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Hawaii Vacation Guide: The Best Big Island Sports Bars

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Sports fans headed to Hawaii Island for their next vacation will probably want to know where they can find the best Big Island sports bars.

No matter what sport suits your tastes, you’ll find a bar that plays what you’re looking for. And where else in the world can you watch a game with such stunning ocean scenery in the background?

Here are some of the best Big Island sports bars to get you started:

Ocean Sports Bar and Grill

Located in Kailua-Kona, Ocean Sports Bar and Grill dishes out good grub at great prices. Stop by their Facebook page for weekly food deals and the game schedule. From all-you-can-eat buffets to cheap drinks, this is the place to go for cheap eats.

In season, you can find the games playing on their big screens, and on off-nights, you can dance to DJs until closing.

Laverne’s Sports Bar

Self-dubbed “Kona’s Best Sports Bar,” Laverne’s is the perfect place to chow down on greasy bar food while you cheer on your favorite teams. Bar food includes burgers, fries, and other pub favorites…all with a Hawaiian twist, of course.

They’re open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And if you’ve got kids in tow, don’t worry. They have a kids’ menu and 32 TVs to keep the whole family entertained.

Mad Marlin Sports Bar

Mad Marlin has cold beer, hot food, and live music on the weekends. It’s a great place to meet locals and play a game of pool, throw some darts, or hang out and watch some sports.

The menu is short and to the point. Meat-filled sandwiches, quesadillas, pizzas, and nachos give you the fuel you need to keep drinking and have fun while you chug beers or “Kona’s best bloody mary.”

XFactor Sports Club and Lounge

XFactor Sports Club and Lounge is another great choice for those who want strong drinks, sports, and live music. This sports bar is part of KBXtreme and dishes out hardcore drinks and snacks so you can just focus on one of 50 TVs located throughout the center.

For those who want to sprinkle in some extracurricular activity, KBXtreme also has karaoke, bowling, and an arcade. And for food that will really fill you up, Chubby’s offers a wide culinary selection, ranging from popcorn shrimp and chili cheese fries to oxtail soup and gravy-drenched chicken katsu.

Don’s Mai Tai Bar

This isn’t exactly a sports bar, but it definitely deserves a mention. Anyone who has a thirst for Mai Tais and stunning ocean backdrops and should stop at Don’s Mai Tai Bar for a game or two.

You’ll be able to watch major sporting events from HDTVs while sipping on one of over 10 varieties of Mai Tais.


As you can see, Kailua-Kona has more sports bars than you can shake a stick at.

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