Out in the Open

June 2011
Written By: 
Elaine Gaston

A cool breeze and a cold drink go hand in hand at the pier-top watering hole



An ocean breeze swept the woman’s brunette hair away from her face, exposing a smile as she swayed to a reggae tune piped throughout the PierView Bar on Second Avenue North.

PierView is one of the Grand Strand’s few pier bars that can boast views of the ocean, the boardwalk and Myrtle Beach’s skyline of hotels and Ferris wheels. Located on the third floor (the PierHouse Restaurant is below) of the Second Avenue Pier, the open-air bar provides panoramic views that can be enjoyed from either inside the bar or outside on the bar’s wrap-around deck furnished with funky, faux-wicker couches with matching, curvy ottomans. The PierView, a family-owned establishment, opened in July 2010.

The Vibe

A beach theme is apropos for this bar that hovers above the sand and surf. Surfboards hang from rafters and beach chairs are tucked behind open pine trusses. A lifeguard chair is suspended above the horseshoe-shaped bar surrounded by mod-style, lime-green bar stools. A fireplace is surrounded by an art piece by artist Tommy Davis, featuring a wall of glass mosaic tiles configured to resemble rolling surf.

The Booze

House drinks are $4. Rum Punch, Cherry Limeade and Twisted Tea are a few of the house specialty drinks. The bar serves a variety of domestic and imported brews. Among those on tap include Shock Top, Fat Tire, Heineken and Budweiser. The bar also offers mixed drinks and is known for its yummy margaritas.

The Food

Food specials change daily, but standing menu includes mainly appetizers ranging in price from $3 for French fries and onion rings to $9 for Brunswick Bacon Wrapped Shrimp. Other favorites include Calabash crab cakes for $8 and a Duneside Deli Shrimp Salad Wrap for $7. PierView Bar, 110 N. Ocean Blvd., is open daily at 11 a.m. A fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. For more information, call (843)445-7437 or visit www.secondavenuepier.com.