The holiday season is coming up, you will be flooded with family events, get together with old friends and potentially a bar crawl. You might also run into an event with an open bar, this article could help you out on how to navigate one of those.
My family and friends had a bar crawl holiday tradition for years which was one of my favorite events of the holiday season. They were a great way to see old friends, make some new memories and crawl around your old neighborhood. I had lived away from home for my entire adult life so it was always good for me to get reacquainted with my neighborhood.
Now preparing for a night like this not only takes physical preparation but mental preparation. You need to be on your game and go in there with a plan. Today I am going to write about the top 3 mistakes you see people make on bar crawls. I will also give you advice on how to not make these mistakes. Comment below what you think and happy holidays from Guying Around.
MISTAKE NUMBER 1 – NOT PACING YOURSELF
Yeah, you go into a crawl amped up and excited, ready to go and see all your old friends. You need to do your best saving and channeling that energy the right way. If you plan to crawl for 7 bars, you need to be alert and ready to go to each bar. You DO NOT go to bar number 1 and start having shots. Crawls are marathons, not sprints. There is no need to double fist, having one drink per bar is an appropriate thing to do. If the crawl director mapped out a good route, then they save the best bar for last. It’s not rocket science.
This mistake is easily avoided if you are disciplined. I would honestly suggest having water after every drink (John Taffer Rule) or sticking to domestic light Guy Sodas. No matter your age, this mistake can easily be avoided if you have a head on your shoulders. You do not want to be tapped out after the second bar while everyone else is having a good time moving on. Do not be that guy/girl.
MISTAKE NUMBER 2 – NOT KEEPING TRACK OF TIME
One of the most crawl mistakes is not keeping track of the time you go from bar to bar. This will always fall back on the crawl director as they should map out a time and schedule. You need to know how many people you are expecting. You should alert the establishments you plan on visiting that you will be bringing in a lot of people so they know what to expect. It is smart to leave some wiggle room for transportation from bar to bar (usually on foot). I think leaving 45 minutes to 1 hour is a perfect amount of time for people to get a drink and enjoy before moving on. Sometimes the crawl director feels that the group is having too good of time so they disregard the time. If you are on a schedule, you need to follow it.
The crawl director should assign the most responsible person the role of the official timekeeper. Set a phone timer for each bar as well as announcing a 15 minute warning. That keeps everyone in line and they know that basically means the last call. I have been on crawls where the director has assigned a backup timekeeper as well.
MISTAKE NUMBER 3 – NO FOOD ON THE CRAWL
Food and physical preparation for the crawl are some of the most important factors when crawling. You can not crawl on an empty stomach. You won’t be as effective and you are more likely to finish early or get sick. Crawls are marathons, not sprints. You need to prepare to be out for 4-7 hours and during that time you need food. Most bars have a kitchen, but if they are not warned in advance of the potential crowd they might not be ready for you.
This issue all falls back on the crawl director. They need to be in communication with each bar letting them know about the large crowds coming by. The bar kitchens should be scouted out in advance. You should also plan on going by a convenience store or a Wawa if you are in the tri state area. No one ever said directing a bar crawl was an easy thing to do.
I hope this post is helpful to you encountering a bar crawl over the holidays. Always remember to be safe and never get behind the wheel. Enjoy the holidays and enjoy the time with your friends and family. Happy holidays from Guying Around!