Hot Spots and Island Nightlife All Year Long

Wrightsville Beach is known for its year-round welcoming social community and vibrant nightlife scene. As the sun sets, the energy from the day’s activities melts seamlessly into the night with options ranging from craft beer at the local tavern to beach bars and seasonal live music on an oceanfront pier or at a waterfront restaurant. No matter what your after-dark style, you’re sure to enjoy a variety of entertainment in this walkable beach town near or by the water and under the stars.

Year-Round Live Music

Featuring year-round live music in a variety of genres, The Palm Room has been a popular destination for specialty drinks and live music since the 1950s. Known for its great bands, talented bartenders and the best bar dog, Kruiser, Jimmy's at Red Dogs provides a fun, colorful atmosphere to spend an evening dancing to live music 365-days a year or catch a Carolina Panthers’ NFL football game. Banks Channel Bar & Grille is a neighborhood pub serving up great food alongside pool tables, ping pong and air hockey and hosts a variety of live music, theme and trivia nights throughout the year. Featuring live music every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, Wrightsville Beach Brewery is known for its 11 different craft beer options – like the Airlie Amber Ale, Oysterman Stout, Wilmywood Wit and Waterway IPA – and its great food – especially signature and unique items like Kimchi and Fried Oyster Bites or Shrimp-and-Grits Pizza. 

Seaside Soundtrack

With venues featuring live music combined with waterfront views, delicious food and your favorite beach drinks, you're sure to find the perfect spot to dance the night – or day – away during the summer months. Soak in live music set against the backdrop of the Intracoastal Waterway during the Bluewater Summer Music Series at Bluewater Waterfront Grill on Sunday evenings. Hear oceanfront tunes and enjoy fresh seafood from the Crystal Pier at Oceanic Restaurant during the Oceanic Summer Music Series on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. Bring a blanket, picnic, lawn chairs and the family for an evening at the nearby Airlie Gardens' Summer Concert Series, which takes place on the lawn under the iconic Airlie Oak. Relax and enjoy summer tunes with a picnic at Wrightsville Beach Park during the WECT Sounds of Summer Concert Series. View our calendar of events for a full listing of live music.

Lounge with a View

The name says it all at Oceanview Lounge located inside Shell Island Restaurant, where frozen drinks, craft beers and wines by the glass make up the menu along with small bites and desserts. Grab a drink from the bar at Gabby's Lounge located inside the Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach and head out onto the Sunrise Terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Wind down at the Aquarium Bar at EAST Oceanfront Dining surrounded by a relaxing aquarium full of colorful fish and views of the oceanfront gardens at Blockade Runner Beach Resort. Take in views from the Jetty Bar at Oceanic Restaurant, which overlooks the south end jetties and is the inspiration behind the bar’s name. Watch yachts and boats float down the Intracoastal Waterway and into the Wrightsville Beach marina from Bluewater Waterfront Grill. Just over the bridge, take in views of the Wrightsville Beach marina at The Bridge Tender, Fish House Grill and Dockside Restaurant. Each spot offers views of the Intracoastal Waterway alongside seafood, signature drinks and coastal vibes.

Bars, Grills and Dives

If you're in the mood for some good pub food and a cold beer, choose from one of the island’s bars and grills. Famous for its fish tacos, burgers, craft beer menu and drink selections, Poe’s Tavern is decorated with photos and scripts of Edgar Allen Poe’s writings and works. Patrons will love the large, two-sided bar with one side that opens up onto the expansive deck. Just steps from the beach, sports fans head to Jerry Allen's Sports Bar & Grill to catch the game and enjoy a famous $3 cheeseburger on the outdoor patio or indoor dining room. Equal parts dive bar and beach bar, Lager Heads is the perfect spot to duck in for a cool drink on a warm beach day or party into the evening. Situated near Johnnie Mercers Pier is Shark Bar & Kitchen where tropical drinks, fresh local seafood and wine pairings are on the menu. Venture upstairs to the new second-story Admirals Deck for oysters on the half shell. Rum lovers flock to the Pirate Lounge inside King Neptune Restaurant to savor some of the 19 premium rums from around the world along with a full bar of cocktails, wine and beer offerings.