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13 Best Happy Hours in Waikiki

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13 best happy hours in Waikiki, by travel blogger What The Fab

In this roundup of the best happy hours in Waikiki, I’m sharing 13 can’t-miss spots to elevate your Hawaiian vacations!

From dawn until dusk, Waikiki’s beauty is unmatched, so it’s no wonder the locale is a tourist mecca.

However, vacationing in such an iconic place can be expensive—coffee, lunches, acai bowls, dinners, and drinks add up quickly!

Do yourself (and your wallet) a favor by taking advantage of the best happy hours in Waikiki.

Enjoy delicious appetizers and refreshing mai tais on a budget at Waikiki’s best spots for happy hour.

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Best Happy Hours in Waikiki: 13 Can’t-Miss Spots

13 best happy hours in Waikiki, by travel blogger What The Fab
Image via Tiki’s Grill & Bar

1. Tiki’s Grill & Bar

Tiki’s Grill & Bar, with its stunning second-floor ocean views of Waikiki Beach, is the best place for happy hour from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Sip your favorite draft beer for only $5.50, and the signature mai tais are just $9.50.

Hungry for small bites? Say aloha to Tiki’s tasty food menu, offering fun twists on Hawaiian favorites like coconut shrimp and quesadillas that cost only six bucks each.

13 best happy hours in Waikiki, by travel blogger What The Fab
Image via Maui Brewing Co.

2. Maui Brewing Co.

Craft beer lovers, rejoice! Maui Brewing Co., situated in the Waikiki Beachcomber Outrigger Hotel, is paradise.

It offers an abundant selection of 36 craft beers on tap and unbeatable daily happy hour specials from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Enjoy $2-3 off cocktail specials, half-price appetizers, and $10 craft pizzas.

It’s one of the best pre-dinner hangouts for good company and has a great happy hour menu.

13 best happy hours in Waikiki, by travel blogger What The Fab
Image via Tommy Bahama

3. Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

Tommy Bahama’s is a laid-back spot in Waikiki with many happy hour options where you can let your worries drift away.

Treat your taste buds to island-inspired drinks, like the $9 Bahia Sangria or the fruity Pineapple Paradisio Martini.

Don’t forget to try the tasty half-off appies—the blackened mahi mahi tacos and beef sliders, only $11 each, are my favorites.

Tommy Bahama Restaurant has no shortage of choices, making it an excellent hideout for the afternoon.

Waikiki restaurants with a view, by travel blogger What The Fab

4. DECK Waikiki

At the DECK rooftop bar, you can admire great views of Diamond Head while sipping your favorite beverage.

From 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. daily, happy hour offers $7 drafts, $12 mai tais, and small plates beginning at only $7.

Top picks include truffle fries and jumbo chicken wings tossed in a deliciously sweet and spicy glaze.

Overlooking Waikiki Beach, DECK ensures an unforgettable visit.

13 best happy hours in Waikiki, by travel blogger What The Fab
Image via Hyatt


Escape the hustle and bustle of Waikiki Beach and take a break at SWIM, the Hyatt Regency’s pool bar, serving one of the best happy hours in Waikiki with cocktail classics.

The poolside bar offers several $6 cocktails during happy hour, plus an array of affordable beers, house wines, and pupus (appetizers) ranging from nachos to Baja fish tacos.

SWIM hosts live music on their pool deck every Wednesday and Thursday, adding to the lively atmosphere.

13 best happy hours in Waikiki, by travel blogger What The Fab
Image via Royal Hawaiian Center

6. Noi Thai Cuisine

Head to Noi Thai, among Waikiki’s top happy hour spots, for an upscale experience at the Royal Hawaiian Center—President Obama has been spotted there!

The happy hour is more than just drinks, featuring their famed pad Thai for just $10, delectable $7 crab wontons, and fresh rolls with peanut sauce for $5.

To top it off, drinks like Modelo beers start at just $5, while wine is around $7 a glass.

13 best happy hours in Waikiki, by travel blogger What The Fab
Image via SKY Waikiki

7. SKY Raw & Bar

SKY Waikiki is one of the best rooftop bars on the island of Oahu and offers excellent happy hour deals.

This casual spot is unbeatable, with indoor and outdoor seating, a panoramic city view of downtown Honolulu, and an eclectic selection of cocktails.

Enjoy $2 oysters on the shell, glasses of bubbly for just $8, and beers such as Heineken or Modelo for only $4 in the company of others at this trendy rooftop deck.

SKY is also a popular late-night spot to unwind and dance under the stars.

13 best happy hours in Waikiki, by travel blogger What The Fab
Image via Cheesecake Factory

8. Cheesecake Factory

Okay, hear me out—I usually never go to the Cheesecake Factory on vacation since I can go anytime at home in California, but their happy hour is too good to miss, and it’s perfect if you’re with a big group.

The food and drinks are delicious, and you can enjoy them for a fraction of the price.

Indulge in 14 mouth-watering appetizers and six yummy drink specials starting from just $7.95.

13 best happy hours in Waikiki, by travel blogger What The Fab
Image via Hula Grill Waikiki

9. Hula Grill Waikiki

After a morning of beach activities like surfing and snorkeling, head to Hula Grill for an afternoon of relaxed island vibes.

From 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. daily, they serve an Early Eats menu with a huge selection perfect for sharing—try the poke tacos, smoked ahi dip, or Crab Mac Nut Wontons.

The $10 Waikiki happy hour cocktails and $5 beers make this the perfect place for a casual oceanfront bite within walking distance of the beach.

Image via Morimoto Asia Waikiki

10. Morimoto Asia

Experience vibrant sunsets and relaxation at Morimoto Asia, a fabulous Japanese restaurant with one of the best happy hours in Waikiki.

Every day of the week, you can enjoy delectable Japanese dishes with unique flavors from China, Thailand, and Korea.

Sip on draft beers starting at $4 or specialty cocktails, like a Lychee Spritz and Blueberry Sour, for only $6.

Appetizers are also available for just $6, letting you savor an incredible evening of food and drinks.

Image via Alohilani Resort

11. SWELL Restaurant

Okay, SWELL is not the cheapest happy hour in Waikiki, but it’s a great place to enjoy a tasty happy hour.

The menu focuses on sustainability and features locally inspired dishes, such as Kauai Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, Oahu Kampachi Ceviche, and Maui Goat Cheese Samosas.

Sip the $12 Alohilani Guava Mai Tai or $13 Pineapple-Azerac—both are tasty and worth the extra $2 or $3.

Image via RumFire Waikiki

12. RumFire

RumFire, located a short stroll from Waikiki’s stunning beachfront, is an oasis with great daily happy hour specials from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Quench your thirst at this Sheraton Waikiki Resort & Spa bar with signature cocktails for just $5 while admiring the breathtaking setting.

Remember the delicious food deals ranging from $5-10. Everyone recommends the Adobo Chicken Wings at this beachside spot!

Image via Yard House

13. Yard House

Wrapping up this guide to the best happy hours in Waikiki is Yard House.

Despite being a chain restaurant, Yard House Waikiki Beach Walk has unbeatable weekly specials on food and drinks.

Dine on half-price starters and enjoy $2-4 off drinks—great for a midnight snack or an afternoon treat.

Their menu offers many snack bites, such as sashimi, spinach cheese dip, and deep-dish pizzas.

Embrace the aloha spirit and dive into Hawaiian culture at the best happy hours in Waikiki!

If you’re headed to Hawaii, check out my other Waikiki travel guides.

9 Unforgettable Waikiki Restaurants With a View

17 Best Places to Eat in Waikiki

Where to Find the Best Breakfast in Waikiki

Waikiki Beach Bars: ​​10 Can’t Miss Spots

11 Best Rooftop Bars in Waikiki


Is Waikiki expensive?

While you can plan a budget Hawaii vacation and travel to Waikiki for a reasonable price, food, lodging, and travel costs can add up.

When is happy hour in Waikiki?

Happy hour specials differ among restaurants but are generally several hours in the late afternoon.

Where are the best happy hours on Oahu Island?

I suggest Tiki’s Grill & Bar or RumFire.

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