Beau Rivage Golf & Resort offers exemplary experiences on all fronts, from golf to accommodations. Simply stated, everything at Beau Rivage Golf & Resort revolves around golf. When most people think of Wilmington, they think of a flat beach town, but Beau Rivage’s Wilmington golf course truly defies those typical expectations.
Regarding the beer at JohnnyLukes, there are 18 to 20 beers on tap at any given time, and they are rotated regularly by Bar Manager Zack Kerr. Wilmington Brewing’s Tropical Lightning, the ubiquitous local favorite, is on the list, along Edward Teach offerings.
The difference in interior ambience between the two locations is marked, for sure. One is a cozy, brick-walled, intimate pub fronting on the Port City’s busy Market St., and the other is a bright, airy, light-filled, spacious place just steps from the Carolina Beach boardwalk.
As it turns out, there’s a lot. There’s an airy, bright, welcoming and chic interior design (the handiwork of Carol Jensen), and a space that also includes four-seater tables, a neat curved bar, a relaxed easy chair and sofa “living room” seating area and gleaming mash tuns within an arm’s reach.
Big, it ain’t. And at first blush it looks like the kind of place where you’d have go outside to change your mind. But a place doesn’t have to be airy and grandiose to be worth visiting, especially when the beer menu has almost 50 beers and the food that comes out of the kitchen is this good.
Larry Morgan, general manager of Bluewater Restaurant, is originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, and moved to Wilmington after his two children moved here first. He loves coastal community living and describes himself as energetic and driven.
Board & Barrel, in the belly of Wilmington’s Hotel Ballast, has a ground-floor view of the hotel pool, the famous River Walk and the Cape Fear River; and according to the gracious, affable manager Dacia Zimmer, the summer season always sees crowds of visitors.
They’re serious about their beer here. At Hops Supply Co., you can not only order a craft beer, but also drink in the knowledge from Hops’ bar staff, who can help you pair your pour with the most complementary fare in flavor, spice and panache.
Before the Beach Shop & Grille, Chef Chris Gates was a private chef for several politicians, celebrities and bands including Steve Winwood, Widespread Panic and Ashley Judd. It was the beach and music scene that brought him to the Topsail area.
Two giant, flat-screen televisions and 46 other broadcast sports throughout the family-friendly restaurant. In between are all manner of sports memorabilia from local and state teams. Watch all the games at booths, bar tables, an inside bar and beautiful outside bar and patio.
Part pub, part formal dining room, and serving dinner, late-night eats and weekend brunch, Banks Channel Pub and Grille, on Causeway Drive in Wrightsville Beach, has something for everyone. Televisions, a friendly bar, traditional pub tables and two pool tables fill the pub and grill in front. Linen-draped tables appoint the separate, more formal dining room.
You’ll have some decisions to make at Hops Supply Co. Wheat, lager, IPA, ESB, ale, amber, cider or stout? Bottle or draft? Do you want North Carolina beers, a beer flight or a beer cocktail? Don’t forget wine.
Located between Wilmington and Topsail Beach, The Crab Shack opened in 2012. Next door to Poplar Grove Plantation on US Highway 17 North, the restaurant features whole, steamed blue crabs, messy to eat but a delicacy well worth the effort.