A group of Southampton soccer fans watching a match at Madra Rua in North Charleston unexpectedly lost the ability to see without warning. The fans’ celebration after the match quickly turned into chaos as they abruptly walked out of the dimly-lit pub and into the street, causing them to be instantly blinded by the intense sunlight above.
Madra Rua is known to have one of the darkest bar experiences in town. Even on the sunniest days, it’s completely sealed off from the daylight like a Vegas casino. Although this makes for a premium sport watching and beer drinking environment, it can cause ocular trauma when it’s time to go back outside.
Park Circle local Melissa Darden watched what unfolded from across the street. “All of a sudden these dudes in striped jerseys walked out of Madra Rua and started screaming,” she said. “They were covering their eyes and flailing around like newborn baby giraffes. It was really weird.”
Southampton fan Victor Himes detailed his own traumatic experience. “It was just awful,” he said. “I couldn’t see anything for a good two minutes. I just hugged the closest tree I could find and hoped for the best. Next time I’m just going to keep drinking until I know it’s nighttime and it’s safe to come out again.”
Madra Rua is now considering a new daylight re-introduction program at their bars. Anyone who’s been drinking beer in the darkness for four hours will be given oversized wrap-around sunglasses and be slowly moved to the covered patio area before being safely reintroduced into the wild.