These Are The 10 Drunkest Cities In South Carolina

It’s not always the biggest cities and college towns that are getting ‘South Carolina’ drunk the most.

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Is there anything wrong with being called the drunkest city in your state?

Here’s what’s interesting about South Carolina: It is right in the middle of the pack when it comes to alcohol consumption per capita, DUI arrests, and divorce rate in the nation. Residents average 26 beers each a year, but they’re pretty responsible about their actions.

Bravo, South Carolina.

But, while hundreds of thousands of people don’t drink a drop, the cities below more than make up for it.

How do you decide how much a place drinks? By the number of available places to buy booze, and by how often people are talking about drinking, that’s how.

Plus, we thought why not add in a stereotype? Studies have indicated that when one or both partners in a marriage are alcoholics, that couple is three times more likely to divorce.

After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as The Drunkest Places in South Carolina:

  1. Murrells Inlet
  2. Myrtle Beach
  3. Bluffton
  4. North Myrtle Beach
  5. Columbia
  6. Little River
  7. Greenville
  8. Hilton Head
  9. Seneca
  10. Spartanburg

Read on below to see how your city might have fared.


What drunken criteria did we use?

  • Number of bars and pubs per capita
  • Number of wineries per capita
  • Number of liquor stores per capita
  • Each city’s drunk related tweets within the last week
  • Each city’s divorce rate

For geo-located tweets, we measured the following raw number of tweets that came from within a city’s general area: #Drunk, #Party, #Beer, #Wine and #Cocktails

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city’s border, as well as within a short driving distance.


1. (tie) Murrells Inlet

The gang at The Big Beaver Bar, Murrells Inlet, SC. From the Facebook page

Population: 7,641
Divorce rate: 14.3%
Bars per capita: 2nd
Liquor stores per capita: 8th

They call Murrells Inlet a tiny drinking village with a fishing problem. We could just stop there.

There are quite a number of cities along the coast in South Carolina where there’s plenty of ways to get sideways. And then there’s Murrells Inlet. This place has a ton of bars and restaurants. Yeah, it might be a touristy spot for half the year, but all that means is that it goes from buzzed to wasted when the beachcombers get into town.

For such a sparsely populated place, it’s got it made if you like your cocktails.

And, the divorce rate is nothing to bat an eye at, either. Nearly 1 in 7 people has decided marriage isn’t for them. You can bet booze was a factor in many of them.

1. (tie) Myrtle Beach

The gang at LandShark Bar and Grill, Myrtle Beach, SC. From their Facebook page.

Population: 27,433
Divorce rate: 12.1%
Bars per capita: 1st
Liquor stores per capita: 1st

Not to be outdone is the city of Myrtle Beach, which has more liquor stores and bars per capita than anywhere else in the state, and a few breweries to boot. It was close. Murrels Inlet has a much higher divorce rate, but Myrtle Beach pretty much crushed everyone in the drunk Tweet category.

You can pretty much trip and fall into a bar on every corner along N Ocean Blvd. here. We’re sure many people do just that, actually. And with the explosion of tourists and drunken college kids, it’s a place where dreams are made, for sure.

They’re so close, each city should have a drinking competition to see who wins.

Or better yet, we’ll let you guys decide in the comments.

3. Bluffton

Vineyard 55, Bluffton, SC

Population: 12,185
Divorce rate: 14%
Bars per capita: 6th
Liquor stores per capita: 3rd

If you’re not familiar with the South Carolina coast, Bluffton is an upper middle class city about 2 beers inland of Hilton Head Island (more on them later). We’re pretty sure the people in Bluffton have the back roads to Hilton Head memorized. (Wink, wink).

Bluffton has lots of places to get drunk, plain and simple. And the city’s motto is, “A State of Mind.” That’s interesting, since it’s pretty clear that lots of people in Bluffton drink to change their state of mind.

4. North Myrtle Beach

Deckerz, North Myrtle Beach, SC

Population: 13,926
Divorce rate: 13.5%
Bars per capita: 3rd
Liquor stores per capita: 10th

It’s beginning to look like the coast of South Carolina is one big party. Maybe that’s old news. In any event, North Myrtle Beach, which you might say is the more responsible cousin of Myrtle Beach, has one of the highest number of bar concentrations in South Carolina.

Twitter was relatively quiet here, but several people Tweeted out about a drunk man who drove his SUV into the Atlantic Ocean here a bit ago. Sounds like he’s just one of the guys.

5. Columbia

At The Tin Roof, Columbia, SC. From their Facebook page.

Population: 129,757
Divorce rate: 8.7%
Bars per capita: 12th
Liquor stores per capita: 24th

Okay, so we get it; there are some areas on and near USC that are more wasted than entire states on game weekends. But remember, we’re measuring this per capita, meaning that while a few number of people in Columbia is drunk often, based on the number of places to get booze, it’s clear that a large number of people in here are content with a quiet night in.

How boring.

Columbia got an A+ from for its party scene, with most people saying that there are rarely any house parties here, meaning the co-eds have to go downtown to act like fools.

6. Little River

Harleys Roadhouse, Little River, SC. From their Facebook page

Population: 9,650
Divorce rate: 15.6%
Bars per capita: 8th
Liquor stores per capita: 12th

Little River is a place right inside the intracoastal waterway from North Myrtle Beach. Depending on your mood, it’s either a place to get drunk away from the crowds or a place to pick up vulnerable adults.

See, Little River has one of the highest divorce rates in the state. So head on over and buy her a shot. She’s probably looking for someone to go on and on with about her failed marriage.

7. Greenville

Twin Peaks, Greenville, SC. From their Facebook page

Population: 59,261
Divorce rate: 12%
Bars per capita: 4th
Liquor stores per capita: 13th

Greenville is a booming, growing city that’s been on several ‘reputable’ lists such as when Forbes called it one of the best cities in the nation for young professionals. You can see why. There’s lots and lots of things to do for young people with some spending money.

It has one of the better craft beer scenes in the state, along with many, many bars and other places to score some booze. There are also lots of colleges and universities here, meaning lots of parties till 5 am.

8. Hilton Head

The gang at Tiki Hut, Hilton Head, SC. From their Facebook page

Population: 37,340
Divorce rate: 8%
Bars per capita: 5th
Liquor stores per capita: 21st

No one is going to deny that Hilton Head is one of the drunkest places in the state. In fact, there’s probably lots of people reading this who have some fond memories of getting smashed in Hilton Head a time or 8.

What’s interesting about Hilton Head is the low divorce rate. Maybe having lots of money in the bank means it’s easier to look the other way when he comes home bleary eyed for the 6th night in a row.

9. Seneca

Spot On The Alley, Seneca, SC

Population: 8,092
Divorce rate: 19%
Bars per capita: 20th
Liquor stores per capita: 18th

Holy Matrimony, Seneca! It says, “Till Death Do Us Part” for a reason. Too many late nights burning the candles at both ends must be putting a huge strain on your relationships.

Seneca isn’t too far away from Clemson, and one of only three upstate cities in South Carolina to make this list. If you’re reading this from Seneca, and you’re not hungover, congrats. Now get out there and have a shot on us.

10. Spartanburg

Delaney’s Irish Pub, Spartanburg, SC

Population: 37,333
Divorce rate: 11.2%
Bars per capita: 14th
Liquor stores per capita: 15th

Sounds like Spartanburg deserves to make this list. Not just because of the amount of booze per person, but they really get down in this city. The list of festivals and events that takes place here sounds like it’s a blast.

And there’s a few colleges here too. You know they get after it.

And no, we’re not dogging you guys (or anyone else on this list) for over-consuming. We’re actually a little jealous. It sounds like it’s a blast in all of these places.

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in South Carolina where there are a high number of divorced people, bars and liquor stores, and where people are talking about drinking the most often, this is an accurate list.

We also wrote about the most redneck cities in South Carolina if you didn’t read it yet. Click here to read that one.

Desktop users: Here’s a complete chart with the drunkest cities in South Carolina, along with their divorce rates:

City Divorce Rate Rank
murrells inlet 14.33% 1
myrtle beach 12.11% 2
bluffton 14.07% 3
north myrtle beach 13.49% 4
columbia 8.87% 5
little river 15.67% 6
greenville 12.00% 7
hilton head island 7.97% 8
seneca 18.97% 9
spartanburg 11.23% 10
lancaster 13.00% 11
camden 11.37% 12
beaufort 10.00% 13
charleston 9.06% 14
moncks corner 15.83% 15
fort mill 8.79% 16
lexington 11.36% 17
irmo 13.00% 18
summerville 11.95% 19
florence 11.31% 20
chester 12.39% 21
anderson 9.98% 22
simpsonville 11.01% 23
walterboro 11.17% 24
clover 15.83% 25
darlington 13.82% 26
cheraw 15.21% 27
west columbia 9.68% 27
greer 12.29% 29
mount pleasant 9.83% 30
orangeburg 8.10% 31
hartsville 8.00% 32
garden city 11.00% 33
greenwood 12.75% 34
georgetown 9.72% 35
lugoff 12.00% 36
conway 7.51% 37
north augusta 12.93% 38
york 11.84% 39
union 12.09% 40
clemson 4.70% 41
aiken 7.90% 42
rock hill 10.00% 43
bennettsville 12.60% 44
ladson 9.37% 45
taylors 14.67% 46
abbeville 9.51% 47
easley 10.98% 48
hanahan 12.30% 49
belvedere 18.62% 50
marion 9.86% 51
homeland park 17.30% 52
fountain inn 12.00% 53
clinton 11.44% 54
welcome 17.00% 55
laurens 10.47% 55
sumter 9.66% 57
forest acres 15.00% 58
clearwater 13.00% 59
boiling springs 6.42% 60
berea 14.64% 61
north charleston 11.18% 62
burton 14.10% 63
gaffney 9.87% 64
dentsville 12.83% 64
sangaree 12.35% 66
newberry 8.52% 67
red bank 12.00% 68
cayce 9.00% 69
socastee 12.00% 70
dillon 7.44% 71
lake city 7.80% 72
woodfield 11.74% 73
sans souci 11.65% 74
st. andrews 11.56% 75
goose creek 7.87% 76
wade hampton 11.26% 77
lake wylie 9.00% 78
port royal 6.36% 79
mauldin 10.00% 80
oak grove 10.89% 81
laurel bay 11.00% 82
seven oaks 10.85% 83
gantt 10.38% 84
batesburg-leesville 9.51% 85
centerville 9.72% 86
powdersville 9.00% 86
parker 9.63% 88
tega cay 6.00% 89
central 5.01% 90
red hill 8.00% 91
valley falls 5.64% 92
five forks 5.10% 93