10 Tips for the Best St Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl in Boston

St. Patrick’s Day is one of Boston’s most celebrated events of the year. The Irish spirit is felt all over the city with lively parades, cultural festivities, and, of course, pub crawls. With so many bars to choose from, it can be overwhelming to plan a fun and safe pub crawl around town. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these 10 tips for your next St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl in Boston!

Plan Your Bar Crawl Ahead of Time

Research the bars in the areas that you plan to visit. Planning ahead will help you avoid overcrowded bars, long waits in line, and overpriced drinks. Joining an organized St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl will help ensure you are able to access all the best bars and pubs.

Dress Up for Your Pub Crawl

What’s a St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl without some festive outfits? Dress up in green or go all out with Irish-themed costumes to add some extra fun to your crawl. It’s the perfect opportunity to let your creativity shine! Plus, some bars even offer discounts or free drinks to those dressed in green on St. Patrick’s Day.

Stay Hydrated & Pace Yourself

It’s easy to get caught up in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, but staying hydrated is essential to having a fun and safe pub crawl. Alternate each drink with a glass of water to keep yourself hydrated and avoid a hangover the next day.

Eat Before You Drink

Before you start your pub crawl, make sure to grab a satisfying meal. Eating will help absorb the alcohol and keep you energized throughout the night. Plus, it will help you avoid hitting the wall faster than you’d like. If your bar crawl is going to last all day, be sure to have a meal or two and some snacks along the way as well. Pub crawls on an empty stomach usually don;t end well. Plan ahead and your day (and next day) will be much more enjoyable.

Stick with a Group

Pub crawls are always more fun when you’re with a group of friends. Stay together throughout the day/night to make sure everyone stays safe, especially if you’re visiting unfamiliar areas of the city.

Check in with Your Friends

Make sure to check in with your friends throughout the event. Keep an eye out for any signs of over drinking, and ensure that everyone is on the same page as far as plans for the night. It’s important to make sure everyone has a good time while staying safe and make sure nobody gets left behind when you are leaving one bar to go to the next.

Take Public Transportation

It’s never a good idea to drink and drive. Either plan to have a designated driver or use public transportation, such as the T or Uber, to make sure you get home safely. Public transportation can help you avoid long waits and hefty cab fees as well. Just make sure you check hours of operation so you don;t miss the last ride out of the city.

Have a Game Plan

Have a game plan for your night out. Decide which bars you want to hit and in what order. It will help you avoid aimlessly wandering the streets or getting lost.

Don’t Forget Your ID

Make sure to bring a valid form of identification with you. Most bars have a strict ID policy and won’t let you in without one, no matter how old you are. Plus, it’s important to make sure that it’s you who is ordering those drinks. Avoid any potential issues by always having your ID ready for the door staff and the bartenders and servers.

Bring Cash

Busy bars and long lines can be common, especially when you are on a St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl with hundreds or thousands of people. If you are running tabs on credit cards everywhere you go a lot of bad things can happen. If you forget and leave your card behind when moving to the next destination you may be left with no way to pay for food and drinks. Having cash in your pocket will speed up your transactions and bartenders may even see you have cash and serve you first because its faster. Plus, if you do happen to lose your wallet or card, at least you will have some backup cash for emergencies.

Have Fun

St. Patrick’s Day is all about having fun and celebrating the Irish heritage. So make sure to enjoy yourself and create some unforgettable memories. Don’t take yourself too seriously, and just have fun! And don’t forget to cheers with a pint of Guinness or an Irish whiskey at each bar along the way. Sláinte!

Bonus Tip: Plan for Hangover Remedies

Let’s face it, drinking all day is going to take a toll on your body. Make sure to have some hangover remedies ready for the next morning, such as electrolyte drinks, aspirin, and a hearty breakfast. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water before going to bed to help minimize the effects of alcohol on your body. Your future self will thank you!


St. Patrick’s Day is an incredible time to explore Boston’s vibrant bar scene, and these tips will help you make sure you have a great time without sacrificing safety. With a little preparation and discipline, you can ensure that your next pub crawl in Boston is one for the books. We hope these tips help you have an unforgettable experience, and as always, stay safe out there, Boston!

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