Best Bars in Kauai

Best Bars on Kaua'i for Fun after the Sun Goes Down

Kauai may be all about natural beauty and outdoor fun, but it has its share of bars and restaurants for late night fun. Those in search of a cocktail and socializing will be pleased to find options from classy, mellow lounges to the Hawaiian version of the local dive bar. From long-lived mainstays like Bouchon's to hip places like Bar Acuda Tapas & Wine, going out on Kauai is always a good time.

While there aren't any bars that truly qualify as a wild dance hall night club with thumping bass and laser lights, there are plenty of local style bars with live music, sports bars, and upscale lounges and bars in resorts.

For a more formal than normal upscale lounge to hang out it, try Stevenson's Library or the Living Room. At the Living Room you'll be treated to expanses of glass provide dramatic views of Hanalei Bay at this resort hotel. From comfortable upholstered furniture, guests can watch clouds come rolling in or the sunset illuminate the darkening sky. Vocalists, pianists, hula dancers, and other entertainers accompany the majestic views with aural beauty, a lovely preface to a night of relaxation and pleasure. If you're looking for the opposite - casual, local, and cool - drop into Tahiti Nui where you'll find live music, some wild dancing, and lot's of locals socializing.

No matter what late nighters are looking for, 10 Best delivers right here. So read on, and put on those dancing shoes.


Having trouble deciding what to do with your night? Rob's is always a good choice, and you'll find plenty to occupy your time. Naturally, the bar can set you up with your favorite poison, and the bartenders will probably introduce you to a few island drinks you haven't experienced before. There's also food to munch, TVs to watch, karaoke to partake of, live performers to enjoy, and dancing to be done. This is the type of local bar where everyone knows each other, and it's a casual place. Reasonable prices and sociable patrons add to the fun as well. Open late to satisfy the night owls.

Recommended for Bars because: The name says it all, Rob's offers a really good time.

Jade's expert tip: Two daily happy hours, 3 to 6 and 8 to 10.

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Illuminated by tiki torches and surrounded by trickling streams and tropical vegetation, this lively, open-air establishment proves irresistible to patrons. The welcoming ambience complements the menu, which boasts a wealth of fresh fish and steaks. Plus, Keoki's bar is a fantastic hangout for those who want to drink, socialize, and munch on appetizers and light fare. On weekends (usually Thursday to Sunday evenings), you'll catch live bands playing terrific Hawaiian tunes and folks dancing to the catchy rhythms. Fun and beautiful. Located along the coast of sunny Poipu, Keoki's is the perfect answer to a day spent on the beach and in the ocean.

Recommended for Bars because: A fun atmosphere and great drinks come together to make Keoki's one of the funnest south side bars.

Jade's expert tip: Catch live music here on weekends.

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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 tables, televisions, and a player piano. Single-malt scotches are a specialty, along with cognacs and ports. Nestled in a luxury hotel along the coast in sunny Poipu, the library provides the perfect answer to relax in a lounge after a long day spend in the sun and the ocean. Best of all, live jazz performers play nightly, regaling patrons with soothing, satisfying strains. Great ambiance.

Recommended for Bars because: Stevenson's Library is a true, classy lounge style bar that's unlike any other on Kauai.

Jade's expert tip: Have fun a dress up a bit for this place.

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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 home style sustenance, as well as those who come to enjoy a tropical drink and great entertainment. Every night, there's some sort of activity, be it karaoke performances, bands playing local tunes, or impromptu dancing. Here you are always likely to find a group of die hard locals who come here after a day of surfing to relax and unwind. Fun-loving patrons and a casual ambiance guarantee its appeal in the eyes of North Shore natives and visitors alike.

Recommended for Bars because: This is Kauai's take on a local dive bar and it's always a fun time.

Jade's expert tip: Get ready to people watch and enjoy dancing with locals loyal to the place.

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The Kaua'i Island Brewing Co. is a microbrewery and brewpub that incorporates nightlife with great food and beer. Featuring 10 house beers on tap plus several rotating guest beers both on tap and in bottles, the brewery pours some of the best beers on the island. Pub-fare menu includes a choice of pupus, salads, burgers as well as a variety of fresh fish and mouth-watering entrees. A keiki menu for the little ones is also offered. The full bar serves wine, mixed drinks, and cocktails. There are five 55" flat screen HDTVs throughout the pub to watch all the games. Brewery tours are available upon request. You can also pick up a growler of beer to go or rent kegs for parties.

Recommended for Bars because: As the only brewery on Kauai, this pub is a great place to find local flavor mixed with late night fun.

Jade's expert tip: Happy hour is daily from 3:30 to 5:30.

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This relaxed neighborhood hangout is open late and offers plenty of late-night fun. Dancing, pool, darts, video games, TVs, and a rousing night or two of karaoke can all be found. Of course, sitting back with a cold one or a cocktail and taking it all in is permitted too. Friendly and laid-back, regulars make you feel right at home. Centrally located near the beach in Lihu`e, the tavern is located near many hotels, providing and easily accessible place to unwind. Kauai's gay community has made the first Saturday of each month their own with plenty of karaoke and drink specials.

Recommended for Bars because: This is Kauai's answer to the neighborhood bar where everyone knows each others names and good times are had.

Jade's expert tip: Fun option for a pool table and karaoke.

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Enormous expanses of glass provide dramatic views of Hanalei Bay at this resort hotel. From comfortable upholstered furniture, guests can watch clouds come rolling in or the sunset illuminate the dark sky. In the evening, nursing cocktails and munching on appetizers and sushi, folks marvel at the scenery and are regaled by the music of native Hawaii. Vocalists, pianists, hula dancers, and other entertainers accompany the majestic views with aural beauty, a lovely preface to a night of relaxation and pleasure. This is a place to dress up a bit and step out of the surf, beach and sunny element of the island.

Recommended for Bars because: The Living Room is one of those places those in search of an upscale and classy bar scene can relax.

Jade's expert tip: A fun place to dress up and get a little more formal than at other places on the island.

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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 performers entertain guests with terrific Hawaiian music, and the place comes alive with folks grooving, dancing, and chatting. If you're enamored of the tropical experience but don't do alcohol, they also offer a menu of virgin drinks, full of island fruits and goodness. You can take a romantic walk on the beach after dancing to cool off and get some privacy.

Recommended for Bars because: Duke's Barefoot Bar offers a fun atmosphere with dancing, drinks, and good times overlooking the beach.

Jade's expert tip: Aloha Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. daily.

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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 interest. Diligently searching out top ingredients, chef Jim Moffat crafts them into dishes like lobster-stuffed squid, roast chicken panzanella, and slow-braised beef short ribs. A carefully chosen wine list highlights vintages from western Europe and the western US, and a fantastic social scene is part and parcel of the goings-on. Note that the bar is closed on Mondays. This is by far one of the best spots for a groups of friends to hand out at night.

Recommended for Bars because: Bar Acuda is Kauai's newest and most modern eatery, serving an eclectic selection of food and drinks.

Jade's expert tip: They're only open for dinner, so plan accordingly.

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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