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Best Upcoming Themed Pub Crawls In Houston

April 25, 2013 8:00 AM

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Whether it’s to celebrate a holiday or a night out with a group of friends, pub crawls are a time-honored tradition. But if you find yourself struck in the same routine at the same old bars, consider one of the several themed pub crawls offered in Houston. Adding a theme — such as learning history, dressing up in costumes or renting a party bike — can spice up a night out and lead to some epic photos and memories. Check out these five options for your next pub-to-pub adventure.

Historic Downtown Pub Crawl
Houston Urban Adventures
420 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 222-0990
http://www.urbanadventures.com

If you have a thirst for history, chances are good you will enjoy a tour of pubs inside buildings dating back to 1861 to 1934. Tour guides on Historical Downtown Pub Crawl serve up drinks with tales of murder, gambling, brothels and ghosts. Tour stops include an 1895 gambling parlor, a tailor shop that becomes a bar at night and Market Square Park, which is ringed by bars in historical building. Past tour takers have praised the guides for their storytelling excellence. The tours are $30 per person and can be scheduled for every night except Sundays.

Saint Arnold Pub Crawl
2000 Lyons Ave.
Houston, TX 77020
(713) 686-9494
www.saintarnold.com

Texas’ oldest craft brewery typically holds several Saint Arnold-themed pub crawls every year. The crawls are held on Saturday’s in various locations in and around Houston. Saint Arnold’s staff hands out punch cards at the first bar. Get your card filled up at each stop, and you’ll take home a pint glass. Of course this is an excellent time to try one of the brewery’s seasonal beers or stick with the traditional favorites, such as Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower. Check the events page on the website for crawl dates and details.


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Pedal Party
2000 Edwards St.
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 429-6977
www.pedal-party.com

If you and up to 15 of your friends and are looking for a unique mode of transportation between pub crawl stops, keep Pedal Party in mind. Instead of walking or renting an expensive party bus, why not take a multi-person bike? There’s no gas and you get a little exercise, music and bonding time between bars. The Pedal Party vehicle holds 15 people and a bartender in the middle. Food, beer and wine are allowed on board. Routes are available in Midtown Houston and on Washington Avenue.

Montrose Crawl
5020 Montrose Blvd., Suite 311
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 595-1235
www.montrosecrawl.com

While it’s not until October, no list of Houston’s best themed pub crawls would be complete without the Montrose Crawl. The pre-Halloween event has been held the last seven years to raise money for the Houston Area Women’s Center, a non-profit organization that supports the survivors of domestic violence. Crawlers put on costumes and “trick-or-treat” at a dozen different bars in the Montrose District of Houston. Besides food and drink specials at the participating venues, each bar gives out a best costume award. Then the winners compete for a grand prize at the end of the night. There’s no cost and no advance registration is required. When it gets closer to Halloween, check the website for time and place details.

Cinco de Mayo Crawl
Pubcrawls.com
Hoston, TX 77006
(855) 851-0399
www.pubcrawls.com

A national company whose sole job consists of supplying fun, safe and social drinking environments has coordinator a 3-day pub crawl Cinco de Mayo celebration in Houston May 3-5. Rather than taking the time to research all the potential fiestas and drink special on your own, PubCrawl.com has already taken care of that responsibility. Pay a dollar online and you’ll get a ticket entitling you to various drink specials at several bars.

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Jeremy Shapiro is a freelance writer in the Houston area. While his trombone rendition of “Black in Back” isn’t terrible, his 10 years in journalism have left him better equipped to write about music, nightlife and other entertainment outings. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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