The concept of bar hopping has been around since taverns, night clubs and other after-hour hot spots have been in existence.
Bopping around from one venue to the next has grown into a planned experience hitting up all the best spots in one extended journey. These pub crawls began in Britain with a number of businesses in close proximity banding together to offer specials for wandering drinkers of adult beverages. The trend quickly spread to the states and began exploding in big cities like New York and San Francisco.
As an organizer of one of these events, planners should prepare to offer their mobile drinking partners the best possible experience when going from pub point A to bar location B, cocktails at club C, etc. Here are some significant suggestions to consider when plotting a course for partiers crawling from place-to-place.
We’ll skim over the obvious tasks of planning the route in advance, ensuring there’s plenty of food and water available along the way and get right down to the nitty-gritty.
Mixology and Technology
Although we just mentioned going from a pub to a bar and then a cocktail venue, unfortunately, this isn’t a very good idea. It’s important that plotters of these parties remember mixing different types of alcohol may lead to kneeling before the porcelain potty which is always unpleasant.
When it comes to technology, encourage guests to put devices aside in pockets or purses, but definitely bring them along in case of emergency or becoming separated from the crawl. They’re also great to have on hand for those selfies, videos and pictures of shots or shots of pitchers but shouldn’t be omnipresent as a continuous distraction.
A Theme with a Scheme
Attaching a theme to your traveling party scene is almost paramount for success. For added fun consider putting competition into place or challenge participants in some way associated with the event. Competition and drinking go hand-in-hand when you consider pool tables, dart boards, even karaoke concerts available at these venues as a way for attendees to outshine their fellow attendees.
Give a Heads Up
Ensure your event is a success by giving the locations a heads up your party is heading for their locations on a specific date, at an approximate time and the number of participants. Tying into the theme concept, when your crawling partners in crime will be consuming a certain selection of craft beers, sipping on cocktails in common or taking shots of a specific brand, this way the venue will have enough of these liquids on hand.
For larger groups, some of these spots may set aside an area for you and your guests to imbibe with pride. Perhaps they’ll bring on extra staff to accommodate your crowd so be sure to tip your server and bartender. Cheers to you and your crew having the best crawl experience possible!