Bars on Folly Beach ready for St. Patrick's Day crowds

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - It's business as usual now for Sand Bar co-owner Perry Darby but, on St. Patrick's Day business for this Folly Beach bar will be anything but.

"It is sort of a free for all and you have to keep an eye on it as it goes," said Darby.

Darby said he's survived many St. Patrick Day bar crawls by adding more staff and trying to monitor behavior. He said so far they've never had to limit how many "Pain Killer" drinks they serve.

"The police station is right there and I call them and the come over and it's timely and there's never any problem at all," said Darby.

The annual bar crawl starts at 11 a.m. and 14 bars are expected to participate in it.

Warmer than usual temperatures could mean bars will be at capacity.

"It's really hard to keep them controlled. It's spring break and it's 80 degrees this weekend," said Bartender Heather Johnson. She expects it to be standing room only. Johnson said they wont be taking any extra safety precautions with the crowds but bars like Taco Boy will.

"For instance this year were going to have a security guard somebody to help with the crowd control, to make sure the drinking doesn't get out of hand and to make sure everyone is safe," said manager Jeremy Weekley.