ABOVE AND BELOW: A group of crawlers during last year’s event, and this year’s T-shirt design that features a taco-eating cat designed by local artist Julia Johnson.
From Illinois Business Journal news services
ALTON – Alton Main Street is planning a Cinco de Mayo-themed Pub Crawl in Downtown Alton on Thursday, May 5. Thirteen of Alton’s bars and restaurants are participating.
Tickets of $10 each are available now at: Hops House at Argosy Casino, State Street Market, Morrison’s Irish Pub, Bluff City Grill, Big Muddy Pub, Bossanova Restaurant & Lounge, Chez Marilyn, Elijah P’s Burgers & Brews, Ragin Cajun Piano Bar, Old Bakery Beer Company, The Firehouse Bar, Bubby & Sissy’s, and 300 State.
That day, people can check in any time after 4 p.m. to get a pub crawl T-shirt at Bluff City Grill, located at 102 W. 9th Street in Alton. A passport that directs participants on this self-guided event will list the various food and beverage specials, festive entertainment and great giveaways being offered. Simply drop your passport with the bartender anytime before 10 p.m. after you have visited all of the stops you’d like to see.
Prizes will be up for grabs, and one lucky participant will win the grand prize – a pair of infield box seats to see the St. Louis Cardinals play the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 22. Face value of the tickets is $143 each. Participants will be placed into the drawing one time for every establishment on the passport where they’ve made a purchase of food, merchandise, alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage.
“Everyone knows that Downtown Alton is always a great time, but on these special occasions it’s Alton Main Street’s job to take the party to the next level,” said Sara McGibany, executive director of Alton Main Street. New this year, AMS is adding photo scavenger hunts to capture all of the great memories being made during the crawls. Attendees will find the list of poses to stage on the back of their passport, and a prize will be awarded to the first person to post all of the scavenger hunt photos on social media (#AltonPubCrawls2016).
Alton’s Best Cabs will be offering free rides between participating bars during the event, as well as half-price cab rides to get attendees home safely at the end of the night; simply show your passport to the driver to redeem your discount.