Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is known as the Sun Fun Capital for all the great things the Grand Strand has to offer during the daytime – but there's another side to the city that only comes out at night. After spending a day at the beach or the oceanfront pool here at The Strand Resort, many of our guests love to hit the town for an evening of dinner, dancing, drinks and entertainment.
Despite its reputation for daytime fun in the sun, Myrtle Beach also knows how to let loose with a night out on the town after the sun goes down. Here's a look at some of the nightlife highlights available to grown-ups on the Grand Strand:
* Attractions: Myrtle Beach is filled with fun attractions that turn on their lights after dark, and no night out on the town is complete without a ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. Located in the heart of downtown, this 190-foot-tall, high-tech Ferris wheel offers a lovely view of the ocean and the city, and it is the perfect topper for a date night. Other attractions near or along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk include the Second Avenue Pier, Family Kingdom Amusement Park and rows of shops and restaurants.
* Bars: Having a few drinks after dinner is easy to do in Myrtle Beach; the only hard part is deciding which hot spot to hit. Broadway at the Beach, located just over a mile from the The Strand, features a nightlife district lined with popular watering holes, such as Broadway Louie's, American Tap House and Dave & Buster’s. Hard Rock Cafe and Crocodile Rocks offer live music, and Club Oz and Froggy Bottomz feature DJs and dancing. For a slower pace, visit nearby bars Atlas Tap House and Pine Lakes Tavern for a laid-back Myrtle Beach vibe.
* Dancing: There are many ways to cut a rug on the Grand Strand, including with a dance craze that was founded on the local shores – shagging. North Myrtle Beach has several historic dance clubs where you can learn and dance the Carolina Shag, such as OD Arcade & Lounge, Fat Harold's and the Spanish Galleon. For those who prefer to scoot their boots to a country beat, The Bowery in downtown Myrtle Beach is legendary. Once home to house band and country music supergroup Alabama, The Bowery has been the best little honky-tonk on the oceanfront since 1944. Broadway at the Beach is the best place for dancing to modern music and retro disco.
* Dining: Guests at The Strand have some of the best fine-dining options in town within walking distance of the property. The famed Sea Captain's House is just a few blocks away, and New York Prime is only two blocks away. Other complexes like Barefoot Landing (Greg Norman's Australian Grille, Umberto's, Flying Fish Public Market & Grill), Broadway at the Beach (Key West Grill, King Kong Sushi, Rioz) and The Market Common (P.F. Chang's, Travinia Italian Kitchen, Tupelo Honey) offer excellent sightseeing before and after dinner.
* Theaters: Whether you prefer live theater or a night at the movies, Myrtle Beach has you covered. The Alabama Theatre and The Carolina Opry offer award-winning shows almost nightly, and Medieval Times and Pirates Voyage provide opportunities for dinner and a show. Legends in Concert features tributes to renowned performers, and the House of Blues offers special dinner-and-concert combos and a murder mystery dinner theater. All the major retail districts have movie theaters, including Broadway at the Beach, Coastal Grand Mall and The Market Common.
After a fun night out on the town, return to The Strand Resort for a relaxing night of sleep and a perfect view of the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean the next morning. Whether it’s day or night, Myrtle Beach is the right place for an exciting vacation.