10 Creative Pub Crawls


For those unfamiliar with the concept, the object of a “pub crawl” (also known as a “bar tour”) is to walk from bar to bar on a pre-established route—drinking as one goes—within a certain time frame, usually a single night. Proving that the truth is stranger than fiction, here are 10 of the most peculiar.

1. The Zombie Pub Crawl

Luckily, being intoxicated actively enhances one’s zombie impression. Every October, upwards of 5000 participants don grotesque makeup and shredded clothing and embark upon what has since become one of Minneapolis’ most recognizable rites of autumn. The city first hosted the undead event in 2005 which proved to be so successful that it’s since been copied by such cities as Chicago, New Orleans, and Copenhagen as an annual festivity.

2. Superhero Pub Crawls

Grab your tights! Caped-crusader-themed  bar tours are cropping up all over the map these days, from San Diego to Philadelphia and beyond. Here’s a brief highlight reel from one held in Portland, Oregon back in 2011 (which for some reason included more than a few people dressed like Bender Rodriguez).

3. The Glasgow “Sub-Crawl”

While most pub crawls take place on foot, those who choose to tackle this notorious British tradition are merely expected to ride the subway from station to station, stopping for a pint at each of their subterranean bars en route. The total comes to a whopping fifteen pints per person, so inexperienced drinkers might want to sit this one out.

4. The Running of the Santas

Billed as “the world’s naughtiest pub crawl,” setting out on Philadelphia’s annual Running of the Santas involves dressing like Kris Kringle (although elves, reindeer, and the occasional dreidel are also common sights), covering all the bars within a 2-block radius, and hoping you make it through the holiday season without any coal in your stocking.

5. The Monopoly Pub Crawl

This variation on the bar tour formula matches various landmarks in the classic board game to a selection of London’s most famous pubs. You can read a first-hand account of the journey here

6. The Seven-Legged Bar Crawl

Think drinking a copious amount of alcohol is too easy? Try doing it while physically tied at the legs to five of your friends. Born in the British city of Nottingham back in 1921, the concept involves a well-dressed team of seven chums, six of whom are bound together in the style of a typical three-legged race while the seventh acts as a “runner” who purchases the drinks and remains sober.

7. Pub Golf

In this barhopping sport that coincidentally involves no actual clubs, balls, or holes, “athletes” simply grab a drink from each of a large group of bars while wearing garish golf outfits. Intrigued? You can find one version of the rules here, or consult this nifty instructional video above.

8. The Snuggie Pub Crawl

Dubbed “snugglers,” these pub crawlers conquer their drinking routes clad in the infamous sleeved blankets as Tim Murphy of New York magazine explains.

9. Ye Parched Pirate Pub Crawl

International Talk Like A Pirate Day inspired this Alaskan bar tour wherein beer-toting buccaneer aficionados of the Anchorage metro area dress and speak like the seafaring scallywags.

10. Banana Bar Crawls

Just as the name suggests, fruit devotees are required to wear a banana suit or similar garment. Toronto, Dallas, and Charlotte have all transformed the concept into an annual celebration in recent years (and, in all three cases, “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” is a predictably-popular karaoke favorite). 

The Real Bay of Pigs: Big Major Cay in the Bahamas

When most people visit the Bahamas, they’re thinking about a vacation filled with sun, sand, and swimming—not swine. But you can get all four of those things if you visit Big Major Cay.

Big Major Cay, also now known as “Pig Island” for obvious reasons, is part of the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. Exuma includes private islands owned by Johnny Depp, Tyler Perry, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and David Copperfield. Despite all of the local star power, the real attraction seems to be the family of feral pigs that has established Big Major Cay as their own. It’s hard to say how many are there—some reports say it’s a family of eight, while others say the numbers are up to 40. However big the band of roaming pigs is, none of them are shy: Their chief means of survival seems to be to swim right up to boats and beg for food, which the charmed tourists are happy to provide (although there are guidelines about the best way of feeding the pigs).

No one knows exactly how the pigs got there, but there are plenty of theories. Among them: 1) A nearby resort purposely released them more than a decade ago, hoping to attract tourists. 2) Sailors dropped them off on the island, intending to dine on pork once they were able to dock for a longer of period of time. For one reason or another, the sailors never returned. 3) They’re descendants of domesticated pigs from a nearby island. When residents complained about the original domesticated pigs, their owners solved the problem by dropping them off at Big Major Cay, which was uninhabited. 4) The pigs survived a shipwreck. The ship’s passengers did not.

The purposeful tourist trap theory is probably the least likely—VICE reports that the James Bond movie Thunderball was shot on a neighboring island in the 1960s, and the swimming swine were there then.

Though multiple articles reference how “adorable” the pigs are, don’t be fooled. One captain warns, “They’ll eat anything and everything—including fingers.”

Here they are in action in a video from National Geographic:

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The House From The Money Pit Is For Sale

Looking for star-studded new digs? For a cool $5.9 million, reports, you can own the Long Island country home featured in the 1986 comedy The Money Pit—no renovations required.

For the uninitiated, the film features Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as hapless first-time homeowners who purchase a rundown mansion for cheap. The savings they score end up being paltry compared to the debt they incur while trying to fix up the house.

The Money Pit featured exterior shots of "Northway," an eight-bedroom estate located in the village of Lattingtown in Nassau County, New York. Luckily for potential buyers, its insides are far nicer than the fictional ones portrayed in the movie, thanks in part to extensive renovations performed by the property’s current owners.

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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”



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