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Walk before you crawl

Charlie Owen
Vail, CO, Colorado
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This Tuesday night marked the kick-off of the 2007 Bridge Street Pub Crawl, a weekly event meant to unite the local bars with a common purpose ” get you out of your house and onto a bar-stool. During the remaining days until Vail Mountain opens its slopes, locals can take advantage of the drink specials and mild weather that accompany the annual bar-hopping bonanza, held during off-season.

“This is the first one [pub crawl] I’ve ever worked so hopefully it will increase the business tonight and every night for the rest of the off-season,” said Julia Arterburn, one of the bartenders at Ski Bar who worked the pub crawl crowd on Tuesday night. “It’s a good locals thing right now because nobody is in town,” she said.

Budweiser is once again sponsoring the seven-week marathon and contributing expensive prizes to award to those with the ability to throw caution to the wind and endure the challenge of staying out late on a school night.

Designed to give the local populace something to do during the bare-bones time of year when summer comes to a close and winter is preparing its sneak attack, the Pub Crawl mixes casual social mingling with the chance to be rewarded for coming out. It also means that you’re helping local establishments stay in the black when the temptation to close the doors weighs heavy on owner’s hearts.

Each week one of seven bars on Bridge Street hosts the event. Samana Lounge got the honor of being this year’s first host, and manager Scott Stoughton could be seen outside his bar decorating for the festivities with banners and inflatable liquor bottles.

“The Pub Crawl has been going on for a while, and it used to be rockin’,” explained Stoughton, “but it has slowed down over the past couple of years.”

Stoughton hopes that this year’s batch of prizes will help solve the problem of low attendance. Each week, crawlers have a chance at winning a trip for two to Las Vegas, an unrestricted Vail ski-pass, or gift certificates to local restaurants and stores.

“This is the off-season. We’re a nightclub, and we’re usually only open on the weekends, but for us it’s fun to come down on Tuesdays. A bunch of locals come out. It’s a good way to lose the off-season blues,” Stoughton said.

The other bars included in the Pub Crawl are The George, Vendetta’s, The Red Lion, The Tap Room, The Club and Ski Bar, which will be hosting the 5th week.

For so little work, there really is a huge pay-off. All patrons must do to be eligible to wint the prizes is get an official pub crawl card and visit each of the seven bars, making sure to get the card stamped at each bar. At midnight, take your card to the host bar and the prize-winners will be called out.

“If it wasn’t for the Pub Crawl I would be in Avon,” said Alisa Wohlfarth, a long time local. “My friend at Beaver Creek Security was like ‘there’s a Pub Crawl in Vail tonight,’ and I was like ‘let’s go.’ Otherwise I wouldn’t come all the way to Vail.”

Daily Staff Writer Charlie Owen can be reached at cowen@vaildaily.com.

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