ALTON — Alton Main Street invites residents to celebrate the Irish holiday in Downtown Alton at the St. Paddy’s Day Tavern Tour.
The event is the first in a series of three holiday-themed events. Participants will travel to 10 Downtown businesses Thursday, March 17.
Tickets are available for $10 at Morrison’s Irish Pub, Big Muddy Pub, Bluff City Grill, Bossanova Restaurant & Lounge, Chez Marilyn, Elijah P’s, Ragin Cajun Piano Bar, Old Bakery Beer Company, The Firehouse Bar and 300 State.
On St. Patrick’s Day, participants can check in any time after 4 p.m. at Bluff City Grill, 102 W. Ninth St. Upon arrival, guests will select an accessory to complete their party attire and receive a passport that will direct them on this self-guided event. Passports will list details for food and beverage specials, entertainment and giveaways being offered to participants. Drop your passport with the bartender any time before 10 p.m. after you have visited all of the stops you’d like to see.
Prizes will be up for grabs, including the grand prize — a $100 gift certificate to any of the participating establishments. Second place is a basket of alcoholic beverages. Participants will be placed into the drawing one time for every establishment on the passport where they’ve made any 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,” said Sara McGibany, executive director of Alton Main Street. “You won’t have to worry about getting pinched because we have got your piece of ‘Irish flair’ covered with a variety of green things to wear during your travels.”
New this year, Main Street is adding a photo scavenger hunt to capture the memories. 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 be offering 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; show your passport to the driver to redeem your discount.
Mark your calendars for the remaining pub crawls in the series — Cinco de Mayo Thursday, May 5, and an Independence Day-themed event Sunday, July 3. For details, visit the Events page of www.DowntownAlton.com.