August 17, 2022

9 best Hilton Head happy hour spots, Travel & Leisure says

Hilton Head Island is known for many things: its beautiful beaches, signature golf courses, winding…

9 best Hilton Head happy hour spots, Travel & Leisure says

Hilton Head Island is known for many things: its beautiful beaches, signature golf courses, winding biking paths, award-winning cuisine options and its happy hours can be added to the list. “Travel & Leisure” ranked the best happy hour locations on the island.

Between the pandemic and the rising cost of gas prices, after a day in the summer sun, relaxing with a cool drink might be just what locals and tourists need.

Here are the nine best happy hour spots on Hilton Head Island, according to Travel & Leisure.

Pool Bar Jims

Found on Coligny Beach, Pool Bar Jims is a place where guests can sip on their happy hour drinks while taking in the ocean breeze. This establishment highlights their tropical drinks, daiquiris and other drinks and can be best reached by walking or riding your bike. Pool Bar Jims is located at 10 N Forest Beach, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

Tiki Hut

With live music playing every day, Tiki Hut serves up the heat at this beachfront novelty on the sands of Coligny Beach. Families can gather around the establishment and listen to varieties of live music while adults sip on their drink of choice and the younger generation cools off with chilled slushie drinks and anything off the menu. This beach access bar is located at 1 S Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

Fishcamp on Broad Creek

Overlooking Broad Creek, Fishcamp brings the Lowcountry flavor to both their drink and seafood options. The establishment offers seasonal live music daily. With signature southern-style drinks on their libations menu as well as a series of other options for guests to enjoy, patrons can dine on the water, choosing from their equally southern food menu. Fishcamp on Broad Creek can be found at 11 Simmons Road, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926.

Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks

Serving up images of the Lowcountry while taking your Happy Hour to an outside bar, this drinks menu is sure to blow anyone out of the water as your family sips on their beverage of choice while admiring the views overlooking Skull Creek. Hudson’s offers a variety of specialty cocktails and margaritas as well as frozen cocktails and classics to help anyone cool off. If you’re hungry, their award-winning menu will also hit the spot. Hudson’s is located at 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.


Coast is located within the Sea Pines community on the ground level of the Sea Pines Beach Club. As the name suggests, the establishment is beach front, with private beach access running directly from the restaurant to the Atlantic ocean. Coast offers an outdoor deck or oceanfront bar for guests to sit, dine and sip Happy Hour drinks to relax and unwind from a hot summer day. Coast can be found at 87 N Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

Skull Creek Boathouse

Located on Skull Creek, Boathouse is a waterfront restaurant, which features an extensive cocktail and food menu with options everyone will love. Guests have the choice to enjoy views of the water from inside the glass-walled dining room or from this establishment’s outdoor patio. Its Marker 13 Buoy Bar offers music, drinks and food at the well-known outdoor bar. Skull Creek Boathouse and its Marker 13 Buoy Bar can be found at 397 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.

The Black Marlin Bayside Grill and Hurricane Bar

The Black Marlin Bayside Grill has an extensive drinks menu, complete with Bayside drinks, signature cocktails, frozen daiquiris, Marlin Mules, margaritas, mojitos, drafts and wines. The Hurricane Bar is a pet-friendly establishment located right next to The Black Marlin and is known for their frozen daiquiris, seasonal live music, oyster roasts, and hurricane parties. The Black Marlin Hurricane Bar sits waterside at the Palmetto Bay Marina on the south-end of the island. The establishment can be found at 86 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 and happy hour is daily from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Red Fish

Red Fish is a sophisticated establishment with an extensive wine list that has won Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence”. Diners at Red Fish also have the opportunity to browse the on-site retail wine shop, which has more than 1,000 bottles in occupancy for guests to choose from. This happy hour favorite has also been voted “Best Wine Selection” by the readers of Hilton Head Monthly Magazine. The restaurant can be found at 8 Archer Road, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928.

Links, an American Grill

Links, an American Grill is located on the south end of the island in the Sea Pines community of Harbour Town. The establishment offers an extensive drinks menu and “Spectator” award-winning wine list with beautiful views of the Harbour Town Golf Links golf course, site of the annual RBC Heritage. This drinks, brunch, lunch and all-around restaurant favorite can be found within the Harbour Town Clubhouse at 11 Lighthouse Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

This story was originally published June 15, 2022 5:00 AM.

Sarah Claire McDonald is a Service Journalism Reporter for The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette. She specializes in writing audience-focused, unique, spotlight stories about people, places and occurrences in the Lowcountry. Originally from the Midwest, Sarah Claire studied news media, communications and English at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she graduated in 2021.