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
Aku Bone Lounge and Grill – Kona St., Kaka’ako / Bar, Karaoke and live music, pupus / currently
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
Annabelle’s – 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
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
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
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 Nightclub – Algaroba/McCully / Mackey and Malani Bilyeu performed here / currently *contributed by A.T.
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 / currently
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
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 / 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Power Station, The – Ilikai Hotel, Waikiki / place was happening in 1985; was called Hell before ’85 / currrently
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 / currently
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 – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / features / currently
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
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.
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 / features / currently a Chinese seafood restaurant
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
Swing Club, The – Hotel St. / Jazz club / currently
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
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
Whitney’s – Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe / neighborhood bar / currently
Wimpy’s – makai Ewa corner of Fort Street Mall & Beretania / features / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
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
• 70sNightClubReunion.com – The Hawaii 70’s Night Club Reunion website
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