Cody seating at a bar in Waikiki during happy hour.

11 Best Happy Hour Spots in Waikiki You Shouldn’t Miss

Are you ready to discover Waikiki’s top happy hour spots? Look no further! This guide unveils the absolute best happy hour spots to elevate your island experience. 

From sipping mai tais overlooking Waikiki Beach to cheap happy hour bites, there’s something for everyone.

Get ready to sip on refreshing cocktails, savor mouthwatering bites, and immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Honolulu’s renowned happy hour scene! 

Let’s dive in and uncover the hidden gems that await you in this tropical paradise.

Why trust us? I’m glad you asked! We researched the top restaurants in Oahu and consulted locals about their favorite happy hour spots. We also took it upon ourselves to try many different restaurants to make sure we recommended locations of the highest quality.

Best Happy Hour in Waikiki

Without further ado, here are the best happy hour spots in Waikiki!

(1) DECK.

RATING: 4.3 out of 5

Location: Queen Kapiolani Hotel, 150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

Happy Hour Times: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm daily

DECK. boasts a stunning rooftop deck (surprising, right?!) with incredible views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. 

Rooftop decks are naturally one of the best places to hang out and enjoy happy hour, and this place is no exception. With a relaxed atmosphere, great views, and the ability to enjoy the spectacular weather, the rooftop deck offers one of the best opportunities in Waikiki to enjoy your favorite sundowner amongst friends.

This establishment features excellent drink specials such as $12 mai tais, lilikoi margaritas, and $6 beers. You can also enjoy well-priced appetizers such as truffle fries, calamari fritti, beef sliders, and chicken wings at a great price.

We got the mai tai and the $6 beer with some beef sliders and calamari, and they were absolutely divine. The service was top-notch, and the vibe was lively yet laid-back.


Cody sitting at the bar at DECK. happy hour in Waikiki.
The happy hour menu at DECK. in Waikiki.
Trysta holding a mai tai from DECK. restaurant in Waikiki during happy hour.

(2) Waikiki Brewing Co.

RATING: 4.2 out of 5

Location: 1945 Kalākaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815

Happy Hour Times: Daily from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm & 9:00 pm – close

Waikiki Brewing Company is a vibrant and popular restaurant in Honolulu known for its fantastic atmosphere and happy hour. 

During happy hour, to the delight of beer enthusiasts, they offer their signature core 9 drafts for an unbeatable price of just $5.50 and $12 growler fills. These flavorful and refreshing brews showcase the brewery’s commitment to quality and craftsmanship.

If you want to explore beyond beer, their happy hour menu also includes $5 wells, allowing you to enjoy mixed drinks made with well-selected spirits at an affordable price. 

Additionally, wine lovers can rejoice with a generous $2 off wine, allowing you to savor a glass of your favorite variety while enjoying the exciting Waikiki atmosphere. 

I couldn’t resist ordering a glass of rosé, and I’m glad I did. We ordered and tried a couple of beers, and they were also good.

Whether you’re a beer connoisseur, a cocktail enthusiast, or a wine lover, Waikiki Brewing Company’s happy hour specials provide a fantastic opportunity to relax, unwind, or watch a game while savoring top-notch libations.

Two bears on a table from Waikiki Brewing Company in Oahu.
Cody drinking a beer from Waikiki Brewing Company in Honolulu during happy hour.
Cody outside of the Waikiki Brewing Company restaurant during happy hour in Honolulu.

(3) Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

RATING: 4.5 out of 5

Location: 298 Beach Walk, Honolulu, HI 96815

Happy Hour Times: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm daily

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar is an excellent choice of venue if you’re looking to relax and unwind in picturesque tropical surroundings. Their food and drinks are all inspired by the island, making for an intriguing drinking and dining experience.

One of the best features of Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar is its spacious outdoor patio and sandpit.

Enjoy discounted $9 and $10 wines, discounted cocktails, and select draft beers for $6 and more. You can also enjoy delicious small plates for $12, such as the blackened mahi mahi tacos, coconut shrimp, and cheeseburger sliders.

When we first went to this restaurant, we were a little thrown off by the store entrance, but don’t let that fool you. The restaurant is upstairs with plenty of seating, a great ambiance and atmosphere, and incredible views of Waikiki.

We ordered the frozen mai tai ($12) and a longboard draft beer ($6). We also ordered the happy hour “world famous” coconut shrimp for $12, and it came with three shrimp and a coleslaw-type salad. It was delicious, and we highly recommend it.

Trysta at the bar at Tommy Bahama Restaurant in Honolulu during happy hour.
Cody at the bar at Tommy Bahama Restaurant in Honolulu drinking a beer during happy hour.
Trysta outside of the Tommy Bahama Restaurant in Honolulu about to indulge in some happy hour.
A beer and frozen mai tai from Tommy Bahama Restaurant in Waikiki during happy hour.

(4) Tiki’s Grill & Bar

RATING: 4.3 out of 5

Location: 2570 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

Happy Hour Times: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm daily

Tiki’s Grill & Bar is another spot with great views over Waikiki Beach. Its location on the second floor affords it a great perspective over the beach. Another added feature is live music from Friday to Sunday.

You will enjoy discounted $5 beers, spirits, and selected $11 cocktails. Some food menu items include $6 coconut shrimp, $6 kalua pig quesadillas, $6 crispy risotto rice balls, and $6 crispy fries.

We ordered the mai tai and draft beers and tried everything on the happy hour menu. Our favorites were the coconut shrimp and crispy fries.

Side note: Going to Oahu and need recommendations on what to do? Check out our review of The Best Luau in Oahu and 15 Best Beaches in Oahu You Should Visit.

Cody and a group of people sitting at the bar at  Tiki's Grill & Bar in Waikiki during happy hour.
Cody taking a photo at  Tiki's Grill & Bar in Waikiki during happy hour with a view of Waikiki Beach.
The happy hour menu at  Tiki's Grill & Bar in Waikiki during happy hour.
Fries and crispy risotto rice balls from   Tiki's Grill & Bar in Waikiki during happy hour.

(5) Maui Brewing Co. Waikiki

RATING: 4.1 out of 5

Location: 2300 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

Happy Hour Times: Mon-Fri, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Maui Brewing Co. features happy hour specials with $2 off all beers, $3 off culinary & classic cocktails, half-price appetizers, and $12 pizza specials.

This stunning indoor-outdoor venue has an on-tap beer selection totaling over 36 options. This is arguably the best spot in Waikiki for those who thoroughly enjoy craft beers. 

Sets of tables and chairs at Maui Brewing Company in Oahu.
People sitting at the bar at Maui Brewing Company in Honolulu during happy hour.

(6) SKY Waikiki

RATING: 4.0 out of 5

Location: 2270 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

Happy Hour Times: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm daily

With its modern design, SKY Waikiki provides a chic setting for guests to enjoy an unforgettable evening. 

The rooftop lanai is one of SKY Waikiki’s main attractions, offering stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, and the cityscape. 

As the sun sets, guests can revel in the magical ambiance, accompanied by live music on select nights.

During happy hour, guests can enjoy $2 oysters, $4 Heineken, and $9 bubbly.

Located in the heart of Waikiki, SKY Waikiki is a go-to bar for locals and visitors. Whether you’re seeking a relaxed evening with friends or a sophisticated night out, this rooftop bar promises an unforgettable happy hour experience that captures the essence of Hawaii’s tropical paradise.

We mainly come here for the $2 oysters and excellent views, but the drink specials are good too.

Gorgeous views of Honolulu from SKY Waikiki restaurant.
Views of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel from SKY Waikiki restaurant and Bar.
People sitting at the bar at SKY Waikiki during happy hour.

(7) Doraku

RATING: 4.1 out of 5

Location: Royal Hawaiian Center, 2233 Kalākaua Ave Suite 304, Honolulu, HI 96815

Happy Hour Times: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday (excluding holidays)

Located in the heart of Waikiki at one of the best hotels on Oahu, The Royal Hawaiian, Doraku is a Japanese restaurant that has some of the best sushi on Oahu.

It’s a perfect spot for happy hour, with its daily specials, great vibes, and expansive menu offerings. The inviting ambiance and friendly staff create a welcoming atmosphere to enjoy the company of friends or loved ones.

Happy hour specials include $11 cocktails, $7 draft beers, $8 sushi, and additional hot items such as edamame, oyster mushrooms, shrimp, and eggplant miso.

Doraku Sushi is an excellent spot for those who enjoy fantastic sushi, Japanese food, and drinks. Their impressive menu and specials make this a tempting option for happy hour.

Trysta holding a glass of rose from a bar in Honolulu during happy hour.

(8) Mahina & Sun’s

RATING: 4.3 out of 5

Location: 412 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815

Happy Hour Times: Daily from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm (drinks) and 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm (food)

Located at the Surfjack Hotel (one of our favorite spots on Waikiki to get coffee), the Mahina & Sun’s restaurant focuses on authentic Hawaiian-style food by local chef Eric Leong. 

This is also one of our favorite places on the island to get pizza, so make sure to try it with the $20 happy hour deal mentioned below. One of their famous dishes is the Naked Pig Pizza with a thin crust, fromage blanc, bacon, and Maui onion. 

Happy hour specials include $5 beers and seltzers, $8 wine and well liquors, and a special including one pizza and two Maui Brewing beers for $20. 

Side note: Going to Oahu and need recommendations on a hike? Check out our review of Manoa Falls Hike and Lanikai Pillbox Hike.

Trysta holding a mai tai from a bar in Honolulu during happy hour.

(9) Basalt

RATING: 4.4 out of 5

Location: 2255 Kūhiō Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815

Happy Hour Times: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm daily

While many people know Basalt as of the best breakfast spots in Honolulu, it also doubles as an excellent restaurant for happy hour. With its cozy and sophisticated ambiance, Basalt is the perfect spot to unwind after a day of exploring Waikiki. 

With arguably some of the best-discounted prices in Waikiki for their happy hour items, Basalt is certainly worth a try. The vibey atmosphere and delectable food will keep you coming back. This is one of the best restaurants in Waikiki, so be sure to try it.

Their happy hour menu features $1 juice and tonic mixers, $5 draft beers, $4 beer, and $6 wines. 

In addition to this, there are highly-discounted prices on oysters, waffle fries, burgers, and duck empanadas.

The bar at Basalt Restaurant in Honolulu.

(10) RumFire

RATING: 4.2 out of 5

Location: 2255 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

Happy Hour Times: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm daily

RumFire is a beachside restaurant and lounge that boasts incredible views of Waikiki Beach and perfect sunset views. Firepits are dotted around the tranquil seating spaces for those chilly evenings.

Guests can also enjoy live music and a diverse menu of food and beverages. Some delectable specials to be enjoyed here include signature cocktails, house wines, draft beers, kalua pork nachos, Korean fried chicken wings, flash-fried edamame beans, and RumFire kimchee fried rice.

RumFire’s vibrant atmosphere, delicious food, and cocktails make it the perfect spot for a fun night out with friends or a relaxing evening overlooking the ocean.

Trysta holding a frozen mai tai during happy hour in Waikiki.

(11) Hula Grill

RATING: 4.4 out of 5

Location: 2335 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

Happy Hour Times: Mon-Fri, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Saturday, 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm; Sunday, 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Hula Grill is a lively, casual spot with incredible appetizers and other bar food items. Their tapas-style food is made for sharing, and some of the fan favorites include poke tacos, crab mac nut wontons, and smoked ahi dip.

The mai tais here come highly recommended, and at such a great happy hour price, who can resist?! There are various specials on other cocktails and beers as well. 

Guests can enjoy $4 select draft beers, $5 glasses of wine, and $6 tropical drinks. They also have $5 to $12 pupu and large plate options.

Hula Grill is by far one of our favorite restaurants in Waikiki. The views are spectacular, and the food is also good. Don’t forget to try the famous Hula Pie if you are craving something sweet. It might not be on the happy hour menu, but it’s definitely worth it.

Cody at Hula Grill in Honolulu with views of Waikiki Beach.
Gorgeous views of Waikiki Beach from Hula Grill restaurant in Honolulu, Oahu.
A delicious cocktail on a table in Honolulu during happy hour.

Happy Hour in Waikiki: Final Thoughts

With many fantastic happy hour spots, Waikiki is a paradise for those seeking exceptional food, drinks, and ambiance. 

This list has something for everyone, from rooftop decks to beachside lounges and fine dining. 

So, grab your friends, pick a spot, and savor the enchanting island vibes that Waikiki offers. Cheers!