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Top Bars in Pawleys Island

By • June 30, 2015

Let the good times roll in Pawleys Island and check out any one of these great bars in the area. As Kenny Chesney would say, "Everything gets hotter when the sun goes down," and Pawleys has plenty of watering holes for everyone to stay refreshed. Whether it is a low-country hangout or a fancy outdoor resturant Pawleys Island has any type of bar for you. Check out some of what the Pawleys bar scene has to offer!

Pawleys Island Tavern

10635 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-8465

Home of shrimp, beer, and blues, Pawleys Island Tavern gives you a true South Carolina low-country eating experience. The PIT, as the locals call it, is open Tuesdays-Sundays for lunch and dinner, offering everything from steak to seafood and even homemade desserts. Known for its rocking outdoor concerts, PIT has a nightlife that sets it apart from anything else. Spirits stay flowing as they have a full bar that includes local brews from New South Brewing Company and Firefly Vodkas. So don’t hesitate to come the local hangout when visiting, this bar makes everyone feel at home.

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Island Bar and Grill

10744 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • 235-3399

The only bar that is open 7 days a week 365 days a year, is Island Bar and Grill. Opened in Pawleys Island in 2007, this bar has been a hotspot ever since. The bar itself is open everyday 11:00 AM-2:00 AM, and the kitchen serves food till 11:00 PM during the week, and till midnight on Friday and Saturday. Located seconds from the famous Hammock Shops, this bar offers a wide variety of seafood, burgers, and over 20 wing sauces, but they also offer healthy salads for the conscious vacationers. Including 30 televisions, just about every sports package you could imagine, live bands and a stage for them to perform on, and even karaoke nights, Island Bar and Grill never has a dull night. Anytime is fine just grab your crew and head on down, there is guaranteed to be someone and a drink waiting for you at Island Bar and Grill.

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Blue Crab Raw Bar

Let’s not hesitate one moment with this bar, you have to get the seafood here! Pawleys Blue Crab Raw Bar offers some of the best blue crabs, oysters, and shrimp that the area has to offer. Also, their menu includes plenty of other shellfish and burgers for everyone to enjoy. Even though drinks are always being poured here, this bar is more of a laid-back family location. It is good for everyone to come out and watch the sunset while eating the day’s catch. Open everyday from 10:00 AM-11:00 PM, this bar is a good stop before you hit all the other watering holes that are open late night. So come get some food in your system before you get too crazy.

Bistro 217

10707 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 235-8217

Not every bar in Pawleys Island is a low-country creek rat hangout. Bistro 217 is in a league of its own in Pawleys with its fine wining and dining style. They offer an assortment of fancy seafood, steak, and pasta dishes to go with their sophisticated wine and brew bar. They are open every day of the week except for Sunday. Their lunch hours are 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, and dinner goes from 5-10 at night. They need an hour to get all of their “fancy” ready for you!

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Chive Blossom Cafe

85 North Causeway, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-1438

If the name itself doesn’t draw you in, then the outdoor patio seating and the happy hour prices certainly will. Chive Blossom Cafe’s happy hour is from 4-7 everyday in the afternoon, with $2 off all liquor, $1 off all bottled beer, and $2 off all wine by the glass. With over 150 wines and such an eclectic fine dining cuisine, you would think Chive Blossom Cafe was a high-end downtown spot. Chive Blossom is nothing of the sort though, it has a welcoming feel that can take anyone to their happy place.

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Quigley's Pint and Plate

257 Willbrook Blvd. Pawleys Island, Litchfield/Pawleys Island • (843) 237-7010

This English style bar is another great location with a reasonable happy hour. Quigley’s Pint and Plate offers all in-house made lagers and pub food at a great affordable rate. They have $2 pints, and $3 house wine and liquors, as well as discounted appetizers- when the sun is going down you should be getting there. “Ten Buck Tuesday” is a great day to enjoy the spirits at Quigley’s because of their $10 dinner entrees as well as a trivia challenge starting at 8:00 PM with prizes.

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Austin's Ocean One

1 Norris Dr, Pawleys Island • (843) 235-8700

Looking for a wine bar with a great view to impress the misses? We have that covered with Austin’s Ocean One- a can’t miss date spot that is truly one of a kind in Pawleys Island. The exquisite menu prepared by the head chef Bill Austin, combined with a full service bar, and a window panel wall to watch the waves roll in will surely create a perfect date night.

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Frank's Restaurant and Bar

10434 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-3030

Another fancy stop on our list is Frank’s Restaurant and Bar. Don’t for a second think this location is even close to another. This local mainstay has been around since the 1930’s, but got its restaurant identity in 1988 and never looked back. Eating and having a glass of wine here is like a taking a trip back in Pawleys time. You can eat outside under a vine roof with stars peeking through while eating a equally beautiful plate of fancy southern comfort food. Everything is a sight to see here, including their extensive wine list.

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Indo Thai

47A DaGullah Way, Pawleys Island • (843) 314-3543

After seeing the success of the first location in Myrtle Beach, Indo Thai graciously spread its wings to Pawleys Island. Lucky for you, they brought all of their diverse Asian cuisine and alcoholic drinks with them. Get here during happy hour for the specials on sushi and appetizers. Also during happy hour try one of their cinnamon crunch drinks or the tiramisu martini. The menu and drink selection represents many different nations and cultures of Asia all blended together to give you Indo Thai.

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K-Rae's Waterway Bar and Grille

Pull your car or boat up to the Wacca Wache Marina, and stop buy for a bite and a beer at K-Rae’s. Open till 11 at night all week this place knows how the locals like to get down. Right after a hard day’s work on the water, everyone needs a relaxed spot to kick back and relax the rest of the night. With great outdoor seating shadowed by a lovely hanging moss tree, this bar puts you directly in the low-country atmosphere that the low-country is known for.