Another unique fundraising event idea is organizing a pub crawl to raise funds for your cause. Just pick one of these fun pub crawl ideas or themes below and start planning your fundraiser.
Pub Crawl Ideas
- Zombie Pub Crawl
- Craft Beer Crawl
- ShakesBeer Crawl
- Superhero Bar Crawl
- Pirate Pub Crawl
- Snuggie Crawl
- Mustache Crawl
- Crazy Hats Crawl
- Banana Bar Crawl
- Three-legged bar crawl (duct taped ankles)
- Footie pajama pub crawl
- Beach bash bar crawl
- Candy Crush Crawl
- Little Black Dress Pub Crawl
- Get Lei’d Luau Bar Crawl
- Pirates vs. Ninjas
- Lumberjack Crawl
- Around The World Wine Crawl
Pub Crawl Themes
There are lots of different themes you can choose for your pub crawl. Here’s a list of some crawl theme ideas:
- St. Patrick’s Day
- April Fools Day
- Halloween Costume Party
- Thanksgiving Turkey Trot
- Cancer Sucks
- Pink Is The New Black
- Masquerade Party
- Nineties Theme
- Bad Prom
- Zombie Prom
- Christmas Carol Crawl
- Kentucky Derby
- Cinco de Mayo
- Roaring Twenties
- Love Boat Theme
- Saved By The Crawl (Saved By The Bell theme)
- 12 Bars of Christmas
- Rubik’s Cube
- Pimps and Hos
- Stripes, Polka Dots, & Checks
- Treasure Hunt
- Favorite Sports Team
- Favorite TV Show
- Any Charity Crawl
Pub Crawl Rules
- Always have designated drivers or safe transportation home
- Choose bars where your theme will be well received
- Notify all bar owners or managers well in advance
- Prearrange group discounts at each location
- Send an itinerary to everyone in advance and include a map
- Have everyone brings photo ID and wear crawl theme outfits
- Let everyone know when to walk or ride the party bus
- Stick to a set timeline, i.e 30 to 45 minutes per stop
- Start your crawl with food and end it with food
- Minimize travel time and maximize time having fun
- Start at the furthest bar from your last planned stop
Pub Crawl Games
- Bar Crawl Bingo – Create a colorful bingo card that crawlers mark when they witness one of the sights/events pictured on the bingo card. First one to get bingo wins a prize. You can also do several bingo card variations so you can have multiple winners.
- Creative Drinking Rules – Create your own drinking games with specialized rules for each pub you visit. For example in the first bar, you must stand on one leg when you drink. In the next pub, you have to bunny hop before you take a drink. In the third pub, you have to drink using your opposite hand. In the next one, you drink from the opposite side of the glass, etc.
- Scavenger Hunt – Divide your crawlers into teams, make a list of funny items to collect along the way, and give prizes to the winning teams.
- Photo Finish – Bring along a bag of ridiculous photo props and have your crawlers take selfies with random strangers while wearing/utilizing various props. Use crazy hats, over-sized sunglasses, fake beards, mustaches, ugly sweaters, etc. Give prizes at the finish for best/worst photos, most photos, most photos with bartenders, totally random photos, etc.
- Themed Trivia – For each stop, have three trivia questions related to your crawl theme. Teams earn points with correct answers and lose points for wrong answers. You’ll need a Trivia Master to keep score and tally the results. Have fun prizes for the winners such as movie tickets, restaurant gift certificates, etc.
- Rubik’s Cube Clothes Swap – You go out wearing 6 pieces of removable clothing in the Rubik’s Cube colors: white, orange, red, yellow, green and blue. The object of the game is to swap clothes with your fellow pub crawlers until you have an outfit comprising of one color.
Pub Crawl Fundraiser Ideas
10 ways to raise money with a pub crawl fundraiser:
- Ticket sales – It’s a fundraiser, so you can sell tickets to help raise funds. EventBrite can handle that online for you. Price between $10 and $20 depending on what you include like a door prize raffle entry, transportation, drink discounts, etc.
- Participation pledges – Many fundraising events ask participants to raise a certain amount for charity. No reason why you can’t as well. Some pub crawl fundraisers use this donation method instead of ticket sales. You can also make it enough to include a pub crawl t-shirt.
- Fundraising bracelets – Create a custom silicone bracelet to show support for your cause and commemorate your pub crawl. Wearing it will also make it easy to keep track of your crawl’s participants as the night progresses. WristbandBros.com has some unique fundraiser bracelets.
- 50/50 raffle – A 50/50 raffle is easy to do because the winning raffle ticket gets 50% of the ticket sales. Ask bar owners in advance if you can do a 50/50 charity raffle at each stop. They are quick and easy to do and lots of bar patrons will join in, particularly if you have a fun theme and some lively pub crawlers supporting your cause.
- Multiple prize raffles – You can also sell regular raffle tickets for a chance to win one of several top prizes. Use the dual raffle tickets where the half you keep has their name and phone number on it. Sell in advance and during your bar crawl. Let raffle ticket buyers know they don’t have to be present to win and do the prize drawing at your final stop.
- Date auction – A silent auction is hard to do in the midst of a pub crawl, but if you have a lot of single adults in your group then you can do a date auction at various stops along the way. Usually the date that’s up for auction is to meet for drinks at the same bar the next week.
- Online auction – Get donations of products and services from businesses and offer them in an online auction. You can promote this in advance and with flyers during your pub crawl. There are several sites that run online charity auctions that are open to bidders across the country and therefore produce some good bidding on items of value.
- Fundraising T-shirt sales – Create a fun t-shirt for your cause and sell them to your crawl participants and in the bars along the way. The wilder the t-shirt, the more other bar patrons will want to buy one to support your cause.
- Donation ask – Don’t be afraid to ask for donations to your cause during your pub crawl. Sure, they are complete strangers, but if your cause is worthy, they will donate. If you’re doing your pub crawl fundraiser to support a charity or to meet a large participation pledge such as the ones For The Cure events, then let everyone know why you’re raising funds and asking for donations. Read more in The Art Of The Ask,which describes how to do “the ask” in 20 words.
- Corporate sponsors – Identify some small businesses that might help sponsor your pub crawl such as local craft brewers, beer distributors, restaurants, etc. The bigger your group, the easier it is to get sponsors but don’t be afraid to start small.
So, to sum up the whole fundraising by doing a pub crawl event, you want to make it as fun as possible, get as many people involved as possible, and ask as many people that you can along the way to support your cause. The bottom line is always the more fun everyone has, the more funds you’ll raise!
Image Credit: Purple Shirt Pub Crawl