Sunset Beach’s former Irish Mist Bar being converted

Demolished Irish Mist site will become a Commercial/Residential Building. Photo by Chris McDonald

Site will be a two-story, mixed-use commercial and residential building

If you have driven or walked by the old Nadine’s Irish Mist Bar in Sunset Beach, which has been vacant for almost 4 years, you’ve noticed its been demolished to construct a 2-story, mixed-use commercial and residential building. The 5,500-square-foot property at 16655 Pacific Coast Highway will house a 3,275-square-foot building, according to Joe Barco of the Sunset Beach Local Coastal Plan Committee.

Barco said the plans have been approved for a Classic Car Auto Sales Business of very high-end vehicles, worth $100,000 or more. “This will generate revenue for the city as well as bring in car collectors and auto-enthusiasts to see these one-of-a-kind antique and custom automobiles,” Barco said. “It also will provide residents the opportunity to come and enjoy the beauty of these very special autos in the famous Sunset Beach community, which has been home to celebrities and featured in television series and movies.”

The proposed second floor residential duplex is intended to be for year-round rental units, including a 2-bedroom, 2-bath, 1,452-square-foot unit with a 2-car garage below and a 2-bedroom, 2-bath, 1,375-square-foot unit with a 2-car garage below. “We are proposing an appealing, beach-style of architecture, with a Spanish influence,” Barco said. “This property is within yards of the Pacific Ocean.”

“We’re excited about this project, which should make Sunset Beach more vibrant and raise property values,” said local art gallery owner Bill Anderson.

For many years, it was the site of the Irish Mist Bar, then purchased by famous British Singer Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud & Lord of the Dance fame. It was remodeled in 2009 and called, Nadine’s Irish Mist, before closing in 2015.

Sunset Beach’s former Irish Mist Bar being converted