By definition - A pub crawl (sometimes called a bar tour, bar crawl or bar-hopping) is the act of one or more people drinking in multiple pubs or bars in a single night, normally walking or busing to each one between drinking.
My first bar crawl was at the age of 21. Some friends from work gathered (10 of us) and decided it was time. Time for the bar crawl. I was piled into one of 3 cars and we traveled to Boston, home of the Supervisor who left to make it big in the city. I had a several others throughout the years with family or co-workers, friends or besties.
We stayed at his family home who were on vacation for a month. October is beautiful in Boston, they start up with the Halloween decoration early...at least back in the day.
Once all were rested we set out to find someplace to eat and set the rules.
The rules for that Bar Crawl night:
Birthday girl doesn't pay (nice)
All else had better have money for the crawl (I must admit the word crawl had me in fear, but I wasn't about to show that)
One drink per bar!
All must participate in getting to know people at the bar
No talking politics or religion
No pick ups
No inter group pick ups (we would wake up in the same house)
What happens in Boston - stays in Boston
Bar crawls are not a constant event, just milestones in ones life
Birthday girl treats or cooks breakfast (again - nice)
We set out and to this day I can't remember how many bars we hit, there were many. A cousin of the supervisor was designated driver. An avid sober person that detested the taste of any alcohol. Some parts of Boston has bars far off from another, which made the ride interesting.
I have tried to bring back the Bar crawl and the few times have been a failure ranging from bars closed to not being able to pick a city or state.
But the following list just made me think...better to leave that pleasurable event in the past. :-(
The ones that wait for the check to declare they are broke
The ones that go with an ulterior motive - never a good one
The ones that bitch and moan on location, when it's time to leave, etc.
The ones that drink like a fish at every bar
The ones that have a drinking problem (see drinks like a fish, closely related)
The ones that develop beer muscles, no one likes a grouch sober let along under the influence
The ones that think slurring and toppling = sexy; therefore dry humping with their eyes
The ones that think it's the best time to press upon their beliefs (no time is a good time for that crap)
The ones that leave a bad mark at the place causing all others to scratch it off the list
The ones that don't know when to stop drinking - saying I've had enough is a great sign for all to stop. A good group would decide on a diner and ending the crawl with some laughs.
and the worst one.....
The ones that think they are on a permanent list to go to any bar crawl
Yup, I miss the days when people got together and stuck to a plan that did not entail taking anyone for granted or ruining what could be a great night.
This doesn't just go for bar crawls...pretty much any event can be ruined by not following simple lists that basically mean - be kind to one another.
Might as well leave it in the past where one can smile in memory and not feel as though the night was damned.