Things to Do

St. Simons Island Nightlife

January 2022

Saint Simons Island Georgia has a reputation for unparalleled beauty, abundance of history, enigmatic charm and passion for the outdoors. When the sun goes down, experience a different side of Saint Simons Island, from luxury dining experiences to family friendly fun, we have a night life options to suit every party.

Georgia Sea Grill

Looking for a more luxe Saint Simons Island experience? Georgia Sea Grill is your solution, offering a full dining room, white tablecloth service, and elevated modern menu sourced from its own local private farm. For a more quaint experience, ask your hostess to be seated in the bar room. Hosting only a handful of tables, dim candlelight, and pianists set the mood for an outstanding evening. Open until 10pm most evenings.

Good For: Date Night

Frosty’s and Pinball

One man’s ode to his quintessential childhood growing up on small town Saint Simons Island. This quirky shake and burger shack has quickly become a culinary staple and homage to all things nostalgic about beach life. Frosty’s offers something for everyone in a complex family structure. From cheeseburgers to chilidogs, crispy onion rings, to a pretty darn good Greek salad. Let the ice cream float- or any other soft serve concoction you can dream up- take you back to a simpler time with a round of pinball; or go for the high score at Pac man, at least until 9pm.

Good For: Family Friendly

Coastal Kitchen

Hoping for a view? Enjoy dinner at Coastal Kitchen, one of Saint Simons Island’s only water view restaurants. Perched over the morning star marina, experience a view from Epworth to the Sydney Lanier Bridge. After dinner, stroll down the marina taking in the docked vessels in all of their splendor. Open until 9pm most evenings.

Good For: Date Night

Redfern

Going Casual? Redfern Village on Saint Simons Island is your ticket to ensuring there is something for everyone, including indoor and outdoor dining at each locale perfect for a leisurely bar hop.

Bubba’s Up

Start at Bubba’s Up, located on the second floor of Bubba Garcia’s. Known as your friendly neighborhood watering hole, guests 21 and up are treated to a rotating list of craft beers on tap in an animated setting. Between flat screen TVs offering a variety of live sports, walls are sprinkled with artifacts consigned from your uncle’s garage in the 70s and dotted with every big kid arcade game you can imagine from darts to top golf- you’ve got until 2am to try them all.

Good For: Watching the Game, Cocktails

Gnat’s Landing

Move to Gnat’s Landing, where local bartenders will remind you, “Free Beer, Tomorrow.” Notorious for “Drink while you Think” trivia on Thursdays and live bands on most Fridays, Gnat’s offers indoor and covered outdoor seating complete with a giant projection screen- a dream combination for any football Saturday in the South. Pace yourself, they’re open until 2am.

Good For: Family Friendly

Wolf Island Oyster Co.

Don’t forget about Redfern Village’s newest addition, Wolf Island Oyster Co. Featuring a knockout raw bar and a sleek modern menu, this newcomer is the reel deal. Featuring 20+ craft beers on tap, a coffee menu that puts Starbucks to shame, and one of the most stunning sunsets over the marsh, this indoor-outdoor restaurant is making a name for itself- and it’s pet friendly patio.  Did I mention Ladies night is Thursday? Besides a list of specials, enjoy local impresario, Michael Hulett as he entertains into the moonlit evening hours or 10pm on the weekends, whichever comes first.

Good For: Fresh Seafood

Catch 228

Did you say Bloody Mary Bar? Traditionally reserved for brunches and lunches, this seaside staple is no stranger to most southerners- and Catch 228 encourages you to blend your own! A buffet briming with accoutrements from fresh Georgia white shrimp to bacon, still sizzling and a selection of the finest Bloody Mary mixes out there is only the beginning. Featuring the NFL Sunday Ticket, as well as Monday night football, don’t forget about live music on Wednesday nights. A variety of local musicians grace the patio while you indulge in Saint Simons Island’s best seafood fondue. Enjoy until 10pm or later, depending on the music.

Good For: Cocktail Hour

Rafter’s

Live music not your thing and dying to dance? Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you Rafters. This second-floor bar and club has a storied past of live music turning into DJs later in the evening. One room boasts a large bar overlooking a dance floor and DJ booth. A second room offers four pool tables, four darts, a smaller bar and a pay to play electronic juke box. Enjoy your time, but make no mistake, the stairs down to the street level (and your uber) are steeeep at 2am. 

Good For: Dancing

Porch

Nashville Hot Chicken meets the beach, in the heart of the Saint Simons Island Village. Go for the Froze, stay for the mother-clucker, or the tater tots, or the nanner puddin’. Whatever draws you there, you can stick around this sweet beach shack for hours. Enjoy a game of cornhole while you sip your libation of choice; or beat the pants off your kids, or your friends, in a round giant connect four. You’ll have sweet dreams as you tuck into bed early, Porch closes at 9pm.

Good For: Family Friendly

Murphy’s Tavern

Craving a true dive bar experience? You’d never find Murphy’s Tavern on Saint Simons Island. Tucked into the end cap of a building, it’s where the island old timers and service industry folks go to unwind. Original wood floors, wood burning fireplace, three pool tables and two darts, smoky with a long bar featuring every libation that could turn your frown upside down. Quite charming as far as dive bars go. Once in a while they’ll have live music, but for the most part the bartenders are in charge of the tunes- from Allman Brothers to Skynard, if they’re feelin’ wild maybe Panic or Prince. If you make it til last call at 2am, you’ve had a good night.

Good For: Dive Bar

Zuzu’s and Putt Putt

A classic creamery at its finest, famous for its burgers, fries and ice cream cones. Nestled between bustling shops and two doors down the pier, Zuzu’s on Saint Simons Island is a monument for a beer, or glass of wine before strolling the pier after sunset. No time for romance? Lucky for you Neptune Park and Playground, and Saint Simons Putt Putt are across the street. Being a true local establishment means rolling with the seasons, if you plan on heading to Zuzu’s, make you double check their hours.

Good For: Family Friendly

St. Simons Island nightlife offers something for everyone! We hope you enjoy the island with our list of the best local recommendations so you can experience an action-packed getaway with family and friends. If you’re planning a trip to the island, be sure to check out St. Simons Vacation Rentals to book the perfect place to stay.  



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