A building across from the Tanger Outlets on U.S. 501 has become known over the past several years for the coming and going of restaurants.
Each restaurant has tried its hand at making the location a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. This time the newest incarnation, The Grumpy Monk, is making a compelling argument with a large beer list, including quite a few craft beers, and events to keep people coming back for more.
Walking into the restaurant, the layout is the same as the previous tenant, Flaming Asian Bistro, as well as much of the interior decorating. This of course makes sense, because it looks good and wouldn’t cost the restaurant much in redecorating. The back wall is now mostly a chalkboard with the beers list written on it, along with some other information.
In the mid-afternoon on a weekday, the bar is surprisingly busy with friends getting together or people watching a soccer game. Lunch is just about over and happy hour (a daily occurrence from 4-7 p.m.) is about to begin but nobody seems to mind being caught in the awkward timing. The bartender is busy helping customers, and a glance at the beer list explains why.
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The Grumpy Monk is definitely doing beer right, with a large selection listed by type, along with the alcoholic content by each. They provide a 5-ounce option for the people who want to try a new beer but don’t want to dedicate 16 ounces to it. They also have the happy hour prices listed, which is great since every single beer is discounted during that time.
The restaurant is proud to offer craft beers from all over the country, which is why those beers are specially marked. The few cider options they sell have been marked as gluten-free.
Alongside their impressive beer selection are some pretty nice food options, and The Grumpy Monk has also decided to keep sushi available. This includes classic rolls and monk specialty rolls, like the Godfather roll.
If sushi isn’t your thing, choose from any of their hamburgers or sandwiches, like The Nola that comes with Abita marinated pork and is pleasantly sweet with a little kick.
Along with all the great beer and sushi options, The Grumpy Monk holds regular events, like Team Trivia or Pint Night. Friday and Saturday nights provide live music for the diners.
At the end of the month, they are having a “Monk-a-Palooza” where they’ll be showcasing more than 20 craft beers from around the nation, along with live music, an oyster roast and even some prizes. What’s even more impressive is their intent on donating a portion of the proceeds to the Horry County Fire Department.
This location has been in flux for years now, but it seems like The Grumpy Monk is doing all they can to settle in for the long haul.
This monk might not be so grumpy after all.
If you eat
What | The Grumpy Monk
Where | 4545 U.S. 501, Myrtle Beach
Hours | 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday
Information | grumpymonkmyrtlebeach.com, 236-5888