Brian Stafford, owner of Stafford's Public House and founder of Bar Crawl Savannah, will tell you that if you don’t have fun at one of his bar crawl events, then you probably don’t know how to have fun.
Stafford began his unique fundraising events with the Tybee Flotilla — an event that he had to retire — before starting up the Savannah Bar Crawl events. When asked why he continues to coordinate these events, he said, “I love it. I love to see people have a great time.”
While the May 25 Crawl of the South is billed as the Memorial Day bar crawl, Stafford says this event offers everyone a chance to get creative with their costumes.
“It’s really a good social and networking event, too,” Stafford said. “We have great drink specials, but call Lyft or Uber and don’t drive. And you don’t have to drink to do the crawl, you just have to get your card stamped at each bar to turn in at the end.”
Bars on the list include Stafford's Public House, Rogue Water, Congress Street Social Club, Boomys, Tree House, Pour Larrys, Barrelhouse South, Vice Lounge and Mojito Bar, Bay Street Blues, PS Tavern, 309 West on the River and Savannah Smiles. Drink specials include $3 Land Shark draft, $3 Jekyll Hop Dang bottle, and $3 Bon and Viv Spiked Seltzer or Bang Energy.
On top of drink specials, all participants will receive a koozie, swag from sponsors (while supplies last), a scorecard and map to mark your progress, as well as free entry into all participating bars. The first 250 participants to complete their scorecard will receive an official The Crawl of the South T-shirt.
Aside from providing a fun event to the community and tourists in town for the day, Stafford created these bar crawls as a way to raise funds for local nonprofits. He says the funds raised from this crawl will go to the Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire, a group dedicated to providing emergency and long-term financial support to families of fallen first responders. As a former firefighter, Stafford says the group holds a place near to his own heart.
Stafford is not attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest bar crawl this time around, he says he plans to attempt the record again in 2020.
Crawlers can pick up their crawl scorecards at Stafford’s Public House from 4-9 p.m. for $20. Guests will make their way through the list of bars on their card and end up at Savannah Smiles for the after party from 6-11 p.m. To register ahead of the event, go to http://www.staffordpromotions.com/Savannah-Bar-Crawls or find Bar Crawl Savannah on Facebook.