Outer Banks Restaurants

Bars & Entertainment

Outer Banks bars and entertainment options are as prevalent as the people who frequent them. The Outer Banks has some really fun bars where you can let loose and turn up! You can dance the night away in some (and maybe even witness some dance moves you didn't know your friends or family members had in them), sip a perfectly concocted martini in a grown-up setting in another or join your friends for a raucous good time at a sports bar. Outer Banks entertainment at area restaurants -- the nighttime variety -- runs the gamut from live local bands, DJs and acoustic singers to nationally known acts and karaoke. Trivia Nights are popular in several as are Ladies Nights. There's even one restaurant that holds Teen Nights so that that age group gets to have their time in the nightlife scene -- strictly supervised, of course. As much as Outer Banks restaurants have become known for their high quality menu offerings, those that offer a bar scene have also earned a well-deserved reputation for excellence. Many Outer Banks bars employ true mixologists -- not just someone who throws drinks together at a fast clip. And many of the Outer Banks bars also serve late-night menus. Here's a hint from a local: If you're staying out late at a bar having a great time, make sure that experience continues by taking a cab home. The Outer Banks has a plethora of them, and they often hang out outside popular nightspots. Our Outer Banks police officers are very diligent about stopping people who could be over the limit (and, by the way, we thank them for that!), so don't push your luck. Also, don't expect to pull the wool over the guys at the door by trying to use a fake ID at any bars and entertainment spots. The bouncers around these parts have seen it all -- this is, after all, a very popular vacation spot! 

Outer Banks Restaurants by Area

Corolla | Duck & Southern Shores | Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills & Nags Head
Roanoke Island & Manteo | Hatteras Island | Ocracoke Island

Outer Banks Restaurants by Category

1587 Restaurant

Outer Banks Bars & Entertainment
405 Queen Elizabeth Street, The Tranquil House Inn, Manteo
(252) 473-1587

1587 is an elegant restaurant on Roanoke Island. It exudes cosmopolitan class with soft lighting, a copper-topped bar, polished wood, subtle lighting and a view of the harbor. Dining here is an intimate experience with servers that make you feel as if you’re their only customer. Food presentation is a priority, and all dishes are works of art. Taste is important, too, and you’ll be... read more

1587 is an elegant restaurant on Roanoke Island. It exudes cosmopolitan class with soft lighting,... read more

Argyles Restaurant

Outer Banks Bars & Entertainment
4716 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 2.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-7325

Argyles is a perfect little gem of a casual restaurant that serves incredibly good food. Its dinner menu is full of art you can eat, with a variety of daily specials. It has a full bar where you can enjoy a creative drink and live entertainment during the summer season. Argyles offers breakfast starting at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Argyles also offers in-house or off-site... read more

Argyles is a perfect little gem of a casual restaurant that serves incredibly good food.... read more

Avenue Waterfront Grille

Outer Banks Bars & Entertainment
207 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, The Waterfront Shops, Manteo
(252) 473-4800

NOTE: Avenue Waterfront Grille is temporarily closed due to a flood in their building. They will reopen this summer as soon as remodeling has been completed.

If you want to see the water while you dine, Avenue Waterfront Grille is a good place to do it. Shallowbag Bay and Roanoke Sound are visible from every seat in the house, and their patio seating overlooks the... read more

NOTE: Avenue Waterfront Grille is temporarily closed due to a flood in their building. They... read more

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar & Restaurant

Outer Banks Bars & Entertainment
2106 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 6, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-5955

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar is an Outer Banks legend and world-famous for its casual, raw bar atmosphere and delicious local seafood. The steamed shrimp are so good that they were featured in Esquire magazine. The menu features a lot of seafood, but there are also burgers, pastas, steaks and chicken. Take the people's word for it: In a local polls Awful Arthur's has been voted... read more

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar is an Outer Banks legend and world-famous for its casual, raw... read more

Bad Bean Baja Grill

Outer Banks Bars & Entertainment
4146 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 3.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-1300

Bad Bean Baja Grill creates a distinctive dining experience. Utilizing techniques and flavors found all across Latin America, California and the Baja Peninsula, the award-winning chefs present a creative fusion of familiar cantina favorites. Try the fresh mahi-mahi tacos topped with salsa fresca, crisp jicama slaw and cilantro chimichurri; the slow-cooked beef brisket and pork barbacoa also make for delicious tacos as well as burritos,... read more

Bad Bean Baja Grill creates a distinctive dining experience. Utilizing techniques and flavors found all... read more

Barefoot Bernie’s Tropical Grill & Bar

Outer Banks Bars & Entertainment
3730 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-1008

Barefoot Bernie’s is a fun, family-friendly restaurant that's open year round for lunch and dinner. They pride themselves on offering big portions at reasonable prices. Menu items include seafood, steaks, chicken, pasta, large salads, sandwiches and gourmet pizzas. A varied kids' menu is available, as are gluten-free items and their fantastic Lean-a-licious menu items with less than 550 calories. Enjoy specialty frozen drinks and martinis or... read more

Barefoot Bernie’s is a fun, family-friendly restaurant that's open year round for lunch and dinner.... read more

Basnight’s Lone Cedar

Outer Banks Bars & Entertainment
7623 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 441-5405

This Outer Banks restaurant landmark is where you’ll find many a local eating every night, so you know the food must be really good. This restaurant is, in fact, at the top of the list of many locals’ favorite spots. The service is genuinely friendly, and the portions are more than generous. You’ll enjoy the vast views of the sound and dining on their outdoor... read more

This Outer Banks restaurant landmark is where you’ll find many a local eating every night,... read more

Black Pelican Oceanfront Cafe

Outer Banks Bars & Entertainment
3848 N.Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 4, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-3171

The Black Pelican is on The Beach Road, directly across from the ocean. They have a deck bar with great ocean views and, of course, lots of fresh seafood on the menu. Choose from steamed seafood, steaks, dishes with exotic Pan-Asian flavors or pizza from the wood-fired brick oven, a locals' favorite. Each night they offer an eclectic list of chef’s specials, and they have... read more

The Black Pelican is on The Beach Road, directly across from the ocean. They have... read more

Blue Point

Outer Banks Bars & Entertainment
1240 Duck Road, The Waterfront Shops, Duck
(252) 261-8090

The Blue Point established Duck as an Outer Banks dining destination when it opened in 1989 and has since put the tiny town on the foodie map. The restaurant is lively and offers fantastic views of the Currituck Sound. The menus are creative, upscale, Southern and coastal, changing seasonally to reflect the fresh local and regional ingredients that are available. The dinner menu offers salads,... read more

The Blue Point established Duck as an Outer Banks dining destination when it opened in... read more

Bonzer Shack

Outer Banks Bars & Entertainment
1200 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 9, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 480-1010

Get ready to kick back and relax at Bonzer Shack. With their creative take on Southern and island comfort food in a surf hangout atmosphere, there’s always something on the menu that’s sure to tempt you. The menu offers sandwiches, fresh seafood specials, steaks, burgers and the mouthwatering smoked Gouda grit cakes. Local favorites also include delicious apps like the Hippie Dip and wings roasted... read more

Get ready to kick back and relax at Bonzer Shack. With their creative take on... read more

Chilli Peppers Coastal Grill

Outer Banks Bars & Entertainment
3001 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-8081

Chilli Peppers Coastal Grill is famous on the Outer Banks for its coastal cuisine, fresh seafood and award-winning soups and sauces. Everything is made from scratch, and the dining room bursts with a colorful and casual atmosphere. Every day the chef’s lunch specials include a pasta dish, enchilada of the day, stir-fry and a sandwich and soup combo in variety that could please anyone’s taste... read more

Chilli Peppers Coastal Grill is famous on the Outer Banks for its coastal cuisine, fresh... read more

Dajio

Outer Banks Bars & Entertainment
305 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-7119

Dajio is nestled in the trees down in Ocracoke's waterfront village. Husband and wife team Doug and Judy Eifert prepare succulent plates of locally caught fish, shrimp and oysters. They bring to the table a fusion of delicious, innovative and satisfying dishes from the surrounding sea, farms, breweries and vineyards. Chef Doug fires up the wood-burning brick oven to roast organic whole chickens and to... read more

Dajio is nestled in the trees down in Ocracoke's waterfront village. Husband and wife team... read more