Best Places for Live Music

There’s a lot more to hear in Myrtle Beach than just 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, as it is affectionately referred to as, is known for an eclectic mix of beach music, Southern rock, classic country and – above all – LIVE shows. You name the genre or date and there’s a good chance some band is playing it somewhere along the Strand.

To experience the sounds as well as the sights of Myrtle Beach, here are the top 5 places to catch live music near Coral Beach Resort.

The Boathouse -  Located along the scenic banks of the Intracoastal Waterway, The Boathouse accurately boasts “The Best Backyard in Town.” Music-lovers come by car and by 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 while other seasonal concerts keep guests flocking throughout the year. Call (843) 903-2628 for more information.

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. Call (843) 712-1083 for more information.

House of Blues -  The Myrtle Beach House of Blues is located a few miles north at Barefoot Landing but is well worth the short drive. 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. Call (843) 272-3000 for more information.

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. Call (843) 449-6461 for more information.

Murrells Inlet MarshWalk – Located towards the south end of the strand in the charming seaside town of Murrells Inlet, the MarshWalk area is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. The MarshWalk itself is a winding inlet-front boardwalk that connects a series of local restaurants and vendors. While the dining is truly fantastic, the MarshWalk really comes to life after the sun goes down. Top local and regional artists light up the restaurants as the nightlife kicks in to gear. The best part it, one can easily hope from one spot to the next by just perusing up and down the MarshWalk. Be sure to check out this local gem during your next visit!

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.

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