One Myrtle Beach tradition is gone but another has taken its place in the city's Pine Lakes neighborhood. Droopy's Bar & Grill, a fixture on the Grand Strand's nightlife scene for more than 17 years, closed down last winter for what was billed as offseason renovations. Instead, the place was sold to a couple of well-known locals who gave the old Droopy's an extreme makeover and re-opened the popular hangout as Pine Lakes Tavern.
Pine Lakes Tavern offers 15 beers on tap — Photo courtesy of waferboard
As beloved as the old Droopy's was to longtime regulars, the change and improvements were much-needed and have been well received by the bizarre mix of locals that have called this hangout home. Gone are the smoke-filled aroma of the bar and habitually leaking bathroom fixtures in favor of a freshly painted and well ventilated bar area and brand-new bathrooms with metal bottle caps for tile.
The game room, with pool tables, dart boards and foosball tables still the mainstays, has been opened up and windows have replaced solid walls. The menu also underwent a major reshuffling for the better.
The bar area is still cozy, but with new bar stolls and tables that give the place a cleaner look and homier feel. Fifteen beer taps have been added to carry a unique mix of domestics, imports and microbrews. Best of all is the large patio deck overlooking Pine Lake in the back of the establishment. The deck has been screened in to keep mosquitos at bay, and a large addition is planned for the offseason to add more seating.
All in all, Pine Lakes Tavern is a vast improvement over the old Droopy's, and the old crowd as well as some new visitors have returned to this sweet spot that's just a sand wedge away from the famous Pine Lakes Golf Club.