Traveling around the world offers the unparalleled chance to experience a new local culture, try your hand at a new language, and taste a range of exotic dishes. These may all be great, but as many travelers will admit, the best part of visiting someplace new is seeing its nightlife. Bonding with strangers over a pint of the local brew is a great way to solidify new friendships and learn the truth about life in a foreign locale – museums and historical sites can wait.
Enter the bar crawl.
Comprised of a group of fun-loving individuals from near and far, each crawl is led by local organizers who take the group from bar to bar based on theme or location. Most groups enjoy perks like free or discounted drinks, no covers, and no lines. A great way to meet new people from around the world, many crawls have expanded from just pub drinking to full-blown costume parties, tours of the city, and even mobile crawls on bicycles.
If you’re traveling through the U.K., make sure to stop at The Dublin City Pub Crawl, located in the city that helped make beer what it is today. After you’ve learned to drink like a pro, hop over to London for a twist on game night with the Monopoly Board Pub Crawl. Game-lovers have the chance to recreate this classic pastime as they try to reach all 26 locations – bonus points for wearing a monocle or bringing your own thimble.
For the truly ambitious crawlers, head down under to Queensland, Australia and participate in the World’s Greatest Pub Fest in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for largest pub crawl. Wear your costume of choice and don’t forget to have your drink card punched at all 10 pubs. Worried about all those boozy calories? Santa Monica’s Le Tour de Strand is a cycling bar crawl, so you can pedal those pounds off and drink guilt-free. Enjoy the views of the Pacific Ocean as you whiz your way towards your next cold brew.
So as you’re booking your next vacation, try to find a local pub crawl to join. Because, let’s be honest… What makes you feel more like you really got to know a new place? Strolling through a museum with an English-translated pamphlet in hand or stumbling through a pub crawl trying to have a conversation in a few broken languages?