If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then our Maui guide is just what you want. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in Maui for hanging out and kicking back in. From long-lived mainstays like Hula Grill to busy places like Kimo's that get lots of 10Best reader approval, we present the top bars in town and offer details about them all. What's the energy like? How do the bartenders pour? Are most bars located in the Lahaina area? No fear - we share all the facts!


Set on the beach, this busy restaurant boasts ocean views and a festive environment. Designed in the style of a 1930s-era house, it's accented with hula figurines, koa-wood canoes, and other mementoes. Its location, unsurprisingly, makes seafood a major draw. Fresh fish prepared a number of different ways is the specialty; look for the firecracker mahi mahi and the baked snapper dressed with black beans and avocado. Crab cakes and barbecued ribs are equally tantalizing. At their "Barefoot Bar," try to claim front-row seats at the nightly hula shows.

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Sure, it's a novelty, and sure, it's open only to hotel guests, but there's something to be said for having a cocktail while you float around a resort pool on the south shore of Maui. This cave-ensconced bar sports underwater stools, and water jets soothe and massage you while you're seated. Naturally, prices are up there, but for an indulgent repast, complete with daiquiri, margarita, or a lava flow, it's really a small fee for such island pleasure.

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Front Street is the main drag in Lahaina, and this busy club is at the center of the festivities. In the evenings, you can hear music from down the street, and the place attracts crowds of locals and tourists alike. When the music's live, it's usually island-style; when spun by DJs, it's often rock and Top 40. Each afternoon, happy hour pulls in patrons, who come for cheap drinks and a break from the beach. Throughout the week, you'll find other drink specials too. But whether you come for the booze, the tunes, or to let loose on the dance floor, you're certain to have a great night and to be in good company. Breakfast is served each morning, just so you know.

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Kahale's Maui's Local Dive Bar
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Small, easygoing Kahale's is definitely a locals' bar, given to good times and cheap drinks. It can appear a little sketchy at first glance, but patrons are pleasant, and the beachy ambience means that no one gets too bent out of shape about anything. Bands play frequently, mostly Hawaiian music, and folks often get the urge to dance, showing their appreciation with heartfelt moves. Burgers and a few appetizers are available to help soak up the beer and booze.

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This two-story, oceanside restaurant is perennially popular with tourists to Lahaina. Naturally, great views and affordable prices are a draw, and fresh seafood also sells the place. In addition, Kimo's serves as a fun destination for drinks with friends, and you'll find everyone there from locals to vacationing tourists. While a range of beverages is available, you'll likely want to sample the "tropical itch," a potent concoction that kicks in without too much provocation. Don't have too many!

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Named after the island that lies in the distance, this lounge offers great sunset views. A terrific selection of pupu (appetizers) and cocktails will help you ease into the evening, and the live entertainment will give you a special appreciation for island culture. A dance floor is available for those who want to boogie the night away.

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Adorned with the requisite posters and pennants, this bar misleads no one as to its focus. Sports of all types are king, from football to basketball and hockey. Even the menu keeps the theme, thanks to sports-named pub grub. A handful of TVs puts the action up-close, and when your attention lags, take advantage of dart boards, pool tables, video games, and even Internet access. Bottled and international beers are the beverages of choice, and smoking is allowed.

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When a refined nightlife experience is in order, the Lobby Lounge stylishly and fittingly suits. Overlooking the Pacific, it grants seating both indoors and out, so you can take in live music nightly or enjoy a romantic, moonlit interlude. Cocktails and top-shelf spirits reign, along with a good beer selection and premium cigars. You'll also find a light menu available should you need sustenance to accompany your Kapalua martini, which features lush, local pineapple.

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