10 Best Restaurants on Kauai for Late Night Fun

Late night fun on Kauai doesn't mean huge clubs with pounding bass and laser lights. The most happening it gets on Kauai is dancing and live music in a bar slash restaurant, and it can still be a lively time. Certain restaurants on the Garden Island turn into a wild bar scene, and others are more accustomed to groups having sit down dinner and drinks into the wee hours. If you're looking for one of the other, you'll find a place for it on our list of the ten best restaurants for late night fun.

Perhaps the hottest place on Kauai for dinner, drinks and tapas is Bar Acuda Tapas and Wine. You'll need a reservation at this Hanalei eatery that's known for accommodating groups looking to party, but while keeping it classy. It's a fun place to dress us and have a good time.

For a venue that's a bit more rowdy and a true party scene, Tahiti Nui is a tropical, and more lively take on the common local dive bar. It's a local favorite for live music, dancing, and a place to go to party how the locals party. Also in Hanalei, this is a tried and true North Shore hang out centrally located in town.

Duke's Canoe Club in Lihue is a favorite in the islands for drinks, dinner and dancing, and nearby Kauai Island Brewing Company satisfies a similar need.

So enjoy a night out on the town thanks to our list.

Merriman's Fish House


Merriman's Poipu has quickly become a favorite for locals and visitors alike since it made a home in a new shopping center in sunny Poipu. Combining gourmet food with sustainability, the restaurants serves up amazing steaks, seafood and other...  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

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

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



In tribute to Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaii's renowned swimmer, surfer, and Olympic athlete, this casual restaurant offers patrons a bit of island culture. An indoor waterfall, live Hawaiian music, and fresh local seafood are among the attractions...  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



Italian favorites served at reasonable prices make this caterer-run restaurant an enticing choice. Friendly servers start you off with delicious homemade garlic bread; after that, select from generously-sized pastas with rustic sauces, classics...  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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