10 Best Nightlife Spots on Maui

Most visitors to Maui are looking to escape the busy nature and stress of everyday life. However, many still appreciate planned busyness and enjoy regular visits to local taverns. If you are a night owl traveling to the Valley Isle, fear not. You don’t have to take a break from tearing up the dance floor or indulging in your daily nightcap.

Though smaller than most cities’ nightlife scenes, that on Maui is fairly impressive, given the small size of the Island. With a wide variety of places to choose from – from an authentic Irish pub with live Irish music nightly to a rowdy local water hole where locals go to watch the game to a swanky, upscale martini lounge, you are sure to find your niche. You might even build up the courage to try someplace outside your comfort zone. You are on vacation after all. If not now, when?

The nighttime crowds, including a large percentage of locals, are interested in far more than simply visiting tiki-style huts and sipping mai tais on a beach (thought these are also great options).  Plenty of places offer a beautiful view of the Pacific, so you don’t even have to get your toes sandy unless you want to. No matter where you choose, you will end your night happily with these selections from our own travels in the Islands.



This isn't just a run-of-the-mill beach lounge for tourists. It's actually an established watering hole frequented by locals every day of the week. Perhaps it's the "come as you are" atmosphere of the place, or the pool tables and foosball...  Read More



In the midst of local and touristy bars, Ambrosia Martinia Lounge is a unique nightspot providing an upscale environment and offering a high-end liquor selection. The full bar includes an extensive wine and beer list, but its specialties, of...  Read More



The name of this spot was inspired by a Harlequin Great Dane named Charley, who embodied the aloha spirit. Now a full-blown restaurant and bar in a historic building in Paia, the original juice stand that once claimed this name has come a long...  Read More



This restaurant has multiple personalities – in a good way. A tasty sushi and seafood restaurant by day, an intimate karaoke lounge by night, this place does both well. Considering the name, it is no wonder. The word "sansei" means "3rd...  Read More

Moose McGillycuddy's


Right in the middle of busy Front Street in Lahaina, this restaurant and bar makes no attempt to hide the fact that it is trying to be a dive bar and night club all in one. In addition, antique signs and other paraphernalia littering the walls,...  Read More

Lahaina Mai Tai Lounge and Dining


As the name suggests, the source of pride here is the classic mai tai cocktail. Frequently cited as the best in the Islands, it is a must-try for visitors. The place itself allows patrons to literally rise above the city's hustle and bustle....  Read More

Mulligans on the Blue


Celtic and Polynesian hospitality merge in this pub on the southern coast of Maui, resulting in a an "Irish aloha" feel all its own and proving that not all great nightlife spots are located in the west. Guinness signs and classic polished...  Read More

The Alaloa Lounge


Those in the mood to dress up should head to the Alaloa Lounge (formerly the Lobby Lounge). Located in the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua, the level of class is above that of bars you will find in downtown Kihei or Lahaina. With indoor and outdoor...  Read More



Striving to be the most authentic tiki bar on the Island, the heavy stereotypical island decor comes off as a bit kitschy. But don't let its appearance deter you. The service here is fantastic, and the specialty drinks include a lava flow (think...  Read More

Kahale's Maui's Local Dive Bar
Photo courtesy of Sumner Stewart


Those looking to find a real locals' bar need look no further than this cozy spot. A little dive-ish in appearance, this Kihei cornerstone is known for its laidback atmosphere and friendly clientele. It boasts the longest happy hour (10am to...  Read More


Meet Laura Berbusse

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