This past weekend was the 6th annual Cupid’s Crawl by the Chicago Sport and Social Club. The crawl was eventful and fun but was lacking in some areas. This crawler noticed a few problems when it came to crawling in the cold and crawling on a budget.
First the good news...
The crawl was very well organized as far as registration and bracelet distribution. It was easy to find the Chicago Sport and Social Club (CSSC) representatives at each bar, who were friendly and up beat. It was obvious that everyone was happy to be there and ready for a great night out.
You were welcome to jump in and out of the crawl when ever you wanted. This was a great feature seeing as though 7pm can be quite early for some night owls.
Next the age range for the crawl was very good. From 20 somethings to 30 somethings, there was a place for everyone. The feeling of being too young or too old for the crowd wasn’t an issue.
Finally the drink specials were pretty good. The $5 Absolut, Jameson and Malibu cocktails seemed to cover all of the alcohol bases. Vodka, Whiskey and Rum were all represented but the beer was lacking. As a big fan of Coors Light a $3 bottle was a good deal but if your a Miller or Bud fan, you were out of luck.
Now the bad news...
The crawl was completely out of order. Every hour CSSC would announce when it was time to move on to the next bar, which is great but the bars were not in line. You were up and down, back and forth and all over Clark street.
The bar crawl started at Moe’s Cantina, headed way north to Vines on Clark and came back down to Deuce’s and The Diamond Club. Then went way south to Roadhouse 66 and ended in the middle of Clark street, across from the starting line at John Barleycorn.
All the bars were fun and welcoming but trucking back and forth in the freezing Chicago wind was not the highlight of the night.
Finally the bars were all different sizes and some were not prepared for the huge crowd that crawled in. The smaller bars like Roadhouse 66, the 4th stop, was much smaller and it gave the impression that the cupid crawlers were chasing out the bar’s regulars.
This lead some crawlers to the next bar before the drink specials began, forcing them to pay full price. The specials at each bar were only within an hour time period and it caused problems if you were ahead or behind the crowd.
All in all the Cupid Crawl was a success. It could have gone a little smoother if someone spent some time with a map but it was a great night out.