Best Venues to Watch Local Bands in Seneca, SC


Seneca, SC may not compare with Nashville, TN, or Branson, MO, but that doesn't mean you can't find good local bands without leaving town. When it comes to live music Seneca doesn't offer much, but locals know right where to go.

The Spot on the Alley
If you seek live music in Seneca on a Friday night, the Spot on the Alley sits at the top of the list. One of Seneca's oldest night life locales, the Spot on the Alley usually keeps a well-filled calendar of live music events year round. From solo acoustic shows to multi-piece ensembles, fans enjoy the sounds of beach music, Motown, classic rock, and R & B.

When The Spot isn't turning heads with live music, they entertain with karaoke, bingo, and other activities. For the social crowd, make sure you drop in on live trivia every Tuesday. Single party-goers and less crowd savvy customers can enjoy Buzztime trivia anytime.

Aside from their spot-on music scene, the Spot on the Alley also enjoys bragging rights on their cuisine. Voted Best Bar and Best Burger in the Upstate area, you owe it to yourself to give it a try.

Mullen's Irish Pub
Craving an evening of good live music and good food during the off-season? Make your way to Mullen's Irish Pub, right on the main thoroughfare in Seneca. They feature bands throughout the year, from rock to acoustic to retro and more. If variety is a little more your style, join the karaoke party, where every song is as different as the people singing them.

As an Irish pub, you'll find a lot more there than your typical bar fare. Beef tips with real mashed potatoes, shepard's pie, shrimp, and the best wings in Upstate SC await your taste buds. Make sure you come hungry.

The Tiki Hut
The beautiful waterfront Tiki Hut gives your eyes and ears a treat. About a mile off Highway 123 in Seneca, this sweet spot remains tucked away from the hustle and bustle so you can unwind with food and fellowship.

Blues, acoustic, jazz, country and rock stylings typically fill the air from May through September, with occasional performances into October. With music on most Wednesdays and weekends, you can enjoy relaxing views of Lake Keowee while listening to the singing and strumming of musical talent from near and far.

Aside from evening melodies, you will also find one of the most diverse menus in town. Sandwiches, salads, seafood, and a full bar, you can satisfy the tastes of everyone in your group right here.
Everyone is welcome at The Tiki Hut, but if plan to drink alcohol you must either become a member or come as a guest of a member. Patrons can submit a membership application, which is usually processed in 24 hours. If you plan to frequent the venue for live music all summer long, a membership could prove worth your while, as you can expect zero cover charge for every event.

Jazz on the Alley
Jazz music takes center stage every Thursday evening in downtown Seneca's Ram Cat Alley from April through October. This free outdoor concert series features traveling jazz musicians from all over the country.

While you're there, be sure to check out the Jazz on the Alley shop and the local flavors of The Spot on the Alley, Vangeli's, Ye Olde Sandwich Shoppe, and other delicious eateries. Bring a chair and a friend, and enjoy the summer sounds of live music Seneca residents count on every year.

Yesterdaze
Offbeat and unexpected, Yesterdaze Records and CDs offers occasional live music shows in addition to thousands of LPs, music memorabilia, and other "cool stuff" in their store. While the live music schedule is anything but consistent, it does provide a delightful array of both local and traveling formations. Shows are always free, and the store stays open a little later for late night music shoppers.


Alli Hill is a born-and-raised Seneca, SC native who still frequents the area several times each month. Now living in Toccoa, GA, with two toddlers, some of her fondest memories in Seneca include The Tiki Hut and the Spot on the Alley, and can personally attest to their awesomeness.