Beach Report Where to have fun around the Grand Strand

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