Big Bamboo Cafe Hilton Head Island

On March 3, 1944 Jimmy Phipps opened the Big Bamboo, a bar and grill overlooking the Pacific. The place was constructed of bamboo, corrugated tin, palm fronds and whatever else Phipps was able to get his hands on. Food and liquor were brought in weekly on cargo planes by people that ex-fighter pilot knew who were still serving the air force. The menu featured foods from various regions of the United States – food that soldiers desired most while being so far from home. The Big bamboo became a place where people could get away from the rigors and worries of the real world and it was not uncommon for pilots to complain of engine problems near Tarawa just as an excuse to visit the place. And, on any given night, the sound of Big Band music spirited conversation carried by warm tropical breezes could be heard across the tiny island.


Welcome to our version of the Big Bamboo, constructed as closely as possible to the configurations of the original. We still feature great food from across the United States. The conversation still flows as freely as the drinks. And the lively sound of Big Band music can be heard on any given night. Here’s to Jimmy!


Coligny Plaza - Hilton Head Island - (843)686-3443

Weekly Live Music

Mon: Souls Harbour 6:30pm
Mon: Groove Town Assault 10:30pm
Tues: Live & Local on the Deck 6:30-10:30pm
Wed: Reggae Nite 9:30pm
Thurs: Souls Harbour 6:30pm
Fri: All Beatles with The Beagles 6:30 pm
Sat: Reggae Jam on the Deck 7-11pm

Sat May 9 – White Liquor (Stones Tribute) 8pm
Sat May 23 – Drivin n’ Cryin 10pm
Sat July 4 – Zach Deputy


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Located Oceanside in Coligny Plaza 843.686.3443