Isle of Palms Nightlife: Your Ultimate Guide to the Best IOP Bars

Isle of Palms is home to a vibrant and fun nightlife. Naturally, the bars are beachy and laid back, perfect for a night out on vacation. From oceanfront rooftop bars to hosting concerts right on the beach, you’re sure to have a good time at any of the IOP bars below.

You’ll find everything there is to know about the Isle of Palms nightlife below, but the Lowcountry also encompasses historic Downtown Charleston, Folly Beach, and Sullivan’s Island. Request access to our complimentary DESTINATION GUIDE to get a full taste of this beautiful region in South Carolina. 


Everything to Know About IOP Bars

The Windjammer

THE WINDJAMMER is a unique staple on IOP. The large bar directly on the beach often hosts Isle of Palms events like sand volleyball tournaments and live music. It makes for a great place to grab a quick bite, enjoy a beer overlooking the ocean, or catch a concert. The business welcomes dogs so stop by after a walk on the beach with your furry friend. After about 50 years in business, The Windjammer is by far one of the most vibrant Isle of Palms bars and is home to much of the small city’s nightlife.

Coconut Joe’s Beach Grill

COCONUT JOE’S BEACH GRILL is a fun spot with great views, a large rooftop bar, and classic seafood. They often have live music on the weekends and host events throughout the year. This Isle of Palms restaurant is a staple on the barrier island and one of Ocean Boulevard’s most popular spots.

Smugglers Island Eats and Rum Shack

This open-air bar is just what you would expect from IOP’s main beach strip. Smugglers Island Eats and Rum Shack, of course, has a menu full of rum cocktails and often serves local beers, wines, and liquors. They also have a menu full of delicious fares like seafood baskets, sandwiches, and even ice cream during the summer. Ask your server about their daily specials; they often have the best deals on the island!

The Dinghy

Another longtime bar on Isle of Palms that must be mentioned is The Dinghy. The laid-back bar is known for its great craft beer selection on tap and having everything you need. They have a large screened-in porch, lots of TVs, bar games, an awesome happy hour, and live music on the weekends. What else could you want?

Book Your Vacation of Fun Today

Now that you know all the best IOP bars, it’s time to book your stay. Charleston Coast Vacations provides more than 40 Isle of Palms vacation rentals from resort villas to luxury waterfront homes. Our collection of rentals on ISLE OF PALMS, in addition to the nearby islands of FOLLY Beach and SULLIVAN’S ISLAND, provide you with tons of incredible choices for your family beach trip. Our rentals feature new renovations, flawless decorations, ocean views, and special amenities to ensure you have a top-notch comfortable stay. Plus, our concierge team can help you plan your trip every step of the way.  

Start planning your Charleston getaway by browsing our VACATION RENTALS. We look forward to welcoming you to the Lowcountry! 


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