America's No. 1 family beach vacation destination is also a big fan of America's pastime. Myrtle Beach and baseball make an unbeatable pair during the warm-weather months, when guests can enjoy the beach and a ball game for a perfect day-night doubleheader. If you are looking to catch a game live or on TV during your stay, The Strand has the following five recommendations that are nearby and knock it out of the park when it comes to the viewing experience and environment. Have fun, and play ball!
- Broadway Louie's: This long-running sports bar at Broadway at the Beach has relocated to the old Cowboys Saloon, which has undergone an extreme sports makeover. Large, high-definition TVs fill the walls and the space above the main bar, so you won't miss a single pitch. The popular location attracts followers of many teams, so you may make a few friends and meet a few fellow fans to help you root for the home team. Food and drink specials and postgame karaoke are also part of the lineup.
- Bumstead's Pub: This English-style pub is located in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, so you can take a break from your stroll down the Boardwalk to grab a drink and catch a few innings. Private booths have their own TVs, so you can tune into the game of your choice, or flip around the dial and touch them all. Bumstead's Pub offers a wide selection of imported beers and microbrews, as well as an excellent food menu that is highlighted by piled-high sandwiches from the adjoining Dagwood's Deli.
- King Street Grille: If you find yourself in the Market Common area for shopping, dining or entertainment, the best place to slide safely into baseball mode is this regional chain out of Charleston. The casual atmosphere and extensive food menu make it more of a restaurant than a sports bar, but the servers and bartenders sport their favorite team jerseys and are more than happy to accommodate your party's choice of TV channels. The bar area is a bit more sports-oriented, and the patio also features sports on TV in the great outdoors on sunnier days and rain-free nights.
- Pelicans Ballpark: The best way to catch a game in Myrtle Beach is live, and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans minor-league team provides the perfect venue. This 5,500-seat stadium offers everything you need for a fun night at the ol' ballpark, including between-inning entertainment and special promotional nights. Thirsty Thursdays feature $1 draft beers from 6 to 8 p.m., and Wiener Wednesdays offer half-priced hot dogs. An affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, the Pelicans allow kids to run the bases after each home game and will feature free postgame fireworks shows 14 times this season.
- Pine Lakes Tavern: For a more laid-back, low-key baseball experience, this small gastropub is a popular gathering spot for local sports fans. Featuring flat-screens in the main bar, in the game room and on the outdoor patio deck, Pine Lakes Tavern keeps the TVs tuned to sports and the good times cranked up to 10. The kitchen puts out daily specials that go far beyond the standard sports-bar menu, and the lakeside patio deck allows you to catch a game outdoors the way it was meant to be viewed.
Of course, our guests can also catch up on scores and more at The Strand Bar, the new, on-site lounge that is more elegant than a typical sports bar but also casual enough to flip the channel to baseball. It's part of the personal service and friendly hospitality you can expect from the boutique Myrtle Beach resort experience at The Strand.