Five OBX Places to Hear Live Music

Sunset view from the deck at Aqua Restaurant in Duck.

The Outer Banks may be the best family vacation spot on the East Coast, which places pretty high up there in world rankings. In keeping with that, everyone, it seems-Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates included-has posted a list of things to do with kids. But part of having a successful family vacation is a date night for Mom and Dad, so here is our Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates list of five Outer Banks places to hear live music.

This is not even close to a complete list.


Located on Currituck Sound in Duck, Aqua may have the most spectacular setting on the Outer Banks for live music. Great food, wonderful service, outdoor seating and mellow sounds-it doesn’t get much better than this.


Featuring what is probably the largest wine and beer selection on the Outer Banks, Trio, located in Kitty Hawk has a nice casual feel to it. Seating is casual and comfortable; the cheese plates and sandwiches are marvelous. The upstairs, especially is perfect for intimate conversation.

Outer Banks Brewing Station

Yes, the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills brews their own beer, and it is very good-award winning, actually. And the food is excellent. Late night it becomes the place for live music and dancing. This is one of the places on the Outer Banks where bigger name bands play.

Pamlico Jack’s

Pamlico Jack's on the Roanoke Sound in Nags Head, the setting is about as beautiful as it gets. Drinks are served from a pirate’s galley built into the replica ship. Appetizers are reasonably priced and good.

Poor Richards

Remember when you were in college and there was this bar where everyone would go, you were elbow to elbow with friends, acquaintances and strangers you were about to meet . . . That’s Poor Richard’s in Manteo, where the beer is cold, the music fun and the bar is small.