10 Great Venues for Live Music in Myrtle Beach
Nothing completes a visit to the beach more than a little dinner, dancing, and live music. The Grand Strand is loaded with hundreds of venues, large and small, offering everything from singer/songwriter soloists to full Broadway-styled reviews. In between you’ll find duos and trios, rock ‘n’ roll bands, and something for just about every taste.
Here are our picks for the Top Ten places to hear live music along the Grand Strand.
Murrells Inlet Marshwalk
The undisputed king of Grand Strand live music is not one club but some half-dozen venues along the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, waterfront in Murrells Inlet. The Dead Dog Saloon offers live music nearly 7-nights per week covering all genres from soloists to country, funk, and old school classic rock ‘n’ roll. The Dead Dog is one of the many outstanding live music locations all walking distance from one another located on the Marsh Walk. Also try the Marsh Walk’s Bubba’s Love Shack, Creek Ratz, and Wahoo’s Fish House.
This smaller venue features acts of many genres including open mic acoustic guitar nights to large rock, country and alternative acts. A local’s hangout, Bourbon Street is a neighborhood pub with a focus on quality live music, four to six nights per week. Also a plus, is that right next door is Pine Lakes Tavern, another popular neighborhood bar that offers live music utilizing local and regional talent. You’ll find many patrons that travel back and forth in the course of an evening to catch two or more bands.
House of Blues
This internationally known venue has been entertaining crowds at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach since its opening in 1992. Its large music hall is worth a visit just to see the collection of American folk art. The HOB showcases the hit-makers of every genre at the 2,500-seat music hall, and the outdoor (seasonal) stage and bar called The Deck,” offers the best live music available from local, regional and national acts.
This is the place where the hip rock ‘n’ rollers (and their fans) of the North end hang out. Often showcasing the best local, regional and occasional national acts; Pirate’s Cove specializes in reggae, and alternative rock. An outdoor, rooftop venue features soloists in season.
Hot Fish Club
This Murrells Inlet restaurant features a live music gazebo out back along the waterfront. Enjoy live rock, country, alternative and funk bands from around the Southeast. For the better part of two decades locals and visitors have made the Hot Fish Club a destination for food and fun.
Pawleys Island Tavern
Nicknamed The Pit” this local’s hideaway offers indoor/outdoor live music year-round focusing on variety and plenty of college-friendly bands. Their great pizza doesn’t hurt either.
On the Intracoastal Waterway, The Boathouse has become nationally known for its outdoor summer concert series, which actually runs spring though fall and features a-listers from country, to rock and hip-hop. An optional indoor stage means shows are rain or shine. Off-season check out live country music on Nashville Nights.
The oldest continually operating bar on the Grand Strand, The Bowery was the birthplace of country music supergroup Alabama, which got its start in there in the 1970s. Carrying on that tradition, the iconic Bowery offers cheap beer and live country music six to seven nights per week.
An iconic venue with a long history, 2001 is split into two (sometimes three) clubs featuring live music including Beach Music (oldies) to Jazz and specialty acts. Always a safe bet focusing on pleasing a more mature clientele.
Ocean Annie's Beach Bar
For more than 30 years, this oceanfront hangout has been a hub of good vibes and live music on the beach. Throughtout the summer you’ll find some of the area’s best cover bands performing on the patio day and night and there’s always a lively crowd ready to dance along to their favorite tunes. With cheap drinks and a great atmosphere for fun, you won’t find many better places to enjoy some tunes and take in the beach scenery.
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