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.
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.
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.
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?