Best Venues to Watch Local Bands near Myrtle Beach


It's a safe assumption that few, if any, bands sprang fully-formed on the national scene. They got their start playing small local to them venues. Whether your taste runs to country, blues or rock 'n' roll, you'll find it in the Myrtle Beach area.

In the Country

Fridays are country night at the Boathouse, with local and regional acts making up the majority of the performers at the indoor and outdoor stages. Sundays there is a nod to country, but the Boathouse expands the musical offerings. Come by land or Intracoastal Waterway and tie up at the docks to eat, drink and be merry. While listening to the music, people can enjoy anything from the appetizers-- don't miss the fried pickles -- to sandwiches and even full meals.


More Than the Blues

If it's blues or more quiet music you seek, check out the PIT -- if you can find it. The Pawleys Island Tavern sits just south and west of the Island Shops in Pawleys Island. Check out the funky green mailbox. Once is not enough to enjoy this "shabbily chic" restaurant and bar that offers music Thursdays through Sundays. Local faves, including the Mullets and the Winchesters, are regulars. You're a stranger at the PIT just once.

Into the Hall of Fame

The Dead Dog Saloon in Murrells Inlet makes no bones about it. It's all rock 'n' roll with a slight nod to other genres in between. The restaurant that turns into a music venue as the evening goes on, prides itself on being named best music venue on the beach twice with Grand Strand voters. To celebrate, the Dead Dog' started its own Hall of Fame, which inducts local bands and musicians based on the voters' choice. There's plenty of room to get up and dance, too. The bands appreciate the support too Two of them held their last gigs before breaking up at the Dead Dog.

A.E. Crone is a freelance writer living near Myrtle Beach, S.C. She has written and edited for a number of newspapers and magazines.