Beach Report Where to have fun around the Grand Strand

Check reality at doorat these 2 theaters

Suffering from too much reality? There's pure escapism at the beach.

Legends In Concert Theater, 301 U.S. 17 N., Surfside Beach, has top-notch entertainers who look and perform like the Blues Brothers, Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Garth Brooks and Elvis. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday. Admission: $34.95-$39.95; $14.95-$19.95 for ages 3-16. Details: 800-960-7469;

More make-believe? Try “Dino's TV Variety Show” at the Tara Theater, at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, 14276 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, S.C. (two miles south of Brookgreen Gardens). It's a comedy/variety performance disguised as a '60s-'70s-style variety show (“Dean Martin” – Larry Tanelli– welcomes celeb guests such as “Marilyn Monroe” and “Dolly Parton”). Show times: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Admission: $28 ($44.50 for dinner-show package). Details: 843-458-1119; Staff and Wire Reports


Max & Erma's

The place: 1004 Glen Forest Road, Myrtle Beach. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Details: 843-903-1030.

The scene: As a newcomer to Max & Erma's, I quickly discerned the eatery's menu was a bit on the eclectic side. I ordered the Garbage Burger with the hand-breaded onion rings, instead of the seasoned fries. When my food arrived, I wasn't disappointed.

The burger, which came with bacon, cheese, grilled onions, sauteed mushrooms, guacamole and marinara, was a monstrosity. I sliced it in two, but it was still too much to handle. So, I cut it into tiny pieces and ate it that way. It was delicious. The homemade onions were really good, too.

For dessert, I had a chocolate chip cookie, which was warm and wonderful. Other menu items included salads (some made with fruit and crunchy noodles), tortilla soup, lemon herb Alaska halibut, fajitas and a variety of sandwiches.

To drink: Peach iced tea ($2.99 with free refills), Coca-Cola products ($2.51) and fruit smoothies and milkshakes ($3.59).

The price: Entree prices range from $11.99 to $19.99; items on the kid's menu are $3.99. Johanna D. Wilson, (Myrtle Beach) Sun News


Joy's Bar

The place: 300 Seventh Ave. N., Myrtle Beach. Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday, noon.-2 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. Details: 843-448-8363..

The vibe: Just steps from the beach and adjacent to the former Pavilion field, this one-room lounge feels as if it's already an established landmark, though open for less than a year. The kitsch factor of Joy's Bar is evident from the sign out front – “I (heart) Joy's Bar” – to the inside's heart décor and colorful dance lighting. The bar lines one wall, with chairs and tables lining another.

The drink/taste: Daily drink specials and happy hour is 4-7 p.m. with $2.50 domestics, $2.50 well drinks and $3.50 call drinks. Joy's Bar has no beer on tap. There are 15 bottled beer choices, wines and liquor available and a small menu listing pub grub with a few Asian twists. Food prices range from about $5.50 to $9.99.

The sound: There's a DJ and karaoke is in full swing seven nights a week. Joy sometimes hosts the show. Rob Smoak, Sun News