2213-B Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
For over 16 years, proprietor Bill Dunleavy and his staff have run a warm, inviting, nonchalant tavern on the Middle Street corner. With the recent closing of Bert’s Bar down the block, Dunleavy’s is really the last authentic “old bar” among the cluster of venues on Sullivan’s. The gallery of snapshots on their walls tells the story. Manager Jamie Maher says they started fastening the small, framed photographs to the walls years ago, after a customer sent one of himself in an exotic location in a Dunleavy’s T-shirt. One section features friends and family, another features regular customers, another features staffers of past and present. “We have pictures hanging from the ceiling all the way down to the floor in some spots,” says Maher. “There’s probably at least 200 photographs framed and hanging all around the building.” Local tour companies should plan bus trips out to this pub, buy a round of pints, and let this collection of images serve a beery lesson in Sullivan’s Island culture and history.
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