Kauai hosts some of the most breathtaking sunsets ever seen. So whether you’re just off from your picturesque Napali Coast Sunset Cruise or spent the evening strolling through the beauties of this Garden Isle, you can’t possibly go straight home.
Because Kauai has some vibrant nightlife you’d want to experience for yourself. And you can find a spot for whatever drinks you prefer:
- If you’re more of a local beer and spirits fan, here’s your ultimate guide.
- Kauai has something for you exquisite wine lovers as well.
Yet if you want the full tropical experience, you’d want to visit some specific exotic cocktail spots Kauai is filled with. And this guide is right for you.
5 Top Tropical Cocktail Bars in Kauai
1. RumfirePoipu Beach
A high-end contemporary bar and restaurant, RumfirePoipu is located right within the Sheraton Poipu. With beautiful sights of the Pacific ocean, the place is full of ocean-view seating.
Primarily tourist-favorite, it’s also pretty popular among the local crowd — after all, it’s the #1 spot for tropical cocktails, among which you can find your typical mai tais and mango mojitos, and more exotic guava drinks and lycheetinis.
As a cherry on top, the bar serves authentic Hawaiian cuisine with an international twist.
Another Sheraton child, Lava’s is located inside Sheraton Kauai, featuring scenic views of Poipu Beach.
With a special emphasis on handcrafted tropical drinks, this bar offers daily happy hours (from 3 PM to 5 PM, as well as another one from 9 PM to 11 PM).
Among its signature drinks are lava flow, coco mojito, and the kama’aina mango rita. Just like its other Sheraton counterpart, the bar’s menu includes traditional Hawaiian dishes, plus local appetizers for those who don’t like to eat heavy late at night.
3. Captain’s Bar
Captain’s Bar is a unique spot — the bar is located above a lagoon so guests will be awed by beautiful sunsets over the ocean.
This is a very lively bar right near the Keoneloa Bay — more casual than the previous two but probably that’s why it feels more vibrant. You’ll see a more street food-style menu with salads, wraps, and burgers, and even some children specials.
But it’s not the food that would attract you here — Captain’s Bar has an impressive selection of tropical drinks you can have in-between your shopping, doing nothing-at-the-beach, or after a busy sightseeing day.
4. Duke’s Barefoot Bar
Its open-air ambiance and beachside location give the bar a more local feel. And this sense gets reinforced on the weekends when local artists come over to perform some local Hawaiian tunes, and the place gets filled with chilling and grooving locals and tourists.
The bar’s cocktail menu features a lot of tropical favorites, but for those who don’t like alcohol, the tropical experience doesn’t stop — the bar is quite famous for its virgin drinks selection.
5. Tahiti Nui
A tried and tested North Shore spot that translates a true Kauai vibe, Tahiti Nui is what you’d call a local place.
The bar always has some entertainment to offer, whatever evening you choose — from specially-organized karaoke nights and local artists’ performances to impromptu dance nights and celebrations. And, of course, as you’d expect constantly flowing tropical drinks.
It’s generally a cozy place that doesn’t pretend to be high-end — au contraire, it’s homey, local, and very colorful, depicting the brightness and vibrance of the Garden Isle.
Enjoy Kauai’s Exotic Ambiance
Hawaii’s hidden gem, Kauai, despite its more secluded looks, actually has a lot to offer to all you, nightlife enthusiasts and foodies.
And even if you have a little too many tropical cocktails to drink, thankfully, there’re a lot of amazing places that offer hangover-perfect breakfasts and brunches.
Top 5 Tropical Cocktail Bars in Kauai [Infographic]