Brookgreen Gardens: Brew at the Zoo

Presented by The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens, ‘Brew at the Zoo’ is one of our most popular fund-raising events of the year. Saturday September 27th  from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Guests enjoy tastings of more than 30 regional and national craft beers, entertainment by the popular local band “Bullfrog” and a signature tasting glass. The silent auction and drawings proceeds help fund the new waterfowl exhibit “Wings of Migration”. New this year, are Home Brewing Demonstrations by the Homebrewer’s Pantry and M.A.S.H (Myrtle Beach Area Society of Homebrewers) along with some games and activities. Food is available from Inlet Affairs Catering.

Tickets are $35 per person for members ($40 regular) and space is limited.

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Brookgreen Gardens’ Brew at the Zoo

Come Enjoy Brew at the Zoo at Brookgreen Gardens Sept. 28


If you’re looking for a fun evening event with wild animals and some delicious beers (who isn’t, right?), then look no further than Brookgreen Gardens’ Brew at the Zoo.


The fun gets started at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m. You can sip on more than 30 different national and regional craft beers, as well as enjoy live music from a favorite band from Murrells Inlet, Bullfrog. You’ll also get to take home your own signature tasting glass, and, of course, you’ll also enjoy evening access to the Lowcountry Zoo, just south of Myrtle Beach. Food and wine will also be available for purchase.


There will be a silent auction where you can bid on an array of items including a private tour of the Sam Adams brewery in Boston, private tennis lessons and even a day of racing at BMW’s Performance Driving Track in Spartanburg.


Tickets to Brew at the Zoo are $35 for members of Brookgreen Gardens and $40 for nonmembers. Tickets for designated drivers are available for $15.


Brookgreen Gardens is a wildlife preserve and sculpture gardens that has been drawing visitors to the area south of Murrells Inlet for decades. It was opened in 1932 on a former rice plantations, and includes acres of gorgeous themed gardens that incorporate stunning figurative sculpture, as well as nature trails and the Lowcountry Zoo, an accredited zoo that houses native animals that were either bred or raised in captivity, as well as rescued animals and animals that are being rehabilitated.


For more information about Brew at the Zoo and about the historic Brookgreen Gardens, visit

NEED A PLACE TO STAY?  Lakeside Villa Litchfield by the Sea Pawleys Island

Things to do in March Along the Grand Strand

Canadian-American Days Festival – The 52nd annual Canadian-American Days Festival will be March 9-16, 2013, in Myrtle Beach. Activities will include concerts, games and a golf tournament.

Run to the Sun – The  25th year will be held March 14-16, 2013 with three days of car cruising along Ocean Boulevard – Car Shows and races bring in car enthusiasts from all over.

Gathering of the GreenMarch 15, 2013, in Conway, more info TBA

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival North Myrtle Beach – also in it’s 25th year, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. March 16, 2013. After the parade, there will be Irish brews and food, bag pipers, Irish folk songs and dance teams who will perform their numbers on stage on the street.

The 3rd annual Irish Fest – also on March 16 from11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  at The Market Common. They will have  traditional Irish food and beers as well as an oyster roast. Kids activities include face painting and inflatables.

2013 Grand Strand/ Pee Dee Walk to Defeat ALS – Saturday, March 23 at Grand Park at the Market Common.  Registration is at 9:00 a.m. with the walk starting at 10:00 a.m.

The 5th annual Myrtle Beach Beer Fest – will be held March 29-30 at the House of Blues at Barefoot Landing features samples of craft beers from around the country. Tickets will be sold in sessions and VIP tickets are available for 100 people per session.

NEED A PLACE TO STAY? Check out Litchfield by the Sea in Pawleys Island –

Carolina Tavern in Murrell’s Inlet

Carolina Tavern is a new restaurant located in Murrells Inlet.  Their featured entrees are Beer Can Chicken, The Big Pig.  Other entrees include Corned Beef Brisket with Creole Mustard, Hand Cut Ribeye, several burgers, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Beer Battered Fish & Chips.

Check out there menu HERE

Becky Billingsly ( @RestaurantGal on Twitter) gave the restaurant a great review.  Read about it HERE

Carolina Tavern 852 Mall Dr.   Murrells Inlet, SC  (843) 947-0708  Open daily from 11 a.m.

Happy Hour: Quigley’s Pint & Plate

Located in Pawleys Island, Quigley’s Pint & Plate restaurant features low country inspired comfort food along with freshly brewed ales & lagers in an English pub atmosphere. Both the ales & lagers and upscale pub food are always fresh and made in-house.

Quigley’s Pint & Plate offers customers a variety of specials & entertainment each day of the week, including discounted drink and food specials, all-you-can-eat shrimp specials, team trivia, karaoke, and more. Our daily Happy Hour in the bar is from 4-7 p.m. and features $2 pints, $3 house wines & liquors, and discounted appetizers.

Click HERE for the menus.

Eight beers are always on tap at Quigley’s, including special beers brewed seasonally in our in-house brewery. Regular and seasonal beers are listed HERE

 Quigley’s Pint and Plate 257 Willbrook Blvd.  Pawleys Island, SC 23195   (843) 237-7010

Insider Tips: Happy Hour

South Strand (Surfside, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys)

Backfinz – 7.5
Bliss Restaurant & Lounge – 7.7
Blue Crab – 6.9

Borgata – 8.0
Bovine’s Wood Fired Specialties – 6.7
Brick House Lounge – 7.0

Captain Dave’s Dockside/Bubba’s Love Shack – 6.8

Causeway Grill & Raw Bar – 6.6
Charleston Cafe – 6.7

Cooter’s Backyard Bar – 7.2

Creek Ratz – 5.8
Crystalite Cafe – 7.5
**Dead Dog Saloon – 7.1
Garden City Beach Bar & Grill – 6.9

Gilligan’s Steamer & Raw Bar – 7.2
 Hannah Banana’s Sunshine Cabana – 6.3

Island Bar & Grill (North) – 8.2
Island Bar& Grill (South) – 7.7
Jackson’s Inlet Bar & Grill – 6.6
Jasper’s Sports Grille – 7.3

K-Rae’s Pub – 7.3
La Playa – 6.3
Marlin Quay Bar – 7.1
O’Keefe’s Irish Pub  – 7.4

On The Half Shell – 6.6
Pawleys Island Tavern – 7.3
Quigley’s Pint & Plate  – 7.8
Salt Creek Cafe
 – 7.7
Sandy Monkey – 6.3
Scotty’s Beach Bar– 6.1

Southside Pattys  – 6.6
Southside Raw Bar – 7.1

Spencer’z – 7.4 
Stadium Club – 6.3
Suck Bang Blow – 7.0
Surfside Live / It’s Beer 30 – 6.6
Uncle Tito’s – 6.2
Vienna’s Pizzeria & Sports Pub – 7.8
Webster’s Tavern – 6.6

** The Dead Dog experienced a fire on 2/22/12 that will temporary close the restaurant.

Things to Do: Festivals & Football October 23

The inaugural Murrells Inlet Live Fest set for Saturday between Dave’s Dockside and Creek Ratz, featuring live music, a selection of craft brews and various shenanigans. The event, scheduled from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, is a benefit for the Water Keeper Alliance’s Save Our Gulf Campaign. And there will be a MILF Contest (that’s Murrells Inlet’s Loveliest Female), along with a corn hole tournament. It’s $25 to get in, which entitles you to unlimited samples of craft brews from the likes of New South, Highland Brewery and Thomas Creek. Bands include Ten Toes Up, The Root Soul Project, Widespread Panic tribute act Machine Funk, Deepwater Soul Society and Sawgrass. Capt. Dave’s Dockside/Bubba’s Love Shak is at 4037 U.S. 17 Business and Creek Ratz is at 4065 U.S. 17 Business, along the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet. For more information, visit

Spill the wine, take that girl…Following in the footsteps of Myrtle Beach Beer Fest, the inaugural Myrtle Beach Wine Festival is on tap Saturday at The Market Common’s Valor Park, featuring more than 120 wines from around the globe. And like Beer Fest, it is a sampling event, which means you must purchase a $3 souvenir wine glass, and 2-ounce samples will run $1-$6. Wine reps will be on hand fielding and answering questions. Admission is free. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Valor Park is off of Farrow Parkway at The Market Common, on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, between U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. 17 Business, south of Myrtle Beach International Airport. Call 839-3500 or visit

The once-mighty Coastal Carolina University football team looks to salvage a season on the brink and put together back-to-back wins on Saturday as Coach David Bennett’s fightin’ Chants take on Stony Brook at Brooks Stadium – and it’s homecoming, too. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 and $25. Brooks Stadium is at 540 University Blvd., Coastal Carolina University, Conway (you can see it from S.C. 544). For more information, call 347-TIXX (8499) or visit