ALTON — Alton Main Street is inviting the public to a Cinco de Mayo-themed Pub Crawl on Thursday, May 5, in Downtown Alton.
Thirteen bars and restaurants are participating in what will be the biggest crawl that Downtown Alton has seen yet.
Tickets are available for $10 at Hops House at Argosy Casino, State Street Market, Morrison’s Irish Pub, Bluff City Grill, Big Muddy Pub, Bossanova Restaurant & Lounge, Chez Marilyn, Elijah P’s Burgers & Brews, Ragin Cajun Piano Bar, Old Bakery Beer Company, The Firehouse Bar, Bubby & Sissy’s and 300 State.
On May 5, participants can check in any time after 4 p.m. to get a pub crawl T-shirt at Bluff City Grill, 102 W. Ninth St. in Alton. A passport that directs participants on this self-guided event will list food and beverage specials, entertainment and giveaways. Passports can be dropped off with the bartender any time before 10 p.m. after participants have visited all of the stops they want to see.
Exciting prizes will be up for grabs, and one participant will win the grand prize — a pair of infield box seats to see the Cardinals play the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 22. Face value of the tickets is $143 each. Participants will be placed into the drawing one time for every establishment on the passport where they’ve made a purchase of food, merchandise, alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage.
“Everyone knows that Downtown Alton is always a great time, but on these special occasions it’s Alton Main Street’s job to take the party to the next level,” Alton Main Street Executive Director Sara McGibany said.
New this year, AMS is adding photo scavenger hunts to capture the memories being made during the crawls. Attendees will find the list of poses to stage on the back of their passport, and a prize will be awarded to the first person to post all of the scavenger hunt photos on social media (#AltonPubCrawls2016).
Alton’s Best Cabs will offer free rides between participating bars during the event, as well as half-price cab rides to get attendees home safely at the end of the night; passports can be shown to the driver to redeem the discount.
The next pub crawl in the series will be an Independence Day-themed event Sunday, July 3. Details can be found on the events page of DowntownAlton.com.