Red7 Blogs , March 17, 2016
Now we’re sure you’ve probably experienced a bar crawl at some point in your life, whether for a birthday or as part of a stag weekend. They’re an easy way to guarantee a great night out and will leave you with plenty of stories to tell come morning. There’ll be ups (when your mates are all buying rounds) and there’ll be definite downs (when it’s your round and they’ve all moved onto champagne…) but either way it’ll be a whole lot of fun, which is why we think it’s the perfect way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day this year.
So here are our top tips to get help you avoid sickness/tears/a night in the cells on your next big bar crawl.
1. PREPARATION IS EVERYTHING
And by preparation, we mean line those stomachs! There is no way you’ll make it to the finish line on an empty stomach. Check out our tried and tested restaurants before you hit the bars. (It’s probably a good idea to start the night hydrated too, so stick to waters until you make it out to the bars.)
2. DRINK WATER BETWEEN ROUNDS
Whilst we are on the topic of keeping hydrated, it’s definitely a good idea to drink plenty of water in between pints. Generally we are all for the HELL NO TO H2O, but in this instance, we don’t want to get left behind hugging the loo whilst everyone else moves on to the next venue.
3. PACE YOURSELF
What’s the rush? Yeah, yeah, we know you have 6 more bars to get to, but isn’t it better to enjoy your drinks rather than down them before rushing to the next place? It’s always good to plan a route, but don’t start a timer in each bar. Enjoy your drink at your own pace and then move on.
4. ONE FOR ALL AND ALL FOR ONE!
If you can decide on one drink for everyone, you’ll spend much more time enjoying, and far less time queuing. “Twenty bottles of lager please” is the easiest order the bar staff will ever get. We recommend Guinness in true Irish style!
5. CASH KITTY.
We like to play fair, so this one only really works if everyone’s drinking the same drink, and obviously everyone will be on the Guinness. Everyone puts in the same amount of cash into the kitty and one person orders the drinks. If there are any leftovers at the end of the night then this can go towards the cheesy chips in the local kebab shop or a much needed taxi home.
6. DON’T MIX YOUR DRINKS
We’ve all been there, and whilst you might love the variety of mixing it up with tequila, rum and beer at each bar, your body certainly won’t. Stick to one drink the entire night if you can (again, in the theme of St. Patrick’s we’d suggest Guinness) and you’ll thank us in the morning.
7. LEAVE YOUR CARS AT HOME
Pretty obvious right? If you’re on a crawl there’s no way you’ll be in any state to drive, so don’t risk it.
8. LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER
There’s always one that takes things too far. A pub crawl is a team event. In the same way you’d want your mates to look out for you, keep an eye on them!
Put these tips into action and you’ll keep your head above water when everyone’s bailing. You may even make it to a club if you’re lucky!