Nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Kapaʻa

Java Kai

Always busy, this Kauaʻi-based micro-roastery is best for grabbing a cup of joe or a fruit smoothie to go. The muffins, scones, banana bread and coconut-macnut sticky rolls are baked fresh, and the salads are tossed…
Cafe in Kapaʻa

Kai Bar

This oft-overlooked espresso bar in the Java Kai roastery is a nice place to belly up for a shot of morning life.
Teahouse in Wailua

Haole Girl Tea Room

Before this new tearoom opened, the only place on the island for high tea was at the St Regis. Consider this your lower-budget option, and it may be even better. Expect full tea service, a rack of savory croissants,…
Live Music in Wailua

Trees Lounge

On the (very) short list of (semi) reliable island nightspots, it offers fresh oysters on Tuesdays, cheap martinis at happy hour, pub grub such as po'boys and fish skewers, and DJs and live music frequently, as well…
Juice Bar in Kapaʻa

Kauai Juice Co

Another foothold in the benevolent Kauai Juice Co empire which pushes addictive green and fruit juices, freshly pressed nut milks and coconut mana. 'You must to try the mana!' But everything here is good.
Juice Bar in Anahola

Kalalea Juice Hale

Across from the post office, this juice shack has cold coconuts, raw noni juice (a Polynesian elixir), acai bowls, green juice, lilikoʻi lemonade, and a range of smoothies.
Teahouse in Wailua

Potions

All that funky, hippy energy that swirls around Kauaʻi has coalesced in this psychedelic Indian kombucha bar where the often sweet fizzy brew is on tap and flavored with dandelion and burdock, chocolate and pepper, …
Sports Bar in Kapaʻa

Mariachi's

A somewhat less than authentic Mexican joint, but one with a solid tequila selection behind the bamboo mat and wood bar. It's especially popular when big games are on television. Tourists like it for the range of sa…
Cafe in Kapaʻa

Small Town Coffee Co

This indie coffeehouse brews organic, fair-trade coffee for the hippie-boho crowd, which also enjoys fresh kombucha and chai tea. Good tunes perpetually play from the big red bus in the strip-mall parking lot.
Cafe in Wailua

Imua Coffee Roasters

One of several indie coffee roasters to spring up on the island in the past year or two. This one is well located for those on the northern end of the Wailua swirl.