Experience Maui's Island Drinks at These Trendy Watering Holes

From pineapples and lilikoi to guava and coconut, Maui’s tropical island flavors will tantalize your taste buds.

Before the term “liquid diet” or “juicing” became a popular trend, Maui was already serving up its finest flavors over ice, in decomposable products or in lovely recyclable glassware.

Luckily, regardless if you’re on a strict liquid diet or not, with the list of places and tastes that Maui has to offer, you’ll gladly sip every meal through a straw. From quaint coffee spots in Pā‘ia and kombucha on-tap in Haiku to grab-and-go juices on the way to Hāna and relaxing cocktails by sunset in Wailea, there’s a mix of options to choose from for every thirsty individual.

Coffee on display
Pā‘ia Bay Coffee offerings include coffee, dirty chai lattes and more. (©Cadencia Photography)

Pā‘ia Bay Coffee

Start your day in Maui with a nice breakfast and cup of Joe at Pā‘ia Bay Coffee. Its setting, within a lush tropical garden, will make you feel like you’re part of a “hidden gem.” By day, it serves up an assortment of coffee, from a house blend with organic scrambled eggs to a dirty chai latte and croissants for breakfast; and when the sun sets, drinks are paired with tapas for a lovely date night out.

Kū‘au Store

Before you drive the swirly and winding route of Hāna Highway, make a pit stop at Kū‘au Store for a smoothie or one of its tropical-themed juices. Choose from the Mojo Mojito, the Beetnik, Green Trees, Kuau Klenz or H-Poko. You're also in luck for your day out on the road as this spot is general store filled with everything under the sun that you could possibly need for a day out in the sun. There's also kombucha on tap, gran-n-go deli items, panini sandwiches, salads to choose from, sliced meats and cheeses, poke bowls made fresh to order, and an endless supply of organic and natural groceries. 

Enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating beverage rich in probiotics and amino acids. (Courtesy Maui Kombucha)

Maui Kombucha

Maui Kombucha continues the tradition that's traced back thousands of years during the Tsin Dynasty of China. Kombucha—known as a fermented tea—has evolved into a plethora of brands and tastes that even the most skeptical non-health nut is coming in for a free sample. This tea joint uses local ingredients from such vendors as Al & Joanie’s Wheatgrass Shack, Wicked Farms and Maui Honey. Locations that sell Maui Kombucha are Mana Foods and Anthony's Coffee in Paia; Ku'au Store in Ku'au; Cassanovas in Makawao; Whole Foods in Kahului; Da Local Banana in Kihei; and Mr. Sub Sandwiches in Lahaina and Ka'anapali. 

The Grotto Bar is located in a rustic cave setting and hidden between two waterfalls. (Courtesy Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa)

Grotto Bar

Located between waterfalls in a rustic cave setting, Grotto Bar at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa offers a unique place to grab a drink and light pub fare. Swim up to the bar for an exclusive menu of frozen and traditional cocktails, available only at Grotto, as well as TVs that stream the day’s gaming action. The exclusive cocktail menu was inspired by its mixologists’ favorite Hawaiian flavors and surrounding environment of Lahaina and the Pacific. “In crafting the new cocktail menu, we wanted the drinks to reflect our bartenders’ personalities and our location” said Jeremy Ryan, Food and Beverage Manager, Grotto Bar and Umalu. “The Merciless Sun, for example, is the English word for Lahaina and is an homage to Lahaina Town. To reflect the warm, dry climate of Lahaina, we stirred together tequila, mango liqueur, our house-made jalapeno syrup, fresh lime juice and cucumber. It’s the perfect drink to enjoy in the cool Grotto Bar cave.”

Kō Bar

Unwind at the Fairmont Kea Lani’s Kō Bar, where the bar is "an extension of the kitchen." Every drink is made with the finest spirits and Maui-made juices. Try a local style version of gin and tonic called Noel's Lemongrass Shack, made of Bombay Sapphire East, lemongrass, lime, tonic and mint. Also try the Kō Plantation, made with Deep Island Rum, spiced pineapple, cilantro, ginger and lime. There's also a pau hana cocktail hour everyday from 3 to 5 pm and Kō's Favorite Pupus, available everyday from 2:30 to 10 pm. With the assortment of pupus to choose from, such as the Kobe beef poke—seared steak rub with cucumber, tomato and Maui onions, to the Chef's own family recipe of lumpia spring rolls, there's something for everyone to taste and pass around the table.

Mixologist makes a drink at a bar
A Kō Bar mixologist creates a made-to-order drink. (Courtesy Fairmont Kea Lani)