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Goodbye Myrtle Beach Pavilion

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We spent many fun nights out at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion. It dates back to the 50s and is a victim of the current lust for beachfront property.


Right by it is The Bowery, a real classic. It dates back to the 1940s and is THE place to go if you want to see and hear really great country music. The house band plays six nights a week and do not receive any pay except for what is collected in tips. Forget having a waiter come to your table. They use hand signals to take your order. I've seen them with six and seven mugs in each hand. The last time there, they only sold beer.


One other thing, this is where Alabama really cut their teeth. That is one of my all-time favorite bands. If you can only rely on tips, you'd better be good. Hopefully, the Bowery won't go dark this fall.


One other thing about Myrtle Beach. The last time we were there, we got kicked out of the Bowery at 11:45 and we hadn't even done anything wrong. Myrtle Beach is a blue law place, and absolutely no alcohol can be sold on Sunday. The first time we went there it was on a Sunday and we couldn't figure out why all the bars were closed.


Keep on Down that Two Lane Highway. --RoadDog

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