Best Places on Kauai for Live Music and Dancing

Jade Eckardt

By , Local Expert, Kauai
Ten Best Logo 03




The power of live music to make folks feel good is on full display at a host of Kauai night clubs. If listening to bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that Kauai does things right. Multiple options let you tap into the venues that 10Best readers favor like Tahiti Nui, a tried and true nightlife spot for locals. Or you can get a taste of the city's offerings by visiting places like Stevenson's Library, which is known for its Jazz music, class, and high end fun.

While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the Hanalei area, know that terrific places to hear...  Read more »

  • 1

    Bouchon's Hanalei

    Bouchon's is known for it's live music nights where people cut loose and dance the night away.

    Local Expert Tip: "Call ahead for music listings."

  • 2

    Happy Talk Lounge

    Happy Talk regularly showcases hula dancing, steel guitar, and contemporary Hawaiian tunes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Dress up for the Happy Talk, it's an upscale place. "

  • 3

    Keoki's Paradise

    Keoki's is a unique tropical bar and restaurant that offers live local music on weekends.

    Local Expert Tip: "Call ahead to learn what music you'll find. "

  • 4

    Tahiti Nui

    Tahiti Nui is where the locals go for a fun night with strong drinks, live music, good times.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go casual for a night out here. "

  • 5

    Hanalei Gourmet

    Part restaurant, part late night hang out, Hanalei Gourmet is always a good time.

    Local Expert Tip: "Happy hour runs from 3:30 to 5:30."

  • 6

    Duke's Barefoot Bar

    Duke's is a Hawaiian staple for live music, cocktails, Hawaiian food, and dancing on the beach.

    Local Expert Tip: "Come early enough for the sunset, the venue is right on the water. "

  • 7

    Hukilau Lanai Restaurant

    Hukilau is the go-to place for live music and cocktails six nights a week.

    Local Expert Tip: "Music is offered Tuesdays through Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m."

  • 8


    Tradewinds offers drinks only - food can be delivered - as well as karaoke, live music, and dancing.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try one of the daily drink specials. "

  • 9

    Stevenson's Library

    This upscale, refined bar is unique from others on the island, and showcases live music in an elegant atmosphere.

    Local Expert Tip: "Dress formal for the Library. "

  • 10

    Lava's on Poipu Beach

    Lava's serves exotic cocktails accented by live music with a gorgeous ocean view.

    Local Expert Tip: "There's two happy hours here. One from 3 to 5 p.m. and later from 9 to 11 p.m."



From Our Partners

Ready for Your Dream Vacation?