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The Fat Pelican, Carolina Beach

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The Fat Pelican was established in 1986. It's one of the most unique bars to step into, offering a HUGE walk-in cooler with over 350 beers to choose from. Not a beer drinker? There's also a nice wine selection, as well as non-alcoholic beverages if you're stuck being the designated driver! With free popcorn, foosball, arcade games, and great company you're sure to have a great time! Pelican beach is located in the back, where customers can enjoy their drinks outside with friends, listen to music, and have their toes in the sand! Plenty of seating, plenty of beer! If nothing else draws people in, the big black lab that everyone loves, "At-A-Boy" is usually roaming around most days!

Our goal is that our customers enjoy their time spent with us to the fullest and we take pride in that. We strive to keep our establishment a safe, fun, and friendly place, so we have a "zero tolerance" policy for anyone trying to spoil the fun! Over the years this bar has become a favorite for locals on the island as well as vacationers from all over the country! Come in and see for yourself what makes the Fat Pelican the place that everyone loves!

We carry: Domestics, Sweet water, Stella, Blowing Rock, Magners, Southampton, Mickeys, Kona, Stone, Unibroue, Great Divide, Three Philosophers, Rogue, Old Rasputin, Sea Dog, Hennepin, Left Hand, Monkshine, Jamaica, Carolina Blonde, Ace, Hornsby's, Original Sin, Shock Top, Steel Head, Smirnoff, Mike's, Bartles & Jaymes, Woodchuck, Wild Blue, Wolavers, Killians, Blue Moon, Iron City & IC Light, Chimay, Delerium, Flying Dog, Dog Fish, All Sam Adams, Mother Earth, Highland, Hoppiyum, Lionshead, Magic Hat, Fat Tire, Abita, Landshark, Boones Farm, Choya, Johnny Bootlegger, Sol, Carib, Kalik, Modelo, Negro Modelo, Dos Equis, Arrogant Bastard, Duvel, Genesee & Genny Lt, Bluepoint, Bell's, Tommyknocker, Duck-Rabbit, Founders, Brooklyn, and Chang....Just to name a few! Walk through the cooler and find your favorite!
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The Fat Pelican reviews

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TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
202 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • Looking for something unusual? Feel like enjoying a beer in a barber chair or in a big hand? The the Fat Pelican is for you. Eclectic decor. No frills service. Help yourself to the giant walk... 
    Looking for something unusual? Feel like enjoying a beer in a barber chair or in a big hand? The the Fat Pelican is for you. Eclectic decor. No frills service. Help yourself to the giant walk...  more »
  • Must visit in Carolina Beach !!! This was our first time at Fat Pelican so selecting our own beer in the cooler was a new experience but fitting with the character of the bar .They offer a fantastic....  more
    Must visit in Carolina Beach !!! This was our first time at Fat Pelican so selecting our own beer in the cooler was a new experience but fitting with the character of the bar .They offer a fantastic....  more »
  • Very eclectic bar a block off the beach. Great atmosphere and definitely a unique experience. Great craft beer selection, you walk into a cooler and pick out your own beer. There are a few old... 
    Very eclectic bar a block off the beach. Great atmosphere and definitely a unique experience. Great craft beer selection, you walk into a cooler and pick out your own beer. There are a few old...  more »
Google
  • A very cool DIVE BAR (Beer and Wine Bar). Definitely worth the visit, many beers to select from. You walk into a refrigerated cooler/trailer to select your beverage over 400 beers to choose from. We had the pleasure to meet the owner and talk and get some of the history behind this very unique bar. The experience was fantastic. I would say it is a must stop for "Cold One"!
  • How often does Billie Holiday just playing on the jute? Come see the eclectic poetry that is The Fat Pelican. From the art, to the graffiti, to the music; this place is an art exhibit. Thank you to the pelican for everything I have experienced this night, February 19, 2022!
  • If you ever thought about walking into a beer cave, grabbing the beer you want, paying for that beer then finding an interesting seat to drink it in, this is the place for you. Although it looks quite rustic, the place has many cool seating options inside and out. We sat outside in some beach chairs under a canopy. Great place to grab a few with friends, sit around and chat!
  • Often ranking high on dive bar lists state and nation wide, if you are in Carolina Beach you MUST visit The Fat Pelican. From the serve yourself walk-in cooler with a very wide selection, to the eclectic decor, to the downright inspired furniture groups and settings indoor and out, to the friendly and helpful staff, and the mix of local and visiting customers, you will have a wonderful experience. DO NOT leave Carolina Beach without visiting, and return often - - each experience is unique.
  • Walk into another realm, into a beer cooler to select your beverage, have a friendly bartender open it, and you can even drink from a chilled glass if that’s your desire. Beachy and funky for sure, with so many objects of interest you’ll enjoy yourself simply seeing what you can observe.

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