Myrtle Beach Sports Bars Offer Home for Road Fans

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.


Foster's Cafe & Bar
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Foster's Cafe & Bar is a popular gathering spot for misplaced fans from other cities. The owners are transplants from the Philadelphia, so many Eagles, Flyers and Phillies fans flock to Foster's. But the small, friendly pub also serves as the home of many former Pittsburgh residents, so supporters of the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins frequent Foster's as well. This diversity creates quite a scene on game days, and the kitchen cooks up specials for NFL Sundays, as well as a beer specials and a Bloody Mary bar. A pool table and dart board keep the friendly competition going all week.

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.

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.

North Myrtle Beach
Oscar's Food & Spirits
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Walking through the doors of Oscar's only feels like you have been magically transported to Pittsburgh, but it's easy to see why your mind can be tricked. The walls are filled with sports memorabilia from the Steel City and the large segment of the regulars are visitors or transplants from Pittsburgh, including the owners. They built a haven for fellow transplants who missed home and rooting for the home team with friends. Oscar's also draws fans of all team colors and stands on its own as a family restaurant. Traditional bar-food shares menu space with entrees you won't find at most sports dives.

Handley's Pub & Grub
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Handley's Pub & Grub offers a true English-pub atmosphere on the South Carolina coast. Located in the Carolina Forest section of Myrtle Beach, this large, stand-alone building houses a spirited crowd of sportsmen, both those who play darts and billiards and those who simply watch the big games on the telly. A wide selection of domestic and imported beers are available by bottle and draft, and 28 plasma-screen TVs keep track of all the action, from European soccer to American football. The menu goes well beyond the average sports bar, featuring steaks, chops, seafood and a number of sandwiches, salads and starters.

Pine Lakes Tavern
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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.

This massive sports bar, part of the Celebration complex at Broadway, is loaded with tons of fun diversions for adults. If you want to catch a game, match or race on the big-screen (or 50 screens), this is the place to do it! If you want to challenge your buds in air hockey, Golden Tee, pool or any number of arcade games, Louie's has it all. And if you're feeling like it's high time for you to shine on stage, karaoke mic in hand, this is the place to do it! As for food and drink, Louie's serves plenty of both, including some rather tasty New York-style pizzas.

North Myrtle Beach
Overtime Sports Cafe
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Welcome to the Taj Mahal of sports bars on the North Strand. This two-story, 15,000-foot sportsplex features more than 150 TVs, including a 12-foot video wall, three 60-inch large screens and four 10-foot wide projection screens. It's hard to find a seat without a view of all the games. Speaking of games, Overtime has a room filled with arcade games and a museum packed with sports memorabilia. Overtime also offers a broad selection of draft beers, imports as well as domestics, and a full bar in the center of the massive facility. The menu is loaded with excellent appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, wings and more.

Bumstead's Pub
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Step into a British-style pub featuring American sports in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach. This popular watering hole has been in business at this prime location for more than 25 years and has a dedicated local following. Football fans of many different NFL teams gather here to be amongst their own kind. Private booths with their own TVs allow guests to view the game of their choice. Bumstead's has a wide selection of imported and domestic drafts, and the menu is more than the basic sports-bar fare - from hot wings to fish and chips. The party lasts well after the ballgames at Bumstead's.

Dave & Buster's
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This national chain offers good times, great food and cold beer. Part sports bar and part video arcade, Dave & Buster's provides a fun atmosphere for both families and for grownups who are kids at heart. The arcade is unlike any other, featuring games built specifically for Dave & Buster's franchises, as well as sports-themed games, interactive virtual-reality amusements, and carnival-style contests of skill. The restaurant and sports bar are perfect for catching the big game and enjoying a diverse menu of food and drinks. Located in the Celebrity Square section of Broadway at the Beach, Dave & Buster's is in the heart of the nightlife district.


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