Hot Spots and Island Nightlife All Year Long

Wrightsville Beach is known for its welcoming social community and vibrant nightlife scene all year long. As the sun sets, the energy of the of the day’s actions maintains the momentum 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 are sure to enjoy a variety of entertainment in this walkable beach town near or by the water and under the stars.

Bars, Grills and Dives

If you're in the mood for some good pub food and a cold beer, choose from one of the many bars and grills on the island. Famous for their fish tacos, burgers, craft beer menu and drink selections, diners will also love the photos and scripts of Edgar Allen Poe’s writings found around Poe’s Tavern. Just steps off 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 throughout the evening. Just steps from Johnnie Mercers Pier is Shark Bar and Kitchen where tropical drinks, fresh-local seafood and wine pairings are on the menu. Rum lovers flock to the Pirate Lounge inside King Neptune Restaurant to savor some 19 premium rums from around the world along with a full bar of cocktails, wine and beer offerings.

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 their 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 Panther's 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.

A Summer Soundtrack

With a variety of 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. Pull up to the dock along the Intracoastal Waterway at Bluewater Waterfront Grill and enjoy the Bluewater Summer Music Series, which hosts live musicians every Sunday evening. A staple of the summer concert season, hear tunes and enjoy fresh seafood oceanfront on Crystal Pier at Oceanic Restaurant during the Oceanic Summer Music Series on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons.

For a family-friendly option, sway to the tunes of indie, pop, classic rock, country, blues and soul during one of our summer concert series hosted in beautiful outdoor venues. Bring a blanket, picnic and lawn chairs for an evening at Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series, taking place on the lawn under the iconic Airlie Oak tree. Relax and enjoy summer tunes with a picnic at Wrightsville Beach Park during the WECT Sounds of Summer Concert Series. View the event calendar for a full list of live music.

Lounge with a View

The name says it all at Oceanview Lounge inside Shell Island Restaurant, where frozen drinks, craft beers and wines by the glass fill the menu along with small bites and desserts. Grab a drink from the bar at Gabby's Lounge located inside the Holiday Inn Resort, 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.