The Bowery – A Myrtle Beach Landmark
The Bowery was born as a local and visitor must-see since then. Not only is it a landmark located 50 yards from the Atlantic Ocean in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, but the Bowery has also been entertaining millions from all over the globe, with its genuine Southern hospitality and charm.
Since the beginning of this unassuming bar, there have been many different kinds of entertainment to rock the stage in this establishment. From 330-pound can-can girls, to bartenders whom can carry 34 beers without a tray (a world record, in fact). The Bowery served up live music and cold beer daily, and has contributed to what has become one of the most successful nightclubs on the Grand Strand.
One of the most successful names launched from the Bowery is the now-famous group Alabama, which played at the Bowery from 1973-1980. They were originally called Wildcountry, but changed their name to Alabama because of an Alabama license plate that hung on the wall behind them. Shortly after touring smaller cities outside Myrtle Beach, they became an overnight sensation in the country music industry.
But Alabama still considers The Bowery their home, and makes numerous appearances throughout the year. In 2005, The Bowery’s place in music history was secured when Alabama was inducted into the County Music Hall of Fame.
The “World Famous” Bowery is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m., and features cold drinks and live entertainment every night starting at 8:30 with a friendly relaxed atmosphere and a “Ya’ Can’t Beat Fun” attitude. Bands include Lee Travis and The Bounty Hunters and special guest bands on Sunday nights.
Since 1990, The Bounty Hunters have been the house band at the world-famous Bowery. And for the past 6 years, they have enlisted the talents of Lee Travis as their front man, whose duties also include vocals/guitar/songwriting, along with the rare gift to work a crowd into an absolute frenzy!
The Bounty Hunters create their own unique brand of country music. It doesn’t matter what song they play or what artist may have done it first, The Bounty Hunters always manage to sound like themselves. From March through October, The Bounty Hunters perform six nights a week for eight straight months at The Bowery. NO breaks! It’s during this time that they master their craft both as individual musicians and, more importantly, entertainers.
The Bowery is one of the most demanding venues in the country. Long hours and constant pressure to please an incredibly diverse audience have given the band invaluable experience. These boys are more than just a jukebox to provide background music for dancers; they are the focal point of the club. People visit The Bowery year after year to hear the band and be a part of The Bounty Hunters’ show. And put on a show they do, with the style and confidence of true professionals.
In the winter months when The Bowery closes down, The Bounty Hunters hit the road and take their unique magic to towns across the country. They have opened for Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Johnny Paycheck, Lee Roy Parnell, Ricochet, The Bellamy Brothers, Steve Wariner and George Strait. They are highly sought after as an opening act because they represent what these major artists are looking for: total professionals with their own sound and the ability to bring an audience to its feet.
The future looks brighter than ever for this band from South Carolina. They’ve recorded several original albums and are preparing to show the world what until now has been known only to those fortunate enough to have seen them at The Bowery.
Music isn’t the only entertainment at The Bowery, the waiters also entertain the crowds by carrying many mugs of beer at one time to their customers. People can’t believe their eyes when they see how this is done. Scuba Osborne, a waiter at The Bowery, holds the record according to the Guinness Book for carrying 34 mugs of beer (without a tray). Another former waiter at The Bowery, Don’t Cry Joe, has a record set back in the 1930s for dancing 5,295 consecutive hours.
There are many other bands that get the opportunity to play at the Bowery on Sunday nights. And there’s karaoke Thursday-Sunday nights. There’s always something going on here, so make sure to check out their events schedule.
The bar itself has a roadhouse-style décor that hasn’t changed much since the beginning. There is a smaller stage, larger bar that seats plenty (but only serves one type of draft beer), and a dance floor furnished with tables and chairs that surround the area. The Bowery owns the atmosphere of good old country fun.
If you’re hungry, you can go right next door and enjoy several menu items at their sister bar/grille, Duffy’s. This has been a tradition in Myrtle Beach for more than 50 years. Duffy’s offers the coldest drinks (beer, wine, shooters and many specialty drinks) and the best burgers in town. Plus, you can play a game of pool or just hang out and enjoy a game on the one of the big screens. Happy hour runs daily from 4-7 p.m.
To remember your time at The Bowery, choose from an extensive souvenir list of unique Bowery items – from T-shirts and hats to hot sauces and cigarettes. They even have “Bowery Iced Beer”! All items are available at the club, by phone, mail order, and website.
The Bowery is located at 110 9th Ave. North, Myrtle Beach, S.C., right in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach along the bustling new Boardwalk and Ocean Boulevard. Parking is available at the Pavilion Parking Garage located a couple blocks up 9th Avenue.
Hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. For more information, please call 1-800-8-BOWERY or visit www.thebowery.com. The calendar of events is constantly updated.
Remember, There’s Never A Dull Moment at The Bowery!