Best Places on Kauai for Live Music and Dancing

The power of live music to make folks feel good is on full display at a host of Kauai night clubs. If listening to bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that Kauai does things right. Multiple options let you tap into the venues that 10Best readers favor like Tahiti Nui, a tried and true nightlife spot for locals. Or you can get a taste of the city's offerings by visiting places like Stevenson's Library, which is known for its Jazz music, class, and high end fun.

While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the Hanalei area, know that terrific places to hear live music can be found throughout Kauai. Over on the south side in sunny Poipu, Keoki's Paradise offers live music on weekends. The local scene flocks here to a bar where everybody knows each other's name for great food and good times. On the beach on the east side is Duke's Barefoot Bar, and after dark spot where locals and visitors gather to dance and eat with live music many nights of the week.

So no matter where you are you will be able to find after dark fun dancing and socializing with live music to set the mood. Our guide to the 10 best places for live music on Kauai is sure to satisfy.



At Lava's inside of the Sheraton Kauai, you can enjoy views of the sunset on Poipu Beach along with handcrafted and unique tropical drinks. Because it's located inside the Sheraton, there's a Sheraton dink of the day that changes daily. Happy...  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...  Read More



A carefree, party atmosphere awaits at Tradewinds. Daily drink specials keep spirits lively, as does a lineup of local bands performing blues, bluegrass, rock, and Hawaiian music. They typically play on Fridays and during special events. Karaoke...  Read More

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 of local style dishes 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



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

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



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



This lovely North Shore lounge is a delightful destination if you simply want to relax with a fruit-tinged cocktail and the beauty of pastel-hued sunsets. However, the place also charms those who love island music and jazz rhythms. Music, in...  Read More


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