Myrtle Beach's Best Bars and Pubs Offer Late-Night Drinks and Fun

There are all kinds of bars in the Myrtle Beach area - pubs, sports bars, oyster shacks and beach bars - but a select few stand out in the crowd. Whether you are looking for a frozen drinks while watching the waves roll in or checking out the games in a fan-friendly environment, the Grand Strand has a bar that's just right for you and your party to kick back and relax. Beach bars rule the roost on this list like Ocean Annie's and Bummz Beach Cafe. Many of the hottest spots are conveniently located near the top attractions in town, such as Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing, giving guests great places to take a break from a busy day of shopping or a nice night out for dinner. Others are off the beaten path, popular watering holes that have stood the test of time in a tourist town where bars are often geared toward those on vacation. But the locals know where to go to escape the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach, and a few of those well-kept secrets are unveiled in this list. Flynn's Irish Tavern is a place you might miss if you blink, but inside is a friendly group of regulars and lucky visitors who mix as smoothly as the drinks. So whether you're looking for a night of fun or relaxation, here are 10 bars that fit the bill.


Bully's Pub & Grill

A great deck, 32 flavors of draft beer and terrific service â€" what more could you ask for from your friendly neighborhood watering hole? Stop by in the afternoon for a bite of lunch on the waterside deck. Come by later in the evening to catch a game on the tube. With "tons of TVs" and an NFL Sunday Ticket package, they're sure to have your team on. If you need more diversions, head to the games area, where you'll find pool tables, dart boards, bowling and the ever-contentious Golden Tee. Not just a hangout for vacationers, Bully's sees to locals by hosting parties throughout the year.

Señor Frog's

The USA's one and only Señor Frog's needs no introduction. Just like its resorty Caribbean cousins, the place is always hopping with music and laughter. It's a popular stop-over for folks shopping during the day, but once the sun goes down, the party really gets started! Enjoy a frosty drink, order up a bucket of Coronas or, if you dare, tackle the mighty yard glass. It won't be long before you feel the need to join in on the conga line or break into song with (or even without) your amigos. The Frog also serves tasty Mexican eats, especially the fish tacos.

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 the chance to take a break from their hectic schedules to relax at the beach. Top nationally touring acts frequent this small but popular hangout and the mood is always light and happy among visitors and employees. A side bar from the showroom makes this place feel more like a locals hangout than a comedy club, and the food is surprisingly good.


Atlas Tap House is the latest addition to the Grand Strand's brew pub scene, but beer isn't the only thing that's already packing patrons into this downtown hot spot. Located just across from the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and one block from the beach, Atlas Tap House has also established itself as a must-visit among the whiskey-drinkers with discriminating tastes. With more than 30 unique types of bourbon to go with its 100-plus collection of rare beers, Atlas Tap House has been drawing drinkers with an appreciate for the diverse flavors and strains of beer and whiskey. Atlas Tap House also offers a unique food menu, from smoked meats in-house to chicken or fish tacos. Billiards tables and TVs tuned to sports highlight the interior, while an outdoor patio offers scenic views of the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and downtown district.

A great place to take a group of friends, Shuckers ranks highly with locals and frequent visitors to the Strand - a nod, no doubt, to its awesome raw bar specialties and friendly, laid-back vibe. Happy hour, especially, is the time to be here, because prices on brews, wings and oysters are simply unbelievable. If your party's looking for more substantial eats, Shuckers' kitchen also serves up a delicious ensemble of steaks, pasta dishes and fresh seafood. Be adventurous and try the house special oyster shooter - tequilla, hot sauce, Bloody Mary mix and, of course, a juicy oyster served in a shot glass.

North Myrtle Beach
Flynn's Irish Tavern

For a quiet, low-key brush with locals, look to this red-brick tavern located in downtown North Myrtle, which used to serve as the city jail. A full menu of pub grub is available, from tasty Irish favorites like bangers & mash and shepherd's pie to more domestic dishes like blackened salmon and grilled pork chops. Best of all, in the truest public house spirit, the dwelling features several comfortable places to sit and converse while you enjoy - what else? - a nice, cold glass of stout. Flynn's recently added a huge outdoor deck with a full bar, band stand, darts and sports on TV.

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk continues to bring new businesses to the downtown district, and the 8th Avenue Tiki Bar & Grill is the latest addition to this increasingly hottest spot in town. Taking over a historic building previously occupied by legendary night clubs like Mother Fletcher's and Club Myst, 8th Avenue Tiki Bar & Grill hopes to bring a new attitude and atmosphere to the Myrtle Beach Oceanfront - a more festive, beach environment instead of the dance-club reputation of the building's previous owners and operators. Using bright colors and a new patio deck addition, 8th Avenue Tiki Bar & Grill plans to hold luaus and other beach-related festivities to the Boardwalk area, something that has been missing from the area since the 1.2-mile walkway was opened in 2009. 8th Avenue Tiki Bar & Grill also looks to add more emphasis to food, featuring a full menu of bar-food fare and seafood, such as fish tacos and buffalo shrimp. Burgers, steaks and other standard fare are on the menu, as well as frozen dessert drinks and a Reese's Cup Cheesecake that tastes as sinful as it sounds.

For more than two decades, this beachfront bar has served as one of the hottest spots in all of Myrtle Beach. Featuring fun under the sun, cold drinks in the shade and a party atmosphere that lasts into the night, Ocean Annie's attracts large crowds from the nearby resorts and locals alike. Located behind Sands Ocean Club, the large pool deck includes a stagel for live music and dancing beside - and even inside - the enormous swimming pool. Guests can take a stroll down to the beach for some sun and surf then step back to the bar for a drink or a snack.

Pine Lakes Tavern
Photo courtesy of Pine Lakes Tavern

Formerly known as the popular locals' hangout Droopy's, the new owners of Pine Lakes Tavern have changed more than the name. A total makeover of the bar, game room and bathrooms is already complete, creating a clean, casual environment for happy hour drinks or late-night partying. The spacious back porch overlook Pine Lake and is the perfect place to unwind with a drink after a round of golf at the nearby Pine Lakes Golf Club the first golf course in the golf capital of Myrtle Beach. Fifteen draft beers are on tap as well as an excellent dinner menu. Occasional live bands and pig roasts make this a festive place to hang.

Bummz Beach Cafe
Photo courtesy of Bummz Beach Cafe

The name says it all for this casual, come-as-you-are bar and grill, where patrons often stroll up from the beach with sand on their feet for a bite to eat and a cold one. Ocean views, frozen concoctions, live music and great food is what it's all about at Bummz Beach Cafe, which offers all these and more in a fun-filled and family-friendly atmosphere just steps away from the ocean. Situated in a 1930's beach house setting, guests can sip on a cocktail while lounging in beach chairs and hammocks on the back patio deck, or get their grub on via a host of tasty burgers, sandwiches and salads.


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