South Cape bars, breweries hoping for boost in business New Year's Eve

Pub crawl planned to encourage patrons to stop by 11 of the entertainment district's hotspots
Posted at 6:58 AM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 07:22:49-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla -- Bars and breweries in the South Cape Entertainment District are hoping New Year's Eve will be a big night for business. The South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Association is offering a $10 pub crawl passport, which they hope will encourage patrons to visit 11 of the area's hotspots.

Bars and breweries are among the industries most devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. With traditions like the fireworks displays on Fort Myers Beach canceled, local establishments are hoping to draw that annual crowd to the entertainment district.

Details on the pub crawl here.

After you buy tickets, the association said to check-in at the South Cape Hub. It's offering two check-in times to stagger patrons, and help with social distancing. We've reached out to ask if any of the participating locations plan to limit capacity or have other precautions to also help with distancing.

Health experts continue to warn that bars are among the leading spreaders of COVID-19.

In states like Mississippi, the governor is restricting liquor sales at bars and restaurants on New Year's Eve, preventing sales past 11:00 p.m. Governor DeSantis hasn't issued any such order.

According to online event postings, some local spots plan to be pouring it up as late as 3:00 a.m. in South Cape and 5:00 a.m. in Naples.