For most vacationers, it comes as no big surprise that the Grand Strand — one of the premier beach destinations in the Southeastern U.S. — offers plenty of places to kick back, relax, grab some grub and wet your whistle. After all, the Myrtle Beach area is well-known up and down the East Coast as a prime relaxation region.
But the most financially savvy of vacationers know that, when it comes to stretching your vacation dollar, timing is key. If you head to the right place at the right time to enjoy some food-and-drink-fueled festivities — and especially if you find a spot offering some great happy hour specials — you can get a lot more bang for your entertainment buck.
So, the next time you and your vacation crew are looking to have some good times on a budget, head for one of these five top Grand Strand happy hours:
Bummz Beach Cafe
Boasting one of the best backyards in Myrtle Beach, this former beach house found on North Ocean Boulevard is now home to a top-shelf beach bar. The large patio deck at Bummz offers covered tables and sun-drenched lawn chairs so patrons can relax in the shade or soak up some sun, all while enjoying some cool suds and fresh seafood. During the Bummz happy hour, which is held from 4 to 6 each day (weekends included), customers get 50 cents off all bottled beers, house-brand liquor drinks and wine. Learn more at com.
This entertainment venue at THEBlvd on North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach definitely delivers on its “A Live Music Joint” tagline — by bringing live bands and DJs to its separate stages every night. A long list of craft beers and mixed drinks is available here, and when hunger sets in, a menu of made-from-scratch, Southern-inspired “Better Than Bar Food” items is available. The happy hour here runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and offers half off select appetizers, plus $1 off domestic drafts, wells, wines and cocktails. For more info, visit tinroofmyrtlebeach.com.
Riptydz Oceanfront Grille & Rooftop Bar
This relatively new spot on North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach is part oceanfront restaurant, part beach bar. The rooftop bar here offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and live music nightly, all accompanied by a menu featuring seafood and prime steaks. During its happy hour held Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., guests can enjoy $3 domestic bottles, $4 house wines, $5 cocktails, and reduced prices on select appetizers. Visit com to learn more.
American Tap House
This Broadway at the Beach gastropub boasts 40-plus U.S. craft brews on tap, as well as a full menu offering gourmet tacos, burgers, flatbreads, steaks, seafood and more. Held from 4-6 p.m. every day, its happy hour features select $3 craft drafts, $3 well drinks, $4 Fireball and Rumple Minze, and a list of reduced-price appetizers that includes chicken wings, pretzel bites, calamari, sliders and more. Learn more at com.
This family owned and operated Mexican restaurant on 70th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach puts its focus on fresh south-of-the-border fare. The menu is loaded with favorites like fajitas, chimichangas, quesadillas, tacos and enchiladas, and the full bar serves an array of drinks such as margaritas, mojitos and an impressive selection of tequilas. The restaurant’s happy hour, held from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, offers $6 jumbo margaritas, $3 sangrias, 32-ounce draft beers for $6, and more. Visit fiestamexicanacantina.com to learn more.