Backstreet Pub

4 Middle Lane
Beaufort, NC 28516

If you’re looking for a bar scene with plenty of history and local flavor, The Backstreet Pub should be at the top of your list.

Housed within a century-old former bakery, this hidden little pub in the heart of Beaufort’s downtown is located on the “back street” behind Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub. It’s believed to be the oldest building in Beaufort built about 1870 completely of brick.

The original Clawson’s grocery store sold canned goods, fresh produce from local farmers and fresh baked goods from “The Bakery” out back. The reputation of these baked goods grew throughout Carteret County and the East Coast, as sales to yacht crews that navigated the Intracoastal Waterway increased. Local delivery was available to town residents in the form of a carriage drawn by horses. Goods were also sent by mail boat to the Down East communities.

Today, The Pub continues to host an interesting mix of locals, vacationers, sea captains, and deep sea divers. It remains a favorite stop among sailors who cruise along the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s a place where sailors swap tales of seafaring adventures over a a local craft beer – or two! Over the years, pieces of nautical memorabilia from their journeys have covered the walls. It’s no wonder, The Pub has been called the “friendliest, funkiest little bar from Maine to Venezuela.”

While great music and cold beer have always been synonymous with The Pub, you can also enjoy their craft cocktail menu – five drinks all inspired by the “Boys of Backstreet!” The Pub is one of the “local favorites” for beer and live music. Local musicians often gather for improv jams on an weekend afternoon.

Enjoy your favorite North Carolina beer in The Backstreet Pub’s beer garden. The expansion includes an outdoor bar that serves the same 10 beers that are on tap inside the building, as well as bottled beer and liquor drinks. The historic and nautical theme that fills the walls inside the pub will eventually be carried to the outside courtyard. The outdoor beer garden accommodates up to 200 people.

While they do not offer a restaurant menu, The Backstreet Pub does occasionally offer everything from complimentary soup to oyster roasts several times throughout the year.

The Backstreet Pub is a must-stop for Beaufort visitors who want a bar scene with an authentic local flavor.  Once you drop by, you’ll discover why The Backstreet Pub was voted one of the “Top 50 Bars in the South” by Garden & Gun magazine.


Sunday 5:00 pm -
Monday 12:00 pm -
Tuesday 12:00 pm -
Wednesday 12:00 pm -
Thursday 12:00 pm -
Friday 12:00 pm -
Saturday 12:00 pm -

We strive to ensure our information is current and accurate. We always encourage you to call ahead to The Backstreet Pub to ensure they are open. Days, hours, and menus may change, particularly in the off-season.





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Street Parking:

Parking on Middle Lane is very limited. In the off-season, there is a free parking lot next to The Backstreet Pub and free parking on Craven Street.

New Downtown Parking Regulations outlined below:

Free Parking: January 1 – April 30
- All parking in Downtown Beaufort is FREE, with NO time limits.

Paid Parking: May 1 – Sep. 30
- Paid parking applies to ALL marked spaces with the following parking limits:
- Four-hour, non-renewable parking limit for on-street fee-based spaces on Front Street west of Queen Street, for two fee-based parking lots on Front Street, and five fee-based spaces in front of Town Hall on Pollack Street.
- Unlimited time parking for the fee-based surface lots on Turner, Craven, and Queen Streets.
- Unlimited time parking for the fee-based on-street spaces in the 100 blocks of Turner, Craven Streets, and on Front Street east of Queen Street.

Paid Parking Guidelines:
- $1 per hour on all numbered parking spots.
- Handicap/motorcycle/golf cart spaces exempt.
- 7 days a week from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- All paid parking spaces are numbered.
- Twelve (12) Pay to Park solar powered kiosks are located along Front and Turner Streets.
- Look for ‘Pay Here’ signs to find kiosks.
- Coins and credit cards accepted, no paper bills.
- Receipt doesn’t need to be displayed in the vehicle, but is needed to extend time.
- Kiosks are covered after the season.
- All proceeds after expenses will go towards downtown streetscaping improvements.

Free Parking: October 1 – December 31
- All parking in Downtown Beaufort is FREE, with NO time limits.

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