Maui's Happiest Happy Hours

The worst part about a great bar is having to decide who gets to order cocktails and who has to order iced tea. Maui is filled with fantastic bars and even better cocktails, but it’s so much easier (and safer!) when no one needs to drive afterwards. Lucky for you, many of the best Maui happy hours and delicious restaurants are located at resorts. So before you decide where to stay, you might want to see if the resort has a good spot to enjoy a classic Hawaiian cocktail with the sand between your toes.

5 Palms at Mana Kai: Beachside Happy Hour

Maui Happy Hour at 5 Palms at Mana kai
Photo source: Ryan Siphers

Southside of Maui, steps from the beach, and the sunset is blazing up the sky. The only thing that really separates you from the beach at this easygoing resort is a stretch of lawn lined with palms and lounge chairs.

Maui happy hours don't get much better than the one (or should I say two!) at 5 Palms. It's so good, they do it twice: First from 3-7 pm and again from 9-11 pm for a total of six happy hours! Highlights include $4 drafts from the local Maui Brew Co, and $5.75 Mai Tai’s. Their late night happy hour from 9-11 pm features 50% on their entire sushi menu, including sashimi, which is basically unheard of at most places. Plus you get drinks at happy hour prices too!

Castaway Cafe at Ka’anapali Villas: Happy Hour with the Whales

Maui Happy Hour at Castaway Cafe at Ka'anapali Villas
Photo source: Ryan Siphers

What Maui happy hour special includes free whale watching? If you’re here from November to June between 3-6 pm, you may just see a pod of humpbacks in the distance as you sip a Castaway Cooler. Tucked away in Ka’anapali Villas Resort, this is a great Maui bar for anyone to find - not just vacationers. The dinner menu at the Castaway Cafe is small, but solid. They really nail the dishes here such as Garlic Shrimp and Hawaiian Style Cordon Bleu. Yum!

Maui Hill: A Manager Who Knows How to Party

Maui Happy Hour at Dennis - manager at Maui Hill
Photo source: Ryan Siphers

Dennis is the Man! Seriously, the general manager at Maui Hill who hosts the resort’s happy hour is the reason why many people come back to this Maui resort year after year. And once a week from 4-5 pm Dennis personally mixes a row of mai tais and chats with guests. This is one of the happiest happy hours in Maui and provides guests with a great opportunity to meet new friends or bond with the family as live Hawaiian music plays in the background. If your looking for the best Maui happy hour, this may just be it!

Honua Kai: Classic Happy Hour at Duke's

Maui Happy Hour at Dukes at Honua Kai
Photo source: Ryan Siphers

Not only was Duke Kahanamoku a surfing legend, known for introducing the sport to most of the world, he was someone who exuded warmth and kindness everywhere he went. The happy hour at this beachside bar and restaurant of his namesake serves up a similar vibe. They put together seasonal cocktails that combine local ingredients from the island. This season’s speciality is the Wild Pua Martini: an infusion of pressed Asian pear, Grey Goose La Poire, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, homemade hibiscus simple syrup, and garnished with an edible hibiscus flower. Located at the luxurious Honua Kai Resort on Ka’anapali Beach, Duke’s happy hour runs from 3-5 pm everyday and features live music.

Sands of Kahana: A Chill Resort Happy Hour 

Maui Happy Hour at Sands of Kahana bar happy hour
Photo source: Ryan Siphers

It’s a cute little restaurant at a family friendly resort by the ocean in Kahana in west Maui. After you’ve cooled off in the ocean and pool, and taken a dip in the jacuzzi, this is a great bar in Maui to finish off the day. It’s got a nice community vibe and the food is also pretty darn good. Looking for a mellow Maui happy hour? Come to the Sands of Kahana.

Sea House at Napili Kai: Hidden Gem Happy Hour

Maui Happy Hour at Sea House
Photo source: Ryan Siphers

Sitting out on the Napili Kai patio you’re treated to an amazing view of Napili Bay and at sunset the sky here lights up brilliantly. Happy Hour at this Napili Bay institution (2 - 5pm) features an exceptional selection of great cocktails - try the Sea House Punch! But the food here is what really sets it apart. You get a pretty significant discount on some delicious plates from this gourmet restaurant. Poke Nachos go for $7 and Calamari Tacos for $6, a much better deal than at many other places. View the Sea House menu.

Honua Kai Resort Pool
Photo: Honua Kai Resort

Related Maui vacation articles

About Eric Rubin

After traveling the world with his wife, Eric wanted to share that same love of travel with his two boys, Jonny and Oscar. As Vacatia's Marketing Manager, he gets to return to his roots as a journalist and travel writer.