The ridesharing service Lyft is for the fourth year presenting Lyftie Awards that recognize the places where its drivers most often drop off and pick up customers, including Orange County destinations.
Lyft actually expanded the Lyfties this year to include bars, concert venues, gyms, neighborhoods, and more in 45 different markets.
“The Lyfties are a way for us to recognize the places that truly make Orange County unique and to say thank you for sharing a ride with us to places like Disneyland and the Honda Center, where we’re the Official Rideshare Partner of the Anaheim Ducks,” says Elliot Greenberger, Lyft’s Southern California market manager.
It should therefore surprise no one that Honda Center is the Most Popular Concert Venue.
The Most Visited Bar is Baja Sharkeez’s Newport Beach location.
However, based on OC Weekly‘s past staff-written and reader-submitted content, the Lyftie winners for Most Visited Restaurants (Mutt Lynch’s for brunch and Goat Hill Tavern for late night) are revered more as watering holes than chow halls.
Orange County’s other 2018 Lyftie Award winners:
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: 24 Hour Fitness Super Sport at 589 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa.
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Newport Beach
Only in OC: Disneyland
Orange County’s various visitor bureaus should be pleased with those last two winners, considering how much more focus they put on Zooport and the Mouse House compared to other worthy spots.
Also, new users can use the code LYFTIES18 for $5 off of the first two rides anywhere in Orange County, including one of the winning destinations.
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