Live music of all sorts isn’t hard to find along the stretches of our Grand Strand, as evident by major tourist attractions like The Carolina Opry, The House of Blues and Legends in Music.
Local bands are never without audience as well, with a plethora of restaurants and bars happy to lend a stage. Rockin’ Hard Saloon is one of those great places dedicated to music, in case its name wasn’t hint enough.
Rockin’ Hard Saloon has been around for quite a few years and has a reputation for being a great place to enjoy live music. It’s also frequently associated with being a hangout for locals, though of course it’s not like tourists aren’t welcome. The more the merrier!
When walking into this dive, there’s no mistake its passion is music and good times. If there isn’t a band or musician in the stage area, the jukebox will be playing all types of rock to enjoy.
Even the menu isn’t free from the love of music.
The appetizers, or “opening acts,” include a nice array of choices, such as pickle fries, wings, zucchini sticks and fried dough. Rockin’ Hard Saloon also serves Rockin’ Kabobs, a popular dish that can be enjoyed with steak, chicken or sausage over jasmine rice. It also serves a few sandwiches and subs.
The burgers are definitely the stars, though, with great concoctions such as The ZZ Top that has jalapenos, pepperjack cheese and barbeque sauce. It’s easy to tell the patties are hand crafted, given how tender the meat is. The Dead Head is topped with mushrooms, pepperjack, onions, lettuce and tomatoes with a perfectly chargrilled and flavorful patty. All burgers come with a side of piping hot fries.
The menu is a little outdated, such as the list of specialty cocktails, which haven’t been utilized in a while. No doubt the many regulars know this already and come in with an idea of what they want. However a few people might find it somewhat confusing to order something from the menu then be told the bar doesn’t have everything to make it.
This isn’t to say the bartender doesn’t know what she’s doing. She can whip up some great cocktails, and if you visit during Happy Hour, house liquor is only $2, which is a fantastic deal. Beers are also 50 cents off at this time, making already cheap prices even cheaper.
Ultimately, Rockin’ Hard Saloon isn’t a place you would go for a quiet evening. It’s one of the few remaining places that allows indoor smoking, so it’s not somewhere you’d likely take your kids. If you want to party hard with friends and make new ones, all while appreciating great rock music or supporting local bands, then rock no further.
If you eat
What | Rockin’ Hard Saloon
Where | 3352 U.S. 17, Murrells Inlet
Hours | 4 p.m.-2 a.m. daily
Information | rhsmb.com, 843-299-0319