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 Hilton Head 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 Hilton Head 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.


Contemporary decor and a huge wine list attract patrons to this upscale bar. Folks who come for dinner are also in luck; the popular dinner menu offers crowd-pleasing pizzas, steak and seafood. Try the cornmeal dusted catfish with spicy corn tartar sauce, cheese grits and collards, or the filet mignon and lobster tail.

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San Miguel's Mexican on the Marina
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At this fun Mexican restaurant, patrons may enjoy live entertainment and a view of the water from the outdoor bar. San Miguel's is famous for their margaritas, best with an order of guacamole or chili con queso. The sirloin chimichanga, chili burrito, shrimp Veracruz, and enchiladas verdes are among the tempting dinner options. Be sure not to miss happy hour, from 4pm-6pm, Mon-Fri.

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Forest Beach

A tropical and casual atmosphere serves as the backdrop for this American café patterned after an imaginary World War II bar on a Pacific island. Nothing fancy here, just really good food. Some favorites include black bean burgers, BBQ ribs and Santa Fe pasta. Daily seafood specials, as well. Also offers a large selection of microbrews and specialty beers. Entertainment ranges from blues to reggae to various local bands, and the happy hour margarita special's a big draw. Late night menu served until 1am, and the bar is open until 2am.

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Irresistible drink and appetizer specials are the main attraction at this happy hour spot, where sports fans get hooked on the 18 flat screens. The bar boasts a sound selection of bottled domestics and imports, tasty frozen drinks and a giant signature Easy Street Margarita. Keep it simple with the all-you-can-eat chips and salsa, or spring for the Alaskan snow crab legs. Mains range from burgers to Mexican fare to Italian subs and pasta.

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Sophisticated and appealing, this Sinatra-themed restaurant and lounge offers a change of venue from the island's many seafood bars. The extensive menu offers Italian-inspired fare, from "The Godfather" sandwich (ham, salami, provolone, vinaigrette) to flat bread pizzas to marinated rib-eyes. For dessert, you can make your own table top s'mores. The lounge, accented with a granite topped bar, offers a delightful atmosphere for martinis and conversation.

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Hilton Head's premier club, Stages hosts national live acts such as David Allen Coe, Bad Company, Saliva, Red Jumpsuit Apperatus, and Buckcherry. Fun atmosphere complete with colorful metal streamers and a disco ball dangling from the ceiling.

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Sophisticated cigar and martini bar that boasts two stone fireplaces, an antlered chandelier, a walk-in humidor and some of the best martinis on the Island. Also has four billiard tables, darts and shuffle boards.

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This Island institution is one of those places you have to visit even if it is only to buy a t-shirt. Laid-back, fun atmosphere on the waterfront. Serves food and your favorite drinks inside or outside on the deck.

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In a sophisticated environment that is both elegant and intimate, the Jazz Corner presents a range of regional and national jazz acts focusing on the smooth sounds of the '50's and '60's. Full dinner menu served 6pm-10pm on Tuesday through Sunday.

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Filled with golf-related decor, this British-style pub in the Lowcountry caters to the fans who frequent the spot after leaving the green. Patrons dig into sandwiches, burgers, fish and chips, and shepherd's pie. They also get to enjoy a wide selection of ales and single malt scotches.

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