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Grab a Cold Drink and Some Warm Sunshine at the Grand Strand’s Top Outdoor Bars

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Few things say vacation like sipping on a frosty beverage with the ocean breeze blowing through your hair and the sunshine warming your skin. And on the Grand Strand, your options for grabbing a drink in the great outdoors are plentiful — whether you’re seeking to sip on the oceanfront, along the Intracoastal Waterway or within sight of a Lowcountry marsh, the Myrtle Beach area can accommodate.

Consider these five prime options for grabbing a drink outside during your next visit to the Grand Strand:

21 Main Prime Steakhouse — Guests at The Cottages at North Beach Plantation won’t have to venture far to grab a drink here, as this steakhouse is right on the resort property, and it serves up a long list of wines and hand-crafted cocktails at its bar and outdoor seating area. The vino fans in your group can even take advantage of 21 Main’s in-house sommelier. Visit 21mainatnorthbeach.com to learn more.

Nacho Hippo — Also within easy reach of The Cottages at North Beach Plantation, this Mexican restaurant known for serving amazing margaritas and 32-ounce “monster” drinks is located less than a half-mile inland from the resort. Perhaps even better, it offers a great outdoor seating area where patrons can also choose from a long list of additional drink options including beers, fruit-flavored mojitos and a range of traditional cocktail favorites. Check out the full menu at nachohippo.com.

Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s — Set to open soon at the nearby shopping/dining/entertainment complex Barefoot Landing, this 20,000-square-foot family destination owned by the sister of musician (and fellow restaurateur) Jimmy Buffett of “Margaritaville” fame will combine a 400-seat restaurant, an entertainment area hosting live music nightly, an arcade, a ropes-climbing course, a large beach area and — perhaps most pertinent to the topic at hand — “LuLu’s Shag Beach Bar.” The bar menu will feature a long list of frozen drinks, cocktails, and house beers and wines. Check out lulubuffett.com for more details.

Ocean Annie’s — Located about 5 miles south of The Cottages at North Beach Plantation, this oceanfront bar offers regular live music on its pool deck and a range of cold drinks that includes tropical-themed frozen drinks, fruity cocktails, abundant beer options and more. This is a great option for beachgoers who want to enjoy a few cold drinks near the breaking waves without having to change out of their swimsuits. Learn more at oceanannies.com.

Murrells Inlet MarshWalk — Found on the southern end of the Grand Strand, the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk offers an array of bars and restaurants, all connected by a half-mile wooden boardwalk overlooking a scenic salt marsh. Favorite spots for grabbing a drink outdoors here include Drunken Jack’s, Wahoo’s, Wicked Tuna’s Tuna Shak and Dead Dog Saloon. Explore all of the options available at marshwalk.com.

Whatever your drink of choice — and your preferred outdoor venue for enjoying it — the Grand Strand is ready to host your good times on the Carolina coast. Book your beach getaway at The Cottages at North Beach Plantation today, we’ll be ready to help you kick back and make some lasting memories during your Myrtle Beach area vacation.

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