Papeete is often a swinging town after dark, and the sidewalk bars are usually very active, even during the week.

Some of the nightclubs close at midnight during the week and remain open until 2 or 3 A.M on the weekends.

Interesting places to drink and people watch at the same time include: 

Le Chaplins, with music and video clips, and more than 50 cocktails.
Great little bar to stop in and relax with open air seating. Right on the main drag of town. Nice cold local beer. 

Le Chaplin Tahiti

+689 40 42 73 05

Le Retro, a Parisian style cafe in the Vaima Center.
Le Retro has a great vibe and its open in different times of the day, dinner is great and If youre looking to have breakfast on sunday, thats the place to go, once most of the restaurants on sunday are closed.
Location is great, on the waterfront near Vaima centre. Staff are very lively.
Address: Papeete, French Polynesia
Phone: +689 40 42 86 83


Le Tamure Hut in the Hotel Royal Papeete, is one of the citys most popular "in" spots, open Wednesday through Saturday nights, with dancing to old and new Tahitian tunes played by a live band.

Address: 291 Blvd. Pomare, Tahiti, Windward Islands, French Polynesia
Phone: 42–01–29

Other nightclubs with a Tahitian atmosphere with music include La Cave (also located in the Hotel Royal Papeete). 

la cave tahiti

Z.I.Punaruu Punaauia
Phone: +689 40 42 61 61

For a european atmosphere and lots of disco music, go to LIbiza (Vaima Center), Le 106, Le Manhattan, Le Piano Bar (frequent transvestite shows), Le Zizou Bar, and Le Mana Rock Café.