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!

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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

Lima Cocina + Cantina

Lima Cocina + Cantina in Paia offers a cocktail experience that stands out in Maui’s craft cocktails scene.

As one of the top places for a drink on Maui, Lima Cocina + Cantina specializes in crafting cocktails that are as visually appealing as they are delicious. With their unique Maui-style Peruvian flair, you cannot go wrong!

Best Maui Cocktail Lima Cantina Chicha Morada
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Chicha Morada

The cocktail menu at Lima Cocina + Cantina is a testament to innovation mixed with the freshest and spiciest flavors. Each drink is thoughtfully prepared, blending traditional and local flavors. The bartenders, skilled in their craft, use fresh, locally sourced ingredients, adding an authentic Maui touch to their creations. Our favorite drinks are there Pisco Sour, Sangria, Limarita, Margarita, Lilikoi Mojito, and the Chicha Rivera.

Whether you’re in the mood for something refreshing, sweet, or bold, the cocktail selection at Lima Cocina + Cantina caters to everyone.

The ambiance of the cantina, with its warm, inviting decor, complements the drinking experience, making it a go-to spot for both locals and tourists. They also have live music! Visit them online to see their food menus and upcoming events.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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South Shore Tiki Lounge

South Shore Tiki Lounge in Kihei is a tropical oasis that captures the essence of South Maui’s vibe. With its Hawaiian tiki decor, complete with hand-carved statues and an inviting outdoor lanai, this lounge creates a laid-back, beachy atmosphere.

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Seabass' Special Daquiri

It’s particularly famous for its variety of Tiki cocktails, where each drink blends exotic flavors and colorful presentations. Signature cocktails like the “Lava Flow” and “Zombie” are delicious and cool! There are lots of oohs and ahhs when those two cocktails appear.

Adding to the experience are the live music and DJs that complement evenings with good vibes and a lively crowd, making it a lively spot for locals and tourists. Innovative Tiki drinks and fun local entertainment make South Shore Tiki Lounge a top choice for enjoying cocktail hour on Maui.

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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.

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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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Esters Fair Prospect

Esters Fair Prospect is a sophisticated and classy little joint located in Wailuku!

Here you’ll find a refined and elegant ambiance with a touch of vintage charm. It’s a super ideal locale for a quiet evening out with your partner or friends.

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The bar’s specialty is handcrafted cocktails, each meticulously prepared with high-quality ingredients and a creative touch. Signature drinks like “The Prospector” and seasonal creations demonstrate the bartenders’ expertise in mixing flavors and textures.

The attention to detail in each cocktail, combined with the plush, inviting interior, makes Esters Fair Prospect one of the best boozing spots on Maui.

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Paia Bay Coffee Bar

Paia Bay Coffee Bar, nestled in the heart of Paia town, offers a unique coffee and cocktail experience.

By day, it’s a serene spot for coffee enthusiasts; by night, it transforms into a vibrant cocktail bar. This transition brings a mix of local and visiting patrons, creating a lively yet relaxed atmosphere.

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Mai Tai

The bar’s cocktails are crafted with a focus on freshness and local flavors, with popular choices like the “Paia Bay Espresso Martini” and tropical fruit-infused drinks. More tasty concoctions include the HISpice Pineapple Margarita, Lavender Love Train, Maui Tai 14, Island Screw, and the Grapefruit Dead.

The outdoor seating area, surrounded by native Hawaiian flora, provides a perfect backdrop for enjoying these creative concoctions.

The laid-back North Shore vibes, the tasty drinks, and the staff’s warmth make Paia Bay Coffee Bar a charming local spot for coffee and cocktail lovers on Maui.

Make sure to follow them on social media, as you will want to attend a rotating selection of live music and DJ events! See Mark Johnstone, his bluesy jazz vibes, and more amazing local Maui musicians.

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Colleen’s at the Cannery

The legendary Colleen’s at the Cannery in Haiku isn’t just one of the best places to grab a meal. It’s one of the best places on the island for a cocktail and conversation with friends and new friends!

This eatery and bar provides a comfortable setting with its warm, inviting interior and familiar and friendly staff. The bar at Colleen’s is renowned for its extensive selection of cocktails, wines, and local craft beers, catering to all.

Best Maui Cocktail Dragonfruit Gin Sour
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Dragonfruit Gin Sour

The cocktail menu at Colleen’s features both classic and innovative craft cocktails. Each cocktail is carefully crafted with quality ingredients, both rare and local. Popular choices like the “Haiku Mule” and “Cannery Margarita” showcase the bar’s flair for combining traditional recipes with a local twist.

In addition, their wine list includes a thoughtful selection of international and domestic wines, perfect for pairing with their delicious menu offerings.

Colleen’s also offers an inviting living room-style space for evening gatherings, whether for a casual drink after work or a night out with friends.

The combo of their delicious, well-crafted drinks, the cozy yet sophisticated setting, and the genuinely hospitable service make Colleen’s at the Cannery a must-visit for cocktailing on Maui.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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?

Alexandra Mitchell

Alexandra is a marketing professional with a passion for writing about travel to the Hawaiian Islands, vacation rentals, and luxury real estate. She exposes readers to glimpses of 'Old Hawaii,' new destinations to explore, local events, and all the best things to do on Maui.