After Dark

5 Palms

Top choice cocktail bar in Kihei

For sunset cocktails beside the beach, this is the place. Arrive an hour before the sun goes down, because the patio bar, just steps from stunning Keawakapu Beach, fills quickly. During happy hour, selected sushi and an array of delicious appetizers are half price, with a one-drink minimum, while mai tais and margaritas are $8. Popular with tourists and locals alike. 2960 S Kihei Rd, Mana Kai Maui

Pint & Cork

Top choice bar in Wailea

This chic gastropub and wine bar would look right at home in Manhattan or Los Angeles, but the vibe is way more welcoming. And we hear it's a favorite with service-industry crowds looking for late-night noshes and libations. Big TVs overlook the 40ft soapstone bar, keeping sports fans happy. Opens early for games during football season, with a Bloody Mary bar. Soak up the suds with gourmet pub grub specialties such as kalua pork sliders, garlic parmesan fries and fantastic burgers. 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr. Shops at Wailea

Maui Brewing Co

Brewery in Kihei

Enormous windows draw your eyes toward West Maui at the glossy new restaurant and bar at Maui Brewing's Kihei production facility. Over 35 craft and seasonal beers are on offer, and the food menu shines with tasty farm-to-table pizzas and pub fare (mains $14-35). The adjacent taproom is open daily for pints, with beers flowing straight from holding tanks in the brewery.

Tours (per person $15) are offered six times daily, with a tasting of the flagship beers included in the price. Reservations recommended for tours. Trivia night every other Tuesday in the tasting room (7:30pm). 605 Lipoa Pkwy. Maui Research & Technology Park

South Shore Tiki Lounge

Bar in Kihei

The drink maestros at this cozy tropical shack with a convivial lanai regularly win annual MauiTime Weekly awards for best bartenders. Live music daily from 4pm to 6pm. DJs and dancing nightly starting at 10pm. 1913 S Kihei Rd. Kihei Kalama Village

Dog & Duck

Pub in Kihei

This lively Irish pub with a welcoming vibe attracts a younger crowd. And yes, it has sports on TV, but it’s not blaring from every corner. Decent pub grub goes along with the heady Guinness draft. 1913 S Kihei Rd. Kihei Kalama Village

Mulligan’s on the Blue

Irish Pub in Wailea

Rising above the golf course, this open-air bar offers entertainment nightly, with anything from a seven-piece dance band to an eclectic dinner show to a lively magician to Celtic music. It’s also a good place to quaff an ale while enjoying the distant ocean view, or catching a game on one of the 14 TVs. Opens early for big games. 100 Kaukahi St.

Red Bar at Gannon’s

Cocktail Bar in Wailea

Everyone looks sexier when they’re swathed in a sultry red glow. Come to this chic spot at happy hour for impressive food and drink specials, as well as attentive bartenders and stellar sunsets. The bar is located inside Gannon’s, Bev Gannon’s restaurant at the Gold and Emerald golf courses’ clubhouse. 100 Wailea Golf Club Dr.

Sunsets Bar & Grill

Bar in Kihei

On a hill beside the Maui Nui Golf Course, this big-windowed watering hole is indeed a fine place to sip a beer while watching the sun go down. It's also rightfully renowned for its ahi poke nachos pupu, which fills a canoe-shaped bowl loaded with wontons, tortilla chips and poke. 470 Lipoa Pkwy

What Ales You

Craft Beer in Kihei

In the Bar-muda Triange, What Ales You serves 16 taps of cold craft beer, rotating daily. You'll also find wine and a short menu of appetizers, sandwiches and rice bowls. 1913 S Kihei Rd.

Kihei Kalama Village

Diamonds Ice Bar

Bar in Kihei

We hear that the name of this place traces back to an unfulfilled plan to build the bar counter out of ice. We’re not sure if that's true, but we can tell you this – Diamonds Ice loves its drink specials. So sip your cheap beer, play pool, watch the game on one of the many TVs and see who’s lured in by the neon lights. DJs and live music on the weekends. Known for showing pro football games on a big projector screen on Sundays. 1279 S Kihei Rd. Azeka Mauka Shopping Center

Ambrosia Martini Lounge

Bar in Kihei

Nicknamed 'Amnesia’ by locals, this compact martini bar brings a hint of nightclub style to Kihei – but without the pretension. Look for live music or a DJ nightly. Two-for-one martinis during happy hour (7pm to 9pm, all night Sunday). 1913 S Kihei Rd. Kihei Kalama Village

Moose McGillycuddy’s

Bar in Kihei

Moose’s open-air lanai is a fine place to head for a sunset drink. 2511 S Kihei Rd.