10 Best Bars on Kauai for Drinks, Dancing and Live Entertainment

Kaua`i is perhaps the most mellow of the main Hawaiian Islands, especially after the sun sets below the horizon. Although it's mostly known for it's perfect sandy beaches and clear blue water, there's still a good array of bars and lounges that offer dancing and live music. Although wild dance clubs with bright laser lights and loud bass are absent from the island, there is a generous amount of places to dance and socialize to local bands and music.

For those looking for laid back fun, check out Kauai's answer to the local dive bar. In Hanalei locals and visitors mingle together enjoying conversation, drinks, and live music at the local staple Tahiti Nui and Hanalei Gourmet. Also in Hanalei is  Bouchon's Hanalei, offering good food and nighttime live local music and dancing in a modern restaurant atmosphere.

Out on the east side overlooking Kalapaki Beach is Duke's Barefoot Bar, which provides tasty and strong cocktails and beers right on the crescent shaped beach and surf break. Nearby is the Nawiliwili Tavern, and Rob's Good Time Grill, both providing a venue for sports on the big screen, full bars, and live local music on the east side in Lihue.

Days spent on Kauai's beautiful beaches, hiking its trails, and swimming in waterfalls will come to a perfect end with after dark dancing and fun.



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

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



Illuminated by tiki torches and surrounded by trickling streams and tropical vegetation, this lively, open-air establishment proves irresistible to patrons. The welcoming ambiance 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

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

Stevenson's Library
Photo courtesy of Chris Corwin


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

The Saloon
Photo courtesy of Vanessa Gutierrez


Mosey into The Saloon in the quiet south side town of Kalaheo. As part of Kalaheo Steak and Ribs, The Saloon keeps up with the heavy western theme decorating the entire building. The Saloon is one of the few places for nightlife in this part of...  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

RumFire Poipu Beach
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Located inside of the Sheraton Poipu, RumFire Poipu Beach is a contemporary bar and restaurant experience with amazing views of the resort's Ocean Courtyard, Poipu Beach and the Pacific Ocean. As the newest addition to Kauai, and it's the sister...  Read More


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