Best Place to Watch Sports

October 2017
Written By: 
Paul Grimshaw

Dagwoods Deli & Sports Bar/Bumsteads

Myrtle Beach: 400 11th Ave. N.;(843) 448-0100, Surfside Beach: 600 U.S. 17 Business; (843) 828-4600

In June 2018, Jonathan Staton will celebrate his 20th anniversary as sandwich maker, sports fisherman and local Myrtle Beach entrepreneur. The owner of Dagwood’s and Bumstead’s, Staton started out delivering sandwiches for the original Dagwood’s owner, eventually purchasing the business in 1998. His ownership paved the way for remodeling of the adjacent space, which became Bumstead’s, a British-style pub and sports bar. In 2006 Staton opened a Dagwood’s in Surfside Beach, where it became an instant hit. Sports fans love both locations because they offer lots of game day viewing, including individual flat-screen TVs in every booth. Additionally, some 60 large flat-screen TVs are located throughout both pubs. Enjoy the full bar, plenty of craft beer, great food, outdoor seating (Surfside Beach) and a new Dagwood’s to open in Carolina Forest in 2018. Opens at 11 a.m. daily. (Dagwood’s in Myrtle Beach is closed on Sundays. Bumstead’s opens at 4 p.m. on weekdays and noon on weekends.)

King Street Grille

Myrtle Beach: 3040 Howard Ave. (The Market Common); (843) 238-3900, Murrells Inlet: 4891 U.S. 17 Business; (843) 299-1444

“It’s good to be king!” says the King Street Grille website, referring to accolades for their five restaurants located around Charleston and the Grand Strand. King Street Grille’s founders in Charleston set out to be an “upscale sports bar” with made-from-scratch food, a great happy hour, plenty of daily specials and a bar/dining room packed with HD flat-screen TVs. King Street Grille isn’t simply a bar masquerading as a sports bar, this is the real deal, filled with sports fans, all the best sports packages and, as a bonus, serves great food, too. Items such as the Black “N” Blue Tenderloin ($11.99) features three blackened tenderloin medallions with garlic cream sauce and topped with a roasted garlic bleu cheese puree and sautéed asparagus—not your typical sports bar fare. Both locations open at 11 a.m. daily.

Oscar's Food & Spirits

4101 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach; (843) 272-0707

For 30 years Oscar’s has served as a home-away-from-home for transplanted Yankees (especially Pittsburgh Steelers fans and their friends) and serves as reminder of those great sports bars of the Northeast. Not fancy or trendy, Oscar’s is just what it should be—a place where everyone is welcome. The restaurant/sports bar has plenty of TVs, all the big games, a full bar, a variety of beers and a crowd that gets raucous whenever the Pirates, Penguins or Steelers score. Nearly every square inch of Oscar’s wall space has a flat-screen TV attached, with more than 90 in all. The menu includes plenty of starters, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, wings and salads. Those homesick for a “Pittsburgh-style” sandwich can have it stuffed with fries, slaw and tomato, just like the famous sandwich shops of the steelworkers’ era. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.

Overtime Sports Cafe

1409 U.S. 17, North Myrtle Beach;(843) 361-1514

Overtime’s owners set out to create and open the ultimate sports bar/family restaurant more than a decade ago, and by all measures they succeeded. Overtime has more than 150 TVs, a 12-foot video wall, three 60-inch large screens, four 10-foot wide screens and literally more than 100 additional flat-screens situated around the large dining and bar areas. The staff will bend over backward to find you the game and the table you desire, even when other area sports bars fail. Plenty of video games, pool and darts, DJ Bingo and trivia keep the cafe busy, while a full menu satisfies even the pickiest eaters. Daily specials, happy hour and game day festivities have continued to keep Overtime at the top of sports enthusiasts’ favorite spots. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.

Handley's Pub & Grub

3873 Renee Drive, Carolina Forest; (843) 903-4904

A family owned British pub heavy on American (and international) sporting events, Handley’s has been a Carolina Forest staple since opening in 2004. Popular with locals, nearby Coastal Carolina University students and those looking for comfort food, warm and inviting spaces and plenty of big screen TVs with most all of the sports packages. Handley’s is an all-seasons, one-of-a-kind gem. You won’t bump into this pub by accident, so thank the heavens for GPS, which will guide you to their not-so-secret (but off the beaten path) location. Come game day, sports fans fill Handley’s and set up near any one of some 30 plasma and big screen TVs inside or on their covered, heated patio. Direct TV provides professional and college games. Lots of craft beers, domestics and cider, a full bar and inventive pub food round out the offerings at this locals’ favorite. Opens at 11 a.m. Monday–Saturday and noon on Sundays.