Blue Crab Tavern, last dive bar still standing on the Outer Banks, celebrates 30th anniversary

Blue Crab Tavern, last dive bar still standing on the Outer Banks, celebrates 30th anniversary

March 6th, 2023

Blue Crab Tavern in Colington, the norther Outer Banks’ lone remaining dive bar, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2023 in their truly unique style.

Located in a humble soundside concrete flat top built in 1950 at 1180 Colington Road, it was once a fish house that has remained largely unchanged.

The picturesque scene provides the landscape for a throwback to days gone by and a spot to view some of the most beautiful sunsets on the Outer Banks.

The Blue Crab Tavern

The Blue Crab Tavern has been a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike, offering a casual and friendly atmosphere, scenic waterfront views, and cheap drinks. The tavern has become a staple of the Outer Banks community.

The pool table is only 50 cents. There’s a free foosball table. The music still cranks out of a killer jukebox, with DJs and live bands also appearing.

Argie Shultz, the proprietor, has been working in bars on the Outer Banks since 1984 and brings a wealth of experience and notoriety to the Blue Crab Tavern.

She has been the driving force behind the tavern’s success, and her dedication to creating a welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere has kept customers coming back year after year.

In fact, she is the only employee of the establishment and will be found working behind the bar 363 days a year.

Argie Shultz

“We are thrilled to be celebrating 30 years of serving our community,” said Shultz. “We want to thank our loyal customers for their support over the years, and we look forward to continuing to provide a warm and inviting watering hole for many years to come.”

To mark this milestone the Blue Crab Tavern will be hosting a series of special events and promotions throughout the year. There is a big anniversary party on April 20th, the annual Independence Day weekend BBQ celebration on July 1st and various charity events planned.

The tavern will also offer special anniversary merchandise to commemorate this milestone.

Dusk at the Blue Crab.

Come and join in celebrating one of the hidden gems of the Outer Banks – a rare place where high and low rub elbows – as they look forward to welcoming you to their humble abode and invite you to make memories with them.

For more information about the Blue Crab Tavern, visit, or call 252-207-5183.

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