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A Philadelphia Pub Crawl Inspired by “The World’s End”

The Worlds End Philadelphia Pub Crawl

The Philadelphia Version of The World’s End 12-bar Pub Crawl. Let’s make this happen all across the country!

Last Wednesday, while scrolling through my WordPress Reader feed, I noticed the words “Pub Crawl” being used in the title of the most recent post by John LaRue of The Droid You’re Looking For blog. For those of you that are not familiar with John’s blog, he mostly writes about movies and TV, so when I saw him using those words, my first thought was “Hey now! He’s muscling in on our territory!”. But then I clicked the link, read the post, breathed a sigh of relief, and all was right with the world once more. Here is what John is up to…

On August 23, The World’s End, the latest film by Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost (the guys behind Sean Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz), will be released in movie theaters. For your viewing pleasure, here’s the trailer…

Since John is a HUGE fan of Wright, Pegg, and Frost, he is heading back to his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin with several of his friends for their very own 12-bar pub crawl to commemorate the opening of this film. As you already know, the “It’s just the booze dancing…” crew are no strangers to the occasional pub crawl, so since the odds of us joining John on his Madison Pub Crawl are pretty slim, I thought that we would instead formulate a pub crawl list that would include 12 bars located in Center City Philadelphia (see the complete list in the image at the top of this post).

Of course when I had my lightbulb moment, I thought that I had come up with an original idea (i.e. piggybacking on John’s idea), but as is usually the case, I was wrong. Here is an email from John that explains all of the pub crawl related activity that the pending release of this film and John’s post has spawned…

The funny thing about this pub crawl idea… It’s really taken off. Focus Features- the distributor for the film- contacted me, told me that they’d been forwarded my idea by Edgar Wright of all people, and that they’d like to offer me “swag” (their word) for the crawl. This is after Wright tweeted my article three times, and even Paddy Considine tweeted it.
The next thing I knew, people were contacting Wright and copying me to say that they’d be doing the same thing. Most of them are in the UK. So now, on some random day in August, a bunch of people are going to be getting drunk all because I decided to go on a pub crawl.

While I may not have come up with a unique idea, I would like to see if we can help launch The World’s End inspired pub crawls (click here to read Esquire’s pub crawl rules) across the country with the help of our buddies from across the blogosphere. Here’s my plan:

  • Tag three bloggers from across the country.
  • The bloggers will compile their own 12-bar list in their hometown.
  • They will then tag three other bloggers to do the same.

Below are the three bloggers that I will tag to get this started:

Here’s hoping that we can all work together to make this happen. Stay tuned for further details as we get closer to 8/23/2013!


Thanks again to John LaRue for the fantastic artwork!

7 replies »

  1. Nothing against the bars, but some of these don’t really lend themselves to a crawl. Ranstead and Franklin have waits most of the time. Plus, you need some directionality. I’d suggest something more like:

    Khyber Pass Pub
    Irish Pol
    Nodding Head
    Good Dog
    Black Sheep

    All places where you could get in, get a pint, and get and out within reason.


    • You bring up a very good point re: the watering holes with waiting lists, i.e. Ranstead, Franklin Mortgage, Village Whisky, and Stratus Lounge. This was more of a dream pub crawl list with the crawl ending at the Stratus Lounge. Why Stratus Lounge? Because I can’t think of a better place to end a crazy day of drinking, especially if it’s a beautiful August night in downtown Philly. Attractive scenery, good drinks, and a beautiful view. Your pub crawl list is superb and infinitely more do-able. Well done Sir!

      Interestingly enough, as I was pulling this together, I was going to end with a reality check, but decided against it. Here is what I was going to include:

      If you take a relatively straightforward path to the bars on my list, you will be walking a total of three miles.

      If you drink just beer, i.e. 12 pints or 192 fluid ounces, you will have consumed around 2,000 calories of beer (this assumes that you’re drinking something along the lines of Yards Brawler).

      If you factor in food (you gotta eat right?), then I’m sure 3,000 to 4,000 calories of food and drinks is VERY possible throughout the course of the pub crawl.

      If you spend 30 minutes at each bar, then it will take you 6 hours to hit every bar. Going back to my previous assumptions, you still need to walk from bar to bar, order, get your drink, drink it, and maybe even get a bite to eat, so change that 30 minutes per bar to at least 60 minutes, and now you’re up to 12 hours of eating and drinking.

      I don’t know about you, but I can only consume so much food and beer, so factor in bathroom breaks, and you will need even more time.

      So is a 12 bar pub crawl really do-able? Probably not, but I’m certainly willing to give it a try! What say you Jon?


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