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Thee Whiskey Tavern, 316 Zimalcrest Drive: November 2017   3 comments

Posted at 11:13 pm in closing







I don't think I've ever seen another setup like the one Thee Whiskey Tavern had: A strip club running inside a former hotel suite, in a hotel which was still a going concern. Of course it's not exactly unusual for hotels to have active and sometimes rowdy bars (see for instance The Wicked Witch Lounge or The Pirate's Cove), but those are generally in facilities designed as lounges and part of the hotel business proper (whatever it says on the business license).

However the situation came about Thee Whiskey Tavern survived the reflagging of the hotel from Budget Inn to Hawthorn, and an associated major remodel. It also survived an onsite stabbing in 2016. In fact, going by the closing story in The State, it's not crystal clear exactly what *did* close the place down. The article and linked RCSD twitter cite aren't very forthcoming other than operating illegally as a sexually oriented business. If anyone was arrested, or if there was a particicular incident that triggered things, it's not mentioned.

In these two shots, you can see the sign now crumpled behind the hotel, and the sign that used to sit by Bush River Road:



(Hat tip to commenter palmettoconnection)

Written by ted on November 20th, 2017

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3 Responses to 'Thee Whiskey Tavern, 316 Zimalcrest Drive: November 2017'

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  1. @ted - I was wondering if you would include this fine, upstanding establishment.....:^)


    20 Nov 17 at 11:40 pm

  2. Last comment of the night, I promise. I never knew that this place was an actual strip joint. It was obvious that it was a front for all of the hos that got displaced when the holy roller church bought the old Kmart and Western Inn. Somewhere on here is this comment I made years ago. I was with a buddy of mine getting gas at whatever incarnation of the gas station on the corner of Zimalcrest was at the time. The girls were standing outside the rooms whooping and hollering. Hey baby, wanna come by me a drink!!! Come on big boy, wanna dance!!!


    21 Nov 17 at 11:48 pm

  3. We're letting people come in from other countries and open businesses without any care to the community. Take a glimpse around Columbia and notice that any minority gas station or hotel in a distressed area owned by foreigners tends to be ok with trashy appearance. Find one gas station on Decker Boulevard other than Spinx that doesn't support this narrative. Obama station, Economy Inn (on live pd every weekend). This has got to stop somehow. We've got to stop being nice to everyone that wants to set up shop. BASTA!


    22 Nov 17 at 1:20 pm

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