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What to Do Before a Pub Crawl:

Getting tickets to a bar crawl is not just about exploring the nightlife; it's about diving into a night filled with new experiences, laughter, and fun with friends. To make the most of a bar crawl, we are sure you are curious what you should do before a pub crawl!? Well, a little preparation goes a long way. Whether you're a first-timer eager to join the ranks of seasoned crawlers or a regular participant looking for a smoother experience, here are essential tips on what to do before setting out on your pub crawl. Also, check out our upcoming bar crawls if you are looking for a bar crawl near you!

Setting the Starting Point

Safety should always be first priority! With this in mind,determine how you'll get to the starting point (meaning the first bar ont the bar crawl) to pick up your wristbands, and, more importantly, how you'll return home. Consider public transportation, ridesharing services (like Uber or Lyft) or a just call in that DD (designated driver) that owes you one!. Ensuring a safe ride home is crucial, especially after a night of drinking. With this being said, we definitely suggest meeting up with your friends and a friends house nearest by the check-in location for a nice pregame festivities!

The Vibe Check

Kicking off at a friend’s house means you’ve got full control over the playlist, the drinks, and, most importantly, the vibe. It’s all about getting on the same energy level, hyping each other up, and maybe even coordinating those themed outfits. This is the time to blast the music, share a toast (or a few), and get everyone in the groove. Starting at a friend’s place also means you’ve got a moment to sync up on the safety plan. Make sure everyone’s got a buddy, check that phones are charged, and maybe even designate the night’s MVP (Most Valuable Partier) who can help keep things on track. It’s all about looking out for each other, ensuring that the night is memorable for all the right reasons.

The Game Plan

While you’re all chilling and sipping on those pre-crawl drinks, it’s the perfect moment to lay out the night’s game plan. Talk about which bars you’re hitting up, the must-see spots, and, yeah, maybe even a strategy for when things get a bit too blurry.

Bonding Time

Pregaming isn’t just about the drinks; it’s prime time for bonding. It’s when you can have those deep chats, laugh over nothing, and maybe even dish out some heartfelt compliments that you’d be too shy to say in a crowded bar. It’s about building that squad unity so that when you hit the pubs, you’re not just a group of friends—you’re an unstoppable force of fun.

Dress Appropriately

Comfort meets style when it comes to choosing your outfit for a pub crawl. Opt for attire that's not only stylish but also suitable for the weather and extensive walking. Most importantly, wear comfortable shoes. You'll be on your feet for most of the night, and there's nothing like sore feet to dampen the spirit of adventure.

Eat a Hearty Meal

A solid foundation is key to enduring a night of drinking and fun. Have a substantial meal before you head out. It'll help absorb the alcohol and keep your energy levels up throughout the night. Think of it as fueling up for the marathon ahead.


Start hydrating well before the crawl begins. Drinking water throughout the day will help you stay hydrated and could reduce the severity of any potential hangover. Consider carrying a water bottle with you during the crawl to keep hydration levels up between bars.

Gather Your Essentials

Keep it light but don't forget the essentials. A small bag or pockets with a secure closure are ideal for carrying your ID, cash, credit card, phone, and portable charger. Essentials also mean leaving behind anything you wouldn't want to lose, like unnecessary valuables.

Review the Crawl Itinerary

Familiarize yourself with the crawl's schedule and route if available. Knowing the lineup of bars and their locations can help you manage your time better and ensure you don't miss out on any highlights. It's also useful for if you accidentally get separated from the group.

Establish a Meet-up Point

If you're attending the crawl with friends, decide on a meeting point at the beginning and end of the night, as well as what to do if someone gets lost. Staying connected ensures everyone enjoys the night without worrying about getting separated.

Set a Budget

It's easy to get carried away in the excitement of a pub crawl. Decide beforehand how much you're willing to spend on drinks, food, and any unexpected expenses. This will help you enjoy the night without the worry of overspending.

Know Your Limits

It's a night for fun, not regrets. Be mindful of your alcohol consumption and know your limits. The goal is to enjoy each bar and remember the night. Pace yourself to ensure you can make it through the evening comfortably.

Charge Your Devices

Ensure your phone and portable charger are fully charged. Your phone is your lifeline, whether it's for capturing memories, using maps to navigate, or contacting friends and transportation.

Get Excited!

Last but not least, get into the spirit of adventure. A pub crawl is an opportunity to experience the city's nightlife, meet new people, and make unforgettable memories. Approach the night with an open mind and a positive attitude.


Preparing for a pub crawl is about more than just showing up. It's about setting the stage for a night filled with adventure, laughter, and new experiences. By taking the time to plan your transport, dress appropriately, and hydrate, you're not just preparing for a pub crawl; you're setting yourself up for an unforgettable journey through the night. So, eat well, gather your essentials, and get ready to embark on a night to remember. Cheers to a night of adventure!