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Best Upcoming Pub Crawls Around The Bay Area

April 25, 2013 6:00 AM

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Students raise glasses of beer in a toast (Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

Students raise glasses of beer in a toast (Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

Pub crawls are popular nationwide, and the Bay Area is right on board with crawls that help you and your friends celebrate a variety of holidays and social occasions. Here are four fun ways to eat and drink your way around the Bay Area with like-minded folks. The more the merrier!


Derby De Mayo & Cinco De Mayo 
Pub Crawl 
(415) 573-0740
www.sanfranciscopubcrawls.comDate: May 4-5 at 12 p.m.

Grab your group of merrymakers and join others to celebrate two days of Cinco De Mayo at participating venues in San Francisco. Find 2-for-1 drink specials at bars offering deals for the pub crawl crowds. May 4 is the “practice” Derby De Mayo, the day before the official May 5 Cinco De Mayo Celebration that brings the serious party goers out. Visit the website to purchase an all-day pass. The crawls begin at noon.

San Francisco North Beach Pub Crawl
www.viator.comExplore several bars in one of San Francisco’s favorite neighborhoods for eating and drinking. The choices are virtually endless, and this tour is the ideal starting point to find the bohemian hangouts and off-the-wall pubs the area is known for. You choose a date for the crawl from the website calendar, and join a maximum of 12 people for a small group tour that ensures a personal experience, while you get to know fellow travelers. Later in the evening, you might sip an espresso at an Italian café or enjoy a karaoke bar. The tour ends at Washington Square, in the heart of North Beach. From there you can continue exploring on your own. Select a date and register at the website.

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Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour In San Francisco
www.viator.comHere is a terrific way to combine San Francisco’s famous scenery with local brew and food culture. Get peddling to explore the city’s vibrant diverse neighborhoods with a small group of cyclists who share your sense of fun. Along the way, you will stop at three local bars and breweries to sample some craft beer. The first beer is included in the tour cost. Cycle through SOMA, the Mission District and famed Haight Ashbury neighborhoods on this guided bike tour and pub crawl. Select a tour date and register at the website. Bike and helmet rental is included in the price.

(Photo Credit: Thinkstock)

(Photo Credit: Thinkstock)

Bay Area Beer Socials 
www.meetup.comIf you are a pub crawl enthusiast and not familiar with Meetups, this inclusive Bay Area Beer Socials meetup is a perfect way to introduce yourself to the organization that brings people and activities together. Bay Area Beer Socials is dedicated to beer tasting activities around the San Francisco Bay Area. Each month, Beer Socials members have the opportunity to join in beer activities to taste beer, ale and other fermented beverages. Recent events have included the Caltrain Pub Crawl, Downtown Berkeley Pub Crawl and the Bay Area Craft Beer Festival. Meetup membership is free to join, although individual groups may collect nominal dues or fees to keep the group active and growing. Go to the Meetup site to get more information and join the Bay Area Beer Socials group.

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Melanie Graysmith is a writer, artist and educator based in San Francisco. She writes on adult education, art and lifestyle topics, and enjoys writing short stories and poetry. She is also a member of an independent filmmaking group. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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