Live Music

The power of live music to make folks feel good is on full display at a host of Maui night clubs. If listening to bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that Maui does things right. Multiple options let you tap into the venues that 10Best readers favor, like The Cellar 744, or you can get a taste of the city's offerings by visiting places like Hard Rock Cafe, which is known for its Rock music. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the Lahaina area, know that terrific places to hear live music can be found throughout Maui.


Fun and animated, this seaside restaurant is constantly hopping. A terrific atmosphere and affordable prices grant it instant popularity, and the burgers are out of this world. Choose a loaded beef burger and add fries and a drink, or opt for the veggie and chicken selections. Whatever path you choose, live it up, and make sure to stick around for the live bands, which take to the stage around 4:30pm. Playing a variety of rock music, classic tunes, and current hits, they make sure the crowds are having a good time. The place isn't hard to find, but if you have any doubts, just follow your ears to the music – the building alone can't contain it.

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Mulligans on the Blue

Even in tropical Maui, an Irish pub sports Harp and Guinness signs, polished woodwork, and classic green walls. At Mulligans, Hawaiian hospitality and Celtic welcomes come together to make folks feel completely at home. You'll find traditional pub fare alongside more upscale food offerings, and live Irish music and jazz are nightly mainstays. On Thursday and Friday, dinner shows with authentic entertainment pull in vacationers, and twice-daily happy hours ensure that camaraderie is never too far distant.

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More than a restaurant, Casanova is that neighborhood institution that fills several roles at once. By day, it's a deli; in the evenings, it becomes a well-loved restaurant; and at night, it morphs into a bar and dance club. At dinner, everyone gathers for pasta, but when the food disappears, it's time for a little fun. Depending on the night, that's often live music, featuring well-known local and national bands. Contemporary Hawaiian music is always a draw, but you're just as likely to hear R&B, country, or Latino music. With such a rich cultural heritage, the stage is open to a multitude of rhythms.

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Not just deep dish pizza joint, Bj's Chicago Pizzeria is the perfect spot for a late night hang out to watch sports or enjoy some live music with your Chicago style pizza. If you're lucky enough to find yourself in the area, you must eat here. More often than not you'll find there's a wait for a table - and for a good reason. The deep dish pizza is fantastic, and you'll enjoy live music with an unbeatable view over the main street next to the ocean. The open air dining experience here makes for a memorable experience. Don't forget to end your meal with one of the deep dish cookies!

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Chock full of Americana, not to mention surfing and rock 'n roll memorabilia, Lahaina's branch of the familiar chain stays busy day and night. Potent drinks, a tasty menu, and an oceanfront location create immediate appeal, and live music kicks up the fun more than a notch. Most times, bands play on Mondays, and they ring out loud and strong, which mightily pleases young folks (21+). Covers aren't charged unless there's a special show, in which case the price is about $5, cash only.

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Celebrating its seventeenth year of operations Cool Cat Café has been voted the Best Burger on Maui Five years running. They have thirteen different burgers to choose from and a full bar with daily drink specials. Other entrees include fall off the bone Baby Back Ribs, Steaks, Fish, and more. Cool Cat's has a full bar so you can enjoy one of the tropical favorites while listening to nightly live music from a variety of local musicians. They have video games and hula-hoops for the kids, internet for surfing or checking e-mail. All this in a family-friendly fifties diner.

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Java Jazz is open from the wee hours of the morning until far into the night, offering a wide selection of coffees (both locally grown and roasts as well as international imported brands) and a full bar for enjoying the local music until well into the night. Java Jazz is good for groups and has its own private parking lot, so you don't have to worry about the meter running while enjoying the live music and your favorite brand of coffee or drink. With a little bit of everything, chances are you'll be coming back to Java Jazz again and again.

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Founded in 2005, Maui Brewing Co. has built a reputation for creating the finest locally brewed beers on any of the Hawaiian Islands, as well as using as many locally grown ingredients as possible. Maui Brewing Co. is also one of the fastest growing small businesses in Hawaii, and since its founding 2005, they've built production facilities in Lahaina as well as retail markets for their products. The Brewery also give back to the community in a big way, as half the profits from the sale of their various appetizers go directly to the Maui Humane Society.

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