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  • 1. Happy Talk Lounge


    Want to sip an umbrella cocktail while you gaze at the original Bali Hai? Open on two sides, Happy Talk Lounge offers breezy views across Hanalei...Read More

  • 2. Hukilau Lanai


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

  • 3. 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 of...Read More

  • 4. Duke's Barefoot Bar


    This is one of the liveliest bars in Nawiliwili. Contemporary Hawaiian music is usually performed at this beachside bar and restaurant every...Read More

  • 5. EatHealthy Cafe


    Nestled in a bamboo forest draped in bougainvillea and flowering vines and hidden from view off the Kuhio Highway is a charming little venue...Read More

  • 6. Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau

    Themed Entertainment

    Excellent food and an exciting dance performance characterize this traditional luau buffet, held in a garden setting near majestic Keoneloa Bay. ...Read More

  • 7. Hanalei Gourmet


    The sleepy North Shore stays awake—until 10:30, that is—each evening in this small, convivial deli and bar inside Hanalei's restored old school...Read More

  • 8. Keoki's Paradise


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

  • 9. Lavas at Poipu Beach


    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...Read More

  • 10. 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...Read More

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  • 11. Port Allen Sunset Grill & Bar


    One of the few places for nightlife on the West Side, this casual eatery overlooks the harbor at Port Allen in Eleele and has a friendly bar...Read More

  • 12. Rob's Good Times Grill


    Let loose at this popular restaurant and sports bar, which has live music Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6 pm. Tuesday offers swing dancing...Read More

  • 13. St. Regis Bar


    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 sunset...Read More

  • 14. Tahiti Nui


    This venerable and funky institution in sleepy Hanalei still offers its famous luau at 5 on Wednesday evenings, although the bar is the big...Read More

  • 15. Trees Lounge


    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 floor...Read More

  • 16. 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 at...Read More

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