Bert's Bar faces final week

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In this week’s issue (Wed. Dec. 12), we’re running a Feedback File column bidding farewell to Cumberland’s as the venue winds down during the holidays. We just the news a few days ago that another Lowcountry entity is sadly shutting its doors for good as well. After 23 years in business, Bert’s Bar on Sullivan’s Island (a.k.a. Bert’s Island Characters, at 2209 Middle St.) will close this Friday, Dec. 14.

Bar owner Tim Runyan told City Paper’s Stratton Lawrence (see this week’s Pulse) that due the hikes in the rent, he’ll have to close shop this month. He adds that the recent smoking ban and the influx of wealthy immigrants to the Sullivan’s have put Bert’s “below the income level” of most residents.

Nestled in the oldest business section of the island, Bert’s served as a no-frills, beachfront watering hole for many year-round regulars and seasonal visitors. Named after Bert Worthman, who first opened it in the 1930s as a pharmacy, the bar and grill stood out as a working-class joint. With live music throughout the week and a low-key grill menu, Bert’s was the antidote to the more yuppified bars on the same block.

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The final week of live music includes bluegrass act The Knuckleheads and singer/guitarist Graham Whorley & Friends on Wed. Dec. 12; Detritus, Modern Day Monks, and Jill & Parker on Thurs. Dec. 13; and members of the legendary
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local trio The Killer Whales (pictured on the Bert's stage at the left) and special guests on Fri. Dec. 14. All three nights are presented in part by RadioFreeCharleston.com.

As the mural on the side of the building says: “If it hurts, go the Bert’s!” … while you can. Call (843) 883-3924 for more info.

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