Last Thursday Ryan (carpenter) organized a pub crawl on South Street. We had a strict schedule of hitting each bar for half an hour each, with ten minutes travel time in between. There were five bars on the agenda. South Street is an area that is much like Haight Ashbury or St. Mark’s Place – lots of fun bars and restaurants and a very young vibe. A good sized group of Spamalot cast and crew took part – a great time was had by all! Everyone is already talking about when we can plan the next one.
Stop One: Downey’s
Downey’s was your typical Irish pub with a big bar and lots of regular customers. There was also a really cheesy karaoke system set up which seemed to only play Billy Joel songs. Some of our crowd got some appetizers here and we all had a couple of beers while we waited for all the group to assemble. By the time we left Downey’s the following people were amongst the group: myself, Ryan, Tony (sound), Fran (wardrobe), Kiala (a friend of Fran’s), Elaine (hair), Steve (props), Patrick (Lancelot), Piper (swing), Esther (Lady of the Lake standby), Amy (female ensemble), Naomi (female ensemble) and Erik (male ensemble).
Stop Two: Kildare’s
Kildare’s was another Irish pub, only it was larger than Downey’s, with two full bars. There was also a band playing, whom Ryan got to sing a Tenacious D song and dedicate it to the Spamalot Pub Crawl! Kildare’s was very crowded but had a cool young vibe to it.
Stop Three: Mako’s Retired Surfer Club
Mako’s was the biggest dive on the schedule – the crowd there was young, college-age and the beer of choice seemed to be Pabst Blue Ribbon. Patrick bought a round of lemon drop shots for all of us.
Stop Four: Blarney’s
Blarney’s was dead! We were the only ones in there! We decided to have one quick drink and then make a pit stop to get cheesesteaks at Jim’s. I shared a Chimay with Steve and Elaine – I had to start pacing myself! We were all pleasantly surprised when Nigel appeared at this bar – he is our new male swing who had made his debut that night in Erik’s track. He had gone out for drinks with his parents after the show but then managed to track us down, thanks to Ryan’s well-planned itinerary.
Stop Four and a Half: Jim’s Cheesesteaks
Jim’s Cheesesteaks is apparently one of the famous places in town to get the Philly cheesesteak. You have to know exactly how to order or else you will get yelled at. I shared a “whiz” (steak with cheese whiz) “with” (onions), also with sweet peppers. It was gross and good all at the same time. Probably was a good thing to sop up some of the alcohol.
Stop Five: Tattooed Mom
Tattooed Mom was a lot of fun – it was two levels with two different bars. The upstairs was covered in graffiti and had couches and bumper cars to sit in! It was a great spot to finish up the night.
A very successful pub crawl – looking forward to the next one!