Remember the Nags Head Casino?

Remember the Nags Head Casino?

There are 21 comments on the Daily Advance story from Apr 7, 2010, titled Remember the Nags Head Casino?. In it, Daily Advance reports that:

Circa 1960, summertime revelers dance in the old Nags Head Casino on the Outer Banks.

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Jim Denson

Greenville, NC

#1 Apr 15, 2010
Spent alot of nights here 1964,65,66. Downstairs, duckpins (didn't bowl much), 2 pool tables, nice long bar. Upstairs, big juke box at front of bar, open with a nice summer breeze, 25 cent pbr and 30 cent Budwiser. I could only afford PBR. Lots of great bands, great friends, and we danced the nights away. Most remembered night, well Donnie Twyane showed me the front door. These were some of the best days of my life !!!
You Oughtta Know

Hickory, NC

#2 Sep 1, 2010
I am not quite old enough for this one, but I have heard some great stories about the place from some lifetime locals... I was told that if you wanted a good fight, the Casino was the place to go!

Since: Apr 09

Kitty Hawk, NC

#3 Sep 1, 2010
I know some natives who told me about the good times there. The building was still there in 1981 (my first summer working here) but abandoned with the roof caving in. I think by the next summer it had been torn down.

Pittsboro, NC

#4 Jun 1, 2012
I always heard that it was a great place

Since: Apr 09

Kitty Hawk, NC

#5 Jun 11, 2012
For those that don't know, it was located where Kitty Hawk Kites is now.

Hertford, NC

#6 Jun 11, 2012
Been there done that. No other place like it, none to replace it. That was when the beach was a beach.
Iron Butterfly, Peppermint lounge at the Reck center.
Wash the sand out of your teeth with a hot beer the next morning.:-)

Smithfield, NC

#7 Jun 12, 2012
The Casino was a novelty that can't be duplicated. It is true that the Casino existed when the beach was a beach. The place, the times, the music were all spun together uniquely. Those that had it were very fortunate.
Zefy Branch

Glen Allen, VA

#8 Dec 16, 2013
I am looking for Nags Head Casino posters of band acts that played there. Does anyone have any they would like to sell? Thanks

Clayton, NC

#10 Dec 16, 2013
If your old enough to remember the Casino, I'll see you soon!

Kenly, NC

#11 Dec 16, 2013
Unless your family doesn't like you, then I'll see you!
Grumpy Old Man

Moncure, NC

#12 Dec 16, 2013
I remember the Old Nags Head Hotel with the trolley ride to the beach. Mint juleps were $0.10! What a ripoff!
Sir Joe

Virginia Beach, VA

#13 Dec 16, 2013
i have a jpg of a casino poster, you can download it and print it however you want
onebillionyearso ld

Fayetteville, NC

#14 Jan 14, 2014
flat roofs, big bouncers, fights and music, there was a burger joint across the street in the shadow of jockey's ridge, yes I remember the place, always a lot of cars and the girls didn't supersize their meals. fried food baby, dance, dance, dance. orange seems to be the color I remember jumping out and the Hatteras boys always driving up on the weekends.

Raleigh, NC

#15 Jan 22, 2014
The burger joint was Thats A Burger and they were great. The Rhondells, The Blue Notes, Bob Marshall and the Chrystals (My favorite) & Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts were a few of the best bands that played there.
Paul Conte

Eugene, OR

#16 May 5, 2014
I grew up in Richmond, Va. In the late '50s and early '60s my family would share one of the big old beach houses with the "Rook's: and we kids would have a ball on the beach (when the "beach was a beach."

As a teenager (Huguenot High School, Class of '66) my buddies and I would cruise down in my Dad's Chevy station wagon (with the air filter remove for that "hot" sound) and camp on the beach.

We'd catch crabs in the sound and trade for food and beer, and use our cash to go dancing at the "Casino."

What a "boy's dream." Still have the greatest memories, even though the "beach" for me is now the frigid (although beautiful) Oregon coast.
steve c

Belhaven, NC

#17 May 15, 2014
Weeksville wrote:
The burger joint was Thats A Burger and they were great. The Rhondells, The Blue Notes, Bob Marshall and the Chrystals (My favorite) & Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts were a few of the best bands that played there.
The absolute coolest place to be or be seen at. Great bands, Bill Deal and the Rhondells, Bob Marshall and the Crystals, The In-Men from Burlington,The Swinging Machine..damn that brings chills. No long haired men upstairs. Twine and the sheriffs dept hauled away drunks. There was a dump truck out back to haul away the empty beer cans. If Ras blew his whistle you were gone. Nothing like a That's a Burger with little plastic sword holding the napkin. Put them on a chain and hang them on your rearview mirror. Everyone knew where you had been. No dirty dancing allowed. I spent many nights there while working as a painter during the summer. Nostalgia is a real bitch.

Cocoa Beach, FL

#18 Jul 5, 2014
OMG!!! The casino days were some of the best of my life. 60"s. Yes the bands were great and the crowd and dancing were wonderful. Makes me feel both good and bad to remember. We'll never be that young and carefree again.

Mocksville, NC

#19 Dec 31, 2016
My friends and I had the times of out lives in 1967, 1968 at the casino. We would head down there from Norfolk, va. We were teenagers, just having a great time. I remember one night when Doug Clark and the hot nuts were playing. The place was jumping. The dance floor was so crowded. I remember going downstairs and looking up at the ceiling, watching the dance floor move and shake from all those people. I remember dancing barefoot and the floor being sandy. I remember being there when the showmen were playing (39_21_40). Wow, there was and never has been a place as fun! I am 64 now. WhatI wouldn't give to experience that much fun again. Kids of today don't know what they missed. Suzanne

Rocky Mount, NC

#20 Jan 9, 2017
Carolyn wrote:
The Casino was a novelty that can't be duplicated. It is true that the Casino existed when the beach was a beach. The place, the times, the music were all spun together uniquely. Those that had it were very fortunate.
What really made the Casino unique was the owner,Ras Wescott. He was never the same after the 2nd floor was damaged and he could no longer have live bands and dancing upstairs.

I started going upstairs to drink and dance there when I was around 14. Seen people thrown out the second story window a few times. Also seen a few climb out the window to get away from the action when a big fight would break out.This was back when the waiters were selling pints of whiskey from under their jackets. The place was usually so crowded on Friday and Saturday nights there was barely room to stand or dance. I saw Fats Domino playing there in the 60's. Howard Melvin and the Blue Notes played there several times. A bunch of others too,but I joined the army and left the area in 1964 and didn't come back until the middle 70's,and by that time it was over.

LOTS of "action" went on across the road on Jockey's Ridge during intermission,too. At one time people used to drive their cars around up there at night. It's amazing no couples on the hill were ran over by the drunks.

Last time I saw and talked to Ras was around 1981 or so,and he seemed like a lost soul. He remembered me and called me by name,but it was sad to talk with him. His whole life was wrapped around that dancehall and beer joint. I know some people didn't like him,but I think that was mostly due to jealousy. If you never gave him any trouble,he never gave you any trouble. What could be fairer than that?

There is no doubt about it,when Ras Wescott and the Casino passed into history,the Nags Head night life changed forever. It became a less exciting and less fun place. People would come all the way from Raleigh and Richmond to dance and party there on a weekend. I just don't see that ever happening again.

Winchester, VA

#21 Mar 16, 2017
went to Great Bridge High in the 60's .... we spent many weekend nights at the Casino ... we had the Peppermint Beach Club at Virginia Beach but no place I ever saw was as cool as the Nags Head Casino... they would raise the shutters on the "windows" (no glass in them) on both sides upstairs and the ocean breeze would blow in and the music could be heard on the beach and on top of Jockey Ridge ... great memories of a wonderful era ... those of us who were there then can look back now and realize what a time we had.

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