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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

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M
N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

  • 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
    Alice’s Restaurant – Reef Hotel / may have been an early incarnation of The Point After *contributed by George Zirnite
  • 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)
  • Anchor Bar, The –  Hotel St., next door to Club Hubba Hubba / Early 70s era; mainly Country/Western
  • Angles – Kuhio and Seaside Ave., Waikiki / gay bar; changed ownership at one point and became Lojax / currently Amnesia (a sports bar)
  • Anna Bannana’s – Beretania St., Mo’ili’ili / biker bar, live music & dancing / currently
  • Annabelle’s – Top of the Ilikai, Waikiki / Anna Ujvari was DJ / currently Sorento’s *contributed by Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle
  • Apartment, The – upstairs on Kapahulu Ave. / gay bar occupying the whole top floor *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Arcade, The — Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, behind Spaghetti Eddie’s / gay bar with DJ music and dancing; open until 4 a.m. *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Arirang – Kaheka Street, Kaka’ako (located downstairs of the Professional Center) / 70s to early 80s era Korean bar; “Cheryl” (from Kalani?; real name Charlotte Pai) performed “parlor tricks” such as ‘making change’, ‘smoking cigars’, ‘ping pong balls’, etc *contributed by Black Kane,  The Lounge Lizard and Dennis
  • 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
  • Attic Bar, The – Kalakaua Avenue / features *contributed by Ed Preble 

    The Apartment Nightclub Honolulu
    The Apartment Nightclub Honolulu
  • 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
  • Balcony Bar, The — 1920 Ala Moana Blvd., Waikiki / open-air gay bar on a huge balcony lanai overlooking Fort DeRussy; owners were Jimmy & Reggie *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Bambooze Sports Lounge – Waikiki Gateway Hotel, Waikiki / formerly Nick’s Fishmarket; sports bar, also featuring pub grub, billiards and dancing
  • Bar Seven – Kona Street, within Ala Moana Center street level (across the bus stop) / multiple bar owners operated within one venue; previously was Venus nightclub / Currently The District nighclub *contributed by Kevin S. Oshiro
  • Barefoot Bar – Queens Surf – Waikiki / features *contributed by Yobo
  • 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
  • Big Kahuna’s – Kuhio Ave, Waikiki / tiki bar and restaurant (mostly bar at night) / currently Big Kahuna’s has moved across the street to a much smaller location *contributed by Rob Godaire and Pomai
  • 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.
  • Blowhole, The – 124 Kapahulu Ave., Waikiki / great bar with swimming pool and jacuzzi in it; small dance floor; live music / currently occupied by ABC Store #33. *contributed by John and Josh Kay
  • Blowhole Lounge, The – located in the Pacific Monarch Hotel, Waikiki ; entrances from Uluniu St. and from the hotel lobby/ formerly Key Largo; successor to The Blowhole on Kapahulu, having the same owner; unlike the original, there was no swimming pool. *contributed by John, Josh Kay and Joan & Dave
  • Blue Lagoon – Kuhio Avenue, Waikiki / features / currently Rivals Sports Lounge *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • 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 velvet – 342 Seaside ave, Waikiki / features / currently *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • Bluewater Café – Kuhio Ave. / 80s era; good food, fun place to hang out and plenty of women *contributed by Rick W. 
  • 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
  • Bob & Tony’s – Ala Moana Blvd., Waikiki, across from the old Kaiser Hospital / gay bar *contributed by Josh Kay
  • 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; Tonya Sullivan and Scott Hagmaier were DJs there. Prior to it housing Bobby’s there was a great fine dining restaurant in that location called JB’s in the early 70’s. In 1976 an HPD officer was shot and killed there. Eddie Lopez, a retired HPD Officer shares details about that: “That officer who died that fateful night was named Larry Stewart, born Aug 1948, appointment date: Jan. 16, 1975.  End of watch: Feb. 12, 1976.  My friend and partner.  I was working in another sector that night.  Our sector sergeant called all of us for a meet.  He told us about the shooting at Bobby McGee’s Waikiki Discotheque.  It would be a few hours before I found out my friend Larry had been killed on duty” I always think of Larry.  Lest we forget” ~ Eddie Lopez, HPD. Natalia, a former cocktail server at Bobby McGee’s shares this story: “I used to be a cocktail waitress at Bobby McGees in 1990-1992. I had to go to a three week training class to learn every cocktail, the exact ingredients, garnishes and glassware to serve. Once you pass the training, you have to learn how to memorize your entire sections order to memory without writing it down (no pens were allowed) and call it back to the bartender verbally in a very specific call order by alcohol (Vodka, Gin, Rum, Bourbon and last tequila and then beers by imports, domestic and last drafts). I then had to have my own bank, provide cash change and hold all my money until the end of the night to pay my “tab” at the bar for my section. I sometimes had $2,000 on me at night. I had a credit card carbon copy swiper for charge cards on my tray. Whatever was left over were my tips. We were required to “light” everyone’s cigarettes too!! Wow, times have changed!” ~ Natalia. Long after “Bobby’s”, the same space became the “W” Restaurant and Lounge currently Wisp Restaurant and Lounge *contributed Jerrie Mitchell, Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle and kevin s. oshiro
  • 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
  • Bully Hayes (the Kailua one) / features *contributed by Yobo
  • 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 / currentlyCanton Puka – International Marketplace, Waiklp club / currently a tattoo parlor
  • Captain Nemo’s – Waikiki / features / current *contributed by Catherine “Cathi” Bell
  • CC’s – off a walkway between Kalakaua Ave. and Lauula St. in Waikiki / cozy little gay bar with karaoke / currently occupied by In-Between (a gay bar with karaoke) *contributed by Josh Kay
  • 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
  • Cha Cha Cha’s – 342 Seaside ave, Waikiki / features / currently *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • Charley’s Bar – Koko Marina / features / features / currently Zippy’s *contributed by DaSauceMan
  • Charlie’s Tavern – near University Ave. / Home for college frat. Kappa Iota; old Charlie used to sit in his seat at the end of the bar, was there day and night; 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 *contributed by Don Sprinkle
  • 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
  • Chinese American Club, The – Waikiki / The MopTops, Luke’s Pineapple Store, The Spirits, The Casuals of Waikiki with Steve Lucas on guitar, Luv Special Delivery, The Silver Bike, The Young Ones and a host of other bands played there *contributed by R. Scott Rhode
  • 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; Pandora Peaks used to dance there *contributed by Jack
  • 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 Joyce – Beretania Street, in front of Mida’s / 70s to early 80s era *contributed by Black Kane
  • 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 – in the lobby of the Royal Prince Hotel Apts, 415 Nahua St., right behind the Int’l Marketplace,, Waikiki / an “interesting place”; catered to an older kamaaina crowd *contributed by T.T. and George Zirnite
  • 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
  • Compadres Waikiki – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / beer, chips & salsa *contributed by Joan and Dave
  • Copacabana -Kalakaua Ave. & McCully St. / THE Honolulu nightclub at the time (’60s era), owned and operated by Betty Reilly, who also performed there, as well as Joe Castro with the Augie Colon Trio, Capitol recording star June Christy, and other mainland acts *contributed by Linda Starr
  • Country Meeting – Wahiawa/ Summer and Island Band played there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Cowboy Inn –  Aiea area near Pearl Harbor / Early 80s era bar popular with military personnel from the base nearby *contributed by Lynn
  • Crazy Horse – Kailua / sister club to Lollipop Lounge and Tammy’s Lounge; topless bar; previously Ernie’s, featuring local bands / currently  *contributed by Jerrie Mitchell, AieaBoy & Jim Fox
  • Crow’s Nest – Waikiki (above the Jolly Rodger) / 70s era; three piece folk group named “Brandywine” and Blue Kangaroo played there; peanuts in a barrel that you could shuck and drop the floor; The founder, Dave Heffner, died about four years ago (2012) *contributed by KeithF and Wendy Tolleson
  • Da Fish Hook – King and Mokauea st. / features / currently American Savings Bank
  • Da Sting – Princess Kaiulani Hotel, overlooking Kaiulani Ave., Waikiki / Early 80’s nightclub off the lobby of the PK. Really cute, really dumb waitresses. Good for maybe change for $20, thass it.Previously Da Sting was Rex’s (a disco club), previously before that it was Rex’s & Eric’s; Big local hosts worked at Da Sting, including Lee Deshong and Tony Miloni (who later started Bullwinkle’s>Moose’s); originally Da Sting was managed by Fred Hirayama, then later by Dewey Reed; Natural High, The New Experience & Reach bands performed there; Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle, Robert Aquino and Rick Mayo were DJs there *contributed by Jim Dorsey, Steve and Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle
  • Da Swamp – Location / “Swinging” Dick Jenson and Da Swamp men performed there in 1963 *contributed by Frank Ryle
  • Dancers – Sand Island Access Rd. / gentlemen’s club / currently
    Danny’s – Manoa Marketplace / features / currently *contributed by DaSauceMan
  • Davy Jones Locker – Outrigger Waikiki, across the International Market Place / “Underwater Bar” to drink and “spock” da’ tourist (mainly da’ wahine) in da’ pool; free popcorn; used to have a diving board in the pool above but they had to remove it when two piece bathing suits became the norm; once there was a honeymoon couple unaware they were entertaining the crowd. *contributed by AieaBoy and George Zirnite
  • Deja Vu – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki – Gentlemen’s club / became Pure Platinum, currently Maddog Saloon
  • Del Centro – location / features *contributed by Yobo
  • 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
  • Dipper, The – Kapahulu Ave., Waikiki / gay bar *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Dirty Mary’s – 2109 Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / popular open-air gay bar behind Hamburger Mary’s, with a fun atmosphere, music and dancing; always packed for the free barbecue every Sunday / currently occupied by the high-rise Ritz Carlton Residences *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Dominic’s Rock & Roll Clinic – at the edge of Waikiki / rowdy crowd / currently
  • Dog House Saloon – International marketplace / features / currently *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • 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
  • DoJiggy — S. King St. near intersection of Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu / gay bar *contributed by Josh Kay
  • 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
  • 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
  • Entre Nous – corner of Kuhio and Royal Hawaiian Avenues in Waikiki / gay bar *contributed by Josh Kay
  • 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
  • Face’s (old Rex’s) Kuhio Ave. Waikiki / features *contributed by Yobo
  • 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); Jimmy Gunn was DJ; Jen Roberts used to work there (she’s currently a part-time bartender at Mai Tai Bar Ala Moana and full time Honolulu Fire Department firefighter) / *contributed by Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle
  • 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
  • Funny Farm, The – Waikiki / ’60s era; The MopTops, Luke’s Pineapple Store, The Spirits, The Casuals of Waikiki with Steve Lucas on guitar, Luv Special Delivery, The Silver Bike, The Young Ones and a host of other bands played there *contributed by R. Scott Rhode
  • Fusion Waikiki – Kuhio Avenue / LGBTQ nightclub that featured transgender cabaret and male review performances; two levels, with bottom level usually playing techno/trance and top floor mostly hip hop/house;  one of the few clubs in Waikiki open until 4am; opened in 1989, closed in 2017 (28 years)
  • Garbo’s – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / LGBTQ bar that was a part of Fusion
  • Garden Bar – Hilton Hawaiian Village/ Pianist was John, who always played Harbor Lights for mainland visitors *contributed by Ed Preble and Emma  
  • Garr’s – near The Picadilly / 1974/75 era? It was on the penthouse floor of building? Owned by well known old-time Waikiki bahtendah Garr Winward. *contributed by Jeana and Jim Dorsey
  • “Gay 90’s” – McCully/Kalakaua? / ’70s era gay bar that was home of Sassafras, Gold Rush, etc. / currently occupied by the high-rise Waikiki Landmark *contributed by mr. crabnuts and Josh Kay
  • Gingerman –  Makai side of Beretania across from the Moiliili triangle park (the one with the Torii Gate) / 70s era pub owned by John McManus; popular hangout spot for UH students *contributed by KeithF & khs68
  • 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, The – downtown / 60s and 70s era gay bar featuring the “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 / *contributed by KeithF
  • Godmother, The – Saratoga Rd., across from the Waikiki post office / gay bar and Italian restaurant owned and operated by Liz Cestares *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Gold Coin  – Kapiolani Blvd. / George Helm, Mel Cabang, Chucky Boy Chock performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Green Chateau – Sheridan St. / 70s to early 80s era *contributed by Black Kane
  • Green Turtle – Kapiolani Blvd., fronting Ala Moana Center / hostess bar
  • Green Villa – Kapiolani Blvd. / 70’s to early 80s era  *contributed by Black Kane
  • 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 Ritz Carlton Luxury Residence; Hula’s has since moved and still operates in a second floor open air hotel space across the Zoo on Kapahulu Blvd.
  • Hana Banana’s (the Kailua version) / fetures *contributed by Yobo
  • 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 Light – Kewalo Basin area, side street of Old Honolulu Iron Works, next to Surf Boards Hawaii, Surf Billiards / Boiled peanuts *contributed by Richard Wiley & Black Kane
  • Harbor Lounge, The – Bethel Street across from the Hawaii Theater / Featured exotic dancers. Was a favorite of the Sailors, Marines and local motorcycle clubs such as the Devils Breed from the early 80’s to 1987. This bar had been around for many years called the Playroom before John and his wife Ann bought it and renamed it. John ran the bar and Ann ran the girls. The regulars will remember John had a 357 magnum next to the cash register and a 12 gauge shotgun under the bar he would bring out from time to time. Everything you would expect in a Hotel Street bar. John and Ann had a five year old son and John sold the bar after Ann died of an overdose of cocaine in 1987. Before opening the Harbor Lounge John and Ann spent a year operating a bar right next to the Hawaii Theater called Club Darling. *contributed by John Reid
  • 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
  • Hideaway Cafe – 1913 Dudoit Lane, Waikiki, behind Irish Rose and 7-Eleven / 5 star dive bar / currently Suzie Wong’s *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • 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 Club, The –  Kailua, above Rocky’s liquor store across from the library and Police Station / 60’s era; “Children of Stone” band played there in 1966 for UH student event; turned into the 23rd Step *contributed by Alan Paz and R. Scott Rhode
  • Horatio’s – location / Audy Kimura performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Hotel – corner of Hotel & Nuuanu / 60s era; *contributed by Jim
  • House of Charles – a gay bar; need more info regarding location, description, etc. *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Hush Boutique Nightclub – Hawaiian Monarch, Waikiki / intimate nightclub 
  • In Between – 2155 Lau’ula Street, Waikiki / Small but full of aloha. Formerly CC’s, with similar description / Current (gay) karaoke *contributed by John
  • Infinity – Sheraton Hotel, Waikiki / circa 60’s and 70’s; The Kasuals & Phaze VII bands performed there; Rick Mayo spun there as DJ *contributed by DJ Anderson
  • Jackhammer Lounge – Ala Moana Hotel / temporary during renovations, Jeff Rasmussen performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Jameson’s – 342 Seaside ave, Waikiki / 1st location / currently *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • 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
  • Kalia Gardens – Ena Road, Waikiki / where Kui Lee did his famous knife dance and sang his beautiful songs. If you lived nearby, you could hear the shows long into the night. That was a lively block at the time, as across the street was Tops, one of the many Spence cliff restaurants. *contributed by Doug Crocker
  • 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
  • Katz – on Kapahulu Ave. in Honolulu / gay bar with a large dance floor / currently occupied by the Safeway Center complex *contributed by Josh Kay
  • 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.|
  • Key Hole – Kalani St., Kalihi / Sonny Chilingworth performed there *contributed by Lawrence K.
  • Key Largo – Aqua Pacific Monarch hotel (in the back) on Uluniu & Prince Edward Street / Na Kane Pono combo band played great local ‘kine music there; fair share of hookers & drug dealers *contributed by Joan and Dave
  • Keone’s – Lewers, Waikiki / Jimmy Borges personal after-hours club, made his own *contributed by AieaBoy
  • Kojak’s – Young St. / In the late 70s to early 80s Nueva Vida (Robert Shinoda, Noel Okimoto, et al) with Pauline Wilson and Kalapana played there regularly; first gig for Andy Bumatai. /currently J-Shop, Japanese grocery and bento-ya *contributed by Leighton &khs68
  • 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.
  • Lava Lava – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki  / A gay bar that preceded The WAVE Waikiki; after-hours competition for The TOMATO (across the street, next to Al Phillips The Cleaner) *contributed by webrunner and Josh Kay
  • Lemon Tree – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki / features / currently
  • Level 4 Nightclub & Ultra Lounge – Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Waikiki / dance club /
  • Lewers Street Annex – Lewers Street, Waikiki / Meat market for the dudes from Pearl *contributed by Joan and Dave
  • 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 Dipper – Honolulu / ’60s era; Joe Castro performed there with vocalist Theo Lane
  • 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.
  • Lojax – corner of Seaside and Kuhio (next door to what once was Fusion Waikiki) / gay bar formerly known as Angles; small dance floor on the side;  occasionally held dance contests; free popcorn/ currently Amnesia (a sports bar) *contributed by Joshua & John
  • Lollipop Lounge – Beachwalk, Wakiki / features 
  • 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.
  • Marcel’s – Corner of Seaside and Ala Wai in Waikiki / 1980s era; it was an Italian restaurant and turned into an after hours gay-friendly dance club that was busy from 1:30-4:00am. Wasn’t open for very long but sure was fun *contributed by Samurai and Josh Kay
  • Marrakesh – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki / Robert Aquino and Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle were DJs there; Jack Law eventually bought it and turned it into The Wave *contributed by Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle
  • Marigold, The – Waipahu / features / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
  • Martini Zoo – Kalakaua Ave., across Century Center / previously was Slammers Bar & Grill / currently Home Bar & Grill *contributed by Kevin S. Oshiro
  • 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
  • Meat Market, The – Corner of Seaside and Kuhio Ave. / Along with Red Oyster, Restaurant Corp. of Hawaii (RCOH) also ran a nightclub this club in the early 70’s, an aptly named, short-lived pickup spot. When it closed, LA buyers stepped in, kept the dark booth decor & it became Matteo’s. *contributed by Jim Dorsey
  • 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
  • Michaelangelo – In Eaton Square on Hobron Lane, Waikiki / fun gay-friendly karaoke bar *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Mike’s Broil Your Own – Waikiki / features *contributed by Yobo
  • 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
  • Mr. C’s – 342 Seaside ave, Waikiki / features / currently *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • 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
  • No Name Bar – Kailua / dancing; flaming shots *contributed by Joan and Dave
  • Oahu Bar, The – location / live music / currently
  • Oasis, The – mauka side of Old Waialae Road, where Kapiolani Blvd. meets up with Kapahulu Ave. / gentlemen’s club formerly known as Chaco’s Yakiniku Restaurant / It was a cozy restaurant, and went kind of downhill when it became converted to Oasis nightclub in the 1980s. The late ghost story writer Glenn Grant wrote about the dismembered hand that had been found in the parking lot around that time…supposedly has to do with a series of supernatural events that involve Mo`ili`ili and Ka`imuki. / currently a public storage facility *contributed by Tim
  • 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
  • Opehrs  – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, next to eggs and things / features / *contributed by mr. crabnuts
  • Opus One – Ilikai Hotel, Waikiki / Group called the Insights played there; Rene & Akemi Paulo with their talented family performed there too *contributed by Carrie
  • Paris – Hawaiian Monarch Hotel, Waikiki / small nightclub lounge / currently
  • Partners – on Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu / primarily lesbian clientele *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Parrot House – location / Kalani Whitmarsh was DJ *contributed by Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle
  • Pat’s Cocktail Center – Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, across from Ala Moana Center / primarily lesbian clientele *contributed by Josh Kay
  • 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 
  • Pecos River Cafe – Aiea / Hawaii’s Premier Country & Western night club, circa 1986, “Urban Cowboy” type of bar *contributed by Joan, Dave and Lynn
  • Peppermint Lounge, The – Kalaukaua & Ena Rd. *contributed by Gerry
  • 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
  • Punky Kid Saloon – Originally located in downtown Honolulu in an alley next to the Hawaii Theater;  later moved to Kona St. / Gay bar with upstairs pool table and lounge where you could enjoy your pakalolo *contributed by Josh Kay
  • 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
  • QM I – (aka the Question Mark) – Beretania St. in downtown Honolulu / a gay-friendly genuine dive bar with pool table, live cockroaches running up and down the bar, along with druggies, hookers and other fringe types *contributed by Josh Kay
  • QM II  (aka the Question Mark II) –  Kalakaua Ave. at Young St., Honolulu / another seedy gay bar, but a couple of notches nicer than QM I;  cheap booze, pool table and juke box; frequented by druggies, prostitutes and other questionable types *contributed by Josh Kay
  • 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
  • Rail Bar, The – Kalakaua Ave, in hotel lobby on the way to Duke’s (Outrigger Waikiki Beach) – features / currently *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • Rendezvous Nightclub – Waikiki /  Schofield, Hawaii–May 1956. Four Kings Quartet win US Army All Pacific Talent show. Appeared on morning television the following Monday morning, then at the Rendezvous night club the following Saturday, then the banquet room at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel the following Saturday for a stateside Bankers Convention. From there we appeared all through the Islands. Then we got shafted by the army.
    They refused to send us to New Jersey to compete in the Army Talent Show, opting instead to send 24 boxers to Boston,Mass to compete in the golden gloves finals. We became bitter toward the Army and they broke us up in 1957 by rotating 2 members. Am interested in finding an old picture of the Rendezvous for my scrapbook. Will pay for the picture. Sincerely Ken Martin, lead singer for The Four Kings. (P.S. Not one of the boxers qualified for the golden gloves.) *contributed by Ken Martin
  • 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
  • Rascal’s nightclub  – Kuhio Ave. Waikiki / The entrance was on the second floor of a two level building near the Miramar hotel. You went down a wide white staircase to get to the dance floor and there was a white pillar with a cupid statue. It tried to compete with Rumours as an upscale disco, but couldn’t keep a crowd. Closed and became Deja Vu, a gentlemen’s nightclub (then became Pure  Platinum, another gentlemen’s club *contributed by Samurai
  • 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
  • Really Crap Hole Dive Bar,  The –  Kuhio Village Resort apartment /size of a closet; the whole place was a dump *contributed by Joan and Dave
  • Red Lion, The – Hyatt Regency Waikiki (sidewalk cellar) / bar and club / currently
  • Red Lion – Lewers Street (in the basement) / claustrophobic *contributed by Joan and Dave
  • Red Lion Pizza Parlour – Outrigger West, Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / sidewalk entrance bar downstairs, may have opened before the hotel was finished. You ordered your pizza upstairs and went down to the bar and listened to the excellent juke box and for your order to be called. *contributed by A.T. and George Zirnite
  • Red Noodle – Duke’s Lane/Kuhio Ave, behind International Market Place in the old Reef Hotel / Restaurant Corp. of Hawaii (RCOH) ran this nightclub hot spot in the early 70’s; mostly African-American clientele, however some locals would chance ‘um; glad we did because most of the time was pretty much fun; at the grand opening in 1970 Quicksilver Messenger Service played and the Chambers Brothers were in the audience.  *contributed by Phil and Jerrie Mitchell and Jim Dorsey
  • Red Vest – corner of Kuhio and Nahua across from the Black Angus / 60s era / 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 – corner of Kuhio and Nahua in Waikiki, across from the Black Angus / 80’s era nightclub / currently Play Bar *contributed by Jim Dorsey
  • Rex’s & Eric’s – corner of Kuhio and Nahua in Waikiki / 70’s era fine dining restaurant & fancy disco, THE place to see celebrities, including the likes of Wilt Chamberlain and Mark Spitz; in the late 70’s it turned into a private club; opened a backgammon room and added a small dance floor; Jo Anne from NYC started playing records and teaching people to “touch dance”; while there were already gay disco bars in Waikiki at this early age of the fad, this was the first venture into straight disco; when they made the change, Rex bought Eric out and it became just Rex’s; DJ (Debbie) Anderson spun there / currently Play Bar *contributed by Jim Dorsey and Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle & DJ Anderson
  • 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
  • Rose and Crown Pub – King’s Village, Waikiki / sing-along piano; Joan met her husband Dave there! *contributed by Alan and Joan & Dave
  • 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.
  • Round House, The – Pearlridge Shopping Center, Aiea / located under Anna Millers *contributed by Mary Becker
  • 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.
  • Sand Castle, The – Reef Hotel (pre-Jilly’s) Waikiki / features *contributed by Yobo
  • 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 – corner of Kuhio and Nahua in Waikiki / co-owned by David Shutter; back half banquet room of the original Red Vest / currently Play Bar *contributed by Jim Dorsey
  • 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
  • Shotz Bar – Nohonani in Waikiki / features / currently Honolulu Tavern *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • Sir John’s – nearby the old KITV & KHON studios / features / currently
  • Slammer’s – Ward Ave., / was replaced by Dixie Grill, then Kanpai (California Rock ‘n Sushi nextdoor) / currently vacant *contributed  by Kevin S. Oshiro
  • Slammers Bar & Grill – Kalakaua Ave. / later changed its name to Martini Zoo/ currently Home Bar & Grill *contributed by DaSauceMan and Kevin S. Oshiro
  • 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
  • Spaghetti Eddie’s – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki / gay bar and restaurant opened by Trixie *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Sparky’s – Kapiolani Blvd. / Kapena performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Spat’s – sidewalk-fronted cellar of the Hyatt Regency, Waikiki / Rian Neves was DJ *contributed by Rollow Mickle
  • Spindrifters – Kahala Mall / Music Magic performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
  • Spinners Waikiki – location / features / currently *contributed by Rob Godaire
  • Sports Bar, The – On or near the corner of Kalakaua and Ala Moana Blvd. / the owner was gunned down in front of his bar. *contributed by Takoeye
  • 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
  • Streamers – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki; half basement on the mauka side of the street / bouncer, but no cover; free pupu buffet for a two drink minimum; buy one drink and eat fast while dodging the waitress; had a dance floor with colored light blocks *contributed by Joan and Dave
  • 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 & Yobo
  • Sweet Marie’s – International Market Place, Waikiki / Early 70s era nightclub featured the band Suite Marie, with Prince Teddy on drums and vocals. Their rendition of “Ain’t No Sunshine” was fantastic. They had a small concrete bridge over a small pond at the entrance with a bamboo cage hanging over the water to the left of that bridge. It was said the cage had monkeys in it from its’ previous occupant, The Monkey Pod? *contributed by Bob Platt and Scott Rhode
  • 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
  • Surfer’s Corner – was located somewhere in Waikiki / a gay bar; need more information *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Sway Bar – Sway Hotel, Koa Street, Waikiki (behind the Hyatt) / hotel bar / currently Wang Chung’s *contributed by Kevin S. Oshiro
  • Swing Club, The – Hotel St. / Gay-friendly 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; sister club to Lollipop Lounge; topless bar *contributed by Wahiniguy and Jerrie Mitchell
  • 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 Lounge – International Marketplace, Waikiki / features *contributed by George Zirnite
  • The Tomato NightclubTomato, The – corner of McCully St. and Ala Wai Blvd., Waikiki (next to Al Phillips the Cleaners) / ’70 era a gay-friendly bar; was preceded by The Stuffed Tomato; Monty Monroe was DJ; after-hours competition for LAVA LAVA (across the street, where what became The Wave Waikiki) *contributed by webrunner and Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle and Josh Kay
  • 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 / gay bar and club / previously Hamburger Mary’s
  • Tropics Cafe Bar and Lounge – Ward Farmers Market, Kaka’ako / happy hour hot spot; ono grindz; live music / currently Real Gastro Pub
  • Tropical Paradise – Kalakaua Ave. between Beretania and Young Streets / neighborhood-type gay bar; often featured local musical groups performing live *contributed by Josh Kay
  • Underwater Bar – parking garage of the Outrigger Reef Hotel / features / became an Irish Pub later? *contributed by Tappy
  • Under Construction – location / gay bar; band named “SUGAR” played there *contributed by debi pomeroy
  • Two Jacks Funny – Hotel Street, downtown Honolulu / a regular stop after Hubba Hubba in the late 80’s / currently *contributed by Nick galante
  • Valentino’s – Waikiki / disco dance contests at Valentino’s were so successful that they extended the number of contests until a Thursday night in October ’78 where the finals were televised live on KHON TV Channel 2 with a first prize of $5000; Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle was DJ at Valentino’s; DJ (Debbie) Anderson also spun there; David Bouie was spotted there, wearing pale pink leather shoes *contributed by Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle & DJ Anderson
  • 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
  • Waikiki Beach Broiler – In a hotel / a band did a medley of covers that we all memorized and sang along; didn’t have a cabaret license so no dancing allowed; we “Butt Danced” in our chairs *contributed by Joan and Dave
  • 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; opened with Bill Walton as manager; big time bands from the mainland played there; sometime in late ’74/’75 they decided to have a DJ play during the band breaks, to which Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle got the job since he knew the manager and Rollow was already a big time disco dancer along with his then girlfriend (and eventually 1st wife) Kalani Rogers; later it became Da Sting, managed by Fred Hirayama *contributed by Rollow “Mahalo” 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
  • Windows on Eaton Square – Hobron Lane, Waikiki / gay bar known for its huge windows overlooking the street; large space with lots of tables and chairs; operated by Jim and Reggie, previous owners of the Balcony Bar *contributed by Josh Kay
  • 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 / Gay bar 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 and Josh Kay
  • York’s – Puck’s Alley / features *contributed by Yobo
  • Zanzibar – Waikiki Trade Center, second floor / “Vegas style” nightclub and lounge featuring gold-plated Egyptian mythology statues throughout  / previously was Maharaja, currently Hyatt Centric
  • 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
  • 2nd Floor – Kailua / Bryon Bryant was DJ *contributed by Rollow “Mahalo” Mickle
  • 23rd Step – Kailua / nightclub / currently

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*List updated 1.14.18

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…



268 thoughts on “Oahu Bars & Nightclubs Memorialized

  • August 30, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    I just watched a Pandora Peaks video and she said she danced

    at the Classic Cat in Hawaii.  Wow  i wish i could have seen

    that show.

  • September 16, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Venus nightclub: Bar Seven has now become “the District” nightclub (2017)

  • September 16, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Wang Chung’s (within the Stay Hotel Waikiki, on Koa Avenue) – it used to be the Sway Bar. Before Wang Chung was located near the King’s Village shopping complex

  • October 18, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Schofield, Hawaii–May 1956. Four Kings Quartet win US Army All Pacific Talent show. Appeared on morning television the following Monday morning, then at the Rendezvous night club the following Saturday, then the banquet room at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel the following Saturday for a stateside Bankers Convention. From there we appeared all through the Islands. Then we got shafted by the army.
    They refused to send us to New Jersey to compete in the Army Talent Show, opting instead to send 24 boxers to Boston,Mass to compete in the golden gloves finals. We became bitter toward the Army and they broke us up in 1957 by rotating 2 members. Am interested in finding an old picture of the Rendezvous for my scrapbook. Will pay for the picture. Sincerely Ken Martin, lead singer for The Four Kings. (P.S. Not one of the boxers qualified for the golden gloves.)

  • November 1, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    3D — gritty upstairs bar featuring punk music, including The Squids. Also hosted an annual transvestite beauty contest, I think. Kuhio Ave., Waikiki.

  • November 21, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Malihini. Not Malahini.
    Olomana. Not Olamana.

  • December 20, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Your list inspired me to create a new Facebook page: “Honolulu Gay Bars Remembered.” Check it out. You’re welcome to borrow from it to add more locations to your list. Mahalo nui loa.

  • January 12, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Shotz bar on nohonani in Waikiki, currently Honolulu tavern

    Hideaway Cafe 1913 Dudoit Lane Waikiki behind Irish rose, currently Suzie Wong’s, 5 star dive bar.

    Spinners Waikiki

    Dog house saloon, international marketplace

    342 Seaside ave, Waikiki over the years:
    Blue velvet
    Mr C’s
    Jameson’s 1st location
    Cha cha cha’s

    Blue Lagoon Kuhio ave, currently rivals sports lounge

    Big kahunas kuhio ave Waikiki

    The Rail Bar, kalakaua ave. In hotel lobby on the way to dukes

  • January 20, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    The Peppermint Lounge
    Kalaukaua & Ena Rd.

  • February 10, 2018 at 12:21 am

    Bobby McGee’s Conglomeration : this nightclub hot spot had later transformed into “W” and is currently called “Wisp Restaurant and Lounge.”

  • February 27, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Opened Bobby McGee’s in 1975. Was working the Disco Bar the night that Officer Stewart and his attacker were killed, no more than five feet in front of me at the bar. With the noise from the crowd and disco music, most did not hear the shots… only the scuffle after caught the attention of those in the lounge. Left in early ’78 with lots of memories and stories…

  • March 14, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    What about The Sports Bar on or near corner of kaulakua and ala moana. Its where owner was gunned down in front of his bar.

  • April 10, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    In the early 70’s, Sweet Marie’s was a night club in the International Marketplace and featured the band Sweet Marie. I loved their rendition of “Ain’t No Sunshine”. They had a small concrete bridge over a small pond at the entrance with a bamboo cage hanging over the water to the left of that bridge. Someone had told me the cage had monkeys in it from its’ previous occupant; I think it was called The Monkey Pod, but not sure.

    • April 10, 2018 at 2:06 pm

      Suite Marie…….I still have that record. Prince Teddy on drums and vocals. Stella’s candy store, etc. Decent stuff but didn’t last long for some reason.

  • April 10, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    The Anchor Bar on Hotel St. was mainly Country/Western if I remember right. It was there in early 70’s and I had assumed it had been there quite a few years. I think it was next door to the Club Hubba Hubba.

  • April 11, 2018 at 10:38 am

    I was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Ford Island, 1981-1983. I spent way too much time :^) at Pecos River and the Cowboy Inn. Best years of my life! Never had so much fun before or since. I would love to find a picture of or memorabilia from The Cowboy Inn. I have searched Google, Bing, Facebook, yahoo! and every other search engine I can think of and have only found one reference on Flickr …. but it was just a comment about the Monkey Bar that included the Cowboy Inn. I found an old post where someone was trying to sell glasses from the Cowboy Inn.

  • April 12, 2018 at 2:22 am

    Bluewater Café on Kuhio. Remember it in the 80s as good food and fun place to hang out and plenty of women


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