What is a Kava Bar? A Great Place to Relax and Be Social

Kava Bars are popping up all over the US— with over 180 locations— and for a good reason, they are a great place to hang out socially, connect, and talk with others while enjoying the all-natural, alcohol-free relaxing effects of a kava drink.

Kava is a truly unique social drink. It makes you a little happier, chatty, and chilled out. You’ll often sleep well after a night drinking kava too. Plus, unlike after a trip to a traditional bar serving alcohol, you’ll have no nasty hangover or side effects the next morning to worry about.

Find a kava bar near you using the interactive map below or our list by city and state at the bottom of the page. Whether you live in NYC, Miami, or even Montana there could be a kava bar close by, and if not, just wait, the number of locations has grown by 300% in the last three years and one could be coming to you soon. You'll see why Florida is known as the Kava Capital of the USA, with over 75 kava bars in Florida alone!

Scroll down to learn more about "Nakamals", the original community meeting places in Vanuatu where locals gather to drink kava— a tradition for over 1000 years and a precursor to the trend now unfolding in the US.

Root of Happiness in Rancho Cordova California USA

Kava Concentrate Bottles

Can’t find a bar near you? Then buy kava to make and drink at home!
Melo Melo in Berkeley California

What you'll experience

Kava bars can be very similar to a trendy alcohol bar. Many times, they are designed around a Pacific island theme to create a more relaxed atmosphere though and pay homage to the origination of the plant. Most kava bars serve traditionally prepared kava root either in coconut shells— called Bilos— or in similarly shaped, more modern, colorful cups.

In addition to traditionally prepared kava drinks, bars will also offer customers kava drinks mixed together with fruit juices, coconut water, or milk to make the drink more palatable. These recipes help to minimize the regular earthy flavor of the drink. For the same reason, you may be served a kava chaser— a slice of fruit or a small snack along with your beverage. Kava bars will sometimes sell tapas or small plates with a pacific island flair too.

Kava and alcohol consumption should not be combined, therefore it is very rare to find alcohol at a kava bar location but they do have other offerings like Kombucha, CBD drinks, and other alcohol-alternatives.

With the Sober Movement on the rise, many people are finding kava bars as a great alternative place to meet with friends, chill out, and de-stress after work or class.


The country of Vanuatu in the South Pacific is known to be the birthplace of kava thousands of years ago. There, Nakamal is the word used to describe a traditional meeting place; a place for get-togethers, ceremonies, and (most often) the place where everyone meets to drink kava! Nakamals are the original kava bars.

Nakamals are located in almost every Vanuatu community and, it is interesting to note, most do not bear lockable doors, signifying that all friendly guests are welcome. With that said, traditionally, Nakamals only allowed men to enter. Women might be allowed to prepare or serve kava but not to join the group gathering or consume the drink. Nowadays, many urban Nakamals have discarded this rule. Learn more about Kava Culture.

Nakamal in Vanuatu

Discover a Kava Bar near you!

Kava Bar Name

Location By State


Awa Kava BarFlagstaff, AZ
Lacuna Kava BarPhoenix, AZ
The Kava BarTucson, AZ


CBD American Shaman + Kava BarFayetteville, AR


Aladdin Cafe Hookah & kava BarRoseville CA
ElixartNevada City, CA
Fiji Kava Pool BarSacramento CA
Hayward Kava ClubHayward CA
Kava Lounge San DiegoSan Diego CA
Kava Lounge SFSan Francisco CA
Key Tea HouseSan Rafael, CA
Melo Melo Kava Bar - OaklandOakland, CA
Melo Melo Kava Bar - BerkeleyBerkeley CA
Melo Melo Kava Bar - Santa CruzSanta Cruz, CA
Mystic Water Kava Bar San DiegoSan Diego CA
Root of Happiness DavisDavis, CA
Root of Happiness Kava BarRancho Cordova CA
Rooted Kava BarSan Diego CA
Roots Kava BarSanta Cruz CA
San Bruno Kava BarSan Bruno CA
Sunset KavaSan Diego, CA
Wu Wei Tea TempleFairfax, CA


Twisted Root Kava & Ethnobotanical TeaDenver, CO
Ohana Kava BarColorado Springs CO
Kavasutra DenverDenver CO


Awa Na Kava Kava BarFt. Lauderdale FL
Blue Lagoon Kava BarMerritt Island, FL
Bula Café Cocoa BeachCocoa Beach, FL
Bula KafeSt. Petersburg, FL
Bula on the BeachMadeira Beach, FL
Civil Vapes Kava BarOrlando, FL
Delray Kava LoungeDelray Beach FL
Dharma Hookah & Kava Lounge Largo, FL
Fiji Kava BarFort Lauderdale, FL
Frog VaporPalm Harbor, FL
Grassroots Kava HouseSt. Petersburg, FL
Green Spot BotanicalsMiami, FL
Hippie-HiClearwater, FL
InVision Creative CafeSt. Petersburg, FL
Island Root - Royal PalmRoyal Palm Beach, FL
Island Root Kava BarStuart, FL
Island Root Kava BarMelbourne FL
Island Vibes Kava BarWest Palm Beach, FL
Johnny VaporsSt Petersburg, FL
Johnnys Kratom Kava CBDSt Petersburg, FL
Kapua Kava BarFort Myers, FL
Kava Bar and Hookah LoungeGainesville FL
Kava By the Water Pompano Beach, FL
Kava Cove LoungeWinter Park, FL
Kava Culture Ft. MeyersFort Meyers, FL
Kava Culture Kava BarBonita Springs, FL
Kava GardenMiami Beach, FL
KavakazeTallahassee, FL
KaVaporKissimmee, FL
Kavastura Delray BeachDelray Beach FL
Kavasutra Ft. LauderdaleFt. Lauderdale FL
Kavasutra Lake WorthLake Worth FL
Kilo's Kava & Tea BarSafety Harbor, FL
Lava LoungeSt. Petersburg, FL
Low Tide Kava BarGulfport FL
Mad Chiller World Kava & WafflesTampa, FL
Mad Hatters Ethnobotanical Tea BarSt Petersburg FL
Mai Kai Kava BarGainesville, FL
Manna Tea & Kava barSarasota, FL
Muddy Water KavaSt. Petersburg, FL
Mystic JointCutler Bay, FL
Mystic Water Kava BarHollywood FL
NakavaBoca Raton FL
Native KavaBoynton Beach, FL
Native Kava WPBWest Palm Beach, FL
On Cloud9 Kava LoungeLargo, FL
Pacific RootzOrlando, FL
Pause at SwintonDelray Beach, FL
Purple Lotus Delray BeachDelray Beach FL
Purple Lotus Miami BeachMiami Beach FL
Purple Lotus West Palm BeachWest West Palm FL
SadBoy LoungePinellas Park, FL
Sage the WorldClearwater, FL
Shells Kava BarLauderhill, FL
Speakeasy KavaLargo, FL
SpookEasy LoungeTampa, FL
State Side Kava BarIndian Shores, FL
Steep StationTampa, FL
Syndicate Kava Bar & Tap RoomMiami, FL
Tampa Vapor - Riverview / BrandonRiverview, FL
Tampa Vapor - South TampaTampa, FL
Te ManaWest Palm Beach FL
Tenaga KavaPalm Beach Gardens, FL
The Awa Kava LoungeMiami, FL
The Garden of TeaClearwater, FL
The Healthy BuddahMount Dora, FL
The Healthy Buddah 2Winter Park, FL
The Healthy Buddah 3Sanford, FL
The Nak Kava BarBoca Raton FL
Tiki Tide Kava BarFort Lauderdale, FL
TranquiliTeaPalm Harbor, FL
Tribal Kava BarWest Palm Beach, FL
Twisted Roots Kava BreweryHollywood, FL
Vapor Road - DisstonSt. Petersburg, FL
Vapor Road - TyroneSt. Petersburg, FL
VāPOUR Kratom Kava CBDClearwater, FL
Wildcrafters Tea & KavaJacksonville, FL
Zen Root KavaPompano Beach, FL
ZenfiniTea Botanical Bar And LoungeNew Port Richey, FL


Black Lava Vape and KavaNaalehu, HI
Bayfront Coffee, Kava & Tea Company LLCHilo HI
Diamond Head Cove Health BarHonolulu HI
Fiji Kava Bar HonoluluHonolulu, HI
Hawaiian Superfoods Kava BarKahului, HI
Kanaka KavaKailua-Kona HI
Kava KafeHawi HI
La Hiki Ola Kava barPahoa HI
Uncle Robert's Awa BarPahoa HI


Tropikava KafeChicago, IL


Mana BarLawrence, KS


Euphorbia Kava BarNew Orleans, LA


Kava Kasa GRGrand Rapids, MI


Kickin' it with KavaSt. Charles, MO
Synergy Smoothie and Elixir BarSt. Louis, MO
TikiCatKansas City, MO


Kulture Kava LoungeMissoula, MT

New Mexico

Santa Fe Oxygen and Healing BarSanta Fe, NM

New York

BarBulaNew York, NY
Brooklyn KavaBrooklyn, NY
Doc ConcrescenceBinghamton, NY
House of KavaBrooklyn, NY
Ka-Va Kava BarBrooklyn, NY
Kava Social Brooklyn, NY
Kavasutra New YorkNew York NY
Mystic Water Kava BarIthaca, NY
Ritual Kava BarNew York, NY
Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea BarIthaca, NY
Village Kava BarSmithtown, NY

North Carolina

Kat 5 KavaWilmington NC
KraveCarrboro NC
Krave Kava Bar GreensboroGreensboro, NC
Komodo Kava HouseCharlotte, NC
Noble Kava AshevilleAsheville NC
Noble Kava BooneBoone NC
Port City Vapor Kava & Oxygen BarWilmington, NC
Sip' SumSylva, NC
Sip' SumMaggie Valley, NC
Vintage KavaWeaverville, NC
Wow-Wee Maui’s Kava Bar & GrillWilmington NC


Bula Kava HousePortland OR
LovaKava Kava Bar and RestaurantEugene, OR
Nalu Kava BarPortland, OR
Pono PlantPortland OR


Bantha Tea BarPittsburgh, PA
Merch by Cory’s Kava KornerTrucksville, PA
Jaya KavaPhiladelphia, PA
The Random Tea Room & Curiosity ShopPhiladelphia, PA
Sol Luna Tea Room and Hookah LoungeTrevose, PA

South Carolina

Kava KonnectionGreenville SC


SquareRut CongressAustin, TX
SquareRut LamarAustin, TX


ReKava CafeProvo UT


Mad Hat TeaTacoma, WA


Kava KasaPlaya del Carmen, MX