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

Terry Massey

By , Local Expert, Myrtle Beach
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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...  Read more »

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    Celebrity Square

    If variety is the spice of life then Celebrity Square and its 14 clubs is the hottest spot on the Grand Strand.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check with bartenders at participating bars about joining the Celebrity Square Pub Crawl team. You get one drink at each bar and a commemorative T-shirt for one price."

  • 2

    House of Blues

    Nowhere else in town attracts the big-name national touring acts like the House of Blues.

    Local Expert Tip: "Diners get priority first seating for shows, so come early, enjoy dinner and avoid the long lines for concerts."

  • 3

    Carolina Opry

    The talent level and production quality at Carolina Opry rivals that of off-Broadway.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're in town in December, be sure to catch the annual Christmas show."

  • 4

    Murrells Inlet Marshwalk

    This place serves as a seafood hot spot by day and night, but becomes a great party spot after hours.

    Local Expert Tip: "A great photo op presents itself on a small island filled with deserted goats just off the Marsh Walk."

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    The Bowery

    The Bowery is the most legendary club in Myrtle Beach, and second place isn't even close.

    Local Expert Tip: "Drink selection is very limited - Bud Light or house wine - but there are plenty of places to get a drink at the Boardwalk."

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    Alabama Theatre

    If your timing is good you can catch a nice touring act as well as the regularly running shows.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check for special appearances through the summer. Country stars like George Jones and Loretta Lynn have made stops here for a weekend set."

  • 7

    Fat Harold's Beach Club

    • Type: Dance Club
    • Neighborhood: North Myrtle Beach

    This place has been called the birthplace of the shag, and the dance is definitely still alive and well at Fat Harold's.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't know how to shag? No problem. Fat Harold's offers free lessons every Tuesday night."

  • 8

    Comedy Cabana

    There are lots of new comedy clubs in town, but Comedy Cabana has been serving up laughs for more than two decades.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go to the bathroom before or after comedians take the stage - not during, unless you want to be the target of some good-natured ribbing."

  • 9

    Palace Theatre

    The Palace is worth a visit just to see the 1920's-style lobby and concession area.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make a full night out of your trip to the theater by dining and shopping at the nearby Broadway at the Beach complex."

  • 10

    2001 Nightclub

    2001 used to be a futuristic title for party-goers; now it's a retro-theme and still going strong.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check local coupon books for free cover charge tickets."



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