Best Places for Live Music
There’s a lot more to hear in Myrtle Beach than the sounds of crashing waves, fireworks displays and the golfers’ crying “Fore!” Open your ears to one of the most underrated music scenes in the Southeast.
The Grand Strand is known for an eclectic mix of beach music, Southern rock and country and – above all – LIVE shows. You name it, there’s a good chance some band is playing it somewhere on the Strand.
To experience the sounds as well as the sights of Myrtle Beach, here are the top 5 places to catch live music on the Strand:
• The Bowery: This downtown Myrtle Beach honky-tonk is an institution. Hosting kick-butt country and Southern rock since 1944, The Bowery once featured country music super-group Alabama as its house band. Not much has changed over the past 70 years, still the same old wooden bar, dance floor and a small stage that sizzles with the sounds of country.
• The Boathouse: Located on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach, the Boathouse accurately boasts “The Best Backyard in Town.” Music-lovers come by car and boat to hear some of the best regional bands play the outdoor stage. The Summer Concert Series provides a no-cover way to spend the day on the waterway listening to all genres of music.
• Bourbon Street: Tucked away in the Pine Lakes Center on the north end of Myrtle Beach, this small but stylish bar and grill packs them in to see some of the top regional and local acts. The head bartender’s connections to the music community have brought some budding big names to this tiny venue. It’s a great chance to tell your friends you saw them first after the hit it big.
• House of Blues: This Barefoot Landing theme restaurant/concert venue pays tribute to the roots of rock ‘n’ roll both in food, décor, and, of course, music. The main concert hall seats an intimate crowd of 2,000 and attracts some of the top national touring acts. The Indigo Room & Deck features local and regional talent, often at no cover charge, performing on the outdoor patio. For a little music and food for your soul, check out the Sunday Gospel Brunch.
• Ocean Annie’s: Listen to tunes in true Myrtle Beach style at this resort/hotel pool deck. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and just steps away from the beach, Ocean Annie’s has an outdoor stage, poolside dancing and easy access to cool off quickly. A variety of music, usually top 40 and classic rock, take the stage in the afternoons and play to big crowds in swimsuits.
Honorable mentions include Harold’s on the Ocean and Pirate’s Cove on the North Strand, Broadway at the Beach and Bummz Beach Café in Myrtle Beach and Island Bar & Grill and Pawleys Island Tavern on the South Strand.