I'm planning a pub crawl. I've had this wild hair up my ass all summer to have a pub crawl. A few months ago, I'd thought it would be cool to do one a month in different neighborhoods -- Uptown, Northeast, maybe a light rail pub crawl. I'm not sure why the mild interest I've had over the years suddenly transformed itself into something resembling an obsession this year, but it did. And I can no longer ignore it.
As it turns out, The Social Worker thought we should have an end-of-summer bash. I figured this would be the time to unleash the pub crawl idea. And it was! Actually, I'd told Christine about it a couple of weeks ago and she was totally down with the idea. This is a very good thing, because we're doing it the day before her big milestone birthday.
The Social Worker, Sweetness and I were at Lyle's last night for an impromptu happy hour and were discussing possible themes for the pub crawl. Since it's Christine's birthday and she'd talked about wanting to do a Star Wars-themed birthday, that's an option. Sweetness pointed out that 1977 was a big year for punk rock, so it could be a punk rock birthday/pub crawl. We talked about just making the theme "1977," too.
I don't really know about the need for a theme. Is it necessary? Do we need some identifying characteristic like t-shirts or buttons? I asked Brian for a bit of advice and he did mention the buttons/t-shirts. The Social Worker mentioned t-shirts, too. She had them made for The Rocker's 30th birthday, which turned out to be pretty cool. I just don't know, though.
I'm kind of anti-everyone looking the same. Plus, I fear I'm just not quite that organized. Or creative. It's not that I'm disorganized. I love putting shit into spreadsheets. I've done spreadsheets for drink specials in Uptown on given nights during the week when we're doing a mini bar crawl. I keep a spreadsheet with detailed concert information on upcoming shows in Minneapolis. I've already spent a good bit of time putting most of the Northeast bars I know into a Google map. After I did all that, I found out that you can't print the maps you create in Google. Awesome! That's so totally helpful, Google.
The big question is: which bars do we hit? Really, it isn't the end of the pub crawl that's the problem. It just makes sense to end in the Mac's Industrial/Times/Nye's/Keegan's/Whitey's/Conga/Bulldog NE area. The start of the crawl is what's vexing me. Do we start it up at Psycho Suzi's and hit Gabby's/Gasthof/Mayslack's/331 Club? Or do we start at the Vegas Lounge/Spring Street/Legends so we can hit the U Otter Stop Inn? I'm a bit more partial to the latter, I guess. I really want to include the U Otter Stop Inn and Legends reminds me of the ex-OC. Besides, we've been to Psycho Suzi's a few times this summer.
So, dear readers, do you have any advice for me? Want to join us? Am I forgetting something major?