The term “restaurant” is used a bit loosely for The Bowery and the adjoining Duffy’s Bar, but that doesn't make this “8th Wonder of the World” any less attractive for visitors seeking a good time.
This longtime honky-tonk bar is a country music mecca and a icon of the area's entertainment scene, that just so happens to serve hot appetizers and cold beer.
Operating on the downtown Myrtle Beach oceanfront since 1944, The Bowery is best known for hiring supergroup Alabama as its house band before the band’s Grammy Award-winning days.
These days the bar is a must-visit for those wanting a taste of the old Myrtle Beach or visitors looking for great live music and good times.
The Bowery Food
Only a limited lineup up appetizers are available, and there’s not much beyond your basic bar food. Each dish is named after a staff member or house musician, like Kenny’s Killer Nachos Supreme with spicy chili, diced onions and jalapenos and Double D’s Fried Dill Pickle Chips with creamy ranch dressing. If you detect a spicy theme, you are correct.
Pistol Pete’s Pickled pepper Rings and Baby Ray’s Jalapeno Poppers ensure plenty of cold draft beer keeps flowing among the patrons. For those with tamer taste buds, Vic’s Fab Cheese Fries and Fiddlin’ Phil’s Corn on the Cob allow you to eat without the heat (although you can have the cheese fries topped with, you guessed it, chili, onions and peppers).
The Bowery Atmosphere
This classic 1940s honky-tonk takes you back to another era of Myrtle Beach, the one that earned and embraces the Redneck Riviera moniker. Confederate flags are almost as common as Alabama references on the walls. But the music is some of the best country/western this side of Nashville and, if the smoke gets too thick, you can always two-step outside for some fresh ocean air.
Flip-flops and bathing suits fit right in with cowboy boots and blue jeans at this eclectic watering hole.
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