Hilton Head’s Hottest Nightlife
We know there are young adults who come on vacation to Hilton Head Island with no intention of crawling in bed at 9 p.m. Instead, they’re scouring newspaper racks looking for a local entertainment rag that lets them know what’s happening in town while they’re here.
I’ll save you the trouble…you won’t find any “Insert-city-name-here Scene” type publications with information about the cool stuff going on in the area. What I can offer you, though, is a mini guided tour of the coolest hot spots on the Island catering to a younger crowd.
So first off, let’s tackle venues that offer live music.
Hilton Head has prime outdoor locations on the water that offer cold beverages and frozen drinks to sip while your heels are kicked up listening to a guitarist playing breezy hits. Once the sun sets, you may choose to seek out a restaurant with a view. Chances are you’ll find live music as well to serenade you as you relax during sunset. If you are of the mindset to hit the night scene and find what it has to offer, we have you covered as well.
The South End of Hilton Head is known for being the center of nightlife on the island for vacationers and residents alike. Daniels Lounge offers tapas, free salsa lessons, salsa dancing, ladies night and a DJ on Saturdays for dancing enjoyment. Wild Wings is a popular restaurant for lunch and dinner, with a 21 and over crowd after 10 p.m. They have multiple televisions broadcasting sports games, karaoke nights and live local or regional bands with many drink specials to wet your palate. The best night here is Thursdays.
The hottest spot on the South End, teaming with college students, young summer residents and 20 to 30-somethings, is known as the “Barmuda Triangle.” The Triangle consists of four bar/restaurants offering full menus, outdoor bars, and DJs spinning live music on dance floors. For beer lovers, head on over to The Lodge features a faux hunting lodge motif with billiards, shuffleboard and a good selection of microbrews. The Barmuda Triangle got its name from back in the day when there were only three bars there, and by the middle of the night friends tended to “get lost” in the sea of people.
If you crave more of an outdoor scene right on the beach, though, the Tiki Hut is the place for you. Situated just to the left of Coligny Beach and attached to the Holiday Inn Oceanfront, you can sit outdoors listening to live music or watching (or playing) a beach volleyball game. The Tiki Hut is well known for its famous rum concoctions, and during the summer they have Full Moon parties featuring fire dancers and other exotic creatures of the night. But if you get tired of the beach and need to cool off, head across to Coligny Plaza and hit the Frosty Frog and grab one of their specialty frozen drinks. They’ve got an extensive menu of flavors, and they also serve food late into the night.
Other late night hot spots you may want to check out include the Quarterdeck at Harbour Town, The Smokehouse, Cool Cats, Casey’s on Tuesday nights and Big Bamboo on Wednesdays. Big Bamboo is well known for their insanely great Reggae Night on Wednesdays, so if that’s your groove, you’ll want to find your way there. Hilton Head Island may not bring in large music acts on national tour, but you will be pleasantly surprised at the impressive local talent that are content to live among the Palmettos and the ocean and play weekend local venues.
If wine bars are your thing, the Island has two that are known exclusively for their extensive wine selections: Corks and Wise Guys. These spots also possess superb food menus.
Many locals enjoy evening sojourns to neighboring Savannah, Georgia or Beaufort, South Carolina for their nightlife. Beaufort has a picturesque waterfront district with a variety of pubs and late night venues with microbrews and your favorite known beers on tap, coupled with excellent food and live music. Savannah has a nightlife that provides more diversity for party-goers: River Street Irish pubs lead on to a frozen daiquiri haven and more just feet away as you stroll along River Street. Savannah also offers a three-floor dance club, and plays host to a more eclectic music scene that caters to the alternative 20-somethings. Posh party goers can gravitate to a rooftop bar with breathtaking views of the Savannah River and the Historic District.
All in all, a vacation to Hilton Head Island doesn’t mean your day has to stop at sunset. Whether looking for casual relaxation with island music or dressing up in a little black dress and jewels to paint the town red with your gal pals, we’ve got the perfect nightspot for you.