Best Big Island, HI Nightlife

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    10. Gazebo Bar

    Let go of your worries with the "Fredrico," the signature cocktail of this casual bar, which makes its home at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. The view and setting here is absolutely amazing, with an expansive beach to...

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    9. Kahakai Bar Oceanfront

    If days spent lounging in the warm waters of the Pacific and the Fairmont Orchid's pool prove too strenuous, take heart -- you can get away from it all at the hotel's eminently pleasant Kahakai Bar Oceanfront....

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    7. Lava Lounge

    Grab your sweetie and head to this spectacularly-situated hotel bar, where incredible island sunsets reach out to you. Limited seating in the outdoor space allows patrons to enjoy the view without jostling elbows...

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    6. Masquerade

    As the Big Island's only gay bar, Mask has a solid roster of regulars, and it's one of the friendliest, most happening dance clubs around. Everyone is out to have a good time, so expect a lively crowd and check your...

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    5. Huggo's on the Rocks

    The younger, wilder sibling of the famous seafood eatery next door, this spirited joint is a terrific place to wind down the day and usher in the evening. Indeed, Huggo's on the Rocks is a popular outdoor bar and...

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    4. Kona Brewing Company: Kailua-Kona Pub & Brewery

    The pub at the Big Island's most famous brewery (choices are slim, but fame is fame, right?) is a terrific place to wind down after shopping. Brewery tours are quick and personal -- an added bonus is that visitors...

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    3. Lulu's

    One of the Big Island's top dance clubs, Lulu's can attribute its popularity to any number of factors -- its ocean-side location, awesome open-air deck, or state-of-the-art lighting and sound. A favorite with the...

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    2. Beach Tree

    Tropical drinks, beautiful scenery, and a short walk to the water -- if the world were a fair place, every town would have a joint like this. At the exotic little cabana bar, you can sip your favorite mixed drink...

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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.

About Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and exploring the island. A regular visitor to Kauai, Jade recently authored a full-length Kauai guide book. She is a writer and photographer, whose work has been published...  Read more »

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