Oahu Bars & Nightclubs Memorialized

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

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

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

Oahu Bars & Nightclubs Memorialized

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Aku Bone Lounge and Grill – Kona St., Kaka’ako / Bar, Karaoke and live music, pupus / currently
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
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 / dance club that attracted the younger hip-hop crowd; a “certain” cocktail waitress who worked there was the apple of Pomai’s eye / closed to become Mystique, currently a bank
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
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 – ground floor of the Blackstone Building on Kapiolani Blvd / bar / currently *contributed by 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
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
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.
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) / 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 / Ernie Cruz, Kaau Crater boys, Robi performed there / currently *contributed by A.T.
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
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 / younger crowd during the late 80′s / currently Irish Rose
Pink’s Garage – Honolulu / the original warehouse style club in Honolulu with great concerts / currently
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
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)
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
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 / currently the site situates an upscale condominium
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.
Yappy’s – Kapahulu / famous for the wait staff having to wear a “I am a Boy” pin to make sure nobody made a “Crying Game” discovery! / currently *contributed by KeithF
Zebra Room, The – Kalakaua Ave., between Young & Beretania / Dave Brubeck played there for a while before he became THE Dave brubeck / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
2 Jacks – lower Hotel Street / often had live music (jazz) / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
23rd Step – Kailua / nightclub / currently

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

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

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

DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE


Comments

Oahu Bars & Nightclubs Memorialized — 71 Comments

  1. Hey Pomai:

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

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

    • Keith-San,

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

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

    • A.T.,

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

      Note, #13 ~ 21 are all restaurants, which I’ve added to the ‘Oahu Eateries Memorialized’ list here:
      http://tastyislandhawaii.com/2013/03/23/oahu-eateries-memorialized/

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

      Again, domo arigato gozaimasu! ;-)

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

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

        Aloha,

        A.T.

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

  4. Mostly circa 1952-1960

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    dadiOH

  5. Pomai:

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

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

    • Keith-San,

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

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

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

    • Arny,

      Indeed, and thanks!

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

      Club Rock Za
      Club Rock Za

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

      Club Geisha House on Kapiolani Blvd.

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

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

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

  7. A.T. and Richard,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  10. Ryan-San,

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

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

  11. I thought of three more…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Jim,

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

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

        • Jim,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mahalo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • DHTD,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    and a few others that i forgot about

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

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

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

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

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

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

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