10 Best Places to Get a Drink on Maui

Without a doubt, one of the most obvious things to do on vacation is to enjoy a refreshing cocktail poolside or with an ocean view. On Maui, there are so many incredible establishments to explore for libations, happy hour, an afternoon Mai Tai, or a glass of wine. Options are plentiful and exciting!

Throughout the Island of Maui, you’ll find award-winning mixologists and a selection of some of the most highly rated bars and restaurants in the United States. If you’re looking for the best place to have a drink on Maui, please know that there are a host of choices. When planning your itinerary and researching the best things to do in Maui, consider the areas to which you’ll travel. In this way, you can stop by a few places to enjoy a tasty drink, too. From West Maui to South Maui, and North Shore areas, you’re in for a real treat.

After careful consideration, we’ve handpicked our list of the Best Places to Have a Drink on Maui, plus we’ve chosen our favorite drinks on their menu. Enjoy the read, and enjoy cocktailing your way through Maui’s paradise!
Share this list with your family and friends, and add these locales to your Maui to-do-list. Take it from us, your taste buds and smiling faces will thank us. A hui hou!

10 Best Places to Get a Drink on Maui
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The Dirty Monkey

Located on Front Street in the heart of Lahaina Town, The Dirty Monkey is one of the best places on Maui for happy hour. Happy Hour is from 3 pm-6 pm daily. During Dirty Monkey’s Happy Hour, guests can enjoy $6 Mai Tai’s, well drinks, and local draft beers.

Dirty Monkey
Best Drink
Lotus

You can also enjoy half-off of their appetizer menu, which includes Mini Ground Beef Tacos, Garlic Parmesan Fries, the famous Monkey Pub Chips, as well as many other rotating bar-food favorites. All food is served family-style and big enough to share. One thing is for sure; you won’t leave hungry!

Voted “Best New Bar in 2017,” and awarded “Best Female Bartender on Maui 2018” by MauiTime Weekly, this happening hot spot is absolutely the best addition to Lahaina. In fact, The Dirty Monkey has also brought an incredible selection of late-night live music, DJs, and dancing back to Maui’s scene. This is also a notable place to grab a beer and watch sports while looking over Lahaina’s famous Front Street.

For whiskey enthusiasts, The Dirty Monkey offers an amazing variety with more than 180 different bottles. Here, you will find American, Canadian, Irish, Japanese, and Taiwanese whiskey brands. The cocktail menu is full of fresh and creative drinks, and ‘The Lotus’ is one of our favorites with a tasty blend of Tito’s and Elderflower Liquor mixed with mint and POG (pineapple, orange, guava) juice. We also found many timeless favorites on the menu like the Old Fashioned and the Salty Dog. We were especially happy to see the classic French 75, a deliciously refreshing gin and champagne drink from the 1930s. More importantly, the French 75’s aptitude is of perfection and tastes amazing!

All in all, The Dirty Monkey aims to please and is the perfect place on Maui to enjoy happy hour, a meal, a delicious cocktail, two, or three! This venue should definitely be on the top of your list if you’re visiting Maui’s West Side.

Not only is ‘The Lotus’ a tasty and refreshing drink, but it also happens to be one of the prettiest cocktails we’ve ever seen! It’s a shaken cocktail served over a single ice cube and garnished with an edible flower. The recipe includes Tito’s Vodka, Elderflower liqueur, fresh mint, POG juice (pineapple, orange, and guava), and a sparkling wine float. Super, super classy.


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Monkeypod Kitchen

Without a doubt, the Monkeypod Kitchen (Wailea and Ka’anapali) has one of the best mixology drink menus in all of the Hawaiian Islands. What makes their bar menu so unique is their twist on traditional, modern and tropical drinks, utilizing expert levels of mixology and bar craft.

Monkeypod Mai Tai
Best Drink
Monkeypod Mai Tai

We also love how they use local Maui vendors throughout their recipes!
Monkeypod has a really impressive craft beer menu which includes local Maui and Hawaii craft beers. Beer selections include Lagers, Wheat Beers, English Bitters, Golden/Blonde Ales, IPA’s, Pale Ales, Amber & Brown Ales, Porters & Stouts, Belgian Style Ales, and Ciders. They also have the most insane wine list, full of varieties from Europe, South America, Australia, California, Oregon, and Lebanon. Here, you can enjoy delicious cocktails and food, wonderful Pacific Ocean views (from both locations), and daily live music.

If you’re craving a Mai Tai, look no further than Monkeypod Kitchen. It’s been voted as the ‘Best Mai Tai on Maui’ by numerous media outlets, and it surely deserves the title. What makes this Mai Tai so special is the delicious lilikoi (passionfruit) and honey foam that floats on top. It’s soft, it’s frothy, it melts in your mouth, and it’s the gateway to drinking one of the best cocktails on Maui. The recipe includes Old Lahaina light and dark rum, lime juice, house made macadamia nut orgeat, orange curacao, and their famous house-made honey-lilikoi foam.


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Milagros Food Company

Enjoy all the best that Maui’s North Shore beaches have to offer, then, take a break from the sun to hit up Milagros Food Company in the bohemian-style Paia Town. Milagros is an independent, locally owned Maui restaurant located on the corner of Hana Highway and Baldwin Avenue.

Best Drink
Hibis*Kiss

This spot is always bustling with positive vibes, yummy Southwestern-style Hawaii-fusion dishes, and an uber-impressive tequila bar. Frequented by locals and visitors, this Maui bar is always fun, and so are their drink concoctions.

Please Note: Milagros has the most extensive Tequila selection on Maui, and are well known for their many signature Margaritas, Tropical Classics and a generous Daily Happy Hour, hence making it on our Best Maui Bar list. Milagros has margaritas that suit all desires. Guests can choose from a Spicy Jalapeño Margarita, a sweet and refreshing Coco Rita, or double it up with the El Jeffe Marg, which is a double shot of Herradura Reposado shaken with fresh lime and served on the rocks. They have over ten varieties of Margaritas to choose from, or “You Call It.”

Happy Hour : 1:00pm – 5:00pm every day (inside only).
They offer house margaritas ‘how you like,’ Kona Brewing Company draft beers, Tecate and Modelo Especial for only $3.

Although tequila drinks are on the top of our list for this North Shore Maui watering hole, we think the Hibis*Kiss (no tequila, sorry) is a drink that supersedes the rest. As far as cocktail history goes, a “Hibiscus Cooler” is in fact a drink known from Jamaica. At Milagros, the Hibis*Kiss is a classically inspired tropical drink made from Hibiscus flower, lemon, agave, and Maui Ocean Vodka. It’s amazing, and definitely a commendable bar menu option that you will not see on any other menu in Hawaii (or, Planet Earth).


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Pint & Cork

Located in the Shops at Wailea, Pint & Cork is a Maui gastro-pub that offers up a menu with an innovative twist on comfort food and seriously tasty craft cocktails. It’s easy to see why both residents and visitors congregate here to relax amidst shopping, watch sports games (with its row of 17 flat-screen TVs), and relax with the easy parking. This is truly the optimum location for sports watching in South Maui while sitting back, and enjoying a glass of wine, local beer, or a refreshing cocktail.

Best Drink
Martini

When in Wailea, there is a certain sense of luxury in the air. It’s classic Wailea… you’re surrounded by world renowned golf courses and resorts. There is no other place in Hawaii, or the world that can be compared to the vibe. So, if you find yourself in Wailea…definitely head to the Shops at Wailea and find Pint & Cork. Here, you’ll find a vibe that isn’t pretentious or trying too hard. It is what it is. It’s a restaurant and a bar. It’s a venue that provides amazing service, and an awesome menu in a cool setting. The environment is inviting, and always seems to be exactly what you’re craving with the calm vibes, plentiful T.V.’s for sports watching, satisfying food, and cocktail menu.

Although Pint & Cork’s drink menu is packed with amazing mixology-like options, and a huge selection of beers, we suggest that you choose a realistically pleasing option like the Pint & Cork Martini. This martini is not basic. It’s made with Grey Goose vodka, shaken with an essence of grapefruit and lime, and served with a floating basil leaf. It’s not overwhelming. It’s not trying to hard…it’s just perfectly satisfying.


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Frida’s Mexican Beach House

If you’re planning on spending a day in West Maui, don’t miss Maui’s top Latino addition, Frida’s Mexican Beach House. With a deliciously authentic Maui-Mexican and Latin fusion menu, sit back and enjoy superb service, a killer view, and awesome cocktails. Their menu includes incredible food options, over 40 tequilas (YES!) and an innovative cocktail menu that includes a Margarita Traditional, Margarita Especial, Coctels, Classic Tropical Cocktails, beer and wine.

Frida's Mexican Beach House
Best Drink
Frida's Margarita

Located adjacent to Mala Wharf in Lahaina, here is where you’ll find a comfortable environment; something that feels like a home away from home. Upon entering Frida’s thresholds, all are welcomed by authentic Mexican style with vibrantly colored tile art, Mexicana paintings, and an overall interior design element that invigorates a feeling of Mexican culture on Maui. Frida Kahlo is Queen- for sure. Here, you’ll find that this is the vibe.

At Frida’s, you’ll instantly notice a beautiful bar, and an ocean view decorated by glimpses of the Green Hawaiian Sea Turtles. Have a cocktail, enjoy the sunset, and see Hawaii’s turtles all in one experience. Enjoy a margarita, Mezcal shooters, tortilla chips and salsa. Stay for dinner, why not? Here is a fabulous Maui venue for cocktails and a magical Maui sunset.

Ole! If you venture to Lahaina and find yourself at Frida’s, most definitely order a margarita! No matter what type of tequila concoction your order- you’ll be more than pleased. Not only do we love the Frida’s Margarita because it’s their namesake cocktail, but we also love the sexy combination of ingredients: Maestro Dobel Diamante Private Barrel, lime, agave, and Verdita Sangrita Verde (pineapple, cucumber, cilantro, mint, and jalapeño).


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Mama’s Fish House

Mama’s Fish House isn’t just one of the top restaurants in all the Hawaiian Islands. It’s also one of the ‘Top 10 Fine Dining Restaurants’ in the United States! This North Shore Maui restaurant is not just a place to enjoy a meal and cocktails, it’s a straight up high-end Maui attraction. At Mama’s, the dining experience is like no other. The location is out of this world, the views are mesmerizing, the menu is top, and the service absolutely supersedes any restaurant you’ve ever been to.

Best Drink
Pau Hana

A visit to Mama’s can only be categorized as an ‘experience.’ Besides having a fantastic cocktail and wine menu, they also have one of the most insanely impressive menus you’ll ever see. Rotating daily and seasonally, menu items feature locally grown ingredients, flavors that will burst your palette with happiness.

Please Note: The menu actually states where your seafood was caught that day, and by what local fisherman. A trip to Mama’s Fish House is like opening a book to a real-life Maui fairytale.

In the ancient Hawaiian language, Pau Hana translates to ‘finished with work.’ On any day of the week, local Maui-ans meet up to share a drink and enjoy another magical Maui sunset after work. No matter where you meet for a post work bevvy, a pau (finished) hana (work) is what it’s called. At Mama’s, the Pau Hana is not only the perfect cocktail to enjoy after work, but also the perfect tropical cocktail to enjoy all day long! Especially if you’re on vacation! This very special and fresh libation is a special blend of Bombay Gin, locally grown Kula lime, and tropical juices. It also happens to be shaken table-side for your enjoyment. Sorry for ruining the surprise, but this is what service is all about!


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Three’s Bar & Grill

Three’s Bar & Grill has an honest upbringing; it’s basically the definition of a Maui restaurant conglomerate success. Dreamt up by three surfy Maui chef friends, Three’s began as a catering company in 2019.

Best Drink
D’Lime in D’Coconut

After building their reputation for tasty and fresh menu items, the ‘Three’ chefs decided to open their flagship restaurant located in Kihei’s Kalama Village. Now, Three’s is a South Maui institution. They provide an expansive menu of favorite items that serve up breakfast, lunch and dinner items to their guests. Tasty choices include Coconut Crusted Shrimp, Panko Crusted Ahi Rolls, salads, sandwiches, oyster plates, and mouthwatering entrees like their Hawaiian-style Ribs and Asian Inspired Beer Can Chicken.

With succulent food items like this, all you can hope for is an equally exciting cocktail menu. At Three’s, libations are Queen to their King menu. Favorite cocktails include drinks like their Lilikoi Martini, Mango-Chili Mojito, Cucumber and Ginger Collins, and our favorite…D’Lime in D’Coconut.

Ok. Let’s be honest. D’Lime in D’Coconut just sounds cool! What a creative name for a classic cocktail twist on the 1972 song by Harry Nilsson, “Put the Lime in the Coconut.” This favorite Maui cocktail is refreshing, sweet (but, not too sweet), and packs a punch! It’s made from Three Olives Coconut Water vodka, fresh coconut, lime, mint, shaken hard to perfection, and served on the rocks. It’s fantastic!


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Fleetwood’s on Front Street

Owned by Maui resident, British musician, and actor Mick Fleetwood, Fleetwood’s on Front Street is the creme-de-la-creme of Maui’s rock-and-roll scene. Here is where you go to enjoy a fulfilling meal and live music in West Maui.

1944 Mai Tyler
Best Drink
1944 Mai Tyler

On any day of the week, guests can venture to Fleetwood’s for a lively happy hour on their rooftop or at their bistro-style bar for dinner and a show. The rooftop offers the perfect spot to enjoy Pacific Ocean views and a magical Maui sunset with a cocktail in hand, and the downstairs dining area is where you can celebrate with a glass of wine while singing along to a Fleetwood Mac tune being performed live. Dinner menus rotate by the season, but you can always count on some classic cocktails like a Pimms Cup, Mai Tai’s, and straight-up Martinis. You’ll never know who you’ll see at this venue; rock stars, local celebrities, or even Mick Fleetwood himself!

The 1944 Mai Tyler isn’t just one of the top Mai Tai’s in Hawaii, it’s also named after Steven Tyler of Aerosmith- one of Mick Fleetwood’s dearest friends. So, so, Super Cool! The 1944 Mai Tyler is as tempting as you can imagine. It’s made with Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum, John Taylor’s Velvet Falernum from Barbados, Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum, Orange Curacao, lime juice, fresh muddled pineapple, and a decadently arousing house-made lilikoi (passionfruit) foam float. Ooh la la.


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Lahaina Grill

Lahaina Grill is located in West Maui, right in the heart of Historic Lahaina Town. Rated ‘Best Maui Restaurant’ for 22+ years in a row by Honolulu Magazine, Lahaina Grill has maintained its rightfully deserved culinary status. With an award winning menu, you better believe that there’s an award winning cocktail and wine list, too!

Maui Mule
Best Drink
Maui Mule

At Lahaina Grill, their sommelier has meticulously created a superb menu of wines from around the world. His integrity is so full-force that he travels to meet winemakers and grape growers many times a year, venturing to famous wine locales in New Zealand, Australia, Europe, Washington State, Oregon, and California. One of the things that really stands out about his wine picks is that a multitude of varieties on Lahaina Grill’s menu is limited in production. This is a super rare and distinct quality to have for a sommelier in Hawaii; it allows Lahaina Grill’s wine lists to rotate, offering guests one-of-a-kind wine tasting experiences during every visit. In fact, they have over 450 wines available by the bottle, and over 40 wines available by the glass. WOW! Impressive.

In addition to exceptional wine varieties, the cocktail menu at Lahaina Grill is equally impressive. Here is where you’ll find fine dining mixology skills at their very best in West Maui. Find classic libations like the Rum Old Fashioned, Black Manhattan, G&T, Bee Sting, and our favorite, the Maui Mule.

Obviously inspired by the traditional ‘Moscow Mule’ recipe, the Maui Mule at Lahaina Grill contains like-minded ingredients to the “T,” but with a Maui twist. This cocktail is concocted with local Maui Ocean Vodka, fresh Kula lime, Maui Brewing Company’s Ginger Beer, and crystalized ginger. Served in a copper cup engraved with the Lahaina Grill logo, this Maui libation is certainly class all the way.


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Tiki Bar & Grill

Located poolside at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, the Tiki Bar & Grill is Maui’s only traditional “Tiki Bar.” In fact, it also happens to be the very first outdoor beach bar in West Maui. Offering ocean access, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel’s ‘Old Hawaii-style’ tavern is just steps from the sand. Here, guests can find a super casual and low-key spot to enjoy a cocktail before, during, or after a day under the sun at Ka’anapali Beach.

Classic Mai Tai
Best Drink
Classic Mai Tai

Tiki’s menu provides traditional 1940s-1960s ‘Tiki-style’ cocktails; local beers, and a host of family-friendly and casual quick-bite options like burgers, fries, wraps, skewers, and hot dogs. With a perfect location, great vibes, and powerful drinks, all will surely enjoy their time spent at this cozy, old school grass shack under West Maui’s warm sun. Tiki’s most popular cocktails include items like a Lava Flow, Chi Chi, Blue Hawaii, Tiki Tini, Pina Colada (topped with Macadamia Nut liqueur), the Tropical Itch, and of course, their Classic Mai Tai.

Happy hour:
3:00pm – 6:00pm, live Hawaiian music and hula 6:00pm – 9:00 pm

Tiki Bar’s Classic Mai Tai is probably the same drink you would receive the day they opened this ocean side hot spot. The ingredients are simple; light rum, pineapple and guava juice, lime, simple syrup, and a dark rum float. Here’s where you’ll find a straight up Maui Mai Tai. Although you may not find the Tiki-style mixology skills that are present in big city tiki bars across the U.S., you will definitely find a lot of aloha here. Big time. The service is quick and always friendly.


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Mahalo for reading… There are just so many amazing places to get enjoy a cocktail on Maui! What are your favorite places to get a drink or a glass of wine on Maui? What are your all-time favorite drinks?