Sounds | If you're in the mood for dinner and dancing, Mykonos is an ideal place to dine, drink and bust a move. The deejay starts up the music after 10 p.m., as people are finishing up dinner. You'll hear lounge music, jazzy music, house and dance music, and remixes and mash-ups.
Sights | Mykonos, named after a cosmopolitan Greek island, brings an urban and sophisticated feel into Myrtle Beach. The interior (which used to be the kid-friendly Bullwinkle's theme restaurant) is speckled with Spartan helmets and Grecian art. It's a huge establishment with three bars and a dining area that turns into a dance floor every Friday and Saturday night.
The restaurant-to-lounge transformation takes place around 10 or 10:30 p.m., once people eating in the main floor section have finished their dinners. The tables are cleared for the main dance floor, but tables remain on the raised areas surrounding the dance floor. You'll see just as many, if not more, people dancing beside their table than on the dance floor.
The deejay booth and VIP area are located on raised tiers next to the dance floor. You can snag a beverage at the lounge bar, located next to the main dance floor, or from the two other bars inside Mykonos. If you want to light up, there are designated areas for smoking.
Story | The owners, brothers Chris Manios and Andrew Manios, may have the new club on the block, but they're far from novices when it comes to running a nightclub. They grew up in the restaurant business and opened Club Kryptonite in Myrtle Beach in 2002. Club Kryptonite, which moved its location to The Afterdeck last year, is a late night, non-stop party that mainly draws a younger crowd.
When asked to compare Club Kryptonite to Mykonos, Chris Manios simply said, "apples to oranges." Mykonos is more mature and a better fit for a crowd ages 25 and older (although people 21 and older are welcome.) The owners thought Myrtle Beach was ready for this big city-styled establishment, which transitions from a restaurant into a lounge.
The Manios brothers are proud of their Greek heritage, and the decor reflects that. They boast about having chef Andreann Geise, who, among other awards, took home the grand prize in the Hometown Favorites division of the Food Network's "Ultimate Recipe Showdown 2" contest.
Style | The upscale locale caters to people who look the part. Whether they're wearing a sports coat or trendy jeans with a button down shirt, or a cocktail dress or sexy slacks and a blouse, people dress nice here - and look nice.
Spending | There's no cover charge for ages 21 and older at Mykonos. Most liquor drinks cost anywhere from $4.75 - $7.75, and wine starts at $4.50 a glass. Expect to pay $2.75 - $3.75 for bottled beers. Popular drinks in the lounge include Mango Martinis and Raspberry Truffle Martinis, which you can snag for seven bucks.
Site | 1002 29th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach. Call 839-1965 or 267-5444 for reservations or visit www.dinedrinkanddance.com. Open nightly for dinner. Lounge open from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
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