Red Dog's, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina: Some watering holes stand out thanks to the food, the view, or maybe a combination of both. In the case of Red Dog's, however, it is the patrons that make the rip-roaring good time. This is not to slight the libations, but the fun is contagious, especially after a local surf contest. The Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, icon was opened in 1975 by business partners Charlie Maultsby and Steve Parker, a.k.a. Red Dog. Maultsby continues to run the beach bar today. Just make sure you're in the mood for good bands, dancing, and a crowd of regulars that spread a little joy. This energy has kept Red Dog's going, despite several setbacks such as Hurricane Fran in 1996, and a few battles with the city's founding fathers.