Tourists and locals don’t flock to the boulevard just for a view of the water or to go trinket shopping. A plethora of restaurants line the street, ready to feed the hungry beach goers, even as the weather becomes colder.
Young and hip, Strong Waters Craft Cocktails and Kitchen offers more than just a standard pub experience. Across from Breakers Resort, Strong Waters has a sleek, uncluttered look from their street side appearance to the spacious interior. Guests are encouraged to seat themselves either at the bar or one of the tables, which can be moved around to accommodate parties of all sizes and have books or games on top to entertain.
With the arrival of the menus, the restaurant’s focus becomes immediately obvious. While the farm-to-table approach is gaining in popularity, Strong Water’s has also adopted a farm-to-shaker technique, still a relatively unheard of movement.
By shopping local, Strong Waters is able to procure fresh ingredients, including beer and spirits, and use them for all their creations, from the kitchen to the bar. The restaurant’s dedication to buying local also means their menu changes seasonally, which will keep fans coming back.
The cocktail menu is a fantastic display of the talent behind Strong Waters, with unique flairs and a homemade touch in each. Some cocktail blends age in the restaurant’s own barrels for six weeks with fresh ingredients for a distinctive cocktail every time. For the adventurous or indecisive adult, the talented bartenders will create a cocktail based on two words of your choosing.
Though the variety of alcohol is greater than the food menu, the restaurant’s standards remain unchanged. Some Southern classics are available with a twist, like the brisket Reuben soul rolls and the fried green tomato BLT sandwich. For something a little more unusual, the pork belly tacos come with teriyaki sauce and sliced watermelon which makes a surprisingly delicious combination.
The Strong Waters experience is one to be savored, so expect to spend some time here. The quality of the food and drink means prices are a bit high but far from unreasonable. Most weekends offer live music, while during the week the restaurant has Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $4 house spirits, wines, and craft beers.
Classy but far from impersonal and hip without being snooty, Strong Waters is a great way to support locals who also support locals. Plus with fresh food and unique drinks, swimming in strong waters has never been so appetizing.
If You Eat
What | Strong Waters Craft Cocktails & Kitchen
Where | 2005 N. Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
Hours | 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily
Information | strongwatersbar.com, 843-626- 4700