End a exquisite Big Islan day with tropical drinks and "talking story" at the island's best bars

After a long day of beach time, sight seeing, and cruising around the Big Island, it will be time to relax and enjoy some tropical drinks or a local beer at some of the hottest bars. At the island's best bars visitors and locals alike come together to "talk story" (socialize and chat) while enjoying drinks and pupus (appetizers) while observing the nightlife. Choices can be tough to make when it comes to food and drink, and here at 10 Best we know that. So we've compiled a list of the Big Island's ten best bars so you can have a fun and relaxing end to a fun and relaxing day.

If you're looking to relax in an upscale bar and restaurant with a delightful array of unique cocktails, local beers, and wines, drop by the Hilo Bay Cafe. Nestled in an unassuming strip mall in Hilo, the modern and chic decor transports you to a place that isn't just about beaches and surf. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Lulu's in Kailua, Kona, a classic bar in the way that the pool table keeps guests entertained for hours, the music is always loud, and the bar pours till the late night hours. This is a good choice if you want to dance. Also in Kailua, Kona is Huggo's on the Rocks. A wonderful bar on the ocean catering to an eclectic mix of both locals and visitors looking to meet people, dance, and watch the sun go down from the joint.

Whatever you're looking for, 10 Best has it covered here with out top ten bar list for you to enjoy when the hot Hawaiian sun sinks below the horizon.

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. Featuring a thatched roof and a...  Read More

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 gaze at as well as a gorgeous...  Read More

Few things better complement a respite in paradise than an expertly mixed margarita and views of the surf rolling in. Fortunately, the Big Island boasts a place where you can enjoy both – festive Tres Hombres, which comes complete with a beach...  Read More

Bongo Ben's Island Cafe
Photo courtesy of Pays de Montfort en Brocéliande

Just across the street from the ocean is this relaxed venue, where live music can be heard Friday and Saturday. Classic rock and a selection of Hawaiian favorites are tops on the aural menu, and the food version offers plenty of variations on...  Read More

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 inhibitions at the door....  Read More

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 over 21 get to sample the...  Read More


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 young and pretty sect, the bar...  Read More

Hilo Bay Café

Don't let appearances deceive you � there are no burgers and fries at this unassuming strip mall restaurant and bar, but you will find dishes like stuffed chicken breast with bacon and pine nuts, and artichoke, garlic, and cream cheese...  Read More

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 dance club whose specialty...  Read More


Meet 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...  More About Jade

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