It's the Lake's annual, often-cold wildly popular bar hopping event: the Mardi Gras Pub Crawl returns this weekend. This year, though, the Pub Crawl has a few major changes.
Change #1 - No Buses
The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce puts on the pub crawl, which normally takes place on a Saturday night, as revelers ride buses on a route through Lake Ozark and Osage Beach, hopping off at their favorite watering hole, and hopping back aboard whenever they like. But this year, in response to Covid concerns, the Chamber is opting not to run buses.
Local cab and shuttle companies will be mobilized, and Uber and Lyft are always options at the Lake, the Chamber says. The pub crawl website lists local transportation options, and the pub crawl's Passport App (available soon on the App Store & Google Play) will list them as well.
Participants are reminded to always designate a sober and safe driver, and to never drive after drinking.
Change #2 - Passport + Prizes
Pub Crawl participants can win big prizes by hitting at least half of the participating locations throughout the event. Those who visit all of the participating locations will be eligible to win the $1,000 weekend Grand Prize. Passports will be primarily on the digital passport app (App Store & Google Play). Physical passports may also be printed -- contact the Chamber for more details.
Change #3 - Three Days, Not Just One Night
Normally the Pub Crawl takes place on one evening, but this year, the event is being stretched across three days: Friday – Sunday, Feb. 19–21. "We felt adding the two additional days would allow participants additional time to visit all participating venues most especially if they are seeking a chance at the $1,000 cash prize," the Chamber said in their FAQs about the Pub Crawl.
View event Rules & Regulations here: http://lakepubcrawl.com/2021/2021%20Pub%20Crawl%20Passport%20Rules%20&%20Regulations.pdf
Participating Locations - Pub Crawl 2021
Arris Pizza & Pub
Blondie’s Burger Bar
Dam Good Slice
Harmy’s Cheese Store & More
High Noon Bar & Grill
Inn At Grand Glaize
JJ Twig’s Pizza & BBQ
Lake of the Ozarks Brewing Co.
Shawnee Bluff Winery
Tirebiters Peanut Pub
Lake Area Chamber's Pub Crawl FAQs
Why have the Pub Crawl event if there are no busses?
That’s a great question and is one getting asked heavily right now as we roll out the 2021 Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl Passport event details. We want to continue to support our local businesses and community and if we have to modify the event in order for it to take place, then Let’s Do It! With the understanding busses could not be an option this year the Chamber, along with participating venues agreed, the lake offers a variety of other transportation means (local cab, local transportation companies, Uber, Lyft, etc.) that our participants could take use of.
What about safety?
Just like previous years, we encourage our participants to be safe and responsible. For convenience, several transportation services will be listed on both the LakePubCrawl.com website along with the official Mobile App Passport. We have also seen many responses already on our LakePubCrawl Facebook page from local drivers promoting their individual services during our February weekend.
Why is this year’s event 3 days instead of the traditional 1?
Because there will not be busses this year, we felt adding the two additional days would allow participants additional time to visit all participating venues most especially if they are seeking a chance at the $1,000 cash prize (requires 100% completion of passport stops).
What is the “Passport”? That’s new.
Since it's a 3-day event with no busses this year, wristbands did not make sense. Instead, we created a PASSORT APP. All participants download the app on their phone. The app enables you to check-in at all participating locations, receive their special Pub Crawl promotions, AND win some amazing prizes! Basically, the PASSPORT APP replaces the WRISTBAND identifying you as participating in the Pub Crawl this year. Participants will need to have the PASSPORT APP to be eligible for prizes. (See Rules & Regulations for passport details; see Prizes for list of prizes)
Is a Passport required to participate?
The short answer is No. All participating venues will be open during their scheduled hours for both participants and the general public. If you plan to visit at least 50% of the participating venues during the event weekend, we encourage you to participate with a passport to allow yourself an entry to some amazing prizes! (Check out Prizes listed on LakePubCrawl.com)
2020 Pub Crawl Pics
PHOTOS: Cheers! Mardi Gras Pub Crawl At The Lake [GALLERY I]
Thousands turned out for the Mardi Gras Pub Crawl at Lake of the Ozarks on Saturday, Feb. 8. Partiers hopped aboard buses that ran between 14 bars across Lake Ozark and Osage Beach as well as several local lodging facilities. The event is organized by the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
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