Kailua-Kona drinking and nightlife

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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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…
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Kona Coffee & Tea Company

Life is too short for bad coffee: head here for award-winning 100% Kona coffee grown on sustainable farms. Freshly roasted beans and toothsome macnut pies are a match made in heaven and this place makes a point of b…
Gay & Lesbian in Kailua-Kona

My Bar

While My Bar is one of the few dedicated gay bars on the island, it's also just a fun bar – it's neither locals' dive or a crazy club, but occupies a sweet spot between those two extremes. Expect casual vibes during…
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Kope Lani

Aliʻi Dr is chock-a-block with coffee shops vending 100% Kona brews from upcountry coffee plantations. This sweet spot stands out, not just for its ocean views and ice-blended espresso drinks, but also its two-dozen…
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Dolphin Spit Saloon

In a city full of transplants and tourists, the Dolphin Spit (yum!) is where the locals are: drinking 'til they're merry, rubbing elbows, giving each other crap, watching sports and generally pickling themselves in …
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Kanaka Kava

This tiny, locals' grass-shack hangout is the place to try Hawaiian-style kava (the mildly sedative juice of the ʻawa plant) or organic noni (Indian mulberry) juice, another herbal elixir.