Bar Crawls are the definition of ballin' on a budget. Don't @ me.
For only $15-20, you get 6-7 free drinks in bars all around Brickell and one hell of a night. They happen usually once every month or two, and you'll hear all the buzz about it. Here's how it goes: you buy your ticket and when you check-in, you'll receive a thick paper with the different bars where you can go redeem your drinks. When you order your drink at said bar, you'll get a hole punch on your paper and move onto the next bar! At the very last bar, there's always an after-party with a DJ and the aftermath of your night.
Never been before? Here's how to conquer a Brickell Bar Crawl.
Wear heels. Ladies, I know your outfit looks better with them but if you can't walk with them for about five hours, leave them at home. If you need the height, wear wedges or platforms that won't kill your feet. Remember, you're walking allllll night long and dancing and drinking. You're not as invincible as you think.
Pregame. Our society is very much into the "let's take 10 shots before we go," but skip that for bar crawl. You're about to drink so much and you're going to want to make it to the end! Don't be THAT person that needs to go home halfway through because you're throwing up.
Spend too much time on one bar. Bar crawl technically ends around 11 p.m. and you're going to want to be at the last bar by then for when the party starts. Holding up at one place, unless you've decided to not do the rest of the bar crawl, might not be the best way to spend the night.
Lose your friends. Did High School Musical teach you nothing? We're all in this together dude! While you're out having fun, make sure your friends are still with you and that you're all safe. Then, keep going.
Go with a group. Not just for the fun of going with your friends but because it's actually cheaper to. If you get 4+ tickets together, it'll be $15 instead of $20-25. Helloooooo that's an extra coffee in the morning you just saved! Don't have the four friends already? They won't ask you for specific details, so just buy them and figure out your squad later.
Dress up if it's themed. Nothing is weirder than going to a Harry Potter bar crawl and not going in at least Gryffindor colors. Trust me, you'll look like the weird one.
Take the beads. When you check-in, there's usually a bunch of props and mini candies to take. So take them! For the Mardi Gras bar crawl, I got so many necklace beads that they no longer fit on my door handle.
Share. If you think 7 drinks is too much for you, split it with someone else. No shame! We're all just trying to make it to the end and still be smart about it.
Pace yourself. It's a marathon, not a race. You've still got the rest of the night to go and, if you're like the rest of Miami, the party won't end at the last bar. It'll end at Blackbird or some other club. Get ready!
Stick to one alcohol. You ordered vodka and cranberry at the first bar. Don't go thinking you're Superman and ordering a tequila sprite at the next. Stick to one alcohol and enjoy your night - or else you'll end up on the toilet. Don't do that.
Overall, have fun! Bar crawls are always a great time and remember, it's more about the people you're with than the drinks in your hand.