North Myrtle’s Best Drinks, Appetizers, Happy Hours, Entrees

The best of the best. Yes, it’s subjective. But it sure is fun to figure it out – especially when getting to explore North Myrtle Beach.

Here are the ones we picked for all the key categories.

What does your list look like? Give these spots a try next time you’re on the Grand Strand. They got our attention.

Best Drinks

Flantasy Island Tiki Bar

It’s not so much a signature drink at this great little beach spot, but more the level of barkeeps in the house. Your cup will be filled heartily, and you’ll remember your bartender by name! Stellar drinks in the sun, with yummy food — yes, please!


It’s a cheerful bar and grill built for imbibing, with three outdoor decks, live music, and karaoke. Good environment with Southern hospitality and cold drinks all around.

Duck Dive Bar and Grill: It’s the great little dive bar you’ll want to make your regular place for here on out.

Cocktails with mint

Best Appetizers

You needn’t go far for the best appetizers in North Myrtle: It’s right inside your resort! Anything you order will be tasty, and you’re in for an experience from the minute you walk in. Biggest hits include Beef Carpaccio, Calamari Fritti, and Oysters Rockefeller.

Flying Fish Public Market & Grill

There’s a festal feel here for seafood, with sushi and cocktails, too. Try the peel-and-eat shrimp, crab nigiri, or veggie roll.

Joe’s Bar and Grill: Cafe with saltwater marsh views and Stuffed Cajun Mushrooms.

Sauteed Shrimp in plate

Best Happy Hour

Buoys On The Boulevard

Visit this colorful seafood and burger joint for happy hour on the veranda. Quite possibly the best restaurant on the boulevard, and their happy hour rocks the house. Try a House Margarita with a plateful of wings, 4-7 daily.

The Grumpy Monk

One of those places you’re going to love and want to visit every time you’re in town. Get “Mom! The Riblets!” and a buck off 16-ounce drafts during happy hour.

CAPTAIN ARCHIE’S: This port is perfect for cold drinks (try Tito’s Lemonade) and happy appetizers (such as Steak Bites).

Green Apple Mojito

Best Entrees

The Shack

In a quaint cafe, you’ll find classic southern fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s the best place for home cooking in North Myrtle, with fast, efficient service. The gem: Mama Todd’s Dinner Special, customizable with a meat and as many as three sides.

Tidewater Grill

A bit classic, a bit creative, with burgers, drinks, and seafood (the crab cakes are phenomenal!) The gem: The Bluewater Burger. It’s a 7-ounce angus beef topped with homemade chili, jalapenos, bacon, onion, and mustard.

UMBERTO’S AT BAREFOOT LANDING:  A Barefoot Landing favorite, this warm trattoria serves up an incredible Veal Antonio.

Cheeseburger and fries
North Beach Resort & Villas Pool escape

Finally, Book at Stay at the Best Resort!

North Beach Resort & Villas is wonderful — the pools are amazing, the beach, pristine. You’ll love the location, near Barefood Landing. Book a room for this weekend, next week, or further down the line, today.

north beach room with king bed