Play by Day and Dance the Night Away at Myrtle Beach Clubs

Myrtle Beach has been famous for dancing since kids from the Southeast used to road trip to the Grand Strand in the 1950s and '60s to shag the night away on the beach at the old Pavilion and clubs of North Myrtle Beach. The live music of big bands and the juke boxes of beach music played on many moonlit nights amid the sounds of crashing waves and whispered sweet nothings while couples dipped and twirled on the sawdust-strewn dance floors. Decades later, visitors still flock to the Carolina coast to shake what their mommas gave them. The music may have changed over the years and the dancing is definitely different, but there's something about the swaying waves and sweet music that make people want to dance in Myrtle Beach. There's something for all ages and tempos on the Grand Strand. The older crowd still migrates to the Ocean Drive shag dives like Fat Harold's to keep the official state dance of South Carolina alive and to take a musical stroll down memory lane, while the younger set trend to the hipper hot spots like Club Boca. For those who prefer a country beat, be sure to check out The Bowery, where country super-group Alabama got its start as the house band back in the 1970s and '80s and live music still plays six nights a week while crowds boot-scoot across the dance floor. However you get your groove on, Myrtle Beach has you covered.




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...  Read More



Just as Spanish ships used to sail local waters, the Spanish Galleon Dance Club is another bit of hidden treasure on the Grand Strand. Located in the heart of North Myrtle Beach's Ocean Drive district, the Spanish Galleon offers high-energy...  Read More



This international theme restaurant and music hall offers Cajun fare, South comfort fid and great live music performed by nationally and internationally known rock, folk, blues, jazz and blues bands. Besides offering interesting night life...  Read More

North Myrtle Beach


Don't let the name of this North Myrtle Beach institution fool you. The "OD" stands for Ocean Drive, as in right on the beachfront, and the "Arcade & Lounge" don't tell the true story of this historic hot spot. As one of the birthplace clubs...  Read More



You don't have to be 21 to get into the action on the dance floor at these teen/ nightclub.The VUE at Karma offers early hours for ages 18 and over when no alcohol is served but the beats are still thumping. This nightclub gives the younger set...  Read More

2001 Nightclub
Photo courtesy of 2001


2001 is billed as three clubs in one, and indeed it is. Razzie's Beach Club is the most time-tested of the three, a live music space that's been open since Reagan was in office and welcomes to its stage classic beach bands like The Fantastic...  Read More

North Myrtle Beach
Fat Harold's Beach Club


South Carolina's state dance is alive and kicking at Fat Harold's, a legendary beach club that claims to be "Home of The Shag." Located on North Myrtle's famed Ocean Drive, the club looks like a big shack from the outside, but don't let...  Read More

The Bowery


Don't miss the chance to see where country music super group Alabama got its start back in the 1970s, and little has changed at this hole-in-the-wall honky-tonk since those days. The house band kicks out live music six days a week and visiting...  Read More

Malibu's Surf Bar


One of the top places on the Strand to let your hair down and strut your stuff, Malibu's is a beach-themed dance club that features two top-notch DJs playing today's hottest music as well as some classic oldies that are sure to make you get out...  Read More



Captivating crowds with its Latin beats and techno sounds, Club Oz is the trendy spot in Broadway at the Beach's nightlife lineup. Billed as the Strand's one and only "big city-style" dance clubs, Club Oz is one place that certainly warrants...  Read More


Meet Terry Massey

It's no surprise that journalist Terry Massey is credited with creating the word 'stay-cation.'  He considers the past 18 years in Myrtle Beach a vacation.

He and his wife Stephanie were...  More About Terry