NOTE: This article is part of our "The Hot 100 Heat Index" List, identifying the hottest attractions in Myrtle Beach for summer 2014. To read more about how the list was chosen, click here.
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100. CO Sushi
This buzzworthy new Vietnamese restaurant and sushi spot features a hip atmosphere, an innovative menu and good happy hour deals at the bar, making it an excellent addition to The Market Common’s lineup of eateries.
99. Azalea Sands Golf Club
Sure, the layout of this North Myrtle Beach golf course is nice, but its the new Thee Kilted Caddy Club & Cafe that has made it a hot topic for golfers. The service debuts in June and will offer up young, kilted ladies as caddies for your round.
Whether it’s the name, the entertaining atmosphere, the food or the margaritas, surely there’s a reason this Broadway at the Beach restaurant has remained one of the most in-demand spots in town for many years.
97. Georgetown Harborwalk
The harborwalk, which stretches through downtown Georgetown, was literally one of the hottest attractions last summer when a massive fire ravaged many of the historic buildings along the boardwalk. The city has now begun to recover nicely and the waterfront once again has plenty of great restaurants, shops and scenery.
95. North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex
Opened in March, this new park has tons of fields for baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse, but its the two great dog parks and one of the area’s coolest playgrounds for kids which visitors will really love.
94. Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille
The best reason to visit Inlet Square Mall in Murrells Inlet is the combination movie theater, bowling alley, arcade and sports bar which anchors one side of the shopping complex. A great spot for family fun and the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon.
93. Hard Rock Cafe
Popular with visitors due to its powerful brand name and its unique look, this pyramid-shaped restaurant at Broadway at the Beach is more than just a mecca of rock ‘n’ roll paraphernalia. The staff is great, there’s tons of live music during the summer and though the food isn’t cheap, it’s better than you think.
92. Suck Bang Blow & The Beaver Bar
While these two bars each have their own distinct personality, they cater to much the same crowd and being only ¼-mile or so apart they combine to serve as the epicenter of Myrtle Beach Bike Week events each spring and fall. If you’re a motorcycle rider visiting the area, make sure you take an afternoon or evening to pay pilgrimage to one of these legendary biker bars.
91. Fat Harold’s Beach Club & Duck’s Beach Club
Another pair of bars which deserved to be mentioned in the same sentence together are the popular shag clubs of North Myrtle Beach. Fat Harold’s & Duck’s — along with spots like OD Lounge, Pirate’s Cove and Spanish Galleon — combine to create a one-of-a-kind throwback experience where visitors can hop from lounge to lounge all night, dancing the shag and enjoying great Carolina Beach Music bands.
90. Cancun Lagoon mini golf
Cancun Lagoon provides 27 holes of challenging layouts both inside and outside of the huge Mayan temple that serves as the centerpiece of this mini golf course. This mix of indoor/outdoor play is perfect for getting out of the hot summer sun or playing through a drizzle when the weather is less than desirable.
89. Original Painter’s Homemade Ice Cream
Serving up ice cream in North Myrtle Beach since the 1950s, this local landmark is proof that things don’t have to change to stay “hot.” As popular as ever with visitors and locals alike, Painter’s serves up soft serve so well it’s become a family tradition for many.
88. Little Pigs BBQ
Just like all of the most of the area’s best BBQ joints — Prosser’s, Big D’s and Radd Dew’s among them — Little Pigs looks like a hole-in-the-wall, but don’t let the appearance fool you. The food is 5-star restaurant quality and the main attraction is pulled pork, succulent and chopped fresh, soaked in amazing BBQ sauce and served with plenty of fixin’s.
87. Legends Golf & Resort
With three Scottish-inspired courses grouped together right off of the main drag of U.S. 501, Legends offers great variety with its Heathland, Moorland and Parkland courses. If you add in its excellent Heritage Club course in Murrells Inlet and Oyster Bay course in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., then you’ve truly got a stunning array of Myrtle Beach golf options.
86. Shark Attack Adventure Golf
Located just steps from the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, the area’s only oceanfront mini golf course relies on great views and a fun animatronic shark show to overcome an average course layout. The attached Hammerhead Grill makes for a nice addition as a place to hang out after a round, grab a bite and enjoy some live music near the beach.
85. 2001 Entertainment Complex
This legendary Myrtle Beach nightclub, which features multiple clubs in one, has been popular spot for visitors for more than 30 years. Already known as a great place for the older crowd to dance and enjoy the best beach music and show band, the club has recently opened an area called 2001 MMI designed as a live music venue and nightclub to appeal to a younger audience.
This Brazilian Steakhouse functions like a buffet — offering up an endless carousel of succulent steak, chicken and pork — but provides a unique dining experience where waiters dressed as Gauchos serve up prime cuts at regular intervals from a meaty skewer. Add in a great salad bar, sides and desserts and you’ve got a feast for even the hungriest diner.
83. Huffman Helicopters
This long-running Myrtle Beach attraction is still wowing visitors each summer with unique views of the beach from high above the ground. Whether it’s a quick few-minutes-long jaunt for $20 or the full Grand Strand tour for nearly $200, you’re sure to enjoy your time in the air.
82. River City Cafe
This no-frills “burgers and beer” joint serves up quality American food at affordable prices in a fun and family-friendly atmosphere where you can throw your peanut shells on the floor. A visitors’ favorite with locations all over the Grand Strand, River City has been voted as “Best of the Beach” and noted by USA Today as “One of the best places to feed the kids.”
81. La Belle Amie Vineyard
Whether you’re a wine snob, someone who enjoys a good glass of vino, or just a visitor looking for a relaxing afternoon, this delightful winery nestled between North Myrtle Beach and Little River is a great place to visit. Its weekly “mini-festivals” throughout the summer feature live music in an awesome outdoor setting, vineyard tours, wine sampling and more.