No two Myrtle Beach, S.C. golf groups are alike, but we all agree on one thing: 19th holes.
Bars of every shape and size line the Grand Strand from Brunswick County to Pawleys Island, and it can be dizzying to figure out just exactly where you should head for the night.
We've narrowed it down a bit for you based on your taste. You shouldn't have to drive too far to find your watering hole.
And before we go any further, plug into your cell phone the number of a taxi company. You know, just in case.
If you're looking for a club scene, the easiest place to do it is at Broadway at the Beach's Celebrity Square (www.broadwayatthebeach.com), where you can park the car once and walk around on foot to over a dozen bars and clubs within a chip shot of each other.
One cover charge gets you into three different rooms with different tunes at Celebrations. If you're into '70s and '80s tunes, go retro at Revolutions, while you can find a younger, college/spring breaker scene at Senor Frogs.
If you need a break from the Celebrity Square scene, check out 2001 (www.2001nightclub.com) in North Myrtle Beach which offers three clubs in one.
If you didn't get your beach fix during the day, a couple bars are located steps off the ocean and even have beach access. In North Myrtle Beach, Molly Darcy's (www.mollydarcy.com) is an Irish pub that gets pretty rowdy at night with an indoor dance floor and back patio on the beach.
Bummz Beach Cafe (www.bummz.com) is located right at the heart of the main drag on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach and has an indoor spot that often hosts karaoke, as well as a back patio and boardwalk to the beach.
You can also head to the collection of bars and restaurants on the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet. There's no beach, but you're right on the water – which usually has the patrons in good moods. Dead Dog Saloon (www.deaddogsaloon.com) is a Bikeweek hotspot on the water where boats frequently pass. Wahoo's Raw Bar & Marina (www.wahoosbar.com) is a small, outdoor bar under a tiki hut that has live beach and island music on many nights.
In the North Strand, Overtime Sports Cafe (www.overtimesportscafe.com) boasts a 12-foot video wall and 150 other TVs to watch games. It's big, but still fills up during big events.
In the Central Strand, Spencerz Sports Pub & Restaurant is one of the Grand Strand's largest bars with loads of TVs to match. Five O'Clock Somewhere also has numerous TVs and is a popular place to watch Monday Night Football and UFC fights in particular.
To the south, Jimmagan's blends both sports atmosphere (more than 60 TVs) with a beautiful location overlooking the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet.
Some bars in Myrtle Beach underachieve with their tap selections, but these bars keep things interesting at the tap.
Right near the Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach border, Liberty Tap Room (www.libertytaproom.com) boasts a large selection at the tap, including a handful of its own hand-crafted beers.
At Barefoot Landing, Bully's Pub promises at least 32 beers on tap, including happy hour specials from 4-7 p.m. on all of them ($2 domestics, $3 import).
Next to Dagwood's Deli in Myrtle Beach, small Bumstead's Pub (www.bumsteadspub.com) is a favorite local joint that is big on selection: 150 worldly beers to choose from in both bottle and on tap.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant (www.gordonbiersch.com) is one of the newest additions to Myrtle Beach's beer scene at the new Market Common development and serves a healthy selection of unique brews from its California-based brewery.
Bumstead's and Jimmagan's fall into the Irish pub category, but there are other standouts on the Grand Strand.
Blarney Stone's Pub & Cigar Bar is more than a traditional Irish Pub in Celebrity Square: It features a large main room often with live music, dance floor and tucked-away booths. You may visit twice before even knowing about the dimly lit cigar and martini bar upstairs, offering an entirely different vibe and music.
In Little River, Pat & Mike's (www.patandmikesirishpub.com) is a small pub and an ideal 19th hole after you play some of the area's best links golf-inspired courses such as Glen Dornoch Golf Links and Heather Glen Golf Links.
North Myrtle Beach is home of the shag, so if you've got your dance partner with you, spend the night in a shag bar.
You can find someone shagging in most bars to practically any kind of music, but the authentic spots are all in North Myrtle Beach at Fat Harold's Beach Club (www.fatharolds.com), Duck's Beach Club (ducksatoceandrive.com) and O.D. Lounge.
April 26, 2010