Story by Ian Guerin
Out on the course, a few light beers from the drink cart or out of the cooler you hope isn't dripping on your clubs hits the spot.
For some, the hours after the round are about finding something more: Better drinks, better food, better environment.
These frat-boy-free options don't make you uppity. What they will provides is a hang-out spot slightly different from the packed bars with loud music who may also be detaching the cheap canned beer directly from a ring. Pinching pennies? These might not be the best choices for you.
Still, like we’ve all discovered at one time or another, you get exactly what you pay for.
ART BURGER SUSHI BAR, MYRTLE BEACH
Breaking new ground in the bar industry in Myrtle Beach isn’t easy. Still, ART Burger Sushi Bar found a way to make it happen. If the food - that alone is solid - the oceanfront patio or the indoor gallery where local artists can display their skills wasn’t enough, ART went one step further by becoming the first full-fledged establishment to offer nitrogen-infused drinks.
Think your beer or cocktail was cold before? Give this a try. Don’t worry; it has been approved by the state’s department of health. For those anxious about trying the nitrogen and want to stay closer to the norm, again, don’t worry. The owners wouldn’t have spent months testing out a system only to use it on lesser bar options.
Like most who are striving for more than the Bud Light crowd, ART’s prices aren’t necessarily cheap. However, the contents of the glass or the food placed in front of you also aren’t common.
BOURBON AND BURNZ, PAWLEYS ISLAND
Search for reviews of Bourbon and Burnz on nearly any site where they exist, and there’s a good chance the word “relax” will be included somewhere. The recently opened cigar and bourbon bar has already put itself on the map among golfers who are looking a nicer touch on a section of south end where some of the area’s better course’s reside.
Bourbon and Burnz features over 200 brands of whiskies and top-flight single-malt scotches. It also has routine tastings of stuff you may not find anywhere else and allows customers to take advantage of flights, multiple brands coming to you at once for comparison.
For those who want to light one up, the cigar selection is as vast as any bar on the Grand Strand. It opens daily around the same time a late-morning round at any of the nearby courses is reaching the 18th hole.
BROTHER SHUCKERS FISH HOUSE, MYRTLE BEACH
Brother Shuckers opened in February of 2012, taking up the space of a former eatery that had gone under. All it has done in those four-plus years is establish itself as one of the best places for food and drink without sacrificing quality.
Tucked into the back corner of the Carolina Forest community, the food tends to drive much of its traffic across the International Drive bridge from Myrtle Beach city limits. And while a relatively small bar can be deceiving, a separate Z-shaped bar with high-top chairs allows for much of the same feel for those who aren’t looking for the full dining experience. The staff’s primary bartender, Chris Roberts, is routinely voted by locals panels among the top servers in the area for his creativity and personable approach to faces new and old.
Daily happy hour begins at 4 p.m., with food and drink specials well worth the early bird hours.