Myrtle Beach bar loses license for ‘hindering’ inspectors after report of alcohol sales violating COVID-19 rules, officials say

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A bar in Myrtle Beach has lost its alcohol license ahead of the fall bike rally, according to the South Carolina Department of Revenue.

The Rum Bar, also known as Barnacle Bill’s Rum and Raw Bar, had its license revoked for hindering a SLED inspection, the SCDOR reported.  The order of revocation was sent out Thursday since The Rum Bar didn’t request a contested case hearing within 30 days.

The Rum Bar’s revocation of its alcohol permit and license prevents the business, or principals involved with the business, from obtaining a beer and wine permit for two years and a liquor license for five years, according to SCDOR.

WBTW reached out to SLED and received the following statement:

SLED received a complaint regarding Barnacle Bill’s saying the business was serving alcohol after 11:00 p.m. in violation of the GEO (Governor’s Executive Order). We along with Myrtle Beach Police Department (MBPD) went to investigate. Upon arriving, the business intentionally tried to hinder our investigation by purposely denying law enforcement access to the premises by pretending to be closed and refusing to acknowledge the commands of officers who were trying to gain access. Ultimately upon entering the business, law enforcement found them operating in violation of the GEO and issued numerous citations.

SLED issued the business a written warning for violating the GEO. SLED also issued two Administrative Violations, Refusing to Permit/Hindering an Alcohol Inspection and Sale of Liquor During Restricted Hours. MBPD also issued several criminal citations to some employees for violating the GEO which can be found on their website.

The bar posted on its Facebook page that they are closed for repairs for the next few days.

Here is the statement from the bar from Wednesday:

Hey guys sorry for the inconvenience, Barnacle Bills will be temporarily closed for repairs for the next few days. Will notify you when we reopen. THANKS YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERY ONES SUPPORT!!!! I’m sorry, let me be clear. The repairs were talking about is the over abuse of power by SLED W O announcing who they were came in while we were closed and charged us for not letting them in when we just threw out 10 wanna be gangsters for fighting and closed! Thought it was them trying to get back in. So we didn’t answer! That being said thanks local media for helping destroy another local business over this [expletive deleted] PLANDEMIC!

Barnacle Bill’s Rum and Raw Bar

WBTW reached out to the bar for comment and have not yet heard back.

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