Myrtle Beach's Best Nightlife: Sun Fun City Gets Better after Dark

The downtown district has undergone a serious transformation in recent years, becoming a center for nightlife thanks to the construction of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. The 1.2-mile oceanfront walkway weaves through arcades and open-air cafes and bars to create a festive atmosphere that had disappeared with the closing of the old Pavilion. The colorful 190-foot SkyWheel and numerous new clubs, like Jimmy Buffett's LandShark Landing, are hubs of activity, and Plyler Park plaza features an outdoor stage where free concerts and fireworks shows are held throughout the summer. Myrtle Beach's entertainment complexes continue to serve as centers for night activity. Broadway at the Beach boasts Celebrity Square, a district of a dozen or so bars that allow visitors to pub crawl their way around the square, Barefoot Resort has the House of Blues and Alabama Theater for great live music and Market Common has an urban neighborhood feel with great pubs and dance clubs. For those partial to the good old days, Ocean Drive in North Myrtle Beach has historic beachside dance clubs, like Fat Harold's and Duck's, where '60s music and the shag are still in style. When you return safely back to your hotel, don't be surprised if the outdoor pool bar is still open for a nightcap.

2001 Nightclub
Photo courtesy of 2001

This once-futuristic name is now nostalgic, just like the club itself. 2001 used to be the place for modern music and dance has been transformed into a great place to dance to the oldies. Music from the 1980s and beyond gets patrons of all ages...  Read More

This elegant theater has the feel of an off-Broadway venue. Various productions share the stage at this theater, allowing guests to catch a comedy play by day and a musical by night. The palace has hosted such talent as Aretha Franklin, Kenny...  Read More

If laughter is the best medicine then the Comedy Cabana is like the local hospital. The longest-running laugh factory on the Grand Strand brings in nationally touring comics that normally wouldn't travel this far off the beaten path except for...  Read More

North Myrtle Beach
Fat Harold's Beach Club

South Carolina's state dance is alive and kicking at Fat Harold's, a legendary beach club that claims to be "Home of The Shag." Located on North Myrtle's famed Ocean Drive, the club looks like a big shack from the outside, but don't let...  Read More

Alabama Theatre

This 2,250-seat theater attracts country music's biggest stars and a great local cast. Nightly shows feature the Alabama's very own entertainers, with frequent appearances by the proud owners - country music super group Alabama. Most shows start...  Read More

The Bowery

Don't miss the chance to see where country music super group Alabama got its start back in the 1970s, and little has changed at this hole-in-the-wall honky-tonk since those days. The house band kicks out live music six days a week and visiting...  Read More

Carolina Opry

Calvin Gilmore opened the Carolina Opry in 1986 and it has grown into the most popular live theater in town. Featuring top dancers, musicians, and singers, the Carolina Opry's shows keep audiences coming back year after year for this unique...  Read More

Stroll down the waterfront of this sleepy fishing village along the only stretch of town that doesn't go to bed early. The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk weaves along a path that backs up to a dozen bars and restaurants, most featuring outdoor decks...  Read More

This restaurant and music hall offers Cajun fare and Southern cuisine along with great live music performed by nationally and internationally known rock, folk, blues, jazz and blues bands. Besides offering interesting night life entertainment,...  Read More

Celebrity Square

Fourteen clubs make up this section of Broadway at the Beach, allowing patrons to walk from bar to bar and sample this diverse mix of hangouts. Start the night off with frozen drinks at Fat Tuesday or Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, then work up...  Read More


Meet Terry Massey

It's no surprise that journalist Terry Massey is credited with creating the word 'stay-cation.'  He considers the past 18 years in Myrtle Beach a vacation.

He and his wife Stephanie were...  More About Terry

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