the late 70’s it turned into a private club; Joanne was the DJ *contributed by Rollow Mickle
RJ’s – Nanakuli / dancing / currently
Romany (sp. Romainy?), Club – location? / 1968 era topless place with a Belly Dancer *contributed by Tom
Row Bar, The – Restaurant Row (center court area) / open air bar / currently
Rose and Crown Pub – King’s Village, Waikiki / features *contributed by Alan
Rosie’s Boathouse  – Kaneohe (near the post office) / Bla Pahinui performed there often / currently
Royal Lanai – Kapiolani Blvd. / later became Kengo’s 2 / currently Nordstrom *contributed by A.T.
Roundhouse, The  – Waikiki / model trains ran through there / currently
Russell’s Rowboat – McCully-Kalakaua / features / currently
Sad Sam’s – Hotel Street, between Maunakea and River Street (before Glades) / owned by “Sad Sam” Ichinose, the boxing promoter; eventually became Lorraine’s, then was sold to a new owner *contributed by Jason
Sandbox, The – Sand Island Access Rd. / owned by Howard Farias; Hawaii’s home of country western music; Eddie Kamae played there; original Sons of Hawaii played their first pro gig there as a group *contributed by “Kona” Wally C.
Score’s Sports Bar – Corner of Auahi & Ke’awe, Kaka’ako / formerly Club Irene; space known to be a bar since 1963 or so, including a hostess bar, strip club and place where local “mafia” hung out / currently Bevy (a bar) *contributed by Christian (owner of Bevy)
Scruples – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / co-owned by David Shutter / currently Play Bar
Secrets – location / open 24 hours, cover charge was membership dues / currently *contributed by A.T.
Senor Frog’s – Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Waikiki / Mexican restaurant & cantina bar; after hours nightclub / currently
Shipwreck Kelly’s – Lewer’s St., Waikiki / features / currently
Shack Waikiki, The – Kuhio Ave., in the Waikiki Trade Center / Sports Bar featuring burgers and kitschy Hawaiian themed decor; live local music & dance club during late night hours (4am club) / currently vacant
Shelter, The – Location / features / *contributed by Jion Wansu
Shipley’s – Manoa Marketplace / music every Sunday night was Mike Ka`awa & Friends / currently
Shasteen’s – Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki / upstairs towards the beach, best Blue Hawaiian drinks; regular spot for US service members back in the 80s *contributed by Ray Cunningham
Short Snorter Bar – the OLD Honolulu Airport (pre-1962) / “Short Snorter” was a collection of bank notes (legal tender CASH), both U.S. and European currencies taped together into a roll upon which military service members would sign each other’s names as keepsakes. They were collected, typically, in bars and other raucous spots where the rank & file could relax / currently *contributed by Tom Gibson
Sir John’s – nearby the old KITV & KHON studios / features / currently
Slammers Bar & Grill – Kalakaua Ave. / features / currently *contributed by DaSauceMan
Sloppy Joe’s & Fat Tuesdays – Aloha Tower Marketplace / bar and grill restaurant by day, club by night,  It then opened as WATERFRONT CAFE, another hybrid restaurant/nightclub / currently
South Seas, The – makai side of Kalakaua (about where Ala Moana runs into it) / features / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
Sparky’s – Kapiolani Blvd. / Kapena performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
Spats – sidewalk-fronted cellar of the Hyatt Regency, Waikiki / Rick Neves was DJ *contributed by Rollow Mickle
Spindrifters – Kahala Mall / Music Magic performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
Stardust, The – Beretania (opposite and Ewa of the Palace theater) / features / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
Steel Wings – 1775 Ala Moana Blvd. / it had an airline theme with bartenders dressed as pilots and servers dressed as flight attendants. The Whiz Kids were the house band with a lead guitarist who looked and sounded like an Asian Rod Stewart / currently the space is Morimoto Waikiki *contributed by Ryan
Stop Lite – location / One hell of an adult circus show. Flute players, Cookie Monsters, and ping pong swingers / currently *contributed by Dean Masutomi
Stuart Andersons  – Ward / Country Living performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
Studebaker’s – Restaurant Row, Kaka’ako / bartop performances by their wait and bar staff / currently M Night Club (previously Ocean Club)
Stuffed Tomato, The – McCully/Ala Wai *contributed by mr. crabnuts
Sty, The – Niu Valley Shopping Center / home of Bruddah Moe Keale, a.k.a. “Zulu” *contributed by “Kona” Wally C.
Sugar Mill Lounge – location / Phaze VII performed there / currently
Surf Bar – Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki / round configuration; drink, dance and live music by the ocean; if you were lucky you could sneak up on Bertha Young and ask her if she knew where the Pacific Ocean was *contributed by Doug Crocker
Swing Club, The – Hotel St. / Jazz club / currently
Tahiti, The – Nuuanu, near Hotel St. / 60s era; Tahiti On Nuuanu Ave. / Tanya, Tudi, and Flo would serve it up *contributed by Jim
Tahitian Lanai – Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki / the complete embodiment of what Waikiki should be today, now but a distant memory / currently the brand new Waikikian time share resort (operated by Hilton Hawaiian Village)
Taj Mahal – Ala Moana Blvd (by Ward Center) / features / currently
Tammy’s Lounge – Hotel Street, downtown Honolulu / Club Hubba Hubba era *contributed by Wahiniguy
Territorial Tavern – Bishop St., downtown Honolulu / Home of Booga, Booga comedy group and the Beamer Brothers / currently
Texas Paniolo ‘s Bar – Waikiki / features / currently
Therapy Sports Grill – Koko Marina, Hawaii Kai / sports bar & asian fusion cuisine / previously Just Tacos; currently
Third Floor, The – Kalakaua Hotel (currently the Marriott), Waikiki / owned by famed developer Chris Hemmeter *contributed by Doug Crocker
Tiki – International Marketplace, Waikiki / features / currently
Tomato, The – Waikiki (next to Al Phillips the Cleaners) / after-hours competition for LAVALAVA (across the street, where what became The Wave Waikiki) *contributed by webrunner
Top Of Da Shoppe – Kapiolani Blvd. / Kalapana, Summer, England Dan and John Ford Coley, James Lee Stanley performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
Top of the I – Ilikai Hotel / features / currently *contributed by Catherine “Cathi” Bell
Trappers – Hyatt Regency, Waikiki / live Jazz / currently
Trixx – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / alternative lifestyle bar and club / previously Hamburger Mary’s; currently
Tropics Cafe Bar and Lounge – Ward Farmers Market, Kaka’ako / happy hour hot spot; ono grindz; live music / currently Real Gastro Pub
Underwater Bar – parking garage of the Outrigger Reef Hotel / features / became an Irish Pub later? *contributed by Tappy
Two Jacks Funny – Hotel Street, downtown Honolulu / a regular stop after Hubba Hubba in the late 80’s / currently *contributed by Nick galante
Velvet Lounge – Kaka’ako (across the former CompUSA / features / previously was Grumpy’s, then became Blue Ocean Thai Restaurant / currently
Venus Nightclub – Kapiolani Blvd. (adjacent to Ala Moana Center) / drag & male review shows; dance club / currently Bar Seven
Virus, The – Location / features / *contributed by Jion Wansu
Volcano Night Club – Nimitz Business Plaza / younger hip-hop crowd / previously World Cafe, currently
Waikiki Tavern – Ewa end of Kuhio beach / food downstairs, booze place upstairs / currently *Contributed by Richard Wiley
Warehouse, The –   Waimanu St. / live music by Jesse Morgan and the Moptops; good live music with psychedelic light show; teens were into weed and downers as this was in the 60′s; used to get a laugh when some of the kids really thought they were getting buzzed by the non alcoholic ” Near Beer” *contributed by Phil
Warrior Lounge, The – Hale Koa Hotel, Waikiki / features / currently
Waterfront Cafe – Aloha Tower Marketplace / bar and grill restaurant by day, club by night / previously was Sloppy Joe’s & Fat Tuesdays; currently
Wave, The – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki / owned by Jack Law, owner of world-famous Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand; live bands; alternative lifestyle; before The Wave, it was LAVALAVA / currently the site situates an upscale condominium *contributed by webrunner
Wahiawa Hut, The – location / features / *contributed by mr. crabnuts
Whiskey Willy’s – Waikiki / first “real” disco in Waikiki; Bill Walton was manager; Lee Afuvai was DJ; later became Da Sting *contributed by Rollow Mickle
Whitney’s – Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe / neighborhood bar / currently
Wimpy’s – makai Ewa corner of Fort Street Mall & Beretania / features / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
Winery, The – “below street level” dnace/nightclub in Waikiki, mauka side, a little Ewa of Kanekapolei, maybe even Ewa of Walina; around the same time that Rumours (in the Ala Moana Hotel) was in it’s hey day in the early 80’s
Wonder Lounge, The – location / features / currently
World Cafe – Restaurant Row, Kaka’ako, then moved to the Nimitz Business Plaza in a large back area warehouse. They survived for a while, then closed to become VOLCANO Night Club. They then closed as well.
World Famous, The – next to Opehrs on Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki / features / *contributed by mr. crabnuts
Yappy’s – Kapahulu / famous for the wait staff having to wear a “I am a Boy” pin to make sure nobody made a “Crying Game” discovery! / currently *contributed by KeithF
Zebra Room, The – Kalakaua Ave., between Young & Beretania / Dave Brubeck played there for a while before he became THE Dave brubeck / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
2 Jacks – lower Hotel Street / often had live music (jazz) / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
23rd Step – Kailua / nightclub / currently

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*Many names and information on this list were sourced from this Hawaii Threads link: Nightclubs from the Past

Related links:
70sNightClubReunion.com – The Hawaii 70’s Night Club Reunion website

P.S. This post is obligated to include a P.S.A. and friendly reminder…



Oahu Bars & Nightclubs Memorialized — 143 Comments

  1. Hey Pomai:

    You gonna list the Korean Bars here or have a seperate list just for them (would be long, given the frequent ownership/name changes. ie: Domiko’s, Club Arirang, Korea House, Club Yobo, Cho-Cho’s, etc)

    My adds to this list are:
    Blue Kangaroo – Kaimuki, Waialae Ave, live music / late night “animal night” (off-color songs)
    Blue Velvet Lounge – Waikiki,Kuhio Ave had a piano bar
    Crow’s Nest, Waikiki above the Jolly Rodger
    Gingerman, Blue Goose and Anna Banana’s – Moilili, near UH, student hang outs
    Lums – University and Dole Beer steamed hot dogs and Draft Beer

    • Keith-San,

      “KB’s” are included in this list. If it gets too long, I’ll just create an anchor that handily skips past the C for “Club”, which is what most KB’s names start with. lol

    • I worked at a a dive bar in the middle of Waikiki on Kuhio in early 1980’s called

      “3D Ballroom”. it was Co owned by the guy that later opened Pink Cadillac

      It was a punk/new wave club that would let in minors (under 18 at that time)

      to dance to the newest music spun by DJ Crazy George

      Social Distortion played there as did the Circle Jerks, (I was bartending, it was awesome)

      • I believe his name was Kail…He also had a vintage clothing store on Kuhio.And yes, he opened Pink Cadillac.Pink’s Garage’and the Blue Zebra

        • Ivan,

          Blue Zebra? Sigh. Huge SIGH. More like ACK! Just when I finally got the memory of “her” completely erased out of my mind, you go and bring up Blue FREAKIN’ Zebra. Thanks man. Thanks a lot!

          • 3Ds! Wow, that brings back some memories. In the early days, underage kids could get in because they didn’t have a liquor license, but that didn’t mean sobriety was much in evidence. (Which made the trip up and down those rickety exterior stairs, past the strip club on the second floor,  a bit of an adventure.) I saw that Social Distortion show there, but mostly I remember when Spiny Norman was in residence. (Years later, I worked with one of the band members.) I wonder if I knew you then, Jeff.

            The only vintage clothing place I remember was around the corner from the Wave. I bought my first leather jacket there, perfectly broken in, super cheap. The Wave had an attached clothing store for awhile, too: Garb-Age.

  2. Here are a few places I can remember:
    1) Black Angus on Kuhio (Tony Tam Sing would jam there)
    2) Celebrity’s Night club on Algaroba/Mccully (Mackey and Malani)
    3) Spindrifters at Kahala Mall (Music Magic)
    4) Chuck’s Pearlridge (Kaeo)
    5) Kamaaina Room Ala Moana Hotel (Brothers Caz)
    6) Malahini Room Ala Moana Hotel (Olamana, Rap, Makaha Sons)
    7) Royal Lanai on Kapiolani (later became Kengo’s 2)
    8) Original Kengo’s on Kapiolani (next to Kapiolani coffee shop)
    9) Moose’s Pucks Alley (Ernie Cruz, Kaau Crater boys, Robi)
    10) Mama Mia’s Pucks Alley
    11) Red Lions Pizza Kuhio
    12) Lamancha on Keeamoku (dinner and disco)
    13) Kuhio Grill King Street University area (ono pupus, free just had to leave tip)
    14) Bluebirds Driver Inn Pearl City (ono teri beef)
    15) Scotty’s Drive Inn Pearl City (across the street from Bluebirds, frozen malts)
    16) Three Coins Wahiawa (restaurant just like Dot’s in Wahiawa)
    17) Summit Restaurant Ala Moana Hotel (36 floor fine dinning and Brother Caz)
    18) Whaler’s Broiler Ala Moana Hotel (lobby level)
    19) Mon Cher Ton Ton Ala Moana Hotel (lobby level teppanyaki)
    20) Plantation Coffee Shop Ala Moana Hotel (3rd floor 24hrs like Coco’s and Likelike)
    21) Mango and Miso Restaurant Ala Moana Hotel (took over Mon Cher Ton Ton spot)
    22) Lobby Bar Ala Moana Hotel (Iva Kinimaka)

    • A.T.,

      Awesome contribution! Huge mahalo! I added everything to the list. Dig how you included the musicians who performed live at the various gigs. Sweet!

      Note, #13 ~ 21 are all restaurants, which I’ve added to the ‘Oahu Eateries Memorialized’ list here:

      Apparently you have lots of familiarity with the Ala Moana Hotel. I’m guessing you either worked or lived around there. I know the current GM of the hotel.

      Again, domo arigato gozaimasu! ;-)

      • I worked at the Ala Moana Hotel from 1979 to 1988 at the Front Desk area. There was no Rumor’s Night Club when I started. Is the General Manager John Cushne or Koen Witteveen (spelling for both names are probably wrong). During that time the hotel provided Kamaaina’s with a lot of entertainment. There was Melveen Leed at the Garden Lanai, Brothers Cazimero at the Kamaaina Room, Olomana at the Malahini Room, and I think Rap Repplinger had a gig at the poolside.

        I always checked out your website this is the first time I replied. Keep up the good work I know a lot of people beside myself appreciate it.



  3. Pomai, I was too young to know of these places and gone there but my dad did say he been some of them. He also said “No comments with who he was with also.”

  4. Mostly circa 1952-1960

    1. The Rathskellar; in a basement on King, makai side, same block as the King theater. Had a piano player name Sylvia ? (something)

    2. The Zebra Room; Kalakaua between Young and Beretania. Dave Brubeck played there for a while before he became THE Dave brubeck.

    3. The Stardust; Beretania opposite and Ewa of the Palace theater.

    4. Ralph & Ann’s (Ayala’s Ballroom); makai side, North School St., don’t recall exactly where but probably around Houghtailing. Lots of Latin music.

    5. Club Ginza; College Walk between Beretania and Kukui. A big blonde named Manon Smith was often a featured mc/entertainer.

    6. Kewalo Inn; Ala Moana near Fisherman’s Wharf.

    7. Harbor Lights; also in the Kewalo Basin area but on a side street. Boiled peanuts.

    8. Where do tea houses go? If here, my favorite was Ishii Gardens off Kuakini, makai side on Nuuanu Stream.

    9. The Blue Note; Kalakaua a bit mauka of Kapiolani. Eventually, Forbidden City moved there.

    10. The Brown Derby; Nuuanu near Beretania. Heard Louis Armstrong here. The owner got into a bit of legal trouble, something about heroin :(

    11. Wimpy’s; makai Ewa corner of Fort and Beretania

    12. Lucky Lucks; Koko Head end of Maunalua Bay, pre-Henry Kaiser’s Hawaii Kai.

    12. The South Seas; makai side of Kalakaua about where Ala Moana runs into it.


  5. Pomai:

    A lot of the restaurants in your earlier list also had bars, so a lot of double coverage here…

    In Waikiki, I remember Matteo’s and Nick’s Fishmarket had nice bars. And every hotel in Waikiki had at least one. Plus all the venues in hotels where the floor shows like Society of Seven, Zulu and the Kanakas, Jesse Kalima, Peter Moon and the Brothers Cazimero and comedy acts like Frank Delima and Rap Raplinger played. I forget all the names of the spots in all those hotels, but I do remember the two drink minimum! LOL

    • Keith-San,

      True many, if not most restaurants also have bars, however for most restaurants that take themselves seriously as such, the bar’s not their focus, but just an add-on must-have attraction. It’s when the said restaurant makes their bar the central focus that they become tagged as BAR or NIGHTCLUB first, restaurant second, hence make it on this list. Case-in-point, The Shack Waikiki (which we know how that worked out).

      Nick’s Fishmarket is another perfect example, as only in their final days did they start turning the restaurant into club events at night, trying to attract the younger crowd. While I haven’t been to any of those events, I heard it did pretty good, but not great. IMO, a well-respected restaurant needs to take care of their FOOD first, bar second. The day Michel’s at the Colony Surf starts hosting nightclub events, I’ll start worrying about them. Their food, service, location and reputation is too good for that.

      That said, there’s just a few establishments that qualify for both the ‘restaurant memorial’ and ‘bar and nightclub memorial’ list. Thankfully just a few.

    • Arny,

      Indeed, and thanks!

      FYI for you folks not on Oahu, one of the oldest standing “old school” clubs still around is Rumours Nightclub in the Ala Moana Hotel, a.k.a. “Cougars in Cages”. Also, incredibly, a few old school gentlemen’s clubs are still around, including Femme Nu (Kapiolani Blvd.), Club Rock Za (Kapiolani Blvd.), Misty I (Kona St.), Exotic Nights (Halekauwila St.) and Saigon Passion (Kapiolani Blvd.); most of which are near or over 20 years old.

      Club Rock Za
      Club Rock Za

      Speaking of club this and club that, I think Club Geisha House, located on Kapiolani Blvd, right across McKinley High School field (how appropriate) is where Club Ugly used to be…

      Club Geisha House on Kapiolani Blvd.

      “Honey, I’m gonna’ get together with the fellahz at Club Ugly.” “Oh, OK dear, have a fun time! Don’t come home too late now.”
      “Honey, I’m gonna get together with the fellahz at Club Geisha House.” “Oh HELL NO, you ain’t going to no frickin’ Geisha house club!”

      …which is probably why they came out with ‘Club Don’t Tell Your Mama’. LOL

  6. Sorry Pomai here comes round 2,
    1) Country Meeting Wahiawa (Summer and Island Band played there)
    2) Chuck’s Manoa (George Street)
    3) Sparky’s on Kapiolani (Kapena)
    4) Kewalo Ship’s Galley (Leahi)
    5) Top Of Da Shoppe on Kapiolani (Kalapana, Summer, England Dan and John Ford Coley,
    James Lee Stanley)
    6) Stuart Andersons Ward (Country Living)
    7) Horatio’s (Audy Kimura)
    8) Hank’s Place Kaimuki (Makaha Sons of Niihau)
    9) Blaisdell Hotel Courtyard downtown (Sons of Hawaii, Sandwich Isle Band)
    10) Magic Mushrooms Ala Moana Blvd ($20.00 all you can drink, Mackey Feary Band)
    11) Hale Makai Hotel entrance of Waikiki (Country Comfort)
    12) Oceania/Fongacheli’s (not sure about spelling, Moe Keale and Anuenue)
    13) Chucks Cellar Waikiki (Ikona with Led Kaapana)
    14) Gold Coin Kapiolani and King fork (George Helm, Mel Cabang, Chucky Boy Chock)
    15) Noodle Shop (Frank Delima and Na Kolohe, Makaha Sons of Niihau, Moe Keale)
    16) Secrets (open 24 hours, cover charge was membership dues)
    17) Jackhammer Lounge Ala Moana Hotel (temporary during renovations, Jeff Rasmussen)
    18) Blue Goose (repeat but Jon and Randy played there)
    19) Piko Lounge (repeat but Arnold Kealanui played there in the wee hours of the morning)
    I think I’m done for now.

  7. A.T. and Richard,

    AWESOME! Wow, you guys laid down the LAW on old school Honolulu clubs and bars for SURE! Any more that come to mind, keep ’em comin’!

    I bet there will be folks out there asking their parents, “Mom, do you remember The Rathskellar? Or the Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau playing at Hank’s Place in Kaimuki? How about the The Zebra Room?” To which mom might reply, “No, however I do remember working at Blue Zebra, and we’ll keep it at that.”

    Seriously, this has now got to be the mother list of all lists on the subject, thanks to you! This will surely come in handy for folks Googling around for memories of days gone by enjoying the night life on Oahu.

    Note to anyone, there’s still lots of establishments that need the blanks filled, especially for location and features, such as what type of music or band was playing there, clientele, events, etc.. If you see “location” / “features” / “currently”, and know any relevant info’ for that establishment, please let us know!

  8. Through one of the links reader Tom Gibson provided for the Sky Room at the OLD Honolulu Airport (pre-1962), I learned there was also a bar there called the Short Snorter Bar, which has been added to this list.

    Short Snorter“? Utterly fascinating, is all I have to say. Just when you thought you heard it all.

  9. Steel Wings which had an airline theme with bartenders dressed as pilots and servers dressed as flight attendants. The Whiz Kids were the house band with a lead guitarist who looked and sounded like an Asian Rod Stewart. Currently the space is Morimoto Waikiki.

  10. Ryan-San,

    Steel Wings has been added. Sounds like a cool theme they had, with the whole pilot and flight attendant gig. I’m guessing the VIP room was named the ‘Mile High Club’. lol

    I just realized, none of you ladies out there have contributed anything to this post. Amy? Ann? Debbie-Chan? Debra? Erica? Common’, share the post-midnight clubbin’ stories with us! ;-)

  11. I thought of three more…

    1. 2 Jacks on lower Hotel Street. Often had live music (jazz).

    2. The Clouds on Kapahulu. Mostly for “da kine” folks but straights went there too, especially on New Year’s Eve to marvel at the drag queens.

    3. The Black Cat on Hotel at or near Richards; across from the Armed Services “Y”. I don’t remember much about it except that bar whiskey was $0.25. Maybe that’s why I don’t remember much about it :)

  12. Ai, Yah! What about “Yappys” in Kapahulu? Was famous for the wait staff having to wear a “I am a Boy” pin to make sure nobody made a “Crying Game” discovery! Not to mention the “Glades” downtown with the “Boys will be Girls” revue! Not that I ever went there…. LOL The Glades revue was so well known that in the 70’s a fraternity at UH actually presented the show on campus as a fund raising venture!

  13. @ Keith-San – Added. Arigato! “Crying Game” discovery… ha ha, been there, done that… nah, JUST KIDDING! ACK! LOL!!!

    IIRC, there was a documentary on TV (no pun intended, regarding the acronym) about the red light district in Bangkok, where a law was/is enacted that bars there that have drag queens need to clearly state that’s what they feature, due to complaints from tourists. They’re THAT difficult to tell their real gender, a SIGN needs to be posted. Dang!

    @ Richard – Added. Thanks! Wow, another LONG one, and quite an AMAZING memory you’ve got there! So if a cheap shot of whiskey was 25¢ in the 1950’s, when you said minimum wage was 75¢ per hour, that would be equivalent to about $2.50 per shot in today’s economy @ $7.25 minimum wage. IIRC, there’s been radio commercials promoting nightclubs serving $1 shots, which would be equivalent to about 7¢ back in 1950.

    I bet there’s so many hole-in-the-wall bars in the Chinatown (Hotel street) area alone that have come and gone over the years that have yet to get on this list. Then there’s the industrial Kalihi area, sprawling with hostess bars that seemingly change names more often than versions of smartphones. Usually “Under new management”. Just the names alone crack me up!

  14. Davy Jones Locker in the Waikiki Reef Hotel with the “Underwater Bar” so we could drink and spok da tourist wahine in da pool
    Keone’s on Lewers is noticably absent. Jimmy Borges made this after hours club his own
    i remember an “exotic dance” club called Crazy Horse in Kailua and finally
    The Rainbow Tavern shallow on Kalakaua one block Ewa from the Ala Moana junction where C&K made their bones

  15. I posted on the sister site about Jilly’s, but I recall my first night escapades with a buddy who invited my Friend and I to stay with him, again we stayed for over a month, but the place he took me the first night was bizarre, accessed only by 4wheel drive in forest grove in the hills, no paved roads, and when we got there it was a shack, sure they had no liquor license, in the middle of no where…all islanders wearing native type of skirts, either Samoan, Tongan or Fijian not sure, my buddy was a rugby player, assuming these guys were also, huge Football lineman type of guys, and they served Micholob , I think, but thinking now, they were teal blue bottles again the early 80’s, anybody ever go there first time I heard the ” Brah, your money no good here”

  16. Anyone remember “The Merry Monarch” in Waikiki? I am guessing hotel expansion took it. I’ve been trying to remember the band that played there a year or more in 1968. They did covers of the “soul” stuff.

    • Jim,

      Was Merry Monarch a bar, restaurant or hotel? There is currently a hotel/condo in Waikiki named the Hawaiian Monarch, located on the far Ewa (west) end (beginning of the strip). I believe there’s tiny bar in there, but don’t know what it’s called.

      • It was a “lounge” or “nightclub” … with a dance floor, live band. It was not part of a hotel. It was between the beach and Kalakaua Ave, near Ft Derussy but I forget which side. Not as far west as the Ilikai.

        • Jim,

          OK, I added Merry Monarch to the list as Merry Monarch Lounge, along with several question marks on spelling and exact name. Being as you know, Merrie Monarch, the hula festival in Hilo is spelled like that: Merrie, not Merry. However I’m thinking due to legal issues, this bar/lounge/nightclub changed the name to Merry Monarch.

          I’ll ask my mom later if she remembers that place, as that’s around her era of being familiar with the Waikiki night scene.

          In the mean time, you might want to check out this website, as it lists many local bands from around that era:

          70sNightClubReunion.com – The Hawaii 70′s Night Club Reunion website

          • OK – I think it was spelled “Merry” but could be wrong. That was our regular place to meet girls (tourists). I was Navy of course and was stationed there a couple years … ’67 & ’68. Lived on base awhile in Wahiawa and then at Sunset Beach.

          • IIRC, The Merry Monarch was slightly off Kalakaua on Beachwalk, ewa side. The building it was in sort of wrapped from Kalakaua onto Beachwalk,; had a moss rock facade IIRC.

            Its main claim to fame was that it was one of the first topless waitress bars. I had a lady friend who was a waitress there for a while circa mid-late 60s

          • Richard, I modified Jim’s contribution for Merry Monarch with your notations. I’m wondering if the building you’re talking about is the one that got torn down, and is now then new Hard Rock Cafe Waikiki, as I remember that being a large entertainment type of establishment. If you haven’t been to Waikiiki lately since Hard Rock moved from the corner of Kapiolani and Kalakaua Ave, to its new home on Beachwalk and Kalakaua,I must say, you gotta’ see it. They really did a great job with their new location. I’m never been a fan of the whole Hard Rock theme (nor am I of any theme restaurant), yet FWIW, a great addition to the Waikiki nightlife.

      • It was the first TOPLESS Bar in Wiakiki. I spent many week ends there picking up girls there on vacation. navy 1966-1968.USS Goldsboro DDG-20 out of Pearl.

    • I was bass player for two bands that played at the Merry Monarch: “The Wilde Ones” in1966 and “The Gross National Product” in 1967. Both bands covered soul music. We played 7 nights a week for 13 weeks straight in 1966. The Honolulu night scene at that time was populated by literally thousands of servicemen every night, including those on R and R at Fort DeRusy. There were no topless waitresses there in the summers of 66 and 67. I would have noticed.

      • I remember the Merry a Monarch back in 64/65. It was the only dance place that stayed opened till 3:00am.  I was assistant manager at Rielly’s a Go Go on corner of Kalakowa & Kohio. Used to be Dolan’s Steak a House in early 60s. That’s where Dick Jensen got his start. I worked the door at Dolan’s for a while in 63. Rielly’s was a “cook your own steak” place and we turned into nightclub after dinners. We use to have bands like Paul Revere & the Raiders. (God rest his soul)

        great times back then in the early/ mid 1960s.  Before all the high rises got built.

  17. Aloha, I got to go to Ford Island for the first time this weekend. I was talking story with my mom who has lived on the mainland for years now. She was telling me she used to play music at the Enlisted Men’s Club back in the 60’s. I know a lot of the places listed are local clubs but I was just wondering if anyone has ever heard or been there. It was nice going down memory lane with her but I couldn’t find much information online about this place.


  18. I fondly remember The Merry Monarch……It was my Hang out place when I was station at Pearl 1966-1968. I looked forward to the week ends at this place. I remember one night that the waitress lost her PASTIE in my tall beer glass. Ahhh! to be 21 again,Wondeful memories of Night Life in Wiakiki!

    • Terry – do you recall the name of the band that played the Merry Monarch for ’67 and all of ’68 (and maybe beyond)? They were big on “soul” music (covered Sam & Dave, Soul Survivors, Wilson Pickett, etc).

      • One of the music groups that played at The Merry Monarch was “Ken & The 4 Notes”.  They also played at The Beef-N-Grogg, Pearl Harbor EM Club, Ft. DeRussy NCO Club, Ft. Shafter NCO Club and a few other places.  They played live cover music of the famous soul groups of the time.  I still have a Military Recreation Guide from ’68 and ’69 and it shows them performing there.

  19. I remember Ferdinand’s, in the Reef hotel on Kuhio Ave. across from Nahua St., Lyle the bartender and Tammy waited tables and Gilberto Martinez was playing Guitar. That was when Waikiki was a fun and interesting place and filled with real people.

    • Dean-San, your “act” info’ has been added to the Stop Lite listing. Only one thing missing (which I don’t know): where was Stop Lite located? I remember hearing about such “shinigans” at some club on or around Hotel street (Chinatown) way back in the day, which I thought was at Hubba Hubba.

      Someone on another message board said Club Rock Za across the Convention Center used be called “Stop Light”. Is that the same one?

  20. A place I used to go with my boys… Liquids, it took over the Mooses University spot for a while. College crowd, beach attire, dj and live music, and they had sand scattered over the floor to finish the beach scene off. First time I saw the local music group “Ten feet” play live….. Aloha, Taneets

  21. My adds:
    On Fire (kapiolani blvd)
    Slammers bar & grill (kalakaua)
    Kanpai Bar & Grill (ward)
    Blue Sea Lounge (kapiolani)
    Danny’s @ manoa (manoa marketplace)
    Charley’s Bar (Koko marina Zippys)
    Cheerleaders (moanalua shopping center)
    The bar next to Pizza Hut in kahala mall(I forgot the name…)

    • Kevin Tanita and DaSauceMan, your contributions have been added to the list. Mahalo!

      DaSauceMan, any more details on those clubs/bars besides location?

    • DHTD,

      Baba Louie’s has been added to the list. Special mahalos for throwing in the highlight talent performing there at the time. Awesome!

      Who would have known? Way “out there” in Waipio Gentry. ;-)

  22. Aloha – Didn’t read all the comments, so someone may have already included it:

    Phaze – (Circa late 80’s) Behind Masquerade at Kalakaua / McCully / Ala Wai Blvd., Waikiki / Alternative/New Wave. Currently the Waikiki Landmark

    Limelight – (Circa late 80’s) Down the street from the old Wave on Kalakaua. Alternative/New Wave. Currently Allure Waikiki

  23. Aloha! Atlantis was in the Pacific Beach Hotel, it opened in 1979 and rivaled the nearby Point After…What was the name of the rock ‘n roll nightclub that was in Puck’s Alley, Mo’ili’ili?

    • I remember Shasteens, they had the best Blue Hawaiian drinks there. It was a regular spot to go to by my fellow shipmates from the USS Enterprise CVN-65, back in the 80’s. I recall it was upstairs towards the beach in the Waikiki Village.

      • the Hilton Hawaiian Village is where Shasteens was. Used to go there all the time in the ’80’s to listen to country music when it was all the rage in the ’80’s. John Gloria was the name of the guy who used to be the main band there. Wonder what happened to my cowboy hat and boots now?


  24. ”Terry – do you recall the name of the band that played the Merry Monarch for ’67 and all of ’68 (and maybe beyond)? They were big on “soul” music (covered Sam & Dave, Soul Survivors, Wilson Pickett, etc).”

    The reason I’m here is that I googled, trying to find the name of the band. I remember it very well, just not the name. I hope someone remembers.

    • Hope someone remembers. I got to thinking about the band and the Merry Monarch about six years ago and it pops into my mind every week or two but I cannot come up with the name.

      • I replied to an earlier post (October, 2013) that I was bass player for two bands that played in ’66 and ’67, the Wilde Ones and the Gross National Product. Both played soul covers as well as other kinds of music. Don’t know who might have played after mid-summer ’67.

        • Mike – I must have listened and danced to you guys a few times in ’67. I remember the band I was asking about being the second one during my time on the island. They were still there when I left late December ’68. The Merry Monarch did not have topless in those days – they did have 2 or 3 “go-go” dancers.

  25. I was stationed at PH in the late 80’s and hotel street became my drunken paradise. I can only remember club Hubba Hubba, and Two jacks funny because I only went into those two bars twice the rest of the time I spent between 2 Korean bars and I can’t even remember the names.. I know Minji worked in one and I was dating Sunny (or Anna whichever she chose to use at the time) at the other one. Also got a Hawaiian hula dancer tattoo at the tattoo shop that used to be on hotel street….if anyone remembers the bars that used to be there that would be great.

  26. Before crazy horse in Kailua was Ernie’s, local groups played there. Then it became Crazy Horse.
    For the kids in the 60’s we had the Hoot above Rocky’s liquor store across from the library and Police Station.

  27. Lucky Pierre’s was upstairs at Puck’s Alley. It was owned by the same guy who owned Little Orphan Annie’s and they shared a lot of bands. A band called the Piranha Brothers would come over from Chicago once a year and play both. Lucky Pierre’s changed ownership in 1982(?) and became York’s for a while. Saw Talking Heads and B-52s at Little Orphan Annie’s.

    • I can’t remember the name of the guy who owned Orphan Annie’s & Lucky Pierre’s, he was a friend of my brother’s. After LP’s closed, it briefly became the name of the south half of Orphan Annie’s after they split the building into two clubs. You entered in the door and either went right to LP’s, which had country music because that was big then, or left to OA’s which was your basic sleazy rock joint. IIRC, they finally closed down after (rumor had it) being busted one too many times by the liquor board for watering their booze. More likely it was because they let us underage kids in all the time for their famous $2 High on Friday nights.

      It was briefly revived as Jack Cione’s Dunes, but that didn’t take, then a couple from Alaska opened up Gussie L’Amour’s in 1982. The owners, Dennis and his wife, were determined to run a clean place without the fights and drugs Orphan Annie’s had in the last days. They were mostly successful, in part because their head bouncer was a former Hell’s Angel who was *very effective* at enforcing the rules. I worked there briefly in the early years, which is where I met my husband.

      A personal note: Dennis was pretty nasty to all the women who worked for him, always talking about how we were just there to take advantage of the poor sailors who frequented the place. He said as much to a guy who was one of my regular drinking buddies, and my friend damn near decked him. That friend and I have been married for 32 years. Living well has been the best revenge.

  28. Used to go to the clubs over most weekends back in 1999 until about 2001. We used to go to 2 or 3 different ones on Fridays then 2 or 3 other ones on Saturdays sometimes. The majority of the ones I went to were, in no particular order:

    * The Wave
    * The Eye
    * Pyramids
    * Eurasia
    * Blue Tropix
    * The Virus
    * Mystique (either Oceans, Mystique, or Zanzabar were in the same building before, I forgot though)
    * The Shelter (1739s)
    * World Cafe
    * Cellar’s
    * Venus
    * Climber’s Paradise (used to turn into a rave every now and then)
    * Rumors

    and a few others that i forgot about

  29. I remember going to Blue Oyster on Kuhio Ave. next to Scruples. And the Underwater Bar in the parking garage of the Outrigger Reef Hotel. I think it became an Irish Pub later. And I can’t remember the name of the club upstairs at this same hotel, but it was a disco back in the early 80’s. That was a fun place to meet tourist. Some use to pretend that they were leaving the next day and a couple weeks after that, we see them again trying to hit on another local chick… what a laugh. Does anyone know the name of that club at the Reef Hotel?

    • Was there a group named Blue Oyster Cult that sang a lot of cover songs? The woman singer did a great Janis!

    • Anyone hang out at Gars, near The Picadilly , in 1974/75? It was on the penthouse floor, but I can’t remember which building.

  30. Thanks for all the memories! Our booking agency – Windefall Artists Management – Yemun Chung (founder of (the Fabulous) Krush, Byron Young and I (brought the Kasuals from Guam) used to book many of those Waikiki haunts. The Reef Showroom, Infinity, the Beef N Grog, the Jazz Cellar, Hula Hut, Hawaiian Hut, Captain Nemo’s, Top of the I, the Point Ater, etc. etc. etc. those definitely were the days! Of all the managers we worked with – Jack Cione, Dominic Lucci, Donlee Cardejon, Jack Law, Lee Afuvai, George Simone, Randy Schoch, Rod Gardiner, Bill Walton, etc. etc., the only one still in the biz that I know of is Jack Law. Donlee manages a Rat Pack group and lives in Vegas and Randy is the Regional Mgr (I think) for Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Arizona I think. But he just held a Black Orchid reunion in Ruth’s Chris in Waikiki last week, so he still comes back to town.
    Again, thanks for the memories!

  31. Red Rooster in Duke Lane/Kuhio Ave,behind International Market place mostly Blacks frequented that place, but some of locals would chance um, glad we did because most of the time was pretty much fun.
    Another memorable spot was a Teenage club called The Warehouse on Waimanu St. Remember live music by Jesse Morgan and the Moptops, Good live music with psychedelic light show. Teens were into weed and downers as this was in the 60’s. Used to get a laugh when some of the kids really thought they were getting buzzed by the non alcoholic ” Near Beer”

  32. I remember going to C-5 quite a lot back when it was on Hotel st, and then when it moved to Sand Island Access rd. Min, the owner, was nuts, but it was one of the few places I had no problems drinking in when I was 19. Lot of metal,thrash and punk bands played there. Used to get these pitchers of a drink, can’t remember the name, but it was pink and it messed you up!

  33. Haven’t noticed anyone mention “Charlie’s Tavern” near University Ave. Home for college frat. Kappa Iota. Remember old Charlie in his seat at the end of the bar, was there day and night, never saw him get off his stool. Met Carol Kai there in 1967, sure she doesn’t remember me.lol The rumor was that Charlie was “the bank” for some gambling crowd who needed a safe place to store their cash in his big safe.lol

  34. How could we forget the best plate lunches at KDI across from Tops at Ena Road.

    Then just down the block was the infamous Kalia Gardens where Kui Lee used to

    play and sing his beautiful songs. This Merry Monarch has me stumped because

    on the makai side of Kalakaua down from the Waikiki Theater there was a nite

    club owned by a Texan with a beautiful blonde French singer named Chantel Noel.

    Thought that was the M/M and then a piano bar… Then Jack Cione and his

    Forbidden City and foul mouthed Hot Dog Annie barking at after hours diners.

    Did anyone mention Zippies saimin lanai or Leonards malasadas?? And Elaine

    Frisbee’s Puka puka otea at Queen’s Surf. Oh, yes those were good years

    1962-1976…. fond memories indeed..



    • The place with Chantel Noel was not the Merry Monarch, don’t recall if it had a name was upstairs of the Tropics restaurant.

  35. Mike’s Broil Your Own – Waikiki

    The Second Floor – Kailua

    York’s – Puck’s Alley

    Face’s (old Rex’s)

    The Stuffed Tomato – Waikiki

    The Sand Castle – Reef Hotel (pre-Jilly’s)

  36. Valentino’s – Waikiki

    John Dominis (gone, but not forgotten)

    Hana Banana’s (the Kailua version)

    Bully Hayes (the Kailua one)


  37. What a lot of rememberances. I was looking for something else and came upon you folks instead. Best luck all day. It may not be within the parameters of your list but in the mid 1960’s La Mariana on sand island was one of the last of the old style tropical bars around, kind of like Ponape Rose’s place or the bars in Papeete of the same era. I understand it is a tiki bar now but at least it is still there. I cannot remember the owner’s name but I think she had the place until a few years ago.

  38. Back in the mid-seventies I was the drummer for an all woman band called, SUGAR. We played the Diamond Head Crater Festival and many other places.

    We also played New Years Eve with The SOS and I also put on a show at a club called, UNDER CONSTRUCTION which was a gay night club. How about The Tomato club on McKinney? Hula’s? Had a lot of fun back in those 70’s days.

    • Yes I am surprised Hula’s is not on the list, I had a incredible time there, I used to volunteer at a couple of the crater festivals, I’ll bet I saw you play.Yeah 70’s in Hawaii was great times

        • I meant the one when it was under the banyan trees down on Kuhio,

          not the second floor one. I didnt know it was still in business, thanks I havent been home in a while


          • Jeff,

            If you remember Hula’s when they were on Kuhio “under the banyan tree”, you must also remember Hamburger Mary’s next door. And there was also another gay bar next to that named Trixx (listed above). Not that I went there — as at the time, I was too young — but we as local teenagers during those years in the early 80s were always aware of them. ;-)

            The property where the old Hula’s was on Kuhio Avenue “under the banyan tree” is currently under construction to become The Ritz Carlton Waikiki Beach luxury residence, surely costing more per unit than “the average joe” can afford. That parcel takes up from where the former Hula’s was, all the way up, Diamond Head-bound to the sewage treatment plant just before Lewers Avenue. HUGE property, covering a SWATH of the “gateway” on the Makai (ocean) side of Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki.

    • Aloha Flo,

      Good call. What you’re referring to is Lucky Luck’s, a.k.a. the “Okole Maluna Bar”. It was owned by Robert Luck, who was actually originally from Missouri, and came to Hawaii as a military service member. He then went on to become one of Hawaii’s most beloved radio DJs during the “Aku Coconut Wireless era”, with an amazingly accurate prowess for Pidgin Hawaiian-English.

      My mother knew Robert “Lucky Luck” personally, and used to catch Kanoho Crab in the waters off Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai, then take the live crab to Lucky Luck’s “Okole Maluna Bar”, where “Lucky Luck” would simply boil them and serve to my mother’s friends just like that. And an interesting connotation to that, the late Robert Luck’s son’s name is Pomaika’i (same as me), so go figure.

      From what I was explained to best, Lucky Luck’s “Okole Maluna” bar was located where Foodland once stood in Koko Marina (now Walgreens).


  39. Before Moose Mcgillicuddys they were named Bullwinkles. Some kind of lawsuit w/the cartoon moguls forced the owners to change the name to Moose Mcgillicuddys.

    Also can’t leave out Biggies Nutshell, an icon in Kailua. All the heavies of that era would hang there

  40. I am looking for more information about “Sir John’s Bar” which was located between KITV-TV4 and KHON-TV2 back in 1970’s/’80’s.

    • Ted,

      Based on the area you mentioned between KITV and KHON back in the 70s and 80s, Sir John’s Bar would have been located on Ala Moana Boulevard, a block Ewa of Ala Moana Shopping Center, somewhere around what is currently Hokua Tower and Naru Tower condominiums.

      I know one of the news directors who worked for KHON back in those days. I’ll try asking him if he remembers Sir John’s.

      An interesting tidbit about old Honolulu news buildings is also the former KGMB 9 building on Kapiolani Boulevard, across Ala Moana Center. It’s now completely renovated and subdivided for multiple tenants, including a Thai restaurant, the popular M&W Restaurant, and Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union, and a few other tenants. I’m VERY surprised that wasn’t razed for yet another luxury condo’.

  41. 1. 23rd step in Kailua,

    2. The Stuffed Tomato on McCully/Ala Wai.

    3. Also who can forget the

    “Gay 90’s”  on McCully/Kalakaua? Home of Sassafras, Gold Rush, etc.

    4.THE WAHIAWA HUT !!!!!

    5. Opehrs on Kalakaua, next to eggs and things.

    6. The World Famous–next to Opehrs

    7. The Dragon Lady, on Kalakaua which turned into the Wave.

    • “mr. crabnuts” (hilarious s/n!),

      All your contributions have been added to the list. Mahalos! If you have any more specific details about each of those places, that would be great, as so far it’s just the name and approximate location in the database.

  42. On hotel street between mauna Kea and river street before Glades

    There was a bar called lorraines that my mother bought from

    Sad Sam ichinose the boxing promoter formerly it was sad Sams.

  43. I really enjoy reviewing this list and comments from the past…. It brings back fond memories  and times I will never forget. There was the round Surf Bar outside on the Royal Hawaiian grounds.You could drink, dance, listen to music and the ocean,visit with friends,  etc.
    and if you were lucky you could sneak up on Bertha Young and ask her if she knew where the Pacific Ocean was… And, all that came gratis from a friendly bartender who never left me a tab to pay for more than a buck and a quarter. True Hawaii indeed…Was glad to see Nick’s Fish Market
    show up on the list as last I saw him was at his place at the Fairmont on Maui. Didn’t see The Third Floor at Chris Hemmeter’s Kalakaua hotel which I believe is now the Marriott. Yes, those were the days when trying to pick which beach to go to on the weekends and whether to eat at Nick’s, Matteo’s, the Red Vest or go to the Mama’s and Papa’s concert at the Point After??? Hmm.think I’ll just throw a couple of 6’ers into my Hawaiian cooler and ride up to my $50.00 mo. beach house on Crozzier loop in Mokuleia and catch our dinner. Reminds me, any one remember “M’s in an alley off of Bishop St.? Hard to find but, the best cheeseburger and fries in town.

    • Loved Nicks Fish market. On my nights off work I would start there and usually end up at the Red Noodle or Infinity. When I left the Islands I hit up Nicks Fish market in Hollywood, The same band would come and play there. Augie Ray I think his name was. Mateos is was one of my favorite also. Long time ago. Fun times and bad times. Honolulu was such a corrupt place at that time. Maybe still is.

      After work we would end up at Dennys down the street from the Sheraton. You sometimes would see Jack Lord eating there, two inches of makeup plastered on his face. We didn’t leave work til like three in the morning once the place was clean, changed out of our little bathing suit uniform and had our free pau drink.

  44. Doug Crocker and Jason,

    Your (greatly detailed) contributions have been added to the list. Mahalos!

    Doug, I’ve dined a couple times at Nick’s Fishmarket in the Fairmont Kea Lani Resort. EXCELLENT! The Nick’s Fishmarket in Waikiki has gone through several new owners and concepts, one of which being a sports bar named “Bambooze”. Latest I’ve seen, it was a “generic” breakfast diner. Interestingly, the original Nick’s Fishmarket sign is still up in front.

  45. Thank you for assembling such a great list that captures so many of life’s memories.  I’m hoping someone on here might remember the name of bar that currently escapes me.  It was a very small gay bar, I believe in Waikiki, that you accessed from an alley and was next to a restaurant.  There was a small TV screen for karaoke, and lots of dollar bills stuck to the ceiling.  It was the first place I went to with someone who would become my partner for 20 years until his passing, so the place holds good memories.  I was able to remember the name until a couple of years ago – age I suppose is setting in.


    • nobie,

      Duke’s Waikiki at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach, hands-down. Expensive drinks, but the view and ambiance is a million bucks. Very “old Waikiki” vibe, with a great mixture of tourists and locals (about 80% tourists to 30% locals at any given time).

      As you may know, they’re almost done rebuilding the Waikiki International Marketplace, where it will be all upscale, however they have retained the banyan tree in the center, which will probably be really cool.

      Another “cozy, old school Waikiki” bar I highly recommend is Arnold’s on Saratoga, right across the Waikiki post office. Pretty cool joint.

      That all said, you’ll still have to take it with a grain of salt, as NOTHING can replace the golden days of the likes of the Tahitian Lanai and Duke Kahanamoku’s in the OLD Waikiki International Marketplace. ;-\

      • As an old Spencliff alumni T.L. was the best for that old 1930’s Waikiki. My mom & Dad partied in Waikiki in the 30’same and told me a million times how the T.L. was just like it “used to be”. Anyone from the late ’60’s remember the beautiful Chinese gal that tended bar at the separate bar at street side of the hotel? Now that was an original “tiki” bar. It smelled like bamboo!

        • Don,

          What do you think of La Marianas on Sand Island? Some say they’re the “last standing TRUE Tiki Bar in Hawaii”.

          The Shack in Hawaii Kai does a pretty good job recreating that tiki bar ambiance (love the Ohia wood framework), although at one time they had some cleanliness issues. I went back there recently and it looks like they cleaned up, including refinishing the wood tables. Probably has to do with the owner who moved back to Hawaii Kai to oversee the operation (he also owns the Shack in Mililani).

      • I remember Don Ho at Dukes in the late 60s. Also the Attic Bar Waikiki-with it’s habachis. Also the Garden Bar in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel.

  46. The Tomato was a way gay bar. As a young sailor at Pearl it was my first. And lots of local and haole boys were singing to Rod Stewart “If you think I’m sexy” to each other. It just was…

  47. I hung out in every bar on and off Hotel St. in the 60’s and most of them on Waikiki as well.  My base of ops was the Tahiti On Nuuanu Ave. where Tanya, Tudi, and Flo would serve them up, then I could stroll up to the Pantheon and get a freebie or two from Johnny(?), he was the owner at the time, then cross the street and double-back to Hotel for a visit with the girls at Tokyo on the corner, then back across Nuuanau and down the alley to the Alley Cat to pass some time with Kitty and Ruby.  When I wanted peace and quiet I’d head out to June’s Two Moon Café in Pearl City and visit June and the lovely young women who worked for her.

  48. The Funny Farm and The WhereHouse where the Spirits, The MoppTopps, Val Richards V, The Casuals of Waikiki, The Undertakers, & The Telstars all played. Steve Lucas Guitarist for The Casuals is still playing Jazz music with his friends at various locations around town. He organizes “A Fellowship of Jazz” where anyone can drop in and play, sing, perform a hula, etc.

    I played in a teen band called “The Children of Stone” and battled friends from other bands such as “The Young Ones”, “The Raiders”, “Lukes’ Pinapple Store”, “The Silver Bike” “Luv Special Delivery” and a host of others. I remember playing at The Hoot Club in Kailua before it became the 23rd Step. I recall Seeing “The Blues Crew” at The Chinese American Club and other bands at the old Green Turtle nightclub, Jade East, etc back in the mid to late 60’s.

    • I use to go to The Funny Farm – I believe it was where the Marco Polo condo is now located. I dated a young man whose band “The Nightshades” played there – 1966 I believe.


      • The Nightshades were a great band. The drummer, Dale something (forgot the last name) went to Radford and worked at one of the Motorcycle dealers on Nimitz Blvd around 69/70, maybe a bit later also.

  49. There was a place in the mid 60’s up to early 70’s below Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor (international Market Place).  The Surfers played there.  Don’t know if it was called the Canton Puka (which you have) or it was called The Point.  Around 1969/70 I remember it was called The Sweet Marie!  They had a hit song “Remember Mary”.  Met my wife there!

    Fantastic website!  Brought back a lot of memories and good times!


    • The Suite Marie also recorded “Stella (Had a Candy Store). I remember the drummer. (Prince something) and the guitarist. Pretty good band but short-lived.

      • The Sweet Marie’s drummer was “Prince Teddy”.

        You could see and hear the band from outside the club, so I don’t know why anyone would pay the cover to see them a little closer up.

  50. I am the owner of what is now Bevy on the corner of Auahi & Keawe st in Kaka’ako,

    Before we took over it was Score’s Sports bar, and before that I think it was Club Irene?

    I know it has been a bar since 1963 or so, and supposedly it has been a sports bar, hostess, bar

    strip club ( the mirrored walls are still there and marks where a stage used to be. )

    And rumor has it was a hang out for local “mafia.”

    Does anyone remember the names of any of the old bars that used to exist in the same space.

    I’m just interested in knowing the history of my bar. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



  51. Aloha Pomai,

    Got a couple that I don’t see on the list.

    1. Brandy’s in Stadium Mall. Starting from the late 80’s, was a local watering hole/dart enthusiast’s hang out. Had a lot of dart boards, supplies, etc.. Pretty good pupus, typical bar fair. Used to hold dart leagues there along with other pub style locales like “Elephant and Castle”.

    2. I remember a “below street level” dnace/nightclub in Waikiki, mauka side, a little Ewa of Kanekapolei, maybe even Ewa of Walina. I believe it was called “The Winery”. This was around the same time that Rumours (in the Ala Moana Hotel) was in it’s hey day, I’m thinking early 80’s. I was under 21, but some VIPs I hung with at Rumours had connections with management so they gave me a VIP card so I could come and go as I please. Oh the good old days..I was over 18 but under 21 and the drinking age back then was 18, so no laws were being broken. Can’t believe Rumours is still around. Has to be one of the longest running nightclubs in Hawaii.

    • Jay, mahalo for the contributions, which have been added to the list. Good stuff!

      I didn’t know Brandy’s closed. Then again, I don’t frequent that area, so. What’s in there now? Is it another bar?

      I assume the reason Rumours has had such staying power, is because it’s owned and operated by the Ala Moana Hotel. Had it been a private company, probably would have been gone long ago. As you know, Rumours is now notoriously nicknamed the “Cougars Den”. lol

      Note, Ray’s Seafood was already listed under “Oahu Eateries Memorialized“. I’ve updated that entry with the info’ you provided. You sound like you’re right around my age.

  52. Couple more comments:

    “Celebrity’s” that A.T. mentioned was actually “Celebrity’s Bar and Grill” (CBG for short) and I believe was started by the former managers of “Steel Wings” in the Ilikai. Was awesome to see Mackey and Malani play there back in the day. I think it opened after “Steel Wings” closed. Had a VIP card for Steel Wings, too. Was a brass keychain fob. Pretty classy. Loved their $2 Kamikaze’s (7up back).

    Ray’s Seafood Restaurant was a popular watering hole among UH students during the early 80’s. They were in the Waikiki Shopping Plaza, 5th floor if memory serves.

    Tanaka of Tokyo (now on the 3rd floor of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza) used to be on the 4th floor, I believe (early 80’s). Restaurant was in the back and you walked through the bar to get to it. We used to go to the bar to listen to a local musician (named Jared?) play guitar and sing, before Monterrey Bay Cannery opened in Ward Centre.

    Speaking of Ward Centre, I was going to say Ryan’s Parkplace, as I remember when they opened back in 1983. I guess we shouldn’t really be memorializing them, since they technically didn’t close, only changed their name. As they’ve been around for over 30 years, thought I’d give them a shout out. Many happy memories and great shots of whiskey back in the day.


  53. Your list of discos during the 70’s left off some important clubs. The cream of the crop in ’77-’78 was Valentino’s on Lewers St. They held the “Disco 5000” dance contest that was televised live on KHON TV Channel 2. I was the first Disco DJ in Waikiki (straight) and worked many of the early discos including Whiskey Willy’s (DaSting), Capt Nemo’s , Valentino’s, Lava Lava (The Wave) and others before moving to Japan and opening the Maharaja chain that came to Waikiki in the ’80’s.

    • Wow, if you were the first DJ in Waikiki, then I guess I did not exist when I meet my wife at The Point After in 73/74′ working as a Disk Jockey.  Lee Afuvai was the Manager, Francis was his Assistant Manager, Ricky worked the door and many regulars like Herbie Vina.  Then of course there was Bobbie McGee’s also before Valentinos.  There was also Spats.

      And do not forget Infinity.  Of course they were in Major Hotels like the Hawaiian Regent (Point After), and Sheraton Waikiki (Infinity).  And yes, I remember Capt Nemo’s when Fred Paluso Managed it later to handle many other successful clubs.  So please be careful with your claims about being the first DJ in Waikiki.  Someone maybe around to check up on you.



      • The first DJ was really Joanne at Rex’s and Eric’s which started the Disco era in Waikiki. I started playing the band breaks at Whiskey Willy’s (later Da Sting) where Bill Walton was manager. After a year it went all DJ. I knew Lee Afuvai…a great guy. Whiskey Willy’s was the first real Disco in Waikiki. The Point After came later. Rick Lopez was DJ at Hula’s …Rian Neves at Spats…..Rick Mayo at Da Sting. Never heard of you dude! Check your facts and Advertiser critic John Berger. If you don’t know of me …..Rollow “Mahalo” …..then you are the fraud!

  54. Great list of great oldtime bars and fun hangouts on Oahu. Didn’t see The Power House listed–it was across from the Red Noodle. Very rowdy place with lots of action that spilled into the parking lot behind the International Market Place during the late 1960s. The Cock and Bull was another interesting small bar located on a side street off Kuhio Ave.  Chucks in Hawaii Kai was a great restaurant with a piano bar. For several years Chucks had a shark on display in a too small aquarium right in front of the “wait to be seated” check in. People complained for a few years until it was finally removed. The 1960s was a great decade–we used to drive to the windward side after the package stores and bars were closed on East Oahu; pulling up behind my friend’s closed bar in Kaneohe, we were able to knock on a door and get a couple cases of Primo Beer for the ride out to Kailua Beach to watch the morning sun.

  55. @ T.T. Your contributions have been added to the list. Note, because Chuck’s in Hawaii Kai was primarily a restaurant, it was placed in the Oahu Eateries Memorialized listing.

    Love the details you provided, especially about the shark on display in the too small aquarium at Chuck’s in Hawaii Kai. I take it that’s the same Chuck’s as was also located in Pearlridge, and currently in Waikiki. Which is partially owned by Scott Rolles (his dad was Chuck), an heir of the Outrigger Hotels dynasty.

    @ Rollow Mickle – You sure have a unique name! I can see why you went as “Rollow Mahalo”, otherwise it would be difficult to remember your name as the DJ.

    Was Rex’s and Eric’s two different establishments, or was it called “Rex’s & Eric’s”? The only disco TV show I remember was “Dance Fever” with Deney Terrio. Then again, from a young age I embraced British rock (Floyd, Zep’, Sabbath, etc.), and became one from the “Disco’s Sucks! Rock Rules!” rebellious group of American male youth. lol

    Where exactly was Da Sting (previously Whiskey Willy’s)?  Since you know so many of the Waikiki/Honolulu clubs around the 70s era, if you see any listed above that have the location missing, please help provide info’ where they were!

    I didn’t know Maharaja was from Japan. Always thought it was a mainland outfit. I believe that space is still vacant ever since Zanzabar left. Same for the space downstairs where The Shack Waikiki was. Man, that was a logistical/security MESS when all those clubs were there at one time (add Maze/Black Diamond). They might as well have put a police substation right in the Waikiki Trade Center. That building is going through a major renovation right now, which it REALLY needs after all that!

    @ Ron Skates – Wow, didn’t know Point After dated as far back as the early 70s. I thought that was an 80s club. As for the “first DJ in Waikiki” debate, you and Rollow clearly knew the people behind the Waikiki club scenes during that era. You two should get together over a beer and reminisce!

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