Best of the Grand Strand 2021 - Good Brews

(Left to right) Pizza Hyena; 44 & King.

Written By Ashley Daniels
Photographs By Ashley Daniels, Luke Wherry, courtesy of Chuck’s & Pizza Hyena, & Michael Powell

Quigley’s Pint & Plate
258 Willbrook Blvd., Pawleys Island. (843) 237-7010
11887 Highway 707, Murrells Inlet. (843) 299-1452

The Quigley’s name is synonymous with unbeatable food and brews. Both locations redefine the usual casual eatery, with trendy mod-rustic design elements and a clean, sleek vibe, both inside and out. Every meal is handcrafted with fresh Lowcountry ingredients, from the spicy pimento cheese and black-eyed pea hummus to nearly 20 entrees. Also freshly selected are the eight (mostly local) craft beers always rotated on tap, including specialty brewed seasonal selections from their in-house brewery. 

44 & King
515 44th Ave. North, Myrtle Beach 
(843) 626-5464

This popular pub on the corner of 44th Avenue North and King’s Highway celebrates the South in every way, from the setting of the restaurant under a canopy of live oaks, corn hole boards and a wood-burning grill outside to a menu of Southern traditional fare kicked up a notch with modern flair. Even the drink menu stands by the South–and the Palmetto State in particular–featuring drafts, cans and bottles of brews from around the state. Even 44’s bar is stocked with South Carolina liquors. 

9695 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach 
(843) 449-7611

Open since 1979, Chuck’s has set the standard for happy hour service, daily from 4-7 p.m., which is why they’re one of the stars of this category. Voted Best Happy Hour since 2014, Chuck’s obviously knows what they’re doing, from the mass of margaritas, wine and beer on special to munchies like Chuck’s Bad Ax BBQ Sliders, Blackened Beef Tips and Shrimp Scampi. 

Pizza Hyena
13 South Ocean Blvd. Surfside Beach 

Pizza Hyena flips out some “wild-fired” Neapolitan-style flatbread pizzas at their joint near the Surfside Pier. But there’s much more to this place than pizza. Although, the names of each of their 22 pizzas are pretty extraordinary, i.e., Funny as Shiitake, Goudawill Hunting, Kale Yeah, and Ricotta Be Kidding Me, to name a few. Pair the pies with any of the craft beers on tap or by the bottle at a table inside or out, and your visit is complete.

Carolina Ale House 
2915 Hollywood Drive, Myrtle Beach 
(843) 839-4222

Food, sports and fun is the name of the game at Carolina Ale House. Well, mostly … the other important component is actually in the name: ale. In addition to the walls of TVs, tons of seating inside and out on the patio, and a vast, family-friendly menu is the beer list. It’s a heavy pour, from light, pale and dark lagers to pale, India and dark ales to wheats, stouts, sours and more. Cheers!

(Left) Nacho Hippo; (Right) Chuck's.

Nacho Hippo
1160 Farrow Parkway, Myrtle Beach (843) 839-9770
850 North Beach Blvd., 
North Myrtle Beach. (843) 663-9393

Nachos are big here, but so are the cervesas and margaritas. Both Nacho Hippo locations offer a full-service fiesta at each visit, from the fun, funky décor, complete with colored string lights draped from the ceiling. In addition to the dozens of homemade taco and nacho creations, these watering holes know how to make a mean margarita – one is even poured into a 32-ounce glass or bucket – plus fruity margatinis, “hip-jitos,” and brews by the bottle.