MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach Police cited two businesses for serving alcohol after hours over the weekend, but some local bartenders say different permits for liquor laws can cause confusion on exactly when to stop serving.
"We never stay open past two o'clock," said King Street Grill's Lauren Sullivan. Sullivan says the popular Market Common night spot closes its doors at the same time as most bars around the Palmetto State, but says there are other permits in Horry County that allow bars to get around those laws.
"I don't think it applies for Sundays," Sullivan said, "but the other six days of the week, you can stay open as late as you want to."
Horry County Spokesperson Lisa Bourcier says these permits are called local options permits, and allow bars and clubs to stay open until sunrise. But, even with special permits, all bars and clubs must close by 2 a.m. Sunday.
According to Myrtle Beach Police reports, two local clubs, Club There and Club Heat, were found selling alcoholic beverages after hours Sunday morning.
In most cases, the bar is held accountable if customers are still drinking after hours, but it could also spell trouble for customers who don't leave at closing time.
"We're really strict on that," Sullivan said. "After two, no one is supposed to have anything in here."