Whether you have embarked on one before or are planning your first, most drinkers will be well aware of the potential pitfalls bar crawls have to offer.
There are so many things to consider when pacing yourself for a bar crawl such as what to eat, when to eat, what to drink, how quickly, the list goes on and on.
To help you get it right and enjoy your night as much as possible, here are put 5 tips to pacing yourself for a bar crawl.
A common mistake amongst those tackling a bar crawl is that they don’t eat sufficiently before heading out.
It is proven that food slows the absorption of alcohol to the body. Therefore, makes sense to give yourself the best possible chance ahead of the crawl by consuming a hearty meal first.
Warm up Drinks
Something which may well come across as an urban myth but turns out to actually be true is the fact that how much you usually drink can make a difference.
If you decide to have a month off the drink in the run up to the big bar crawl, the booze is likely to hit you quicker than someone who has had a swift couple every other night in the build up to it.
While in no way are we endorsing the consistent consumption of alcohol all week long, it is proven that drinking semi-regularly will build up more of a tolerance than If you don’t drink at all. See this from the University of Notre Dame on alcohol tolerance.
Keep it Session
Another vital thing to consider is what you will actually be drinking across the course of the bar crawl.
ABV (alcohol by volume) should be crucial to your decision, the lower quite frankly the better. A bar crawl is a sprint, so hitting the vodka shots is the equivalent of attempting the odd 100m sprint whilst jogging a marathon, it’s just not achievable.
You want to aim for drinks which come in around the 4% mark, and not much higher, then stick to them.
Craft beers and ales in particular, have grown in popularity and partly because of their session capabilities. If you dislike both, just remember to aim for around that 4% mark whatever you enjoy.
While it seems like the square thing to suggest, one of the most important things to consider when tackling a bar crawl is your hydration.
First things first, you want to begin as well prepared as possible, so don’t just load up on food, make sure you are refreshed and hydrated too.
Alcohol dehydrates us and is of course, the main reason behind those ruthless headaches the morning after or even during the night itself.
To keep them at bay, try having the odd water between drinks and remember to grab a glass or two before bed for good measure.
Take it Easy
Whilst already mentioned above, it is worth reiterating that a bar crawl has to be seen as a marathon, not a sprint.
While you might be inclined to throw the drinks back as quick as possible in a nightclub, a bar crawl has to be approached differently as you’ll be on it for a much longer time.
Enjoy the company you’re in, enjoy the drinks you have and enjoy each bar as it comes. Racing ahead and trying to pack as many drinks in each bar as possible will almost certainly result in you heading home early.