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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Butterfly strokes 

A pub, according to the venerated Billy Bunter is an unsavoury place where victuals and beverages of dubious origin are served to shadier folks, and is not , not a place where the well-heeled go to.

A crawl, according to the even more venerated dictionary is To move slowly on the hands and knees or by dragging the body along the ground; creep.

But by Golly, a pub crawl according to the most venerated wikipedia is “the act of one or more people
drinking in multiple pubs or bars in a single night, normally walking to each one between drinking.”

"Many European cities have public pub crawls that act as social gatherings for the local expat communities and tourists. These pub crawls focus on the social aspect of meeting new friends and being introduced to new bars in a strange city. The city that held the Guinness World Record for the largest pub crawl ever held was London, England (2,278 people) in an event organised by Tim The Tourman.”

Recently, a private pub crawl was organized in Bombay where for the modest fee of Rs, 500, one could be taken on a weekend pub crawl in a rented bus, saving one the trouble of walking from bar to bar.

Keen to introduce Mumbai's urban population to pub crawls that are common in Europe and North America, Aditi Shah (27) has decided to organise a similar event at different places in the city. However, the patrons who were initially supposed to walk from one pub to another will now be taken around in a rented BEST open deck bus. "Making the patrons walk should be avoided because once people are tipsy, they could misbehave on the streets. We are, therefore, organising a bus to avoid a law and order situation," said Shah. Patrons will be required to hand over their car keys to the organisers, which will be handed over to hired chauffeurs at the end of the evening to take the revellers home. For Rs 500, patrons will be given the bus trip, a ride home by a sober chauffer and a drink at each of the pubs visited. “

So, all things considered, for the uninitiated, a pub crawl is a Baar bar baar bar baar bar…..Hic Hic !!


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