Where is the best nightlife on Kauai?

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Kauai is known for a lot of things — stunning beaches, an expansive canyon, lush rainforests — but nightlife is not one of them. This is a rural island, where shops close early and the main highway turns into dark backroads when the sun goes down. If you’re looking for somewhere to grab a cocktail and listen to live music, your best bet is to visit the various hotels and resorts that line the north and south shores of the island. Stevenson’s Library at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa boasts live music, along with an extensive selection of cognac and port that you can sip at its 27-foot, handcrafted koa wood bar. Duke’s Kauai at the Kauai Marriott Resort serves up creative concoctions like Wrong Island Ice Teak and the Bikini-Tini, along with local beers, tropical drinks and wine. Lighthouse Bistro on the island’s north side pairs its local-style menu with live entertainment in an open-air garden setting. RumFire, which recently opened at the Sheraton Kauai Resort, features 180-degree ocean views, an innovative cocktail menu and a bar that closes at 11 p.m. Tiny Hanalei has a lively scene frequented by locals who come to sip drinks at the tiki bar Tahiti Nui, or wine at tapas bistro Barracuda.

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