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Best Places to See Live Music on Hilton Head

Discover Hilton Head Island's top spots for catching all the best local bands & musicians!

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The island is packed with places to see live music, offering everything from singer/songwriter soloists to full on rock bands. In between you’ll find duos and trios, 80s, jazz, blues, and other genres that can satisfy just about any musical taste. Here are our picks for the top places to hear live music on Hilton Head Island.

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Tiki Hut

1South Forest Beach Dr.


Tiki Hut exudes an irresistible tropical charm, beckoning patrons to unwind and revel in the rhythmic melodies of live music. With its laid-back atmosphere and panoramic views of the ocean, this beloved beachfront venue offers a quintessential island experience. The thatched-roofed bar and palm-fringed stage set the scene for unforgettable performances, ranging from local bands to acclaimed artists, with the Atlantic as your backdrop. Tiki Hut's slogan is "Toes in the sand, drinks in hand", and this sums up the experience without mincing any words. A favorite venue for vacationers, locals and Lowcountry musicians and bands alike, Tiki Hut is hands down the best place on the island to experience live music with a *true* island vibe. You can catch FREE shows both afternoon and evening  throughout a good portion of the year. 

Jazz Corner

1100 William Hilton Parkway, C1

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Jazz Corner stands as a beacon of musical excellence, captivating locals and visitors alike with its unparalleled ambiance and world-class performances. As the name suggests, this intimate venue is a haven for jazz enthusiasts, offering a rich tapestry of sounds that span the genre's storied history. Located within the Village at Wexford, Jazz Corner exudes an inviting charm, with its dimly lit interior and cozy seating arrangements fostering an intimate connection between performers and audience members. Patrons can savor not only the electrifying performances of renowned jazz artists but also indulge in a delectable array of cocktails and gourmet cuisine, making each visit a sensory delight. Whether one seeks a soul-stirring solo or the infectious energy of a swinging ensemble, Jazz Corner promises an unforgettable musical journey amidst the captivating beauty of Hilton Head Island.

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1 North Forest Beach Dr. 

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Nestled within the lively Coligny Plaza, Fish Casual Coastal offers a unique blend of coastal charm and musical entertainment. Surrounded by the plaza's bustling energy and overlooking a tranquil pond adorned with fountains and koi fish, this cherished venue provides a welcoming atmosphere for families and tourists alike. Here, guests can enjoy a diverse range of musical performances, from solo acoustic acts to full live bands. Whether enjoying the music or feasting on FISH's all-you-can-eat crab legs, visitors are treated to a memorable experience that captures the essence of coastal living at its finest.

Ruby Lee's

138 Island Dr.

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Ruby Lee's is a cherished music venue renowned for its soulful performances and welcoming atmosphere. With its cozy interior adorned with vintage décor and warm lighting, Ruby Lee's exudes a timeless charm that draws locals and visitors alike. The stage, framed by exposed brick walls and intimate seating arrangements, becomes the focal point for an eclectic array of musical acts, ranging from blues and jazz to rock and folk. Patrons can unwind with a craft cocktail or locally brewed beer while tapping their toes to the rhythm of the music, creating an atmosphere that is both lively and laid-back. Whether catching up with friends over drinks or immersing oneself in the vibrant local music scene, Ruby Lee's promises an unforgettable experience filled with soulful tunes and community spirit. 

The Bank

59 Pope Ave.

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The Bank features a versatile outdoor beer garden adorned with an entertainment stage and numerous LED screens. Patio seating, fire pits, and an outdoor bar provide ample opportunities for guests to unwind and savor the island vibes. With three bars scattered throughout the venue and six eateries serving up diverse culinary delights, guests can indulge in a plethora of flavors while enjoying the music and ambiance. Meanwhile, Side Hustle Brewing adds to the eclectic experience, offering craft beers brewed on-site. Whether basking under the stars or nestled beneath the cool canopy of trees, The Bank offers year-round events suited for all occasions. Families can delight in the dedicated Family Zone, where a plethora of outdoor lawn games awaits, including cornhole, chess, beer pong, Jenga, and more.

Rooftop Bar at Poseidon

38 Shelter Cove Lane #120

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Sunset views, live entertainment, dancing, a great bar and in-house DJ make the Rooftop Bar a go to music venue on Hilton Head. Rooftop Bar is a popular spot for well known tribute bands, but on any given night you might also catch live country, Salsa, 80s, rock, national touring acts and more. Perched atop the lively Poseidon restaurant, the Rooftop Bar offers scenic sunset views of Broad Creek, making it a prime music venue on Hilton Head Island. Known for hosting well-known tribute bands, the Rooftop Bar also features an eclectic lineup of other music entertainment ranging from country to salsa, 80s hits to rock, and even national touring acts. Whether you're enjoying a laid-back evening or dancing the night away, the Rooftop Bar provides a memorable experience with its music, atmosphere, and picturesque vistas of the island's waterfront. 

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Hurricane Bar

86 Helmsman Way 

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Situated waterside at Palmetto Bay Marina, next to The Black Marlin Restaurant, The Hurricane Bar generally hosts live bands Wednesday through Saturday during "the season", drawing in crowds eager for a night of entertainment. With their monthly hurricane and oyster roast parties, guests can expect an added dose of excitement and community at this lively locals favorite venue. Arrive early and you'll also be able to take advantage of their happy hour and early dining menus. Try their signature drink, the Hurricane... but be careful, these babies are strong! 

Kind of Blue

19 Dunnigans Alley 

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Kind of Blue is not just a music venue; it's an experience. With a variety of live music, dueling pianos, karaoke nights, and a Sunday gospel jazz brunch, they certainly showcase a diverse range of entertainment options for guests to enjoy. They also offer a unique dining experience, blending an inventive food and drink menu with a musical theme, serving menu items such as John Lee's Boom Boom Shrimp, Marley Flatbread and Blue Oyster Cult.  With nightly entertainment showcasing some of the best performers in the area and specialty events sprinkled throughout the year, Kind of Blue ensures there's always something new and exciting to experience.

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Fishcamp on Broadcreek

11 Simmons Rd. 

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Situated on the picturesque Broad Creek, Fishcamp offers patrons a stunning backdrop of the water and breathtaking sunsets. This Hilton Head Island music venue primarily features solo acoustic acts nightly during the busy season, creating a relaxed and intimate atmosphere for guests to enjoy. With its family-friendly games and entertainment, firepit and seasonal oyster roasts complete with ample seating and views of the creek, Fishcamp provides a welcoming environment for all.

Big Bamboo Cafe

1 North Forest Beach Dr. 

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Just steps from Coligny Beach, escape to the South Pacific themed Big Bamboo Cafe. They describe themselves as "A Locals Restaurant & Live Music Venue featuring Carolina Seafood, Sensational Salads, “build your own” Burgers & Grillers, Exotic Margaritas and a large selection of Craft Beers from around the Carolinas." Offering a diverse range of entertainment, from performances by the Beagles Beatles cover band to regular reggae nights, this beloved music venue provides guests with an island experience that is uniquely Hilton Head. 

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Skullcreek Boathouse

397 Squire Pope Rd. 

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At Skull Creek Boathouse on Hilton Head Island, guests can enjoy live music throughout the busy season, with performances happening seven days a week. The venue offers one of the best views on the island, providing a scenic backdrop to accompany your dinner or happy hour. It's also renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere, making it an ideal spot for dinner accompanied by live music. While parents relax and enjoy the tunes, kids can have a blast at the expansive playground. With its combination of captivating views, live music, and family-friendly amenities, Skull Creek Boathouse offers an unforgettable dining experience for visitors and locals alike on Hilton Head Island.

Cool Cats Lounge

32 Palmetto Bay Rd #8-A

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Cool Cats Lounge is a beloved local dive bar on Hilton Head Island, known for its laid-back and late-night vibe. As one of the few establishments on the island open after 1:00am, it's a hotspot for night owls and those looking to unwind after hours. The occasional live music shows typically kick off after 9pm, and you'll be lucky if you happen to find your way here on a night when The Zach Stevens Band is rockin' the house. Although there's no kitchen on-site, you can usually find sustenance from the food truck parked nearby, ensuring that late night hunger pangs are satified.

Brother Shucker's

7D Greenwood Dr. #3

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Brother Shucker's hosts live bands most nights, with weekly favorites like Cornbred taking the stage on Thursdays and Groove Town Assault rockin' most Saturdays. Featuring an outdoor deck where bands often perform, patrons can enjoy the music in the open air of Reilly's Plaza (also known as the Bar-muda Triangle), although shows may move indoors if the weather calls for it. With the kitchen staying open until midnight, guests can savor tasty dishes while taking in the tunes. Brother Shucker's offers a dynamic atmosphere and top-notch entertainment, making it a go-to spot for locals and visitors alike to experience the island's vibrant music scene.

Frosty Frog Cafe

1 N Forest Beach Dr #18

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At Frosty Frog Cafe in Coligny Plaza, guests can enjoy nightly acoustic performances during the season. Renowned for their signature daiquiri drinks, Frosty Frog offers a delightful selection of frosty high octane flavors to complement the live music experience. Live music is typically hosted outside under a covered patio, providing a relaxed atmosphere for patrons to unwind even if rain is in the forecast.  Frosty Frog is also a pretty family-friendly locale, making it an ideal destination for guests of all ages to enjoy music, food and island vibes.

Lincoln & South Brewing Company

138 Island Dr. 

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Located on the north end of Hilton Head Island, Lincoln and South Brewery is a must-visit destination for beer enthusiasts and music lovers alike. This unique venue offers a laid-back atmosphere where guests can sip on locally crafted brews while being treated to live music performances several evenings per week. With its cozy ambiance and commitment to supporting local, Lincoln and South Brewery provides a welcoming space for patrons to relax and enjoy the island's vibrant music scene. Whether you're there to sample their latest beers or listen to some tunes, Lincoln and South Brewery offers a memorable experience for visitors and locals alike.

The Boardroom

7 Greenwood D.r Ste B

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Located in Reilley's Plaza, also dubbed the Bar-muda Triangle, The Boardroom is a long standing music hotspot where guests can unwind with tunes from bands and drinks in their hands. The Boardroom doesn't offer food service, but that just lets you focus fully on the music. 

The Sandbar

101 Pope Ave

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Located near Coligny, Sandbar Beach Eats offers a laid-back atmosphere where guests can enjoy solo acoustic music most evenings from 5-8pm. Sandbar is a great choice for those craving Southern and Caribbean comfort food, along with refreshing drinks. Whether you're looking to unwind after a day at the beach or kick off your evening with great music and delicious food, Sandbar Beach Eats promises a memorable experience for patrons seeking a taste of Hilton Head's acoustic music scene.

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