The 7 Most Unique Bars in Hawaii!

From tiki bars to museum-bar hybrids to jazz bars, Hawaii’s nightlife scene provides something special night in and night out. The vibrant and creative bar landscape coupled with the gorgeous weather year-round is a recipe for great memories. If you’re looking for a night out that you won’t forget, check out these truly unique bars in Hawaii.

1. The Brewseum, Honolulu, HI

Definitely one-of-a-kind, the Brewseum is a mix between a museum and a bar. The site of the bar was originally a World War II military museum that eventually combined the artifacts with Hawaiian memorabilia and beer. This has created a very unique drinking establishment. The collections in the Brewseum date back to as early as 1812, with memorabilia and facts about how beer first arrived on the Hawaiian Islands. Another section of the museum focuses on World War II artifacts, and there is even a tiki bar on-site.

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2. South Shore Tiki Lounge, Kihei, HI

This classic tiki bar is kid and dog-friendly, features live music, DJs, and dancing. With outdoor seating, delicious drinks to cool off after a warm day outside, and yummy bar food, South Shore Tiki Lounge has consistently been voted among the best bars in Hawaii. Make sure you come for happy hour!

3. Downbeat Diner and Lounge, Honolulu, HI

Downbeat Diner and Lounge is notable for two reasons: the bar’s theme is Americana and it is one of the few places that serves Okolehao, a traditionally distilled alcohol native to Hawaii. To taste Okolehao, guests should order the Okolehao punch, which is their famed drink made with Okolehao, St. Germain, and hibiscus flowers.

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4. Paia Bay Coffee & Bar, Paia, HI

Part coffee shop, part cocktail bar, part restaurant, Paia Bay Coffee & Bar is tucked away “in the heart of Paia Town.” A gathering place for local artists and surfers, this space makes coffee with local, organic beans and also offers up creative craft cocktails. The casual and relaxed atmosphere makes it a perfect place to meet up with a friend for a drink.

5. Lewers Lounge, Honolulu, HI

Located within the Halekulani, Lewers Lounge is a jazz bar with a sleek atmosphere. With interiors designed with comfortable couches, a smooth wooden bar, and a piano taking center stage, this is definitely a bar to make an impression at. Watch as the professionally dressed bartenders shake and muddle the ingredients to make your drink while you listen to some smooth jazz music.

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6. Scarlet, Honolulu, HI

Scarlet is a tiki and drag queen bar that focuses on dancing and frequent live events. Catch a drag show on what Scarlet has termed the Pineapple Stage while enjoying a drink. Dance the night away in this open atmosphere where you are welcomed as you are.

7. The Study Bar, Honolulu, HI

The Study Bar is very cool. It’s secretively tucked away behind shelves of books in the lobby of the Modern Honolulu hotel. Every day, right at 6 p.m., the book shelves rotate to unveil the Study—a cozy cocktail bar with sectional sofas, ottomans, and a chic environment. The atmosphere is cool, the cocktails are expertly-crafted, what more could you ask for?

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