Myrtle Beach's Best Bars, 4/10

Overtime Sports Cafe

Myrtle Beach bars: Quench your thirst after a round of golf on the Grand Strand

By Brandon Tucker, Senior Writer

No two Myrtle Beach, S.C. golf groups are alike, but we all agree on one thing: 19th holes.

Bars of every shape and size line the Grand Strand from Brunswick County to Pawleys Island, and it can be dizzying to figure out just exactly where you should head for the night.

We've narrowed it down a bit for you based on your taste. You shouldn't have to drive too far to find your watering hole.

And before we go any further, plug into your cell phone the number of a taxi company. You know, just in case.

Myrtle Beach dance clubs
If you're looking for a club scene, the easiest place to do it is at Broadway at the Beach's Celebrity Square ( ), where you can park the car once and walk around on foot to over a dozen bars and clubs within a chip shot of each other.

One cover charge gets you into three different rooms with different tunes at Celebrations. If you're into '70s and '80s tunes, go retro at Revolutions , while you can find a younger, college/spring breaker scene at Senor Frogs .

If you need a break from the Celebrity Square scene, check out 2001 ( ) in North Myrtle Beach which offers three clubs in one.

Oceanfront bars in Myrtle Beach
If you didn't get your beach fix during the day, a couple bars are located steps off the ocean and even have beach access. In North Myrtle Beach, Molly Darcy's ( ) is an Irish pub that gets pretty rowdy at night with an indoor dance floor and back patio on the beach.

Bummz Beach Cafe ( ) is located right at the heart of the main drag on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach and has an indoor spot that often hosts karaoke, as well as a back patio and boardwalk to the beach.

You can also head to the collection of bars and restaurants on the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet. There's no beach, but you're right on the water – which usually has the patrons in good moods. Dead Dog Saloon ( ) is a Bikeweek hotspot on the water where boats frequently pass. Wahoo's Raw Bar & Marina ( ) is a small, outdoor bar under a tiki hut that has live beach and island music on many nights.

Sports bars in Myrtle Beach
In the North Strand, Overtime Sports Cafe ( ) boasts a 12-foot video wall and 150 other TVs to watch games. It's big, but still fills up during big events.

In the Central Strand, Spencerz Sports Pub & Restaurant is one of the Grand Strand's largest bars with loads of TVs to match. Five O'Clock Somewhere also has numerous TVs and is a popular place to watch Monday Night Football and UFC fights in particular.

To the south, Jimmagan's blends both sports atmosphere (more than 60 TVs) with a beautiful location overlooking the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet.

Myrtle Beach bars for beer buffs
Some bars in Myrtle Beach underachieve with their tap selections, but these bars keep things interesting at the tap.

Right near the Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach border, Liberty Tap Room ( ) boasts a large selection at the tap, including a handful of its own hand-crafted beers.

At Barefoot Landing, Bully's Pub promises at least 32 beers on tap, including happy hour specials from 4-7 p.m. on all of them ($2 domestics, $3 import).

Next to Dagwood's Deli in Myrtle Beach, small Bumstead's Pub ( ) is a favorite local joint that is big on selection: 150 worldly beers to choose from in both bottle and on tap.

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant ( ) is one of the newest additions to Myrtle Beach's beer scene at the new Market Common development and serves a healthy selection of unique brews from its California-based brewery.

Myrtle Beach Irish pubs
Bumstead's and Jimmagan's fall into the Irish pub category, but there are other standouts on the Grand Strand.

Blarney Stone's Pub & Cigar Bar is more than a traditional Irish Pub in Celebrity Square: It features a large main room often with live music, dance floor and tucked-away booths. You may visit twice before even knowing about the dimly lit cigar and martini bar upstairs, offering an entirely different vibe and music.

In Little River, Pat & Mike's ( ) is a small pub and an ideal 19th hole after you play some of the area's best links golf-inspired courses such as Glen Dornoch Golf Links and Heather Glen Golf Links.

Shag bars in Myrtle Beach
North Myrtle Beach is home of the shag, so if you've got your dance partner with you, spend the night in a shag bar.

You can find someone shagging in most bars to practically any kind of music, but the authentic spots are all in North Myrtle Beach at Fat Harold's Beach Club ( ), Duck's Beach Club ( ) and O.D. Lounge.

April 26, 2010

Myrtle Beach's Best Sports Bars, 1/10

In Myrtle Beach, the 19th hole is hardly optional, especially considering its spring and fall seasons coincide with NHL and NBA playoffs in the spring and football season in the fall. Suffice to say after golf, you've got some games to watch. Here are Golf Holiday's five favorite bars for a cold drink and sports:
1. Overtime Sports Cafe (1409 Highway 17S in North Myrtle Beach): The biggest really is the best at Overtime in the North Strand, featuring 150 televisions capped with a 12-foot video wall for the main event that day, plus three 10-foot projection screens.
2. Five O'Clock Somewhere (1803 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach): Named after the famous Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffett tune, this sports fan's paradise in the heart of the Grand Strand serves up 72 TVs, including 60 HD models, surround sound and multiple bar areas. There's also a full menu, both in the kitchen and with its sports network packages.
3. Broadway Louie's (between 21st Ave. North and 29th Ave. North on Hwy. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach): If you're at Broadway at the Beach, the best place to catch the game and a cold one is Broadway Louie's, boasting a mammoth 27-foot projection screen, meaning there's never a bad spot in the house. Its proximity to dozens of clubs and bars at Celebrity Square makes it the perfect "pre-game."
4. Oscar's (4101 Highway 17S in North Myrtle Beach): Nearly 100 TVs and a menu with great pub grub makes Oscar's a great Pittsburgh Steelers bar.
5. Dagwood's (South) (600 Highway 17N in Surfside Beach): Dagwood's is the spot for something less TV, sports heavy. It's an inviting atmosphere in the slower South Strand.

Locals Corner: Top 5 Happy Hour Spots in Myrtle Beach

By on April 27, 2010

Post-round happy hour is an unwritten part of the itinerary for many Myrtle Beach golf groups. It’s an opportunity to exchanges stories, make excuses, and enjoy a cold drink. So where are the best spots in Myrtle Beach to enjoy happy hour?

We consulted with some of the area’s most active barflies to compile a list that covers the entire Grand Strand. Our suds-swilling panelists wrestled with their ballot (late into the night on occasion) but made the difficult decisions necessary to complete their task.

No. 1 – Liberty Steakhouse , Broadway at the Beach: The unquestioned king of Myrtle Beach happy hours. A broad selection of microbrews, half-price appetizers and a central location make Liberty the area’s most popular post-round destination.

No. 2 – Ocean Annie’s – Ocean Annie’s touts itself as the area’s most famous beach bar and there is little argument to the contrary. Listening to live music beside a pool with the pounding surf of the Atlantic just yards away is hard to beat.

No. 3 Dead Dog Saloon – Located on the Marsh Walk in Murrells Inlet, the view is stunning. Throw in an open air deck, built around a sprawling oak tree, an outdoor bar, and regular live entertainment, and the reasons for Dead Dog’s popularity are many.

No. 4 Flynn’s Irish Tavern – An old jail converted into an Irish bar? Someone has a sense of humor (and one of the Grand Strand’s most rollicking bars). Located in what used to be the North Myrtle Beach Jail, Flynn’s Irish Tavern features a ventriloquist on Fridays and Irish bands throughout the weekend. If you are looking for a North Myrtle Beach pit-stop, Flynn’s is one of the best.

No. 5 – Bully’s Pub & Grill – Located at Barefoot Landing, Bully’s complements an outstanding location with great drink prices and games to keep the competitive juices flowing. If you don’t win on the course, Bully’s offers you the opportunity to regain your pride on a pool table, a dartboard or a bowling machine.

Top 5 Sports Bars: North Strand
By Chris King on March 17, 2010,

The North Strand has grown into a golf and entertainment powerhouse in recent years, earning its spot as a good time destination. For the sake of comparison, think of the North Strand might be analogous to the Big East, a conference that didn’t exist three decades but is now, unquestionably, one of college basketball’s best. Which destination’s are the Syracuse and Villanova of North Strand sports bars? Wonder no more:

1. Overtime Sports Café – The area’s best sports bar is also the best place to watch the tournament. The North Myrtle Beach establishment has 150 televisions, including a 12-foot video wall, and three 10-foot projection screens. You can’t go wrong watching the game at Overtime.

2. Oscar’s - Ninety-eight televisions, including a 6-foot projection screen, a collection of sports memorabilia and good food is a hard combination to beat. Oscar’s, located just minutes North of Barefoot Resort, is an appealing option, especially if you are a Pitt Panthers fan.

3. Wild Wing Café – Wild Wing enjoys a prime location and some of the area’s best wings. You won’t go wrong at the Wild Wing and enjoys the added benefit of being at Barefoot Landing where several other bars and restaurants await.

4. Bully’s – Also located at Barefoot Landing, Bully’s provides a more intimate but no less appealing environment than Wild Wing. Bully’s has $2 draft beers all day, every day and outstanding wings – a winning combination during March Madness.

5. Pat & Mike’s – An Irish pub located in Little River, Pat & Mike’s will provide local flavor to your viewing experience.

Top 5 Sports Bars: Central Strand
By Chris King on March 17, 2010,

Myrtle Beach is at the heart of the Grand Strand’s entertainment scene. In March Madness parlance, it’s a traditional power that offers an abundance of options, and here are the top five seeds (the best places to watch a game) in Central Strand Region.

1. Spencerz – One of the area’s largest bars, Spencerz offers ample room to enjoy the Madness. Combine a diverse menu (try the tater tots!) with a surplus of televisions and you have the recipe for an outstanding sports bar.

2. Broadway Louie’s - Located at Broadway at the Beach, the epicenter of Myrtle Beach nightlife, Broadway Louie’s is home to a 27-foot projection screen, the area’s largest. That monster is flanked by five other large projection screens. Broadway Louie’s also offers the added benefit of being situated by 10 other nightclubs, providing plenty of postgame options.

3. Hooter’s – A long-time Myrtle Beach favorite, Hooter’s is one of the area’s most popular March Madness destinations. Good food, good atmosphere and a healthy complement of televisions make Hooter’s, home of three area locations, an ideal place to watch a game. Another plus, if your alma mater is losing or your hopes of winning the office pool are crumbling, is the scenery.

4. Handley’s – The only reason Handley’s ranks this low is location – on 501 just off Carolina Forest Boulevard. With televisions at every table, excellent food, an outdoor patio (that includes a large projection screen) and an area to play corn hole, it’s an outstanding place to watch a game.

5. Shamrock's Sports Bar - Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, Shamrock's will provide local flavor to your sports bar experience. it has two sides, one is a bar area with several roundtop tables and a mass of televisions. The other is setup more like a dining room but has its own bar and is ideal for large groups that want to watch a game.

Top 5 Sports Bars: South Strand

By Chris King on March 17, 2010,

NCAA Tournament viewing on the South Strand is like rooting for the mid-majors in the Big Dance. The choices offered are good, but they don’t receive quite the acclaim. The South Strand is known for its casual pace and upscale golf and dining options, but there are still a host of establishments that offer an inviting atmosphere to watch a game.

1. Murphy’s Law – If you are looking for a little local flavor, Murphy’s Law is your answer. Sports memorabilia (much of it Pittsburgh-based) adorns the walls and televisions abound. Great wings and happy hour specials make Murphy’s Law, which now has three locations, a prime spot to watch the NCAA Tournament.

2. Jimmagan’s Sports Pub – There is no more scenic sports bar in Myrtle Beach than Jimmagan’s, which overlooks Murrells Inlet on the Marshwalk. When you aren’t gazing out across the water, more than 60 televisions, including a large projection screen, provide ample viewing opportunities. As an added bonus, 40-cent happy hour wings hit the spot.

3. The Island Bar & Grill – Located on the corner of 17 Bypass and Glenn’s Bay Road in Surfside, the Island Bar is a surprise member of the list. The Island Bar is a friendly establishment with an owner who was a former Division I wrestler at Michigan State. If you are rooting for Sparty this March, the Island Bar is for you.

4. Dagwood’s – The sister bar of the ever popular Bumstead’s in Myrtle Beach, Dagwood’s in Surfside offers a cozy environment, televisions at every booth and outstanding food. It’s not a sports–watching paradise like Overtime but it’s an enjoyable spot to take-in a game.

5. Carolina Wings & Rib House – There are a sufficient number of televisions and it’s a new establishment, so Carolina Wings & Rib House is nice, but the food is outstanding. How do 20 different wing sauces or baby back ribs slow cooked over 12 hours and finished with one of six barbeque sauces or rubs sound? Thought so. If you are deep on the South Strand, this is your spot.

Myrtle Beach's Best 19th Holes, 3/04

These golf course bars are worthy of staying on-site after a round, with plenty of TV's and atmosphere for catching a game.

Heritage Club , Pawleys Island -- Pub style atmosphere in one of MB's most stately clubhouses. A couple of decent sized TVs hang at the bar and a older style big screen graces the floor. 1-866-409-2177

Oyster Bay Golf Links , Calabash -- Early '80s clubhouse with big glass windows, a couple of TVs and Red Hook on tap! Chili dogs are among the best along the North Strand. 1-866-409-2177

Legends Resort , Myrtle Beach -- The Ailsa Pub is a legit sports bar, 19th hole or not. Named for the Ailsa Craig, a Scottish landmark near Turnberry, Ailsa Pub has a couple of big screens and a smattering of smaller ones to appease sports fans. 1-866-409-2177

Myrtle Beach National , Myrtle Beach -- A generous big screen and cozy chairs make for a good place to hunker down for a half after knocking it around on King's North. 1-866-409-2177

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