10 Best Bars On Hilton Head Island - Sunset Rentals Vacation Blog

10 Best Bars On Hilton Head Island


Hilton Head Island is known for luxurious Lowcountry island living off the coast of South Carolina. This popular vacation destination is full of fun for the whole family with renowned athletic facilities, beautiful nature preserves, historical sites, bike trails, miles of sandy beaches, and plenty of bustling bars.

The social scene on Hilton Head Island is one you won’t want to miss! Head over to one of the best bars on the island for a one-of-a-kind experience with friendly bartenders, southern hospitality, great food, and even better drinks. Not sure where to start? Check out our top 10 favorite bars below…

1. Pool Bar Jim’s

Forest Beach Resort Area
10 N Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 816-4648
Open Daily | 11 AM to 8 PM
First come, first serve


Pool Bar Jim’s is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike due to its laidback island vibe, aesthetic atmosphere, and delicious frozen cocktails. Head over to the poolside of Marriott’s Grand Ocean Resort on Coligny Beach for a classic Lava Flow or choose your own signature concoction from Pool Bar Jim’s Tropical & Exotic Frozen Drinks menu book! Jim is one of Hilton Head’s most beloved bartenders!

2. Quarterdeck

Sea Pines Resort Area
160 Lighthouse Rd, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 842-1999
Open Daily | 11:30 AM to 9 PM
Bar Service | 11:30 AM to 10 PM
Seasonal Live Music | 4 PM to 7 PM
Reservations recommended

Quarterdeck Menu


If you prefer a more sophisticated fine dining bar, head over to Quarterdeck at Sea Pines Resort! Quarterdeck boasts a bar a dining room on the first floor, and a rooftop oyster bar with delicious food, classic cocktails, and panoramic views of Harbour Town and Calibogue Sound. This is the spot to savor a Sunset on the Sound specialty cocktail or local craft beer with live music and the best sunset views on Hilton Head. Visitors not staying in Sea Pines Resort Area are required to pay a small, cash entry fee at the Sea Pines gate.

3. Tiki Hut

Forest Beach Resort Area
1 S Forest Beach Dr, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 785-5126
Open Daily | 11 AM to 10 PM
Seasonal Live Music | See the lineup HERE!
First come, first serve

Tiki Hut Food & Drink Menus


The Tiki Hut is a go-to for good times on Hilton Head Island, with laid-back locals and fun-loving visitors for nearly 50 years. Ready to sink your toes in the sand, listen to live tunes, snack on beachside bites, and sip a cocktail or two or share a 32oz bucket of fruity rums and tropical juices with friends?  The Tiki Hut’s frozen drinks, margaritas, and hand-crafted cocktails pair perfectly with the laid-back beach vibes. 

4. Reilley’s Grill & Bar

7D Greenwood Dr, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 842-4414
Open Daily | 11:30 AM to 10 PM
Bar Service Sunday – Wednesday | 11:30 AM to 12 AM
Bar Service Thursday – Saturday | 11:30 AM to 1.30 AM
Champagne Sunday Brunch | 11 AM to 2:30 PM
Daily Happy Hour | 4 PM to 7 PM
Seasonal Live Music | See the lineup HERE
First come, first serve

Reilley’s Grill & Bar Menus


Voted “Hilton Head Island’s Best Bar”, Reilley’s Grill and Bar has been an island institution since 1982 and is sure to become a favorite! Reilley’s is truly reminiscent of a classic Boston pub. Gather with friends for drinks in the sophisticated bar area or soak up the sun and live music on the outdoor patio with a sunset martini, Reilley’s mule, or mockarita for the DD!

5. Callahan’s Sports Bar

49 New Orleans Rd, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 686-7665
Open Daily | 11:30 AM to 2 AM
First come, first serve

Callahan’s Menu


For a more casual setting, head to Callahan’s Sports Bar, voted the #1 sports bar on Hilton Head Island. This is the Hilton Head hotspot to watch a football game, shoot pool or play darts with friends, or grab a late-night beer and bar food – the menu is huge ranging from “Tip-Off” appetizers to burgers, sandwiches, and healthy house salads!

6. Main Street Island Pub

Main Street Village, 1411 Main Street, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 689-3999
Monday – Friday | 11:30 AM to 8 PM
Happy Hour | 4 PM to 8 PM
First come, first serve

Pub Menu


Looking for a cafe and pub all in one that your whole family will love? Try out Main Street Island Pub for traditional New American cuisine. Main Street Island pub offers everything from homemade soups and sandwiches to delicious beer and cocktails – indoor in the a/c or on the comfortable outdoor patio!

7. Hurricane Bar

Palmetto Bay Marina, 86 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island, SC 

Phone: (843) 785-4950
Monday – Friday | 11 AM to 10 PM
Saturday & Sunday | 10 AM to 10 PM
Daily Happy Hour | 4 PM to 7 PM
Seasonal Live Music | See the lineup HERE
First Come, First Serve for Outdoor Dining

Black Marlin Grill & Hurricane Bar Menus


Enjoy the taste of the Keys at The Black Marlin’s Hurricane Bar situated on the waterfront at Palmetto Bay Marina. There’s a 100% chance of ice-cold beverages in the forecast! Come by for your favorite ice cold beer, wine, or a world-famous frozen cocktail. Their signature drink, The Black Marlin Hurricane, is a must have – a delicious combo or passion fruit rum, amaretto, and exotic juices in a take-home souvenir glass.

8. The Dunes House

Palmetto Dunes Resort Area
14 Dune House Lane, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 593-9104
Open Daily | 11 AM to 6 PM
Seasonal Live Music | Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
First come, first serve

Food Menu | Drinks Menu


The Dunes House is the place to be in Palmetto Dunes for a cool cocktail, delicious food, and an oceanfront view. Enjoy classic frozen favorites like the Arnie Palmer and the Dunes House Screwdriver, or discover a new favorite cocktail like the Pirate’s Punch! The Dunes House is open to guests staying in Palmetto Dunes Resort Area only.

9. Poseidon

Shelter Cove Towne Center
38 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 341-3838
Monday to Saturday | 11 AM to 10 PM
Sunday | 10 AM to 9 PM
Sunday Brunch | 10 AM
Daily Happy Hour | 4 PM to 7 PM

Rooftop Bar Hours: 
Sunday – Tuesday | 4 PM to 10 PM
Wednesday – Thursday | 4 PM to 12 AM
Friday – Saturday | 4 PM to 2 AM
Seasonal Live Music | See the lineup HERE!

Poseidon Brunch, Lunch & Dinner Menus


Poseidon, named after “the god of the sea,” has become the mid-island destination for the best dining, shopping, and entertainment. From fresh catch items to “Coast-to-Coast” entrees, experience the best selection of seafood, steaks, and cocktails! Pick from the amazing Oyster Raw Bar or the NautiBar, a covered outdoor bar overlooking Broad Creek, or dance the night away in the rooftop bar, open daily from 4 PM.

10. The Sandbar

Forest Beach Resort Area
Coligny Plaza, 101 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 342-7263
Open Daily | 11:30 AM to 10 PM
Daily Happy Hour | 4 PM to 6 PMLive Entertainment | Daily 6 PM to 9 PM | See the lineup HERE!

The Sandbar Menus


Last but not least, The Sandbar Beach Eats is a top spot for warm hospitality and memorable food and drinks! This laidback bar is the perfect place to relax on a sunny patio after a day on Coligny beach, with beach snacks, southern seafood, or island style tacos and an ice cold cocktail in hand.

STAY WITH SUNSET RENTALS

Wherever you find yourself on Hilton Head Island, you’re sure to find warm Southern hospitality, delicious local seafood, and hand-crafted cocktails just around the corner. The only thing more important than your food and beverage adventures around the island is where you’ll stay!

For 28 years, Sunset Rentals has understood that there are few things more precious than your time on vacation with friends and family. We are driven by the desire to make certain that your vacation is spent enjoying that time.


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