December 31, 2020

Turn It Up: The Best Places to Hear Live Music in Myrtle Beach

From dive bars at the Boardwalk to big-city stages, Myrtle Beach offers an endless number of places for locals and visitors to kick back, relax, and take in live music seven days (or nights) a week. 

To learn more about which concert venues should be on your must-see list, we polled a dozen or so of our local employees for whom music makes the world go’ round. Here are our six favorite places to hear live music in and around Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Dead Dog Saloon

4079 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Dead Dog Saloon was a popular pick, thanks to its Murrells Inlet MarshWalk location and a nightly entertainment calendar that’s completely stocked with local favorites from across the region, drink specials, and a full menu Each Wednesday, the Paul Grimshaw Band takes the stage to serve up everything from Alabama to the Zac Brown Band, so you’re bound to hear a song or two from your own personal playlist. 

House of Blues

4640 Highway 17, N. Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

With a motto of “Eat. Drink. Rock.”, House of Blues is one of Myrtle Beach’s largest music venues, and its seven-day-a-week music calendar is loaded with touring artists from all over the world. If you’re looking for a little something different, House of Blues hosts a weekly Gospel Brunch from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sunday, as well as murder mystery dinners, private parties and more.

Hot Fish Club

4911 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC

The Hot Fish Club is located in the oldest existing restaurant building on the Grand Strand. Hot Fish Club may just be the literal opposite of House of Blues’ capacity and grandioseness, choosing to serve up fresh local seafood and a variety of live music in a much more relaxed, intimate setting. The Hot Fish Club Gazebo Bar features a wide variety of musicians and bands ranging from reggae to classic rock and everything in between.

The Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill

201 Fantasy Harbor Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577

The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is the place to be for free live music concerts held at 5 p.m. every Sunday on the Boathouse’s famous “Waterway Stage.” Come early and bring a lawn chair or blanket. You’ll enjoy a spectacular view of the show from the lawn, as the Intracoastal Waterway serves as a backdrop to every event. Following the headliner’s outdoor set—rain or shine—the party moves back inside with local bands and DJs keeping the music going.

Tin Roof

1410 North Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

The Tin Roof’s mission-statement is two-fold—give musicians a place to play and a place for them to hang out when they’re not onstage. The Tin Roof features three full bars and a full music calendar for artists on the Roof’s live music stage and an open-air rooftop patio—so if the weather’s nice, don’t forget to see who’s playing outside.  

Wahoo’s Fish House

3993 US 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 

Our second Murrells Inlet Marshwalk venue to crack our list, Wahoo’s Fish House offers some of the areas best live music, complete with unforgettable views of the marsh. Daily happy hours, along with four menus (dining, deck, drinks, and sushi), make it easy to pair a meal with whoever is entertaining the crowds each night.

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