10 Best Places for After-Dark Fun on the Big Island

The Big Island may not deliver nightlife like Honolulu, but it offers its fair share of nightlife. On the east side in Hilo you'll find local style bars and hangouts where you can mingle with Big Island residents and enjoy great drinks accompanied by conversation. In Kailua-Kona those in search of after dark fun can have their pick between low key bars, elegant lounges, and truly raging night clubs. Relax and enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset or dance till the wee hours of the morning, and pick from the array of offerings on the Big Island.

Over at the Kona Brewing Company at the other in Kailua, truly amazing beer and food add up to a perfectly fun, but still somewhat mellow night. For those looking for a classy and elegant night out, head out to the Lava Lounge located ocean side in a beautiful resort.

Over in Hilo on the East Side, a quintessential dive bar called the Hilo Town Tavern draws locals in on weekends nights. Dancing and live music prevails on weekends, and the crowd is a window into local culture. Also in Hilo is Pineapples, a new hip restaurant with an eclectic cuisine, hot bar, and live music throughout the week.

On the Big Island nightlife can be found from the east to the west side. Whether visitors are looking to dance all night long or relax by the sunset, the Big Island delivers.

As a family owned and operated restaurant in downtown Hilo, Pineapples brings fresh, local ingredients to a menu of Pacific Rim cuisine. Located in Hilo's historic Pineapple Building, the restaurant take advantage of an open air, corner location...  Read More

At the bottom of Big Island's Kalapana Highway outside of Pahoa lies Uncle Robert's Awa Club, the district's newest foray into socializing, food, shopping and nightlife. In fact, it's the only place to shop for miles around until returning back...  Read More

Oceans Sports Bar & Grill is a sports bar, restaurant, and after dark hot spot all in one. Located across from the ocean in Kailua-Kona, "Oceans," as it's been dubbed by the locals, is great for couples or family meals during the day but...  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

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

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

Around 6 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the First Fridays Hilo Art Walk takes place in the downtown Bayfront area of Hilo on Big Island. The somewhat sleepy town comes alive as locals and visitors alike come out to celebrate everything...  Read More

Hilo Town Tavern
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The Hilo Town Tavern is Hilo's answer to the classic dive bar. The full bar with local beers on tap can make just about anything a guest could want, but don't expect anything too fancy or gourmet. There's always an equal blend in here of college...  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


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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