Nightlife

Bar in Kailua-Kona

Sam's Hideaway

Sam’s is a dark, cozy (OK, maybe ‘dank’) little nook of a bar. You’ll rarely find tourists but there are always locals, especially on karaoke nights. Trust us: you haven’t done Kailua-Kona until you’ve seen a 7ft Sa…
Bar in Kailua-Kona

Humpy's Big Island Alehouse

With its enviable location on the strip overlooking Kailua Bay, Alaskan Humpy's would probably survive in touristy Kailua-Kona even without having dozens of craft beers on tap. Perch on the upstairs balcony, with it…
Bar in Kailua-Kona

Huggo's on the Rocks

Huggo’s is as adjacent to the water as you can get in Kailua-Kona (ordinances now prevent other bars from getting this close to the waves). You’ll be drinking under thatch with live music, sunsets and occasionally a…
Brewery in Hilo

Hawaiʻi Nui Brewing

This microbrewery has a small tasting room where you can sample excellent craft beer, including brews originated by Mehena Brewing, Hilo's first microbrewer, which it took over in 2009. Mehana's Mauna Kea Pale Ale i…
Bar in Kailua-Kona

Don's Mai Tai Bar

For pure kitsch, nothing beats the lounge-lizard fantasy of Don's, located inside the Royal Kona Resort. Soak up the killer ocean views of the crashing surf, then get sauced on one of several varieties of tropical d…
Teahouse in Hilo

Perfect Harmony Tea Room

Discover a peaceful tea room hidden in the back of an ethnic clothing boutique. Done in deep colors and Asian motifs, the atmospheric space offers ample seating and a good selection of teas. Prices seem high, but ea…
Sports Bar in Hilo

Coqui's Hideaway Sports Bar

With nondescript furnishings and unpretentious staff, Coqui's is the the quintessential untrendy small-town bar. Game rooms offer pool tables, shuffle boards and darts. Karaoke and live music on designated nights; d…
Bar in Kalapana Area

Uncle Robert's Awa Bar

After walking out to New Kaimu Beach, shade up with a cup of 'awa (kava), a muscle-relaxing drink used in many traditional ceremonies that will help slow your internal clock to Puna time. There are usually a few loc…
Lounge in Hilo

Wai‘oli Lounge & Cafe

This lounge is mainstream but has good evening entertainment. Try Lito Arkangel's happy hour on Thursday (5:30pm to 8pm) or hear local favorite Darlene Ahuna on Friday (7pm to 9pm). During the day, the space is brig…
Gay & Lesbian in Kailua-Kona

Mask-Querade Bar

Hidden away in a strip mall is 'the Mask,' one of Kailua-Kona's dedicated gay bars. In a town where drinking options run from tourist traps to sports bars, it's nice to find a place that feels a little playfully kit…