In comparison to the daytime activities, nightlife in Kauai may well be described as limited. Nightlife entertainment on the island are not, however, completely non-existent. Here are a few places you can visit for Kauaii nighttime activities. Header image by Garden State Hiker.
Trees Lounge is located at 440 Aleka Place, Kapaa, on the east side of the island. It is known for offering island music, drinks, food, and other kinds of entertainment from Monday to Saturday. One notable thing about this place is that it has plenty of space, so it is the go-to place for many locals who like to stretch their joints after a day’s work. Trees Lounge is also popular because they open relatively late. Some performers don’t begin their sets until around 9 p.m., which also means that they are likely to stay longer into the night.
This is a well-known place at 5-5134 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, North Shore. Tahiti Nui has become iconic due to its being one of the filming locations in The Descendants movie. This place stays open late into the night. It features music played by local bands, dancing, and karaoke which are some of the best things to do in Kauai at night. Tahiti Nui is well-liked by residents as well as visitors for the traditional flavor and style of the performances.
Rob’s Good Times Grill
Situated on the East side at Rice Shopping Center, 4303 Rice St., Lihue, Rob’s Good Times Grill is a nightclub, family restaurant, and sports bar all in one. Nightlife at this place is relatively pronounced and long: they offer night dancing and music by DJs from 10 pm to 2 am, Tuesdays through Fridays. They provide other entertainment as well, such as TVs, food, and karaoke performances. If you happen to be anywhere around the East side, don’t hesitate to visit Rob’s Good Times Grill for your night adventure.
Hanapepe for Art and Nightlife in Kauai
The town of Hanapepe is a place for lovers of art. Located on the West side, Hanapepe features Festival and Arts Night every Friday from 6 pm to 9 pm. Usually at this event, assorted food is offered by stores that don’t close early. There is also live music to go with the festival. The event is a unique opportunity for lovers of art to catch up with art-related activities they might have missed during the day.
There is a lot of night-fun available here. Located at the center of the beach in Lihue, Nawiliwili Tavern offers videos games, spirit-lifting karaoke, darts, dancing, pool, TVs and more. Combine all of these entertaining activities with one of the many cocktails they offer and you are guaranteed to have a good time. This tavern is also situated close to many hotels around the area making it an easy place to go for tourists. At Nawiliwili Tavern, the first Saturday of the month is for the island’s gay community, a day that features drinking and lots of karaoke performances.
This is a well-known restaurant that serves food throughout the day, but it’s also a good place for nighttime fun. Hanalei Gourmet is known for offering a variety of music ranging from island folk to jazz and rock. While savoring the music, you can also enjoy any of the available delicacies including appetizers, fresh fish, burgers, and more. Located in an Old Schoolhouse in Hanalei, the restaurant almost feels like a place where no music would be tolerated, but the exact opposite is true here.
RumFire Poipu Beach for a modern Kauai Nighlife experience
This amazing place is situated in Poipu, which is considered by many to be one of the best places to go in Kauai. RumFire Poipu Beach is a modern establishment that provides spectacular views of Poipu Beach and the Pacific Ocean. As a new place with state-of-the-art facilities and out-of-this-world environment, RumFire Poipu Beach is the fastest growing provider of Kauai nightlife fun for locals and visitors alike. Kauai’s most extensive selection of rums from around the world, coconut and guava muddled drinks, mango mojitos, lycheetinis, and different brands of foreign cocktails are sure to help you relax. And the breathtaking night views of the ocean and the beach offer another level of entertainment. One of the best things to do in Poipu at night is visiting RumFire Poipu Beach.
Nightlife in Kauai may not boast as much variety as its daytime activities, but if you’re the type that thrives in the nighttime, you can’t miss with any of the above places. Where you are on the island will likely influence your decision on where to go. Whatever you decide, you are sure to find enough entertainment to satisfy your nightlife itch.
Susan Reach is a mother of two who is passionate about traveling the world. Being a flight attendant has given her the opportunity to explore that passion. Even though she has flown all over the world, she keeps coming back to Kauai. To her it is the most beautiful place in the world.