Pub crawls are far more agreeable social events than police-station crawls, porcupine cuddle parties, and jury-duty proms. Skip having to unanimously decide which beer is guiltiest with today's Groupon: for $6, you get a walking tour of Charleston pubs with the Charles Towne Pub Stroll (up to $15 value). Pub crawlers meet their tour guide at Washington Square Park at 6:45 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Charles Towne Pub Stroll mixes historical anecdotes with a night of jovial beer sampling inside Charleston's oldest drinking establishments. Decked in a tri-cornered hat and other 18th-century regalia, your tour guide will excitedly share stories about Charlestown's 300-year pub past, including how the taprooms survived during the alcohol-banishing Prohibition era. Tours typically visit three to five pubs per evening, ensuring that feet remain comfortable and the revelry doesn’t escalate to the level of 18th-century laser gun duels. Recent tours have stopped at the Blind Tiger, which avoided being targeted during the Prohibition by posing as a blind tiger exhibit. Of-age pub crawlers will have the opportunity to sample the brews at each olde bar, so they can imagine they're enjoying a frosty cold one just like founding fathers George Wendt and Ted Danson.
The Charles Towne Pub Stroll also allows sightseers to leisurely saunter past the historical landmarks of downtown Charleston during a bustling twilit evening. Guzzle on spirits and libations while finding equations Einstein scribbled on pub walls during his famous time-traveling adventures with today's Groupon to the Charles Towne Pub Stroll.
Cost of beer not included.
- Our favorite stop is the Blind Tiger, where Stello says patrons used to pay to enter the pub to see a "blind tiger" and upon entrance, received complimentary drinks. The pub used this technique to avoid breaking the law of selling alcohol during the probibition era. – Marina Fleming, Charleston City Paper
- The tour guide was high energy and had lots of fun stories to tell about the history of Charleston and how alcohol played a part in it. – JennandJason2009
- We learned all sorts of fun and bizarre facts and had a great time doing it. We met tons of other fun people on the tour as well. – JMWColumbus_OH
Charlestowne Pub Stroll
Charlestowne Pub Stroll's knowledgeable guides cover nearly 300 years of history during their three-hour walking tours, shedding light on the city's libation-steeped past. Guide dressed in full pirate or colonial regalia lead guests along Meeting Street, Broad Street, and throughout the Charleston historic district as they point out the area’s most historically significant pubs. They regale guests with tales of Prohibition-era criminals, early drinking habits, and other historical oddities, including that time when drinking a full gallon of milk was temporarily outlawed in Charleston in the 1900s. Throughout the tour, groups will stop into select watering holes to sample the storied brews for themselves at an extra cost.