The Magic of Main Street North Myrtle Beach

A look back at the history of a Grand Strand icon


Though the area that makes up Main Street North Myrtle Beach has been an important part of the Grand Strand’s tourism and entertainment scene since the early 20th century — the first Ocean Drive Pavilion opened in 1926 — it wasn’t until the late 1960s that North Myrtle Beach was officially became part of the local landscape.

In 1968, four oceanfront municipalities, Windy Hill, Crescent Beach, Ocean Drive and Cherry Grove Beach, came together to form the city of North Myrtle Beach.

Since that time, the city has grown significantly to a population of more than 13,000 residents — and many, many more tourists and the thriving summer months.

While it has expanded in all directions, including south to the popular Barefoot Landing shopping center (built in 1988), Main Street North Myrtle Beach remains at the heart of this vibrant beach community.

Main Street, measuring nearly a mile from U.S 17 to the famous Horseshoe area where it intersects with Ocean Boulevard, is home to many great restaurants, clubs, shops and other great attractions.

It is known by many as the home of the Carolina Beach Music, a regional style that combines R&B, Swing and Blues into a sound that has mesmerized millions of shag dancers (aka “Shaggers”) and music fans worldwide.

Throughout the year, the area holds a number of notable events and festivals including the annual Irish-Italian Festival, Mayfest on Main and area’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival.

Pirate’s Cove is proud to be a part of the amazing and unique Main Street North Myrtle Beach area, residing in a building that’s stood along the stretch since it was built as a bowling alley in 1940. (Read More on our history…)

Main Street North Myrtle Beach Nightlife


Main Street is home to a number of thriving nightlife spots, including a half dozen shag clubs, a pair of pubs with international flair and a number of places — including Pirate’s Cove — which allow patrons to enjoy the open-air charms of our oceanfront location.

Some of the most popular events held here are those held by the Society of Stranders, a group devoted to the promotion and preservation of Carolina Beach Music and shagging culture. Each year SOS hosts a Spring Safari, Fall Migration, Mid-Winter Break and a number of other gatherings filled with live music, dancing and plenty of parties.

Here’s a look at some of the top nightlife spots and North Myrtle Beach bars:

Main Street North Myrtle Beach Restaurants


Like the Grand Strand as a whole, Main Street offers plenty of great dining options ranging from Pizza to Pancakes and everything in between.

For breakfast, spots like Golden Griddle, Hoskins Family Restaurant — and of course, Pirate’s Cove — all offer downhome favorites for you and your family.  

When lunch and dinner roll around, try a lunch special at the Cove or branch out to spots such as Duffy Street Seafood Shack, Flynn’s Irish Tavern, International Cafe, Georgio’s Famous Pizza or the charming 50s-style Hot Diggity Diner.

Here’s a look at some more North Myrtle Beach restaurants:

Main Street North Myrtle Beach Attractions


Drawing in tourists and visitors is an important part of the local economy, and to do so Main Street offers a number of attractions, shops and local businesses that are definitely worth checking out.

If you’re looking for summer fun, you’ll want to visit the area’s only oceanfront amusement park, OD Pavilion, with more than 20 rides and games for the family. The park is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year.

There’s also a number of great summer events, including Music on Main concert seriesMayfest on Main and in nearby McLean Park the Sounds of Summer Concert Series and Movies @ McLean outdoor film series.

You can cool off with a trip to OD Arcade, a sweet treat at Sugar Shack or a cold drink and a cool breeze on the Bomba Shack Deck at Pirate’s Cove.

If its shopping you’re seeking you’ll want to visit unique beachy places such as Beach Memories, Beach Designs or Brenda’s Fun Fashions.

And then there’s Judy’s House of Oldies...this one of a kind shop sells Oldies music, Beach music and shagging specialities and is a must-visit for any music fan!

Here’s a look at some of the North Myrtle Beach attractions: