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...  Read More



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...  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 tables,...  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 home style sustenance, as well as those who come to enjoy a tropical drink and great...  Read More



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...  Read More

Nawiliwili Tavern


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...  Read More



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...  Read More

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

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


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