Live entertainment abounds on the island of Kauai. What could be better than live music, a handcrafted cocktail, and a gorgeous view? Many of the island’s finest spots blend all three. Plus, even when they’re missing one of these elements, there’s never any shortage of ambiance. Whether you’re on the hunt for a classic dive bar or a festive show done Hawaiian-style, you’ll find plenty of places that encourage you to tap your toes or get up and dance.
Enjoy the ultimate night out at one of these Kauai hot spots:
Rob’s Good Times Grill
This Lihue favorite is well-known for its spectacular cocktails and a vast selection of local beers. Yet, these are even better when enjoyed alongside live entertainment. Stop by Rob’s Good Times Grill on a Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday evening for an excellent show, complete with music designed to get you on your feet. If you have room for dinner, treat yourself to a burger or smoked meat plate. All while you enjoy this casual sports bar environment.
Oasis on the Beach
This venue’s name is fitting, as it feels like a true musical oasis. Idyllically situated on the oceanfront in Kapaa, Oasis on the Beach has a spectacular menu that you’ll definitely want to check out.
A feast for all senses is guaranteed, as the exquisite tastes and jaw-dropping views are often accompanied by lovely live entertainment. You’re most likely to nod your head to catchy tunes on Wednesdays when happy hour ushers in the area’s best talent. Grab a handcrafted cocktail and enjoy this immersive experience.
If you’re partial to karaoke, you’ll quickly find a soft spot for Troy’s in Lihue. This underrated venue is not as fancy as the other spots on this list. However, what it lacks in upscale digs it definitely makes up for with friendly vibes. Darts are a big deal here, so you should never be bored. Visit on a Wednesday and you’ll be treated to live music that goes beyond this spot’s usual karaoke entertainment.
Happy Talk Lounge Restaurant & Bar
A favorite nighttime destination near Hanalei is Happy Talk Lounge Restaurant & Bar. Here they take a step up from your ‘typical’ sports bar by adding stunning views and fun island vibes to the mix. You can always catch the big game, but live entertainment is also a frequent perk.
Grab one of the bar’s notoriously cold beers and enjoy a casual conversation that is complemented by live music. Don’t forget to order burgers or coconut shrimp to enjoy alongside your favorite beverage and catchy tunes.
Named for surfer extraordinaire Duke Kahanamoku, Duke’s Kauai provides an amazing view of Kalapaki Beach. The live entertainment is just as lovely, so feel free to stop by for a fun performance that embraces the Hawaiian spirit.
Don’t skip the famed Hula Pie, which blends mac nut ice cream with a chocolate cookie crust. Or, better yet, a delectable layer of chocolate fudge. Even if you don’t treat yourself to this legendary dessert, you’ll quickly find that any visit to Duke’s Kauai is seriously sweet.
Kitschy in the best possible way, Keoki’s Paradise brings plenty of Hawaiian flair to the heart of Koloa. Live entertainment is regularly scheduled, so there’s always a fun event around the corner.
Uncle D can be counted on for a good time on Mondays and Wednesdays, with Chico Edralin upping the ante on Tuesdays and Sundays. Many other regulars stop by throughout the week. No matter when you visit, you’ll appreciate the memorable decor and the tasty drinks.
The luau scene is thriving on Kauai, where you can enjoy an awe-inspiring spectacle at several larger-than-life events. Luau Kalamaku is the show of choice in Lihue. Situated on a historic plantation, this authentic experience can incorporate either an indulgent four-course dining experience at Gaylord’s or an enticing island buffet.
No matter how you dine, your meal will be followed by spectacular live entertainment that you have to see to believe. Get ready for Tahitian rhythms, fire poi balls, and beautiful Hula dancing. Level up to premier seating so you can score a spot right by the stage. This makes you feel like you’re truly part of the action.
Smith Family Garden Luau
Embrace the spirit of aloha at a vast botanical garden, where you’ll find bamboo forests and a tropical orchard. This destination’s famed grotto tour is a treat, but the real fun arrives with the Luau Feast. This is your chance to eat your fill of kalua pork, chicken adobo, and tropical desserts.
Next, you’ll be treated to a show like no other: the Rhythm of Aloha, held in the Pele Amphitheater. Celebrating the traditional songs and dances of several cultures, this show reminds audiences that music is the soul of any luau. The real showstopper is the goddess of fire, who rises out of a volcano to wow the audience. Make your reservation well in advance, as this is one of the island’s most in-demand venues.
The Kauai Sheraton in Koloa hosts a remarkable luau that takes place right on Poipu Beach. Oceanfront luaus are uniquely impressive, so you’ll definitely want to make the most of this opportunity if you crave a show with a remarkable backdrop.
Pahu drums and fire knife dancers are sure to delight. However, you’ll also be impressed by the costumes and even the narration. This live entertainment is put on by the island’s award-winning Urahutia Productions, which is committed to bringing authentic stories and traditions to life.
Luau Ka Hikina
Twice each week, the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach comes alive with music during the Luau Ka Hikina. Held in an open-air pavilion, this signature show begins with a torch-lighting ceremony and continues with traditional hula dances from the accomplished performer Lailani Rivera Low.
You won’t leave hungry, as a locally sourced feast is also served during this all-encompassing experience. Better yet, the pavilion in which the event is held provides sweeping views of the ocean. Be sure to invest in one of the handcrafted souvenirs available for purchase — you’ll treasure this keepsake and the memories it conveys.
You’ll never regret building live entertainment into your Kauai experience. Embrace the rhythm of the island as you enjoy a true musical adventure.