10Best Big Island, HI Nightlife

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Quote OpenLet's be honest, the Big Island isn't home to wild, raging all night dance clubs. It's all about drinks at a bar, socializing with (new) friends and enjoying local live music. Quote Closed






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About Big Island, HI Nightlife


The Big Island has a different definition of nightlife then say... Waikiki in Honolulu. Rather than open till 4 a.m. night clubs with laser lights and booming bass, the Big Island is home to a wide selection of bars and restaurants that serves drinks into the night with a rather casual ambiance. Locals and visitors alike chat and get to know each other, dancing to a sound system or a live local band entertains night owls, and it's an overall friendly and someone intimate experience.

Kailua-Kona is the central place for nightlife. Long standing bars like Lulu's serve as the local watering hole. Lively spots like the Kona Brewing Co. and Humpy's Big Island Ale House offer live music, dancing and a late night bar too, in the heart of Kona near the ocean. If you're really looking to party, Kailua-Kona is the place to be.

Over in Hilo, it's really about smaller bars-slash-restaurants for late night fun. Cafe Pesto and the Hilo Bay Cafe offer delicious custom cocktails and local brews in a lovely ambiance, but not too late.

Enjoy the Big Island after sunset, by going casual to places the locals go.

- Big Island Expert Jade Eckardt