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St. Patrick's Day is finally here, and after the year we've had, we could sure use a little luck. Whether you're planning on celebrating early in the day or waiting until the sun is down, Austin pubs have you covered for the most fun and green-filled day ever.

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Sixth Street first weekend after Gov. Abbott's order lifted

A sight out of 2019, both tourists and locals were back out for a night on the town at Austin's iconic Sixth Street with packed bars and few masks.

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An unmasked employee at UnBARlievable on Rainey Street takes down social distancing signs around the bar as it is no longer enforcing COVID restrictions.

When Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the mask mandate and said businesses could open at 100% capacity, some Austin bars rejoiced. For bars that have opened as restaurants for months now, however, shifting back wasn't something they felt ready for.

Going against the governor's wishes, Austin leaders are urging businesses to follow the local order that keeps the mask mandate even as Abbott's restrictions are lifted statewide. On Wednesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton even threatened legal action on the city if Austin continued to hold the order in place.

With tensions high and a city in limbo, Austonia staff visited several bars across the city to see how both businesses and customers have reacted. But it wasn't exactly the roaring 20's the day the order was lifted. Here's what they saw.

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