The Myrtle Beach area is home to plenty of NFL-friendly options
It’s been six long months since an NFL-sanctioned football flew past thousands of roaring fans, but the wait is finally over.
Football season kicks off Thursday with a prime-time game featuring the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams, with a full slate of games to follow on Sunday.
For impatient fans who don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on Sunday Ticket programming, the Myrtle Beach area offers plenty of local restaurants to scratch that itch, including several team-specific options. Here just a few.
If you like football, the American kind, served with a British vibe, this landmark on Mr. Joe White Avenue is for you. While the bar makes no secret of its loyalty to Washington’s commanders, it has booths with personal TVs that can be tuned to any game, as well as a large outdoor seating area lined with TVs.
Toss “best sports bars in Myrtle Beach” on any search engine, and Bumstead’s will be on the list, in part because of its easy access from beachfront hotels.
Despite its European sideBumstead’s is about both versions of the game. This quote from legendary Scottish footballer and manager Bill Shankly appears at the bottom of the restaurant’s website:
“Football is not a matter of life and death. It’s more important than that.”
Bumstead’s is located at 400 Mr. Joe White Avenue in downtown Myrtle Beach.
Handley’s Pub and Grub
Entering its 18th year, Handley’s is a must-visit destination for any sports fan. Renee Drive Restaurant carries NFL Sunday Ticket and can be found on virtually every travel guide for the region. Like Bumstead’s, Handley’s offers English pub food as well as 68 draft beers.
Handley’s is a go-to place for football fans, but American football fans will also appreciate the plasma TVs and 100 beer options,” says VisitMyrtleBeach.com on its website.
Its location inside the rapidly growing Carolina Forest gives it easy access to US 501.
Handley’s is located at 3873 Renee Drive.
Island Bar & Grill
Are you a New England Patriots fan? If so, this Surfside Beach stop is your spot on Sundays. Visitors to its Facebook page recall that the AFC’s perennial powerhouse has six Super Bowl titles to his name.
The bar opened in 2004, just in time to witness the Patriots’ 24-21 Super Bowl XXXIX win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
With a full bar and menu, it’s a must visit for transplanted Patriots Nation members in need of a fix.
“What’s better than a Mac Jones touchdown and a shot of orange tea,” boss Cooter Johnson said on the Island Grill Facebook page three weeks ago.
Island Bar and Grill is located at 2272 Glenns Bay Road.
This is an example of the many small themed sports bars in the area. There are several mobile apps available that can help people locate a team-oriented restaurant in the area.
King Street Grid
What do former Steelers quarterback and future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger and Myrtle Beach have in common?
That would be King Street Grille in Market Common, partly owned by the two-time Super Bowl champion. You don’t have to wear black and yellow to enter, but beware:
“Steeler fans will love the massive Steeler Stadium mural covering the walls,” says VisitMyrtleBeach.com. It also has a dog-friendly patio and tables with large umbrellas for extra shade.
King Street Grille also has locations on Kiawah Island and Mount Pleasant – the latter earning the highest honors for several years from Charleston City Paper as the best upscale sports bar.
The Myrtle Beach site is located at 3040 Howard Ave.
Thorny Steakhouse and Saloon
A mainstay of downtown Myrtle Beach For nearly 30 years, Thorny’s has offered heavier fare than some other Sunday stops with a menu dominated by steaks and prime rib. It also has a “kids zone” video game room and built-in televisions in each cabin for personalized viewing.
Thorny’s is located at 600 S. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach.
The House of the River Sports and Spirits
This popular Myrtle Beach location along North Kings Highway gets nearly five stars from Yelp! and Tripadvisor.
It’s “Cheers as a sports bar”, as one Tripadvisor reviewer explained in a 2017 overview of his experience.
“It’s a sports bar, sure, but a very engaging place. Especially if you love supporting local businesses that are doing great work.
The Waterway House is located at 9814 N. Kings Highway.
This list is by no means exhaustive. If you know of any great local sports bars – especially themed ones – contact Adam Benson at [email protected]
This story was originally published September 8, 2022 5:00 a.m.