Maui Nightlife

Looking for wild island nightlife? This island has little of Waikiki's after-hours decadence, and the club scene can be quirky, depending on the season and day of the week. But Maui will surprise you with a big-name concert or world-class DJ, and local block parties are always entertaining. Outdoor music festivals are usually held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, or even a randomly scouted

performance space in Hana.

Block parties in each town happen on Friday, with Wailuku leading the pack. Main streets are blocked for local bands, food vendors, and street performers, and it’s a family-friendly affair. Lahaina, Paia, and Kihei are your best bets for action. Lahaina tries to uphold its reputation as a party town, and succeeds every Halloween when thousands of masqueraders converge for a Mardi Gras–style party on Front Street. Kihei has more club venues for live music but can have something of a rough-and-rowdy crowd in parts. On the right night, the towns stir with activity, and if you don't like one scene, there's always next door.

Outside Lahaina and Kihei, you might be able to hit an "on" night in Paia (North Shore) or Makawao (Upcountry). Charley’s in Paia is the go-to venue for mainland and international DJs looking to play an intimate set. But, generally, these towns are on the mellow side. Your best option? Pick up the free Maui Time Weekly, or Thursday's edition of the Maui News, where you can find a listing of all your after-dark options, island-wide.

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Mulligan's on the Blue

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Frothy pints of Guinness and late-night fish-and-chips—who could ask for more? Sunday nights feature foot-stomping Irish jams that...

Nineteen Bar

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A golf course clubhouse might be an unlikely place to hear soulful tunes while noshing on gastronomically forward cuisine, but this is...

Old Lahaina Luau

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Considered the best luau on Maui, it's certainly the most traditional. Immerse yourself in making kapa (bark cloth), weaving lauhala...

Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar

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Sansei has stayed a favorite among locals and visitors for years. The atmosphere is always spirited, and if you're more prone to doing...

Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar

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The fun atmosphere here is just as popular among locals and visitors, and the feel of the place is brighter and more casual than the...

South Shore Tiki Lounge

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Good eats are paired with cool tunes in this breezy, tropical tavern. Local acts and DJs are featured most evenings; if you're craving...

Spanky's Riptide

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A casual sports-bar crowd gravitates here for pau hana (after-work get-together) and a game of pool. The bottle shop offers more than...

Stopwatch Bar & Grill

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This friendly dive bar hosts karaoke nights on Thursday and Saturday, and books favorite local bands on Friday for a $4 admission. ...

Wailea Beach Marriott Te Au Moana

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Te Au Moana means "ocean tide," which is all you need to know about the simply breathtaking backdrop for this south Maui luau. The evening...

Westin Maui Resort and Spa Wailele Polynesian Luau

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The oceanfront Aloha Pavilion at the Westin provides a picturesque setting for this Polynesian feast. Seating is family-style. A buffet...