Hot Pour | Brand new bartender is definitely a beach person

Will Dooley at Salt Water Creek Cafe in Pawleys Island. Photo by Derrick Bracey for The Surge.
Will Dooley at Salt Water Creek Cafe in Pawleys Island. Photo by Derrick Bracey for The Surge.


▪ Will Dooley, 28


▪ Salt Water Creek Cafe

How long have you been bartending? Three weeks, I was a server and they needed someone to bartend, so I stepped up.

Needless to say, you’re not doing any bottle-spinning tricks? No, I’m not a flare bartender. I’m just trying to keep up.

What’s been your biggest obstacle in learning to bartend? It may sound like the generic answer but learning all the drinks.

What do you like most about bartending? Meeting new people and the challenge.

What do like least about bartending? I don’t like it someone asks for their drink to be stiffer, like they should get a special or different drink than everyone else.

What do you do for fun? I love to go to the beach. I also go to Charleston to party. I have a lot of friends down there. I lived there for eight years, went to school at College of Charleston and worked there when I got out of school. Before I moved here, I went out to Santa Barbara, Calif., for awhile.

Are you from Charleston originally? No, I was born in New Orleans, but my dad moved a lot for work. I’m a bit of a mutt.

What did you study at College of Charleston? I have a degree in iInternational business.

Do you ever use international business while bartending? No, this is all about being quick on your feet and holding a conversation. I’m currently working on getting a second degree in computer science.

I noticed you said you lived in New Orleans, Charleston, Santa Barbara, and now here. What’s the deal with you living near large bodies of water? Either you’re a mountain person or a beach person, and I decided a long time ago that I’m a beach person. I just like the water. Maybe a good lake would do, too.

Are you single? Yeah, but I’m not doing this as a classified ad.

By Derrick Bracey, For The Surge


▪ Extra Dirty Martini

(vodka, dry vermouth, olive juice – well shaken)

If you drink

Where | Salt Water Creek Cafe, 4660 U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet

Hours | 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day

Info | 843-357-2433

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