Your Guide to Entertainment in Downtown Beaufort North Carolina
Visiting Beaufort? Curious where the action is? You’re certain to find something exciting when the sun goes down and Beaufort comes alive.
When visiting Beaufort, North Carolina be sure to check out the historic district, the exclusive boutiques, and the pristine natural scapes. Enjoy local seafood, and lazy afternoons soaking up the summer sun. It’s easy to get lost in this slow-moving, sleepy town where history enter twines with southern culture and hospitality. However, when the sun goes down Beaufort undergoes a transformation and the town comes alive with an eclectic mix of entertainment venues.
On highway 70, headed towards the “Down East” community, a visitor will find Cool Fish. Cool Fish prepares local seafood caught daily, and serves it alongside a cocktail menu that rivals any metropolitan bar. Cool Fish is divided into two sections, with the back part of the building dedicated to pool tables and dartboards. In the front, a live DJ mixes up music between bands, and guests of all ages dance on a large dance floor surrounded by a thumping sound system. On a beautiful Crystal Coast night, patrons can enjoy the outdoor tiki bar and dance under the stars to the beat of local and national bands. Cool Fish responsibly offers a free shuttle service to take guests who have been drinking home, or to their next destination.
Cru Wine Bar
For those seeking elegance, Cru Wine Bar in Downtown Beaufort offers gourmet cheese, sample platters, and a delightful array of wines by the glass or bottle. Salsa dance lessons, live entertainment, and cozy places for lounging around are available nightly. On Sunday nights bring a dish and enjoy a pot luck dinner, southern style, with visitors and locals.
Just a short walk from the Wine Bar is Ribeyes Steakhouse. Not your ordinary steakhouse by any means, once the dinner crowd adjourns, the back of the building comes alive with an upper-echelon drinking crowd. Enjoy custom martinis and comfortable chairs, while chatting it up with the locals.
After Ribeyes, Backstreet Pubon Middle Lane should be your next stop. Located on an artsy strip in Downtown Beaufort, Backstreet is famous for welcoming a wide range of visitors from local college students to yacht captains in port for the night. With a sort of red brick, dimly lit alleyway feel to it, Backstreet is small and intimate serving beer in a plastic cup and offering up board games for patrons to enjoy.
Probably the most notable stop on the tour of Beaufort’s nightlife is The Dockhouse. Waterfront, in the heart of the Downtown, Dockhouse offers live music every weekend. With both indoor and outdoor seating, and a lengthy menu of bar food, Dockhouse is quite often the first and last stop for Beaufort party goers. Featuring local artists in a trendy upbeat setting, Dockhouse pulls crowds of every age and keeps them coming back. Visit The Dockhouse, you won’t be disappointed.
For those seeking a truly unique experience, at the end of Turner street is a well-known hole in the wall called The Handlebar. Located next to the County’s only airport, The Handlebar features a large model dragon over the door and witty catchphrases on the window like “Can you handle it?”. The Handlebar is lacking in ambiance, it makes up for in low priced drinks and the guarantee that no one else frequenting the establishment cares about getting to know you.
Live Music, Great Crowds, Cool Drinks in Beaufort
Regardless of where you choose to spend your night out in Beaufort, you’ll have a good time and truly appreciate the lazy afternoons for the next day recuperation.