Downtown Orlando bars hope to strike gold with big St. Patrick’s Day crowds – WFTV

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ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s been two years since COVID-19 brought its first major disruption to Floridians.

Governor Ron DeSantis closed all bars in the state ahead of St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

This year, bar owners are betting on a different experience.

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“Two years ago it was really tough,” said Patrick Griffin, chief executive of Wall Street Plaza. “We had everything ready to go, all the bangers cooked, all the kegs of Guinness here, and everything was shut down. it was quite hard. It was the start of a strange journey for all of us.

Last year, the pandemic reduced crowds. But tonight, bar owners think things will go back to how they were in 2019, and they’re ready.

Getting an Uber or Lyft could be tricky as some say they are protesting high gas prices.

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If you’re having a little too much fun tonight, AAA can help you get home safely. He activates his Tow to Go program after 6 p.m. If you are unable to drive, call 855-2-TOW-2GO (855-286-9246) and the auto club will dispatch a tow truck to bring you and your car. for free in a safe place.

The program will be in place until Monday morning.

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