An extended night out with Pubcrawler of Austin
It’s not my first biking pub crawl, and neither is it the first on on a party bike. But still, Pubcrawler of Austin is a whole new experience! I have always wanted to try it, and I had tried a similar one in Atlanta before. Back then was really enjoyable, and I made lots of friends. Now, I would like to do it in the vibrant city of Austin, too.
Pubcrawler typically has a join-in group on weekends, which is good. Of course, having a tour completely for yourself and your party is fun, but this time there were only three of us so we went with the join-in. And what a fun group we ended up with! It was so much that we ended up hanging out again afterwards! Our night out was a complete blast.
The Pubcrawler Experience
The Austin Pubcrawler took us to three bars, and we stayed for around 25-30 minutes in each. We were allowed to bring some alcohol into the party bike, but we had to pay for what we drink. To preserve the experience, no hard liquor was allowed during the crawl. Aside from this, the pubcrawl was your standard fun night out, including the experience of meeting other people (both locals and tourists alike).
The decision to use a party vehicle was awesome! Not only did it offer a great open-air view of the bright and lively Austin Streets, the experience of going places under the group’s collective strength fostered a different kind of camaraderie.
All three pubs had a different personality. The first was modern and edgy, with graffitis all over the place and a lively industrial vibe. The second one was impossibly tiny, and yet it was also really popular! The limited space meant there was emphasis on people, and we really bonded with more of our fellow pubcrawlers. The third bar tested our physical limits, since there were games there! Our legs started burning from the pedals, but we hit the basketball and ski bowling games!
It was also good to be able to bond outside of the party bike, since this stop was uphill and all that pedaling can be tiring! The only solace we had during that ride was the company, the thought of great beer ahead, and some of the good old Austin music. And that’s more than enough to keep us going! Personally, I ended up appreciating the little comforts of the bike, such as the 3 adjustable small seats which fit me just perfectly. We were one small seat short, though, since there were 4 of us the same size on that group. It wasn’t a dealbreaker, since everyone had fun anyway.
Our guide told us that most people on the tour get drunk in just 2 hours, and I could see why. But as a testament to our bond (or maybe to our ironclad guts), we went out as a group even after the tour!
Booking the Pubcrawler
You can book the tour directly from the Pubcrawler of Austin website. There are public and private tours, and the company can accommodate from 7 to 120 people at once. The public tours (the ones where you can just join in) cost $39 every Monday to Thursday, and $42 from Friday to Sunday.
There are two available routes, and you may opt to choose them once you confirm your booking. You can also discuss them with the driver when on-site (for private tours). The Market District route will take you through the Austin commercial area, giving you a good view of the myriad buildings ranging from modern buildings to old houses. This route starts at either 1697 W 6th Street, or 508 Walst St. — you will be notified by text a day before the tour as to which starting point will be chosen. The second route is the Warehouse District, which takes you through scenic Congress Avenue and goes around various shops, bars, and restos that are the warehouses’ modern incarnations. This route shares the same starting points.
After booking online and making a payment, make sure to watch out for the confirmation email! This contains important details about the tour. Once on site, you will be asked to sign a standard waiver about the inherent risks of pub crawling.
A few reminders
- It’s a pub crawl, but you can also bring your own booze! There’s a cooler provided for you.
- Alcohol isn’t part of what you pay for, so you have to buy it separately from the bars.
- Wear comfy clothes and shoes, as pedaling can be tiring.
- No liquor allowed!
- Bring water, too. You need to keep hydrated after all that pedaling and alcohol.
If you’re thinking of a great way to spend a night in the city, give Pubcrawler of Austin a try! It’s an experience you will definitely love.
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