Every hour on Kauai has the potential for happiness. There are a few hours, however, that are so potently happy, they are named in accordance. It is a time, each day, when people gather, celebrate and usher in the evening after a perfect day. Hence, happy hour in paradise is more than discounted drinks; happy hour is a designated time to slow down, breathe, sip and soak up your surroundings.
As day turns to dusk, try out one of these favored venues for good vibes, great deals and groovy atmospheres.
North Shore Happy Hour
Happy Talk Lounge
Happy Hour: 3-5pm $2 off beer, wine by the glass, signature cocktails and appetizers.
Highlights: Epic sunset view, panoramic big screens, tropical vibe and 16 beers chilled to perfection at 29 degrees!
Located within the Hanalei Colony Resort, Happy Talk is a new bar and lounge featuring one of the north shore’s best views. A casual scene with grand offerings leaves little to no room for disappointment.
The Kilauea Lighthouse Bistro
Happy Hour: 4-6pm half off all wine by the glass, draft beer and Mai Tais, plus discounted pupus.
Highlights: Killer deals, great food, local patrons and a trendy vibe.
In the heart of Kilauea Town lies one of the north shore’s best kept happy hour secrets: The Bistro. The suave environment is balanced by a bar lined with loyal locals and a trendy seating area out back.
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The white sandy beaches that make Kauai so special are spread across the island, but the North Shore highlights some of the most diverse and unique. Just inland from the glistening ocean shore, quaint towns offer the perfect balance of nourishment, refreshment and island-style entertainment. Hanalei Town, for example contains a full spectrum of eateries from delicious local food trucks to five star restaurants. All within walking distance, you can shop at boutiques and local art galleries, try local foods, enjoy happy hour at a bar, cool down with shave ice, and rent gear for your next adventure.
Surrounded by staggering mountains and cascading waterfalls, this majestic North Shore of Kauai boasts some of Hawaii’s most stunning views. However, this beauty does not come without the reality of rain, which caters to the lush and vibrant landscape. The combination of warm weather, intermittent rain showers and insistent sunshine is what makes the North Shore special. It is also what makes the North Shore the land of rainbows!
East Shore Happy Hour
Oasis on the Beach
Happy Hour: 4-6pm $3 draft beers and half off signature cocktails.
Highlights: Waterfront, traditional canoe bar and covered cabana outdoor seating, the perfect blend of elegance and enjoyable ambiance.
Oasis is exactly how you picture “happy hour on Kauai”. Seated at the custom Hawaiian canoe bar or beneath a beach cabana, watching ocean waves roll in, enjoy your tropical cocktail as the golden hour glows.
Sam’s Ocean View
Happy Hour: 4-6pm drink specials served in a conscious fashion.
Highlights: Elevated ocean view above the Kapaa bike path, upbeat service within a lively environment.
An establishment that is known for its good vibes, Sam’s offers impreccable service and impressive menu items. The open-air, stadium seating gives everyone a view of the sunset, while the brightly decorated interior uplifts your spirits! Creative cocktails and fabulous food with fresh ingredients are served with a genuine smile!
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There is a flair of life that exists on the East Side of Kauai that you cannot find anywhere else on the island. Still grounded in its roots, Kapaa Town teams with activity: fishermen navigating the tides, paniolos (cowboys) working the land, birds soaring the sea breezes. And, as the tides bring change, over time this little seaside town has evolved into a trendy, rootsy, eclectic mana-filled mecca.
There are many elements at play that make the East Side of Kauai special: the myriad of rolling sandy beaches, accessible hikes and waterfalls cascading from surrounding mountains, the convenient central location, the countless festivals, celebrations and farmer’s markets that line the streets or park on any given day
South Shore Happy Hour
Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Highlights: Best view of Poipu Beach Park, iconic Hawaiian experience and a famous tradition of many.
Brennecke’s claim to fame is serving over 1,000,000 World Famous Mai Tais! Literally millions of people have partaken in the Brennecke’s happy hour experience since 1984 and there’s no stopping the count! Join fellow island-lovers and visitors from all over the world at the Brennecke’s bar… it’s the perfect place to reminisce over your perfect day in paradise and gear up for a grand night in Poipu.
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Home to some of Kauai’s best kept secrets, you could spend days just exploring the South Shore. Mahaulepu, located on the eastern edge of Poipu, is the desert-like domain of archeological sites, sacred caves, a tortoise sanctuary and the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail. The western edge of Poipu offers the geological spectacle of Spouting Horn and botanical beauty of Allerton Gardens. In between, downtown Poipu is set to meet all your dining, shopping and adventure desires. Conveniently book a tour or activity… Experience world-class golfing with breathtaking ocean views… peruse the Shops at Kukuiula, Kauai’s classiest shopping center… indulge, from sumptuous snacks to fine dining, satisfy your deepest culinary cravings with an array of restaurants, eateries, bars and cafes.
With a bounty of riches to be experienced, Poipu presents a majestic location to call home during your vacation. Regal yet reasonable condos for couples allow for romantic and graceful getaways, while larger houses with 3+ bedrooms offer ideal comfort, amenities and ambiance for multi-generational or multi-family holidays. There is something for everyone here. Known for its perfect weather, accessibility and bountiful offerings, Poipu has remained a hot spot throughout history.