The Outer Banks during the daytime is full of fun things to do, sights to see, and experiences of a lifetime. But, it’s those warm summer nights when the area really comes alive. Outer Banks nightlife isn’t just crowded clubs, unlike many typical vacation destinations. Here, you’ll find many wonderful ways to enjoy the evening, from beaches and bonfires to unique bars and theatre shows. Visit any of the locally recommended spots below, and you’ll be loving your vacation nights as much as the days! For more things to do on your trip, be sure to take a look at our local Outer Banks Vacation Guide.

The Best Spots for Outer Banks Nightlife

For Live Music, Dancing, Drinks, and Entertainment

One of the most popular Outer Banks nightlife activities is karaoke. In fact, most towns in the Outer Banks have a restaurant or bar that hosts karaoke nights full of laughter and fun. It goes without saying, but singing talent is not a prerequisite! If, however, you prefer professional live music, there are plenty of genres covered here in OBX. Any given night, you’ll find talented musicians who represent genres like jazz, reggae, folk, rock, and cover bands, too. For a night of dancing, you have plenty of options, as well. Here are a few spots to check out:

For Movies, Shows, and Theatre

Of course, it’s good to have a plan for a rainy evening, and a night at the movies is a great choice! With theaters in Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, and Manteo, you have a couple of great options for movie-going. You can also enjoy a show at the Comedy Club of the Outer Banks for a night full of laughs. One of the most famous shows in the Outer Banks, though, is The Lost Colony Play. Come explore the tumultuous past of the Outer Banks as you learn of the harrowing history from some of the earliest settlers in the New World.

For Sports

Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t watch the game! Find the camaraderie of fellow passionate fans at any of the fantastic sports bars in the area. Head to Awful Arthur’s Oysters in Kill Devil Hills or Gaffer’s Sport Pub in Ocracoke to catch the big game.

For Nights On the Beach

Sometimes, the best Outer Banks nightlife can be found under the stars on the beach. Did you know small campfires are allowed on most OBX beaches? As long as the fire is located beneath the high tide line and away from sea oats, you can cuddle up by the fire on the beach. Another fun option is night fishing from the pier! Catches like Puppy Drum, Pompano, Mullet, and Cobia tend to be most active at night. While you’re on the beach, keep an eye out for the elusive Ghost Crab!

Moonlight Lighthouse Tours

One of the most scenic ways to explore the lighthouse in Buxton is to take the tour at night. Once a month, the lighthouse hosts these “full-moon” tours. During this tour, you’ll see the lighthouse and the moon in action and in all of its glory.

Complete Your Evening in a Shoreline OBX Vacation Home

Are you planning a vacation to the Outer Banks? Take these great ideas for Outer Banks nightlife with you! You’re going to love your visit here, especially if you complete your trip with a Shoreline OBX vacation rental! Our beautiful beach houses are the perfect solution for your vacation lodging needs. Plenty of space for you and yours means that everyone can spread out and have fun. Start planning your trip today, and soon learn why Shoreline OBX rentals are the best places to stay in the Outer Banks!