Reviving the ancient college practice of bar crawling

The concept of a bar crawl had escaped me. I hadn’t thought about a bar crawl since college, when I used to see sorority girls parading into the bars wearing matching T-shirts.

That is, until I heard about the Snuggie Pub Crawl.

The blanket with sleeves lets you conveniently hold malty beverages

The blanket with sleeves lets you conveniently hold malty beverages

It’s true. On April 18, 1900 people will wander from bar to bar wearing the blanket with sleeves. The Snuggie Pub Crawl should be one sight to see—lots of drunk people who resemble a cross between a monk and Harry Potter. It’s a celebration of an absurd product, and the proceeds go to charity. Imagine the people watching at this bar crawl. I’m tempted to attend the event to observe it through an anthropological lens.

I was surprised to learn that there are are many more pub crawls in Chicago, including:

  • Northside Irish Pubs’ Bar Crawl—Well, this is not that surprising, considering that St. Pattie’s Day is rapidly approaching.
  • Haunted Pub Crawl—This bar crawl makes stops at several “haunted” drinking establishments to visit the “spirits that inhabit them.” Their words, not mine.
  • History Bar Crawl—For the history buffs out there, it’s a chance to get your past and your drink on.
  • Big Wheel Bar Crawl—Ride uncomfortably from bar to bar on a Big Wheel to raise money for charity.
  • Zombie Pub Crawl—Let’s face it: who doesn’t love a little fake blood while they enjoy their favorite beverages?

Chicago has proved again that it offers something for everyone, even people who like to look like Luke Skywalker or a character from The Night of the Living Dead while drinking beer.

A special thanks to Ryan Ruark for lending his Photoshop mastery to the above photo. And for humoring me.

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One response to “Reviving the ancient college practice of bar crawling

  1. instead of a “Snuggie” i prefer to call mine a “Power Blanket”

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