10 Best Beach Bars on the Big Island for Exotic Cocktails

Cocktails are best enjoyed with good friends or a date, but on the Big Island they can be enjoyed oceanfront, on the sand and in front of the sunset. Big Island bars, restaurants and lounges offer so much more than the classic rum and cola and common beer. You have exotic tropical options such as strong mai tais with dark rum floats, macadamia nut and lychee martinis, and even a wide array of locally produced beers.

The Big Island may not be riddled with clubs that rage all night long, but it has an abundance of casual and high end places for cocktails by the sea, at sunset and well into the night. Huggo's on the Rocks is one of the long standing oceanside bars in Kona. Huggo's has a modern ambiance and unique custom tropical cocktails.

Just down the street is Humpy's Big Island Alehouse. A casual Big Island staple, they offer a huge array of beers, cocktails and Pacific Rim bar food, right across from the ocean. Live music is offered throughout the week, and the sand bottom volleyball court outside completed the beach bar feel.

For upscale beach side cocktails and dining, the Beach Tree can't be beat. Sit on the sand and have the best seat on the island for the sunset. Watch the sunset over the ocean, relax local style, and make sure to try something new.

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

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

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



Any west side morning should start with the breakfast buffet at Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar. This is the place for long, leisurely breakfasts and chit chat over made-to-order waffles and omelets, fresh tropical fruits and juices, healthy whole...  Read More



This restaurant's Pacific Rim-influenced menu boasts a wide range of scrumptious seafood options. Enjoy fresh-from-the-sea mahi mahi marinated in miso sake, savor lemon-pepper scallops grilled and served with wild mushrooms, or delight in...  Read More

Blue Dragon Restaurant & Musiquarium


Blue Dragon Coastal Cuisine & Musiquarium is known for giving guests a really good time. Always crowded with locals and visitors alike dancing away the evening and taking breaks for bites of delicious food. The menu is locally based and...  Read More

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 (mai tais and margaritas are...  Read More



"For beer lovers, by beer lovers" is the slogan at Humpy's Alehouse where a huge array of beers on tap and really good bar food make for happy days and fun filled nightlife. Humpy's is the new spot in Kailua Kona for live music and nighttime...  Read More

Huggo's on the Rocks


The younger, wilder sibling of the famous seafood eatery next door called Huggo's, 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 under...  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