A San Simeon bar is under legal fire after a patron claimed he was burned and severely injured by a flaming drink, according to a recently filed lawsuit.
The lawsuit, filed in SLO County Superior Court April 18, alleges that the San Simeon Beach Bar & Grill failed to act responsibly when one of its bartenders served the plaintiff, Alex Du, an alcoholic beverage that was lit on fire.
SLO-based attorney Steven Roberts said Du was vacationing in San Simeon at the time of the incident. Roberts said that the bartender lit the tequila-based drink and served it to Du. When Du attempted to drink it, the drink spilled, burning Du’s face and neck.
“Alcohol is flammable, so when it gets on your skin, it continues to burn,” Roberts told New Times. “It’s dangerous.”
Roberts said that Du suffered second-and third-degree burns on his face and neck, and was treated at a hospital for his injuries.
Roberts said he did not believe that the flaming drink was part of the bar’s regular menu. A menu on the bar’s website does not list what alcoholic beverages the establishment serves, flaming or otherwise. The San Simeon Beach Bar & Grill did not respond to a request for comment from New Times about the lawsuit.
Du isn’t the first person to suffer burns from flaming alcohol. In January, a California woman was rushed to the hospital after suffering burns to her face and hair in a Santa Ana Bar. According to news coverage of the accident, the injury occurred after a bartender attempted a trick that included pouring alcohol onto the bar and lighting it on fire. In 2006, two women were injured in a Miami nightclub during a similar incident involving Bacardi’s high-proof 151 rum. Both women sued the Bacardi company, claiming the liquor was a dangerous and defective product.