Monday, August 15, 2016

Maui's Best Beach Bars

It’s not difficult to enjoy the beach bars of Maui. Throw on some flip flops and a tank top, find an open patio table and order a Dark ‘N Stormy. Done. What? You need a little more assistance? OK. Here’s the shortlist of Maui’s beach bars.

Milagros Food Company
You gotta love a good mashup. Milagros Food Company serves up delectable plates of Hawaii-inspired Southwestern cuisine, like fresh fish quesadillas. In addition to its prime location in the bohemian chic town of Paia, Milagros also boasts the largest selection of tequila on the island. Margaritas, anyone?

Fleetwood’s on Front Street
Owner and certified rock ‘n’ roll god Mick Fleetwood opened his Maui restaurant in 2012. It’s since been awarded “best bar” and “best cocktails” on Maui by numerous local publications. The elegant patio and nightly live music create a charming atmosphere. You might not leave. Definitely order a Mick’s Manhattan or Fleetwood Smash to wash down those crab and corn fritters.

Leilani’s Beachside Grill
A sunset stroll along Ka’anapali Beachwalk will deliver you to Leilani’s on the Beach. This swanky oceanfront restaurant is widely considered the gold standard for beach bars on the Valley Isle. Stop by between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. for daily Aloha Hour, offering patrons $5 drafts, $7 tropical cocktails and $6 featured wines by the glass.

Koa’s Seaside Grill
This restaurant will do just fine. Its seaside, rooftop dining is alright. The stunning panoramic views of neighboring islands Molokai and Lanai are acceptable. The Koa’s Pie, made with a macadamia nut graham cracker crust, Roselani’s banana and vanilla ice cream, bananas, caramel, and chocolate, is decent. Just kidding. A stop at Koa’s Seaside Grill, just outside of the West Maui Forest Reserve, is a must!

Alaloa Lounge
If you’re looking for a place to flaunt your lust for the high life, drive the Benz to The Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua. Named “Best Lobby Lounge” on the island by the readers of Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, Alaloa Lounge is the place to see and be seen. This high-class establishment serves up an extensive menu of specialty cocktails, domestic and imported beers. The only thing that can pull your attention away from the live entertainment every Thursday through Monday is the awe-inspiring views of the Pacific. A visit to this posh watering hole is a memorable addition to any Maui vacation.

Kahale’s Beach Club
We’ve included some fairly upscale resort bars and beachfront restaurants up to this point. For those individuals who prefer a good dive bar, Kahale’s Beach Club should be your first stop. Separated from the ocean by only Kalama Beach Park, you’ll still see some beautiful sunsets. Since the proprietors couldn’t care less about Michelin Stars, the beer and cocktails are much more affordably priced than say the lobby bar at the local Hyatt. Come for the laid back local scene, stay for the live blues bands.

Duke’s Beach House
Raise a glass to the legend himself. Duke Kahanamoku is surfing royalty who introduced Hawaiian surf culture to the world. Fittingly, there’s a beach bar named after the man. The Aloha Hour blackened fish sliders are a worthy option, but just about anything pairs well with a lava flow, blended pineapple juice, coconut syrup, strawberries and rum.

Cow Pig Bun
Not exactly a beach bar but still worth a visit, Cow Pig Bun in Kihei plates some of the island’s best burgers and sandwiches piled with chefy add-ons such as bacon garlic aioli, chicken liver
butter and bourbon bacon jam. Slide up to the bar for atypical house cocktails like the Butchertown, a blend of Maker’s Mark, pineapple, rosemary, angostura bitters and Fernet-Branca, or the Cannibalistic, a unique concoction of Espolon blanco tequila, pho syrup, lime, Thai basil and paprika.

Mala Ocean Tavern
Although Lahaina is often crowded with upwards of 30,000 tourists, you can still get a taste of quaint Hawaiian antiquity at Mala Ocean Tavern. Dine on Pacific Rim fare paired with a fairly standard bar menu. It’s intimate setting (the restaurant can only seat about 80 people) and its location on the water’s edge make this a memorable dining experience.

There are more beach bars on Maui than you can shake a coconut at. Our list of favorite Maui beach bars is by no means all-inclusive. You could go out of your way to visit one or more of these establishments, but the best way to imbibe by the beach is to do some explorations of your own. Did we leave your favorite off the list? Add it in the comments section! Follow VegasDaze on social media for more great Maui-centric content.

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