Surfside Beach barkeep is all about hurricanes and jellyfish

August 13, 2013 

Shannon Butler at Holiday Inn Surfside Tiki Lounge. Photo by Mandy Rodgers for Weekly Surge.

SIGNATURE DRINK | Hurricane on the Rocks (Parrot Bay Mango, Pineapple Juice, Pina Colada mix)

BARTENDER | Shannon Butler, 45

WHERE | Holiday Inn Surfside Tiki Lounge

QUESTION | How do you spend your time during a hurricane?

ANSWER | Out in the ocean or in a Jacuzzi on the ocean right before it comes. If a hurricane does hit, I'm huddled up with friends partying, but I love the ocean before the storm hits.

Have you been to many hurricane parties?

I've been to a lot of hurricane parties over my 26 years of living here. Back in the day, some of those parties started here, moved to North Carolina, moved to West Virginia, moved to other states.

How many Hurricane on the Rocks drinks does it take before you feel like you're in a hurricane?

For me, I'm such a light weight, it takes me two. Literally.

So what is one of the funniest post-drinking stories about yourself that you heard about from your friends?

Maybe the time I got drunk doing tequila shots and eating worms. I guess someone looked at me wrong and I started a fight and the whole bar was fighting. I don't remember a thing. Apparently 18 people went to jail. I didn't, but I feel bad for the ones that did! And a different night I guess I tripped over a truck and broke my leg. That was a long time ago, though.

What's the best part about working at a Tiki bar?

The ocean. The ocean breeze. The sunshine. Everything about it is awesome.

How often do you get in the ocean?

Every day.

Do you swim or surf?

I go swimming, play in the ocean, and try to surf with my son.

Ever been stung by a jellyfish?

Yes. Jelly fish... Man o’ war... been stung by a lot of them.

What's the best remedy?

Bury your sting in the sand.

Ever had someone pee on it?

Yes I have, and it hurts really bad. They say it neutralizes the sting. It doesn't. It burns.

How well did you know the person who peed on you?

I didn't know the person at all and it was really embarrassing and awkward. He just whipped it out and peed on me - he didn't even ask.

Anything you want Surge readers to know?

Always trust your bartender. Your bartender knows.

Mandy Rodgers, for Weekly Surge

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