Terry’s Top 10: New Things in 2010
Before we celebrate the new year, let’s take a look back at what was new this year in Myrtle Beach.
It seems 2010 will go down as a ground-breaking year for tourism on the Grand Strand. Here’s my top 10:
Bingo is far from a new game, but 2010 turned out to be the year the sports left the smoke-filled bingo parlors and became at hit at the area’s bars and restaurants. After the Boathouse began Bob Barroom Bingo in January, now more than 10 local establishments hold bingo nights. Nothing like yelling bingo over a cold beer.
9. Comedy Clubs
For years the Grand Strand was a one-laugh town with the Comedy Cabana holding a monopoly on local comedy clubs. But 2010 saw the addition of two new laugh houses – Stand Up Carolina Comedy Club and Uptown – bringing more humor to a town desperately in need of a good laugh at itself. For the record, the Comedy Club is still Coke Classic in my joke book.
8. Mr. Fish
Mr. Fish has been the local’s little secret for fresh seafood for many years, but Ted Hammerman and crew took it to the next level by adding a sushi bar to the short-order hot spot. Now you can have you crab cake and eat it raw too thanks to the new and oh-so- obvious addition of sushi to the menu.
7. Landshark Bar & Grill
OK, so we don’t have it yet, but late in 2010 came the news that Jimmy Buffett is planning another endeavor in Myrtle Beach. Buffett, who already has his Margaritaville and Cheeseburger In Paradise franchises on the Strand, will open Landshark Brew Pub near the old Pavilion site in 2011. Beer fans can taste it already. A hot tip: Buffett has more ideas in store for downtown Myrtle Beach coming in the near future.
6. Bourbon Street
Myrtle Beach bums no longer have to go all the way to New Orleans to get a taste of Mardi Gras. Bourbon Street, a new bar near Pine Lakes International Golf Club, offers a little bit of the French Quarter right in our backyard with live music five nights a week and great food and fun. This little bar has quickly become the hot spot on the north end of town.
5. Myrtle Beach Mini-Marathon
While the Myrtle Beach Marathon was celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Myrtle Beach Mini-Marathon ran its way onto the Grand Strand’s fitness stage in October. More than 2,300 turned out for the inaugural event through the heart of downtown to take part in the 13.1-mile race, but all who finished – and Myrtle Beach as a whole – were winners.
Soar + Explore Ziplines & Ropes Course
WonderWorks may not be open yet but that didn’t stop their Zipline and Ropes Course, Soar & Explore, from making its grand debut at Broadway at the Beach. Soar 50 feet above the water, 1,000 feet between the two towers and then climb the three levels through challenges along the 3,000 different ropes on the pirate-themed ropes course.
3. PierView Restaurant & Bar
The best new bar in town opened in one of the oldest spots in town with the addition of the PierView Restarant and Bar on the roof of the Second Avaenue Pier. The open-air bar provides breath-taking views of the beach along with tasty food and drink for a relaxing place to chill with friends. Happy hour is truly happy at this new dive.
2. Pelicans Switch affiliate team to Texas Rangers
Talk about good timing, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans announced they were switching big-league affiliates from the Atlanta Braves to the Texas Rangers in 2010, the same year the Rangers reached the World Series. The change should be good for local fans looking for top talent on their way to “the show” – and maybe a first Carolina League championship in a decade.
1. Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
Hands down the top addition to the Grand Strand in 2010 was the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, a 1.2-mile oceanfront walkway that allows visitors to stroll the coast and stop off for a toast. The new attraction also has led to new businesses and a concert stage to reinvigorate the downtown area that has been in need of new blood since the Pavilion closed.