The historic town of Kona is a laid-back place and with a few exceptions closes down early, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a fun watering holes with great food, drinks, live entertainment, and dancing. Kona hosts two fantastic microbreweries and several sports and karaoke bars; you can find live music of all genres at many places. Please be responsible, don’t drink and drive.
Huggo’s On the Rocks
Huggo’s On the Rocks is one of the hottest beachside bars in town. Located just north of the Royal Kona Resort and featuring some of the island’s most talented bands, Huggo’s On the Rocks offers nightly live entertainment, dancing on the beach, a full bar and good food. Upstairs you will find the upscale Huggo’s restaurant, where you can dine in style on steak, seafood, and delicious island fare.
Gertrude’s Jazz Bar
If you’re the artsy type, you’ll love Gertrude’s Jazz Bar. This is no regular bar. Inspired by the life of Gertrude Stein, Gertrude’s Jazz Bar is a gathering place for musicians, artists and dancers, and features live music, fine art, and dance. Join the owners of Gertrude’s for live music, painting workshops with wine, songwriter’s showcases, open mic nights, comedy shows, writer’s workshops, and social artworking. Offering a full bar and creative cocktails, Gertrude’s also has stellar tapas.
Humpy’s Big Island Ale House
Beer lovers will want to head over to Humpy’s Big Island Ale House. Located oceanfront and featuring 36 handcrafted microbrews along with a full bar, Humpy’s also offers a great food menu, and upstairs you will find live music and dancing until 2 a.m.
Kona Brewing Company
If you want to brewery-hop in Kona, check out Kona Brewing Company as well as Humpty’s. Super-popular spot with locals and visitors alike, Kona Brewing Company offers numerous excellent microbrewed beers; their beer is so good that it’s sold everywhere in the state. They also have great food and live music nightly by some of the Big Island’s hottest reggae and rock bands.
Laverne’s Sports Bar
For a truly awesome dive bar, check out Laverne’s Sports Bar on Ali‘i Drive. Catch the game—any game—on their 32 televisions and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Boasting the best burgers and coldest beer on the island, Laverne’s really cranks up on the weekends with live music and occasional appearances by some of the Big Island’s hottest recording artists. DJ dancing rules after 10:00 p.m., and Laverne’s is one of the few Big Island bars that is open until 2:00 a.m.
After you’re done with daytime fun, don’t stop with the sunset! Once the night falls, hit the town local style. There’s many other places to wet your whistle and have a good time in Kona, so contact vacation specialists at Kona Coast Vacations and learn about all the after dark fun Kona has to offer. Come chase after the best happy hour in Kona when you stay with us!