OBX Trio. One of a number of Outer Banks establishments featuring live music year round.

The days are shorter, it’s getting a little bit chilly …winter has come to the Outer Banks. It has slowed down a bit—not died, but certainly slowed down. 

Of course this is the holiday season so there is still the excitement of Santa Claus coming to town…which he will this Saturday at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall—which is great for the kids.

Adults may be looking for some different entertainment though, and even though it is winter, there is still plenty to do. As much to do as there is in the summer? Of course not, but on almost every night of the week there is some live entertainment. And if there isn’t live entertainment, there are some other fun things to do.

Most of the live entertainment is happening Friday and Saturday, although a number of restaurants and bars include other days of the week in their entertainment schedule.

There are updates and changes that are made, so instead of listing upcoming events, some quick notes about some of the places featuring music seems in order. This list is not a complete list, just an indication of what there is.

OBX Trio, Kitty Hawk


A fantastic wine bar with what may be the largest selection of wines on the Outer Banks in their wine shop. Great beer selection as well. Music four night a week and be sure to check out their Champagne Brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Beach Side Bistro (Sea Ranch), Kill Devil Hills

Ocean front casual dining, with some of the best local talent performing on Friday and Saturdays throughout the month. A very pleasant atmosphere.

Rooster’s Southern Kitchen, Kill Devil Hills


Excellent southern focused cuisine with one of the best stocked bars around. Live entertainment Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Mulligans, Nags Head


Serving what may be the best burgers on the beach. Definitely beach casual. A great place for a beer and some live music—which happens on Fridays and Saturdays.

Poor Richard’s, Manteo


The bar is small and invariably packed when there’s live musicians on hand. Just adds to the atmosphere. A great, small venue for live music. Look for Mercy Creek on December 28. Click here and check out some of our wonderful villa rentals in Outer Banks!