08 October 2007

Is it pub crawl time again? Already?

Hells yeah, it is! October seemed so far away when we were on the Northeast Pub Crawl in August. Then September passed in what seemed to be the blink of an eye. So when The Future Mrs. Dirk (formerly known as Targetron) suggested we get together for a pub crawl planning session on Saturday, I heartily agreed.

So, we're not doing the Light Rail Pub Crawl in October. But November 3 is awfully close to October. Planning a pub crawl on the light rail line would be difficult enough under normal circumstances. You're not just stumbling around a neighborhood. There are trains to catch, tickets to buy. However, the difficulty was cranked up another couple of notches due to the Gopher Homecoming football game against Illinois at 7:00 that same evening. Granted, the Gophers suck more than a two-dollar whore right now, so maybe there won't be a ton of people clamoring to get to the Dome. Still, there is a lot of blind loyalty when it comes to one's alma mater sometimes.

I don't know if the many Bloody Marys we drank helped our planning session, but I think the schedule looks solid. Someone suggested dropping down to five bars this time, but to that I say, "Hey, don't blame the schedule for you not pacing yourself." We did drop back to eight bars from nine, though. There's the extra travel time and whatnot. Another lesson learned from the Northeast Pub Crawl -- eat earlier and allow more options for eating later.

Side note on late-night eating options: Were any of you Twin Citians aware of Kieran's brilliant late-night food option? THE LATE NIGHT LUNCH. The kitchen is closed and you still have the munchies? Pick up a late night bagged lunch from Kieran’s: a huge fresh sandwich, a bag of chips and a cookie in a bag to take home at the end of the night or to eat here. Available till we close the doors. Only $7.00. How fucking awesome is that?

The only problem with this pub crawl is that we've been so far unable to think of a theme. We threw out engineer caps, but I sure as hell am not buying a shitload of hats for people who RSVP and don't show up. It's one thing to have leftover buttons at $1.75 a pop. I highly doubt I could get engineer caps for that price. Plus, there would be party poopers who would refuse to participate. At this point, we're just going to reuse the buttons from the last pub crawl, unless someone comes up with scathingly brilliant idea.

And what will be our signal for last call at each bar? The cowbell was pretty awesome, but it was just too big to haul around in my purse all night. I wonder where I could pick up a whistle that sounds like a train whistle. Or a slide whistle. That would be bitchin'.

I'll save the itinerary for another day. However, dear readers, if you're interested in attending, you should totally drop me a line. The more the merrier and all that.


lovelost said...

I realize this is a super old post but was hoping you could perhaps help me out. I'm trying to plan a Light Rail pub crawl and wondering if you've ever started at the Fort Snelling Station ala Fort Snelling Club?

Jess said...

I actually only did the one light rail pub crawl, and we started downtown and then went out on the light rail and came back.

This was the original schedule, but we modified it along the way due to a cover charge somewhere, wanting to spend a bit more time at Kieran's and then we skipped Sneaky Pete's and ended at The Brass Rail, I think:

1. Gluek’s – 5:00 p.m.
2. Rail Station Bar & Grill – about 6:15 p.m. (Food)
3. Cardinal Tavern – 7:45 p.m.
4. Whiskey Junction – 8:30 p.m.
5. The Joint – 9:15 p.m.
6. Kieran’s Irish Pub – 10:00 p.m. (Food stop #2)
7. Lyon’s Pub – 11:00 p.m.
8. Sneaky Pete’s – 12:00 a.m. to finish.