“In my opinion, it’s the most festive event in Savannah; it’s by far the largest.”
That’s what Brian Stafford of Stafford Promotions says about his annual holiday-themed bar crawl, The Twelve Bars of Christmas. And this year’s crawl takes place from 3-11 p.m. Dec. 17 beginning at McDonough’s. The crawl is $15 before Dec. 16 and $20 for day-of registration. To register, go to staffordpromotions.com.
The crawl ends at Savannah Smiles and Stafford says the entire course of the crawl equals a 5K, 3.1 miles. There will also be lots of holiday-themed swag given away, and all bars will serve a signature festive cocktail. It’s also recommended to bring cash along with your ID to make things go faster.
Stafford says the idea is to pick up your scorecard at McDonough’s, get your card stamped at each bar and bring the completed card to the end at Savannah Smiles. The first 250 crawlers to finish get a T-shirt.
Other participating bars are Hitch, Pour Larry’s, Gatsby’s, Rogue Water, Boomy’s, The Rail Pub, Barrelhouse South, Bay Street Blues, Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and The Warehouse.
While the drink specials are great, Stafford says it’s important to note that drinking is optional. You aren’t required to drink to participate and you don’t have to purchase drinks at the bars to get your scorecard stamped.
“People get dressed up as Santa or elves or snowmen,” says Stafford. “… I say it’s a jolly journey through Savannah.
“… It’s definitely one of the largest crawls we put on.”
Santas in past crawls have been known to hand out gifts to passersby along the way.
Stafford adds that the unique course of this crawl gives people a great chance to see a lot of downtown, from the west end of River Street to Broughton Street, Bay Street, Liberty Street and more.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the costumes everyone will have on,” Stafford adds. “… It’s always fun, and I have the most fun just watching everybody have a good time.”
IF YOU GO
What: The Twelve Bars of Christmas Bar Crawl
When: 3-11 p.m. Dec. 17
Where: Begins at McDonough’s, 21 E. McDonough St., ends at Savannah Smiles, 314 Williamson St.
Cost: $15 before Dec. 16; $20 on Dec. 17