Best Beach Bars on Kauai Island for Nightlife and Fun



A refreshing cocktail on the beach is a delight at any time of day during a Hawaiian vacation. Whether it's a mai tai on the beach at noon, or a martini while watching the sunset on the ocean, beach bars are the best when it comes to cocktail time. Thanks to Kauai's abundance of gorgeous white sand beaches, there's plenty of beach bars to enjoy the sun, sand and surf while sipping on a cocktail or a local beer.

At Duke's Canoe Club, take advantage of the place's beachside locale and open-air ambiance. It's a great place to hang out with friends on its own or either before or after dinner upstairs. On weekends, local performers entertain guests with terrific Hawaiian music, and the place comes alive with folks grooving, dancing, and chatting.

As Kauaui's newest foray into beachside nightlife, RumFire Poipu Beach is a contemporary bar and restaurant experience with amazing views of the resort's Ocean Courtyard, Poipu Beach and the Pacific Ocean. Offering nearly 180-degree ocean views from all of its 240 seats, RumFire is Kauai's newest hot spot for locals and visitors alike.

Hip, gleaming Bar Acuda is a chef-run business that has taken the island by storm. Intent on creating stylish atmosphere and scrumptious food, the North Shore place is a great destination for dinner and drinks after rolling in off the gorgeous beaches of Hanalei.

Whether visitors are looking for a casual or upscale beach bar, it can be found on this list.




Spacious and relaxed, this hip spot boasts an industrial feel, thanks to aged brick, exposed ductwork, and copper accents. It also features expansive windows, which fill the place with light and island views. Sushi and sashimi capitalize on...  Read More


Bar Acuda Tapas & Wine
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Hip, gleaming Bar Acuda is a chef-run business that has taken the island by storm. Intent on creating stylish atmosphere and scrumptious food, the North Shore place is a great destination for dinner and drinks with friends or with a romantic...  Read More


Tahiti Nui
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This colorful, relaxed place provides a healthy dose of local style and an authentic taste of traditional Kauai. The comfortable hangout welcomes folks craving homestyle sustenance, as well as those who come to enjoy a tropical drink and great...  Read More


Tradewinds


A carefree, party atmosphere awaits at Tradewinds. Daily drink specials keep spirits lively, as does a lineup of local bands performing blues, bluegrass, rock, and Hawaiian music. They typically play on Fridays and during special events. Karaoke...  Read More


RumFire Poipu Beach
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Located inside of the Sheraton Poipu, RumFire Poipu Beach is a contemporary bar and restaurant experience with amazing views of the resort's Ocean Courtyard, Poipu Beach and the Pacific Ocean. As the newest addition to Kauai, and it's the sister...  Read More




At Lava's inside of the Sheraton Kauai, you can enjoy views of the sunset on Poipu Beach along with handcrafted and unique tropical drinks. Because it's located inside the Sheraton, there's a Sheraton dink of the day that changes daily. Happy...  Read More


Shipwreck Bar
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Located inside of the luxurious Grand Hyatt Resort, Shipwreck Bar is one of those ocean and pool side bars that's perfect for a morning Bloody Mary of afternoon Mai Tais. Guests can charge down the waterslide that's right by the bar, and refuel...  Read More


Stevenson's Library
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Harking back to the days of its namesake – author Robert Louis Stevenson – this refined bar has the feel of a Victorian gentleman's club, thanks to dark woods, upholstered sofas, books, and parlor games. Other diversions include billiards...  Read More




At Captain's Bar, guests sit perched above a lagoon. Views of the ocean highlighted by amazing positioning for the sunset make this place a hit. From mid morning to sunset, this lively bar offers gorgeous views of Keoneloa Bay, refreshing...  Read More


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Kalapaki Beach
Duke's Barefoot Bar
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The bar, like the restaurant at Duke's Canoe Club, takes advantage of the place's beachside locale and open-air ambiance. It's a great place to hang out with friends on its own or either before or after dinner upstairs. On weekends, local...  Read More


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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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