Happy Hour Heaven | A trifecta in Pawleys Island with something for everyone

Pavilion Cafe and Bar in Pawleys Island. Photo by Derrick Bracey for The Surge.
Pavilion Cafe and Bar in Pawleys Island. Photo by Derrick Bracey for The Surge.


▪ Pawleys Prime


▪ 10880 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island. Call 843-314-9014 or visit


Pawleys Island’s Nosh Nightlife has gotten a facelift. Well, it’s actually been split into three different faces, and now it’s Pawleys Prime. Each new section of Pawleys Prime has a distinctive concept.

On one side, it’s a brightly colored, open-air bar and grill known as Pavilion Café & Bar. In the middle, Cera Sushi has bubbled to the surface, complete with an aquatic theme. And Pawleys Prime and Seafood appears to be an old-school, higher-end restaurant that will be opening at the end of June.

This trifecta eatery is also located on some prime real estate, in the center of the Hammock Shops Village. On Friday nights, bands play in the courtyard gazebo outside of Pavilion Café & Bar where after-hours bar goers have the courtyard for dancing and mingling. Fridays have been such a hit that there are plans to extend those festivities to Saturdays as well. Pavilion Café & Bar screams party with colorful lights strung across the ceiling and an 18-foot fan kicking a cool breeze down on the deck.

Cera Sushi goes in another direction – sort of like an urban motif in the sand. It manages a quaint setting while capturing design and tech features that boast a more modern feel. Pawleys Prime and Seafood seems to promise more of white-tablecloth and wood-grain elegance.

For happy hour, Pawleys Prime has $2.50 domestic bottle beer, $3 glasses of wine (house brands), $3.50 on house liquors and $.50 off of all draft beers.

With such a diverse kitchen, the menu possibilities are endless. The spectrum varies from traditional seafood to pulled pork sliders to sushi specialties to fine dining offerings. There’s a lot of everything.

Hours of operation are Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Pavilion Café Bar goes a little later on Friday to keep the party hopping.


If you’re coming to eat, definitely call for a reservation on the weekends, and check the Facebook page at Nosh Pawleys Island for changes in the happy hour menu and daily specials to see what other new surprises this place has in store.

Derrick Bracey, For The Surge

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