Pirate's Cove Lounge: A piece of North Myrtle Beach History
If these walls could talk, they'd tell the tales of endless summers come and gone, of numerous nights spent having fun with friends and of the growth of a once quaint beach town into a true tourist destination.
Located just steps from the Atlantic Ocean and in the heart of North Myrtle Beach, the building that houses Pirate's Cove had weathered many a storm, seen some great sights and grown into a favorite gathering spot for locals and tourists alike.
The building, 205 Main St., was built in 1940 and originally served as a bowling alley — current owner Milford Powell worked here as a pin setter at age 10 in 1950!
It continued to operate during the heyday of the Ocean Drive area in the 1950s, before the space eventually gave way to a string of North Myrtle Beach bars and nightclubs including The Pour House, The Cavalier Club and The Back Alley Lounge, which closed in 1977.
Eighteen years later, Powell recognized the potential of the location and decided he would remodel the building, opening his version of the club, The Pirate's Cove Lounge, in August of 1995.
Meet the owners
Since 1995, the bar — known by many as "The Black Pearl" or "The Fun Place" — has been operated by the Powell family.
Milford, a true native son of the area, was born on Ocean Drive literally just a block away from the Pirate's Cove.
"Captain Milford" served 10 years as part of NMB's Fire Department and Rescue and has owned businesses on Main Street since the 1960s. Becky Stowe-Powell also owns and operates Beach Memories located at 219 Main Street in Ocean Drive and is the SOS "Artist in Residence".
Booking Manager John Powell has channeled his love for music to create one of the best Myrtle Beach music venues with atmosphere that's both inviting for fans and attractive to acts of all kinds.
"We're trying to schedule live music every day during the summer months. Live music is my passion and the venue is really set up for that," he says.
By both embracing its heritage as part of the vibrant North Myrtle Beach Shag Club scene and paving its own path as a hub for live music, the bar has continued to grow.
With our indoor stage and spacious wooden dance floor to our rooftop bar, oceanfront views and amazing lineup of acts you won't find a better place on the beach for music, food, friends and fun than Pirate's Cove!