This short text is directed towards all of you who have little question marks popping around your heads when hearing words pub crawl. When I first heard of it, it was kind of obvious to me; I mean you go to pubs and you get drunk so then you have to crawl from one to another? Well almost.
Pub crawl is so much more than just getting blind drunk, and nursing your hangover the next morning.
But first, allow me to introduce you to the history of the name. First know use of the term „pub crawl“ goes as far as 1915. The term itself originated in England where small pubs and taverns were within walking distance of one another. Partygoers could go from one tavern to the next stopping for few drinks at each establishment, which gave variety to their regular night outs.
So in its essence pub crawl is an act of visiting several bars and clubs during a span of few hours, stopping for a few drinks at each before reaching the final destination. Final destination (sounds like something from Star Trek) is usually a bigger club, where you can stay as long as you wish to sweat all that alcohol off with dancing.
Pub crawl is great for solo travelers or groups of friends who are looking for fun, new acquaintances or even friends. With help of crawl guides you are introduced to the best of the night life in the foreign city for an affordable price, and you are surrounded with likeminded young people who are eager to have fun, explore new and unknown and are easy going. All the ingredients for an unforgettable experience are here, and you only need to be ready to exploit them in the best possible way: by enjoying yourself.
So how does a typical pub crawl night look like?
Let’s take one of the Prague’s pub crawls for example. Prague is historically rich central European city. But not only it’s history and architecture is admirable. Prague offers one of the best and affordable beers, wines, food, and… you guessed pub crawls in Europe (in my humble opinion). Trust me, I lived there for 6 months, I know what I’m talking about.
Prague offers you 3 typical pub crawls: Prague pub crawl, nicknamed „Mother of all pub crawls,“ Clock tower pub crawl and Drunken monkey pub crawl. In addition to these three, there is also Boat party crew, and their main attraction is, as you can guess, a boat.
These three offer fairly similar things, with few variations. Sixty minutes of open bar, two more bars where you get welcome shots and VIP entrance and a popular club as an ending destination. They also throw in a souvenir for a good measure. I worked for one of these pub crawls for about three months and it was an unforgettable experience. Just living in this very intercultural city was a wholly new and fulfilling venture. First of all, thanks to my job as a crawl promoter and guide I got to know a lot of people from all over the world: Africans, Americans, Australians. Russians etc. With some of them I even became good friends. These people were mostly my colleagues, since this job is ideal for travelers who are looking for easy money, or students who don’t have a lot of time on their hands. Other people I met were the ones attending the crawl. Those people were always a colorful and fun bunch looking for good times in The City of 100 Spires; interesting people to talk to and play beer pong with. But when they had a bit too much „fun“ if you know what I mean, you had to take on a role, not that of their drinking buddy, but that of their, as I like to call it „nanny for big kids.“ And if you thought this job was just messing around and drinking, try taking care of hundred, sometimes more, drunk people with just few of (hopefully) sober guides. Not an easy thing. And if you’re lucky police won’t be around to fine you for being too loud, and if you’re not, oh well, s**h happens.
All in all, being a part of pub crawl, either as a customer or a guide is great experience. No crawl is the same twice, places we go to on our crawl may be the same, but the most important part of the crawl – people, always change, which makes it positively unpredictable, and that is the reason why a lot of people decide to do the same pub crawl more than once – it is never boring and always lots of fun!