The Myrtle Beach area is home to plenty of NFL-friendly options


Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield passes against the Buffalo Bills during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, August 26, 2022 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)


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.

Bumstead pub

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.

An interior view of Bumstead’s Pub in Myrtle Beach Sun News file photo

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 on its website.

Pub & Grub Handley on Renee Drive in Carolina Forest. Sun News file photo

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.

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Karin Bushaw and her brother Philip Storer celebrate the game’s first touchdown as New England Patriots fans gather at the Island Bar and Grill on Glenns Bay Road in Surfside Beach on Sunday to watch their team take on the New York Giants at Super Bowl XLVI in this Su News File Photo. Matt Silver

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 It also has a dog-friendly patio and tables with large umbrellas for extra shade.

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The King Street Grille in Market Common is adorned with a Pittsburgh Steelers banner in this Sun News file photo. Stephanie Hutto news from the sun

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 in downtown Myrtle Beach is a popular place for NFL fans to congregate on game days Thorny

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.

Watwerway House Sports and Spirits in Myrtle Beach Sun News file photo

“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.

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