Top nightlife on Kauai, form sunset through the witching hour

Overall, Kauai is pretty mellow when it comes to nightlife. Yet the small island doesn't fail to please if you're looking for entertainment. Many nice restaurants feature live music later in the evening, and many have dance floors.   Several bars - from local dives to highbrow venues - have music all at hours.   So ynless you're looking for an all-night club (which you won't find on the 'Garden Island'), you'll most likely be pleased with the options after dark.  

Hukilau Lanai Restaurant


Capture the laid-back spirit of the islands with an evening at this low-key restaurant, which boasts a comfortable lanai, gently illuminated by torches. It's a great place to catch live music and a delicious meal. The entertainment is usually...  Read More



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

The Point


One of the island's more popular clubs, this South Shore venue is located on the water and knows how to take care of its patrons. Folks especially like to hang out when the sun is setting and take in the gorgeous views. Depending on what night...  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 ambience. It's a great place to hang out with friends or on a date or either before or after dinner upstairs. On weekends, local...  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



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



Although this casual restaurant serves food all day, it's also known for its nightlife scene. The venue holds court in a former schoolhouse, and it almost seems like sacrilege to enjoy loud music in the space. Still, patrons kick back at the bar...  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

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 homestyle sustenance, as well as those who come to enjoy a tropical drink and great...  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