Ever buy a ticket to the big game and wind up sitting in the middle of a bunch of fans for the other team? Or go to your local sports bar only to discover everyone else is rooting against your squad? You are not alone, and you won't be in Myrtle Beach.
Because the Grand Strand attracts millions of visitors and thousands of transplants from all over the country, the area also reflects that diversity in its sports-bar scene. You might walk into a sports pub on an autumn weekend to find fans sporting all kinds of college NFL jerseys. Whether it's the state favorite South Carolina Gamecocks or the local boys of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, fans of a feather tend to flock together and root for the home team - no matter where home might be.
In fact, many Northern transplants have formed Myrtle Beach chapters of their teams' fan clubs - Pittsburgh Steelers fans gather at Oscar's Food & Spirits, Washington Redskins fans go to Bumstead's Pub - that meet on Sundays at adopted home bars away from home. But the real fun is when groups collide and talk some good-natured trash during the game.
Depending upon what end of the Strand you happen to be staying, be sure to check out Bully's Pub (North), Broadway Louie's (Central) and King Street Grill (South) and surround yourself with some fellow fans and new friends.