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Bars report steady business despite rainy St. Pat's


St. Patrick's Day 2014 hardly brought the kind of wall-to-wall crowd seen over the two previous years.

But, bars are reporting about as much business as years past; this time, spread out over several days.

"Saturday was huge," said Harley Krinsky, owner of Congress Street Social Club. "We were coming off all the spring break crowd. It being on Monday, we knew it was going to be a little bit slower. It is unfortunate about the weather. But we are still going to have a great day down here."

Coming off two years of Saturday St. Patrick's Days, the Monday holiday was a change, one that spread the St. Patrick's Day festival over four days instead of three.

"Friday was busy," said World of Beer bartender, Catherine Daring. "Saturday was really busy. We were wall to wall all day."

For bars that serve only alcohol, Sunday sales made all the difference. Those bars were able to open the day before St. Patrick's because of a special law signed Thursday by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Asked whether they ended up ordering too much this year, local bars said alcohol takes a while to go bad, and they are confident they will sell their stock.

Maybe it was cold. Maybe it was rainy. But, revelers downtown still called St. Pat's 2014 a win; a reminder that this holiday and this city never should be taken for granted.

Just ask Ryan Smith, who came to Savannah from Baltimore for St. Patrick's Day.

"As soon as I stepped off the plane, I was like, ‘Oh my God. This place is out of control,'" he said. "There is great beer, great food, great people. I was like, if this is what Georgia is like, then it is awesome."

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