Music Venues Come Alive When the Sun Goes Down on Hilton Head Island

By:Bob Gillespie


If you’ve spent any time on Hilton Head during April’s annual rite of spring – the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing – you’ve probably discovered what tournament veterans know: There’s plenty to do on the resort island after watching golf pros hit balls all day on Harbour Town Golf Links.

At the end of play, Hilton Head Island comes alive with a wide array of after-hours entertainment, from jazz performances to Broadway-style shows. Music options abound throughout the rest of the year, too. Below are some of the most popular venues to gather, relax and enjoy great music with friends and family.

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

14 Shelter Cove Ave., Hilton Head; 843.686.3945

Along with a selection of fully-staged Broadway-style musicals, the Arts Center hosts a Presenting Series featuring nationally known artists. Check the website for upcoming performances.

Big Bamboo Cafe

1 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head; 843.686.3443

A South Pacific-themed local favorite, this Coligny Plaza restaurant and live music venue offers a regular schedule of bands performing six nights a week with Saturday afternoon reggae jams. Bar bites, regional craft beer and outdoor seating also are available. Closed Sundays.

The Boardroom

7 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head; 843.363.6636

Hilton Head’s late-night spot for music, The Boardroom features a full weekly calendar of local and regional groups performing until the wee hours. Beverages include wine, spirits and an extensive collection of craft and mainstream beers.

The Jazz Corner

1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head; 843.842.8620

Tucked away in a corner of The Village at Wexford, this elegant island club and restaurant was named one of the world’s top “100 Great Jazz Rooms” by DOWNBEAT Magazine. Frequent performers include Deas Guyz and the Martin Lesch Band. With just 99 seats, visitors are encouraged to make early reservations.

The Roasting Room

1297 May River Road, Bluffton; 843.368.4464

The intimate acoustic-sensitive listening lounge offers such acts as Acoustic Muffin, Scott Sharrard and the Brickyard Band, and Jim White & Sylvie Simmons, along with the Concert Series. Among its most popular offerings is the Songwriter Showdown, held the last Thursday of each month, with six selected songwriters performing four songs each to compete for cash prizes and future gigs.

Rooftop Bar at Poseidon

38 Shelter Cove Lane, No. 120; 843.341.3838

Overlooking Broad Creek, Rooftop Bar offers live music concerts, big themed parties and DJ dance nights. The club’s Sunset Happy Hour runs 4-7 p.m. with land and sea cuisine. Music performances include such well-known acts as Edwin McCain, Trevor Hall and local favorite Cranford Hollow.

Ruby Lee's South

19 Dunnagans Alley, Hilton Head; 843.785.7825

Renowned for its Southern-style soul food, the spacious restaurant and bar offers live music, including jazz and funk, seven nights a week. The original Ruby Lee's, located at 46 Old Wild Horse Road on the North End of the island, is open Wednesday through Saturday.

Tiki Hut

1 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head; 843.785.5126

Located on Coligny Beach, this island landmark offers a variety of musical acts, from folk and country to rock and reggae, along with food and cocktails. The house band, JoJo Squirrel & The Home Pickles, performs covers of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Eagles and other classic bands.

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