Where Can You Get a Drink at Disney Springs During the Current Ban of On-Premise Alcohol?

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On Friday June 26, 2020, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation declared that bars could not longer sell alcohol for on-premise consumption. You may have seen headlines that declare that Florida has banned the sale of alcohol – this is not true. The ban is on businesses whose revenue is comprised of 50% or more from the sale of alcohol.  For such establishments they can still operate, but all drinks must be to-go, or for the consumption off-premises.

So what does this mean for Disney Springs? It means practically every bar at Disney can still serve alcohol for consumption, on its premises, because the majority of bars at Disney Springs are part of a restaurant, whose main source of revenue is food. It also means that many are pivoting to focus on to-go beverages.

Disney Springs Outdoor Bars Remain Open for To-Go Drinks
Raglan Road To-Go Bar

Places like Raglan Road and Pizza Pointe at Enzo’s have amplified their to-go drinks presence, including Fruit and Wine Popsicles at Pizza Pointe. Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen recently opened an expanded outdoor dining and bar space, called Shine Bar + Social, which remains open and ready to serve both on-premise or to-go.

Disney Springs Outdoor Bars Remain Open for To-Go Drinks
Homecomin’ Outdoor Shine Bar Is Open June 2020
Homecomin’ Outdoor Shine Bar Is Open June 2020

Other places like Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar – which had just reopened, have now closed. While I have not seen Jock Lindsey’s profit and loss statement, it would be easy to assume that alcohol is their primary revenue source. And, with the ban in place it may be more trouble than it is worth to have this venue open. Dockside Margaritas is also closed, as there is no food served here, and while to-go drinks could be an option, it may not be worth it.

Fruit and Wine Popsicles at Pizza Pointe
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar Closed June 2020

All in all, not much is missing from the drinking and dining scene at Disney Springs even with the on-premise ban in place. If anything, there seems to be an increase in to-go drinks.

Where’s your favorite place to grab a drink at Disney Springs?

Dani

Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

4 thoughts on “Where Can You Get a Drink at Disney Springs During the Current Ban of On-Premise Alcohol?

  • June 28, 2020 at 12:20 pm
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    What does this mean for the resort pool bars?

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    • June 28, 2020 at 12:48 pm
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      Although I cannot speak for certain, and would need to await for Disney to make an official statement, but I would wager that the pool bars would not have any seating at all, and beverages would be available to-go only. The challenge becomes if those locations would be profitable enough in that model. Additionally, I doubt this is the case, but I do wonder what constitutes the pool bar’s premises. In other words, is the entire pool area consider to be “on premise” for the bar? I doubt it. But it could be a factor.

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  • June 30, 2020 at 11:30 am
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    How crowded have things been in Disney Springs when you are visiting? I’d love to grab a frozen concoction and walk around- how do the to-go drinks work with the mask policy? Pull mask down, take a sip, put mask in place, repeat… ?
    This article does help clarify the media headlines- thanks so much!

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  • July 1, 2020 at 8:24 am
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    Hey Mandy, thanks for reading. I have actually not been to Disney Springs, or practically anywhere, since March. Thankfully we have a wonderful field photographer who kindly goes periodically. From what I understand, Disney Springs has not be crowded. Traditionally weekends are busy, but not to be described as crowded. As for consuming a to-go beverage, I am not certain what Disney’s official stance is, but generally all dining establishments have stated that masks can be removed while eating or drinking. If someone is consuming a drink while walking around and has removed their mask then it would be asked that they be very mindful of keeping six apart from them and anyone else.

    Hopefully this helps. Be safe!

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