Are you in town for a girls weekend? Hilton Head has got you covered. Are you golfing with the guys and don’t know where to go after hole 18? Then this is the right article for you. Let us help save you some trouble by giving you an insider look into nightlife on Hilton Head and point out some things you may have missed if this is not your first trip to our little island.
If you just got in and you’re looking for something to do tonight on Hilton Head, you should start off on the South End of the island at Coligny Beach. The world famous Tiki Hut beachfront is the go-to spot for sand, tunes and late night eats. Enjoy music and drinks on the beach! If you are 22 or 62 this is the spot for flip floppin’ and beat droppin’ to start your evening off right.
The Big Bamboo is a stone’s throw away in Coligny Plaza, where a huge new outdoor deck awaits you. Music is always happening at Bamboo, so pop in and experience a big Monday night throwdown with musical acts like GTA, a local band that throws down some serious 90’s grooves. There is no need to dress up, because the Boo’s crowd is usually in shorts and casual wear. A nearby restaurant, Fish, is a new spot in Coligny Plaza featuring live outdoor music, an extensive seafood menu and plenty of TVs to watch the game on.
In the mood for a burger? Head over to Park Plaza by the entrance to Sea Pines Plantation. Char Bar always satisfies that burger craving and entertains with music on the deck outside. Would you prefer Mexican? Holy Tequila has you covered and is conveniently located in the same plaza.
The Jazz Corner, located in Wexford Plaza, features local jazz and R&B on weeknights. Make a reservation and say hi to Marvin on a Monday night! Big Jazz Cats play on the weekend, so wear something spiffy. Porter and Pig is a neat little place close to the Jazz Corner if you just want to watch some sports and chill, with music a few nights a week. At Porter and Pig you can hear anything from acoustic solos to full-on bands in a cozy space that can get a bit tipsy after sundown on the weekends.
Continuing on the Southend of the island, visit Ruby Lees -- a great spot for live R&B music. Slick dress is a must!
Mid-Island features some spots you won’t want to miss. Fish Camp on Broad Creek is a fairly new spot just a hop and a skip off the cross island bridge, with music and beautiful creekside views. Comedy Music Magic is the place for those with a ticklish funny bone. Black Marlin, an outdoor spot with music and frozen drinks in Palmetto Bay Marina, is where families can hang out -- or mix it up and hear fishing stories from local salt bros. Dress up a little and hit Santa Fe to enjoy their rooftop bar. Stop in at Shelter Cove Towne Center and get a drink at Poseidon, where big regional music acts are always coming through so make sure to check their Facebook page.
On the north end you won’t want to miss Hudson’s. They have great local seafood on the docks with seasonal music. Catch the sunset and some entertainment on the Boathouse’s outside deck. A new seafood spot, Dockside, is right between Hudson’s and the Boathouse and offers seasonal outdoor music. Try them all whether you’re wearing searsucker or sandals.
Looking for something to do after 10 p.m.? You need to head over to “The Barmuda Triangle” -- a nightlife hotspot consisting of five bars. Munch on great food at One Hot Mama’s, chug local brews at The Hilton Head Brewing Co., or hang with the locals at Reilley’s. All three have regular entertainment. The Boardroom has become a favorite late night music destination featuring local and not-so-local solos and bands that play on way past 11. I’ve heard the Lodge next door gets exciting, too. There is always lots of things happening at the Triangle. When the clock strikes midnight, shoot over to Hinchey’s Chicago Bar & Grill (located in Circle Center off of Pope Avenue) for some late-night fun.
If music isn’t really your thing, Callahan’s has been here forever with pool tables and yokels gabbin’ about games. Maybe you’re looking for some healthy snacks and just want to bike over to Whole Foods and grab some sushi and a 6 pack. Don’t worry, they’re open till 9. We’ve also got a few theatres here on the island if you want to take it easy in Park Plaza or Coligny on the south end. Coligny Theatre is also starting live concerts so be sure to check their facebook page for updates!
My last little piece of advice? Head over the bridge to Bluffton at least one night while you’re here. Be sure to check out places like the Roasting Room Lounge -- a listening room in Bluffton that brings in big acts and serves you fine bourbon simultaneously. There are many great food spots and music is everywhere in the Promenade area. Check out the Calhoun Street art galleries and the Farmer’s Market while you’re there. Bluffton is not a place you want to miss.
Have fun and be safe in the Lowcountry!