Myrtle Beach bar loses alcohol license for ‘hindering a SLED inspection,’ state agency reports

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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

The bar posted on its Facebook page that they are closed for repairs for the next few days, and then proceeded to bash SLED, accusing them of abusing their power.

News13 reached out to SLED and got 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.

We have reached out to the bar for comment and have not yet heard back. Count on News13 for updates.

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