Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Outer Banks nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Outer Banks Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

Chili Peppers Restaurant & Bar


This Caribbean-themed hangout offers a great menu of light Tex-Mex dishes to accompany the array of micro-brewed beers on tap. Sample some of their many hot sauces and spices from around the world, and check out their tapas schedule featuring a...  Read More

Barefoot Bernie's


Having grown up in the area and traveled extensively around the Equator, owner Chris Vlahos knew that a Caribbean bar and restaurant would fit perfectly at the Outer Banks. Barefoot's festive, tropical flare makes it an excellent beach bar. Not...  Read More

Tortuga's Lie Shellfish Bar and Grill


Tortuga's Lie is the authentic beach bar. Its laid-back atmosphere attracts surfers, bohemians and other locals to crowd around the modestly sized bar every night throughout the summer. Vivid local art with the tortuga as its focal point...  Read More

The Pit


Although it began as a small surfshop on the Beach Road, the store soon became a local hangout. That led to a gnarly idea: surfshop by day, club by night. Now, this unique hybrid has expanded and become one of the Outer Banks nightlife hotspots....  Read More

Striper's Bar & Grille


Three floors, each overlooking the vast, moonlit waters of the Roanoke Sound, offer three unique ambiances. On the first floor, guests can enjoy a hardy meal or just a few drinks around the smoker-friendly bar with an adjacent screened porch. A...  Read More

Port O'Call Restaurant & Saloon


Although artifacts and antiques adorn every corner of this family restaurant, don't be surprised to find biker gangs, college students and pretty much anyone looking for a good time coming through the doors after dinner hours. Live music nights...  Read More



While most live music in the Outer Banks consists of lone acoustic guitar players and cover bands, The Outer Banks Brewing Station consistently brings in established musical talent throughout the summer. Large projection screens energize the...  Read More

Mama Kwan's Tiki Bar & Grill


By day, Mama Kwan's is one of the top lunch and dinner spots on the Outer Banks - thanks in part to its famous fish taco. By night, the zesty island flare and modest prices attract customers for festive nightlife. Mama Kwan's draws a healthy...  Read More

Lucky 12 Tavern


With its selection of old-school pinball machines, vintage billiard tables, and plenty of flat-screen TV's, this beach bar attracts a diverse customer base. Young and old, locals and vacationers, bikers and surfers all flock to the fun-filled...  Read More

Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe


Considered one of the premier restaurants in the Outer Banks, Basnight's also plays host to romantic, waterside nightlife. Guests can enjoy their favorite cocktail while gazing at the Roanoke Sound from anywhere in the restaurant, including the bar.