Kirk's 1890 Ice Cream Parlor – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - Gastro Obscura

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Kirk's 1890 Ice Cream Parlor

The two locations of this landmark ice cream shop scream pure Americana nostalgia.  


Despite the date listed in its name,  Kirk’s 1890 Ice Cream Parlor didn’t open its doors in Myrtle Beach until the 1970s. Nevertheless, both  shop’s original location (the one closer to 61st Avenue) and its predecessor feel like throwbacks to a bygone era. Walk inside of either and you’ll see Tiffany-style lamps hanging from the ceiling and sweetheart parlor chairs gathered around four-top tables. 

Expect to find old cameras displayed in glass-front cabinets, historic photos hanging on the walls, and games like Ms. Pac-Man and joy-stick activated claw machines. The vintage game Love Tester has its roots in early 20th century penny arcades. 

Then there’s the ice cream itself: hand-scooped traditional flavors like vanilla and chocolate, as well as more adventurous combos such as blackberry cheesecake, loaded pretzel, and Moose Tracks, brimming with peanut butter and fudge. There are 40 different flavors overall, along with shakes, sherbets, and sundaes. Frozen yogurt and sugar-free ice cream are also on hand, as are toppings like marshmallow, hot caramel, and pineapple. 

Sample tastings are the norm, and expect larger-than-usual portions.

Know Before You Go

The two locations are a couple miles apart, though each is within easy walking distance to the beach. Both offer indoor seating and take-out, as well as free parking, and accept either cash or credit card. 

The location closer to 25th Avenue  (just a 10-minute walk from the Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum) is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily throughout summer, while the hours for the shop nearer to 61st Avenue are noon to 11 p.m. daily. Call ahead for off-season hours. 

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