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Best Waterfront Bars in North Myrtle Beach

When you’re on vacation in North Myrtle Beach, you have access to some of the most beautiful beaches in South Carolina. Both visitors and locals like to take advantage of the view by sipping a cocktail while watching the waves roll in. Check out of a few of the waterfront bars they tell us they love.

OFF MAIN STREET:

MOLLY DARCY’S: Molly Darcy’s is an oceanfront bar with an Irish twist. This cozy pub sits right on the beach, so be sure to enjoy your cocktail (or Guinness) on the oceanfront patio. If you’re hungry, Molly Darcy’s menu includes wings, burgers and nachos, as well as traditional Irish fare.

BUOY'S ON THE BOULEVARD: Located near the intersection of Main Street and Ocean DriveBuoy’s on the Boulevard is a favorite dive offering just about every flavor of daiquiri, colada or margarita you can imagine. Perfectly nestled between Ocean Drive and the beach, Buoy's is a convenient and fun spot to enjoy drinks near the beach.

IN BAREFOOT LANDING:

FILET'S ON THE WATER: For a view that can't be beat, visit Filet's on the Water. This steak, seafood and sushi institution offers a relaxed vibe at its Tiki Bar. Overlooking the harbor, this bar has live music every night, so bring your dancing shoes for The Carolina Shag, which was founded in North Myrtle Beach.

LUCY BUFFETT’S LULU’S: Looking for cold drinks, good times and a stunning waterfront view? Look no further than Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s! This bright and colorful restaurant features a massive bar and is all about celebrating food and fun. Try its famous Bushwacker, a frozen vanilla-coffee-coconut delicacy made popular by the beach towns along the Gulf Coast.

TACO MUNDO KITCHEN Y CANTINA: It's always 5 o'clock at Taco Mundo Kitchen Y Cantina! Taco Mundo offers a large selection of creative cocktails, signature margaritas and an assortment of tequilas. Sip on a frozen daiquiri at the outdoor bar with a beautiful view of the Intracoastal Waterway. If you get hungry, try the Appetizer Trio—homemade pico de gallo, chile con queso and guacamole, served with fresh tortilla chips.

GREG NORMAN AUSTRALIAN GRILLE: Searching for a laid-back happy hour? Go down under to Greg Norman Australian Grille. Owned and frequently visited by the golf legend, this restaurant is a favorite for fine food and views of Barefoot Marina, but also boasts an extensive happy hour menu in the bar area, fittingly called the “Shark Pub.”

AROUND TOWN:

LOCAL BAR + KITCHEN: Your #GoldenHour Instagram post will be taken to a whole new level with a cocktail at Local On The Water. The expansive patio, lit by charming strings lights, is a great place to gather to eat, drink and watch the boats coast along the waterway.  

JOE’S BAR & GRILL: Don’t miss happy hour at Joe’s, located in the Windy Hill neighborhood of North Myrtle Beach. We’ll let you in on a best-kept secret . . . ask to sit on the Raccoon Cove Deck Bar, where you can catch a spectacular view of the sun fading over the salt marsh.

KEY WEST CRAZY: A quick 10-minute drive from Barefoot Landing is Little River, a quaint fishing village that stretches along North Myrtle Beach’s scenic inland waterway. Little River offers some of the area’s best waterfront watering holes, including Key West Crazy. Key West Crazy offers live music every night of the week. And if you’re hoping to indulge in a bit of the hair of the dog that bit you, give its famous Bloody Mary a try.

While you are here, be sure to capture the moment and the view. Share your photos of you (or your favorite drink) using #ExploreNMB or #JustCoast. We’d love to see them!