Kauai Nightlife

Kauai has never been known for its nightlife. It's a rural island, where folks tend to retire early, and the streets are dark and deserted well before midnight. The island does have its nightspots, though, and the after-dark entertainment scene keeps expanding, especially in areas frequented by tourists.

Most of the island's dinner and luau shows are held at hotels and resorts. Hotel lounges

are a good source of live music, often with no cover charge, as are a few bars and restaurants around the island.

Check the local newspaper, the Garden Island, for listings of weekly happenings, or tune in to community radio station KKCR—found at 90.9, 91.9, or 92.7 on the FM dial, depending on where on the island you are at that moment—for frequent readings of the arts and entertainment calendar. Free publications such as Kauai Gold, This Week on Kauai, and Essential Kauai also list entertainment events. You can pick them up at Lihue Airport near the baggage claim area, as well as at numerous retail areas on the island.

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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

  • Bars/Pubs

A young, energetic crowd makes this a lively spot on Friday and Saturday nights. There's live music almost every night, usually for two...

Lavas at Poipu Beach

  • Bars/Pubs

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-style...

Rob's Good Times Grill

  • Bars/Pubs

Let loose at this popular restaurant and sports bar, which live music from 4 to 6 pm weekdays and Thursday night. Tuesday offers swing...

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

  • Themed Entertainment

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...