A Vibrant Music and Nightlife Scene that is Curiously Entertaining

The nightlife and music scene in Carolina Beach features eclectic tiki bars showcasing live music, an award-winning beach dive bar, an outdoor beer garden and more that capture the local beach charm. It's easy to find your perfect vibe with a variety of music genres to choose from, each in a unique only-in-Carolina Beach venue.

Choose your Genre

Reggae fans will go crazy for the bands who frequent The Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill. In the large outdoor area of this family-friendly location, visitors play cornhole and beach volleyball while munching on seafood and dishes with a Jamaican twist off the island grill menu. Rock fans will want to spend all night at SeaWitch Café & Tiki Bar. After dining on burgers, steaks, pasta and seafood, stay for live music happening year-round in the colorful lounge. Each location features a rotating variety of genres, so be sure to check the schedule to find your perfect vibe.

A Colorful Boardwalk

When the sun begins to set, the Carolina Beach Boardwalk lights up with free live music and fireworks during the summer months. Boardwalk bars and restaurants cater to the crowd with options from cozy taverns to oceanview tiki bars. Hurricane Alley's Taphouse is a favorite among visitors featuring live music in season out on their large deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Catch the buzz at Buzz's Roost at the Beach, a pub with a neighborhood feel that features live music and weekly drink specials. Channel your inner rockstar and head to Silver Dollar for karaoke nights.

Bars with Local Beach Charm

One of the most unique bars on the island is Fat Pelican, voted as one of The 32 Diviest Dive Bars in America, thanks to its legendary walk-in cooler, a giant octopus on the roof, and a bar made out of a boat. Some of the best scenery can be found at Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar, with panoramic views from their upstairs dining room or from their oceanfront tiki bar overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Another option capturing the local beach charm is The Last Resort Beach Bar, a small colorful bar with a tiki feel and an outdoor patio. At Olde Salty’s, enjoy calabash style seafood in their beach bar atmosphere.

Coastal Craft Cocktails

Craft the perfect night out with a delicious dinner and great drinks. Featuring the freshest local seafood, Surf House Oyster Bar + Surf Camp is as famous for their craft cocktail menu as they are for their raw oyster bar. Try the signature cocktail "How to Make a Fire," or order a glass from their curated wine list. Enjoy a meal with Caribean influences at Salt Fish Restaurant and Tiki Bar. Their festive cocktail menu includes the beach classics you'd expect, like Mai Tai, or try a "rummy yummy" cocktail served out of a fun Buddha-shaped glass. Belly up to the bar at Soul Flavor Kitchen and Bar, where craft cocktails are created using house-made syrups and bitters. Enjoy Irish inspired favorites like Jameson and Guinness along with traditional dishes like bangers and mash at Hoplite Irish Pub and Restaurant.

Craft Brewery and Beer Garden

Visit the island's only craft brewery, Good Hops Brewing. Small-batch brews rotate seasonally and include a range of styles from brown ales and pale ales to stouts and IPAs. Step out into the beer garden to enjoy games like giant Jenga and cornhole. Or, head out to the disc golf course located behind the brewery for a round of fun.