Kauai Nightlife

For every new venue that opens on Kauai, another one closes, mainly because most island residents tend to retire early. It is, after all, a rural island. But still, there are a number of places to shake your booty, hear local music, and simply enjoy a drink. Nightclubs that stay open until the wee hours are rare on Kauai, and the bar scene is limited. The major resorts generally host their own live

entertainment and happy hours. All bars and clubs that serve alcohol must close at 2 am, except those with a cabaret license, which allows them to close at 4 am.

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Hukilau Lanai

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This open-air bar and restaurant is on the property of the Kauai Coast Resort but operates independently. Trade winds trickle through...

Keoki's Paradise

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A young, energetic crowd makes this a lively spot on Friday and Saturday nights. When the dining room clears out, there's a bit of a...

Lavas at Poipu Beach

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This poolside bar and grill is a great place to be on the South Shore to celebrate sunset with a drink, because the ocean view is unsurpassed...

Luau Kalamaku

  • Themed Entertainment

Set on historic sugar-plantation land, this luau bills itself as the only "theatrical" luau on Kauai. The luau feast is served buffet...

Rob's Good Times Grill

  • Bars/Pubs

Let loose at this popular restaurant and sports bar, which has live music throughout the week from 4 to 6 pm. Tuesday offers swing dancing...

Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau

  • Themed Entertainment

A 30-acre tropical garden on the Wailua River provides the lovely setting for this popular luau, which begins with the traditional blowing...

South Pacific Dinner Show

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It seems a fitting tribute to see the play that put Kauai on the map. Rodgers and Hammerstein's original South Pacific has been playing...

St. Regis Bar

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This spacious and comfortable lounge with a gorgeous view of Hanalei Bay offers drinks daily from 3:30 to 11 and a champagne toast at...

Tahiti Nui

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This venerable and funky institution in sleepy Hanalei still offers its famous luau at 5 on Wednesday evenings, even though the venerable...

Trees Lounge

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This funky bar and restaurant is popular with a middle-aged crowd. It hosts live music nightly that gets people out on the tiny dance...


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