It seems that happy hours are traditionally catered to people who are getting off work—a convenient and discounted justification for blowing off some steam. But what about a place where the majority of people never went to work in the first place? A place where thousands of visitors and retirees have already been relaxing all day? It takes more than a couple of drink specials to lure already-happy crowds, so Maui happy hours are known more for their food, rather than their discounted drinks. Sure, the drink specials are still there, but since many restaurants offer ½ off appetizers during their daily afternoon happy hours, the draw is being able to order twice the food and pay the very same price. Happy hour portions are generous as well—and it isn’t uncommon for a late happy hour to replace an early dinner. And while you can find happy hours all over the island, the following spots have the best deals for location, atmosphere, and taste.
Sea House Restaurant
Shhh…don’t tell anyone, but the afternoon happy hour at this oceanfront patio is one of the best deals on Maui. All appetizers are 50% off between 2-5pm, so ahi poke nachos and kalua pig tacos are only $7. During the winter, place your order just before 5 and enjoy a front row seat to the sunset.
Sansei Kapalua has Maui’s best sushi—and any local will agree. What’s even better is getting discounted rates, and happy hour from 5:15-6pm is 25% off sushi and appetizers. Want an even better deal? The deal bumps up to 50% off on Thursday and Friday late night (10pm-1am)—and be sure to pack your karaoke voice and a sudden urge for sake.
Happy hour is “Aloha Hour” at this famous Front Street hangout—and the sound of waves gently crashing on rocks accompanies every meal. Relax on the patio from 3-5pm and nibble on kalua pork sliders ($4.25), and drink in the view of the Lahaina roadstead while sipping on $5 drafts.
If the half-price sushi doesn’t win you over the fiery sunsets will. Sushi and appetizers are 50% off from 3-7pm, and the discount pricing kicks back in from 9-11pm. Feast on dragon rolls of spicy tuna or coconut-crusted prawns, and watch the sun submit to the sea from the sands of Keawakapu Beach.
Happy hour is sexy again at this chic Wailea restaurant, where golfers, visitors, resort staff, and realtors mingle until 8:30pm. The $6 wine is served at the “Red Bar,” along with $4 drafts, and succulent Guava BBQ ribs are a steal at only $9. Arrive hungry—stay late.