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On Saturday, July 11th, come out and support your favorite local bar! We are all opening from 12pm to 6pm to sell our alcohol inventory TO GO! We will be practicing SAFETY and social distancing guidelines and will be selling our inventory and merchandise to help pay our bills while our bars are shut down. Alcohol will only be sold for OFF PREMISES consumption as mandated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. PLEASE come out and support your favorite watering hole. WE ALL WANT TO STAY IN BUSINESS!!! Click the banner above for a list of participating bars.
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What's the difference between restaurant distance vs. bars distance? It's the same thing. It is unconstitutional to shut down businesses under a Government emergency order. Government officials don't even mention bars in statements concerning reopening, like bars don't even exist. It's like they are trying to make regular bars obsolete. We can take the same safety precautions as restaurants.
- Mark Slonicki - Mark's Sports Pub and Mark and Jill's Village Tavern
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WHY ARE BARS ESSENTIAL?
Bars have long been an essential element in our society. One of the earliest recorded bars in the world, Sean’s Bar in Athlone, Ireland, dates back to 900 AD and is still operating as a bar today. When passing through even the smallest towns across our country, a neighborhood bar can be found alongside the tiny Post Office or Police Station. In rural towns, a bar may be one of the few small businesses open to travelers. The neighborhood bar is a valuable source of information. The bar owner and patrons can recommend the best restaurants, hotels, and auto repair shops. From self proclaimed history buffs to local heroes, there is an endless array of local information and topical conversations to partake in at your local bar. Bars are the hub for a plethora of life experiences. Almost everyone has at least one “bar” story that can be shared. Whether it’s a first job or a blind date, bars have played a role in each of our lives. For some people, bars represent family. Birthdays, holidays, weddings, milestones and achievements are celebrated in bars. Meetings are planned and business deals are hashed out at bars. Networking events supporting other businesses are held at bars. A bar can also represent our heavy hearted life moments. From a celebration of life or mourning a loved one’s passing, the loss of a job or a failed relationship, comfort and support can be found at the neighborhood bar. Bars host a variety of charitable events. Bar owners coordinate fundraisers for all types of charities and causes. Many bars are well-known for helping locals in need in their own communities. Food and toy drives, poker runs, and BBQ’s are hosted to raise donations for people in their community that suffer a life altering crisis that renders them needing assistance. Bars bring people together for a common cause. It is impossible to determine the amount of money raised for charities by all the bars in our country! In May 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 47,910 bartenders in Florida drinking establishments. This statistic does not include the bar owners, cocktail servers, bar backs, or any of the various other employment positions that help make a bar successful. Bars have a positive financial impact on our economy. Throughout history, bars have represented indiscriminate employment. Bars have been a source of income for students working their way through college, for actors, artists, and entertainers needing income as they work toward their “big break”, for married or single parents supporting their families, career changes, or even just a need for extra income…working in a bar has always been a viable option for many. Bars have always been a staple of the music scene. Some of the biggest artists in music today started their careers by playing in bars. Most bars offer live music which gives bands and all types of musicians a stage to share their talent. Bars are a strong source of income for anyone in the music, comedy, karaoke, and other entertainment businesses. The bar industry supports many other industries such as marketing and advertising companies, printing companies, beverage distributors, restaurant/bar supplies, soda and snack distributors, photographers, maintenance and equipment repair companies, and even security companies. Based on the historical, statistical, economical, social, and personal impact bars have on our communities, bars have proven to be an essential part of our economy. We believe wholeheartedly that BARS ARE ESSENTIAL!
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More bars are being added everyday. If you know a bar owner forced to be closed during this time, ask them to register with with us.