Saturday, November 22, 2008

It's For The Kids!

Well, we're looking at sponsoring a charity for the 2009 edition. Really. Children's Hospital in Madison.

But in the meantime, this is an actual photo from Saturday morning at the 2nd Annual HBBTPC. Yes, those people are really doing push-ups. Yes, they're in the middle of Pier Plaza. And yes, this was about ten bars in.

Second Annual Hermosa Beach Big Ten Pub Crawl

Another year, another pub crawl! The second annual was at least as much fun as the first.

Our remarkably enthusiastic staff was up early (like 8:00 early!!) for sign-ins and lanyard distribution . . .

. . . and were met by plenty of willing drinkers at Hennessey's for some pre-crawl bloody mary's.

Aloha Sharkeez was a new stop on the crawl this year, and a popular one thanks to the always refreshing communal Big Blue UM shark tank. Seriously, who doesn't like shoving a straw into an electric blue drink at ten in the morning with twelve of your closest midwest friends?

Minnesota takes over Malloy's.

Where did all these Wolverines come from?

A classic shot outside of Shore

A Spartan fan holding a Spartan Spirit and showing her . . . well . . . Spartan Spirit.

The Indiana banner went missing during the crawl - this intrepid Hoosier tracked it down and brought it back to its home bar - Barnacles.

Note the diverse crowd at the Purdue bar - Shark's Cove. Note the guy in white with a drinking glove. Note the guy in red trying to choke down a Boilermaker.


Not sure what he's yelling about.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's your Gold Team Leader, Blue Team Leader, Red Team Leader, and Green Team Leader. Red Team Leader has apparently been drinking. Nice security jackets, gents.

Two lovely Badger fans drink in the ambiance at Madison West - The Underground.

This guy flew all the way out from Madison for the pub crawl. And for his dedication, he took a shaving cream pie to the face.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Five Suggestions for a Successful Big Ten Pub Crawl

WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS RESPONSE FROM MIDWEST FOLK so please see below to help make this another fun & festive Saturday crawl.

1. Be Punctual. Due to numbers, we are having a shotgun start at various bars so highly encouraged to arrive 8:30am at Hennesseys to check in, grab your lanyard, and join a crawl team as the games begin promptly at 9am.

2. Pay as you go. Each drink is between $3-$5, so bring CASH $1s and $5s for faster ordering & tipping.

3. Wear your school colors, comb your hair, and bring a camera as want to post quality photos after the event.

4. While all of the bars are expecting us, be aware that we will likely overwhelm them with our good looks and sheer numbers.

5. Don’t Drink and Drive. Get a driver, take a Taxi, stay at a Hotel, or even hook up with a local.

All Yellow Taxi 310-527-3100
Bell Cab Company 888-235-5222
South Bay Yellow Cab 310-533-6800
United Independent Taxi 310-414-0411

Hermosa Hotels
Hotel Hermosa, 2515 PCH, 310-318-6000
Hampton Inn, 1530 PCH, 310-318-7800
Grandview Inn, 55 14th St, 310-929-7845
Holiday Inn Express, 125 PCH, 800-345-8082

PARKING: A parking structure is available on Hermosa Avenue 13th St., a couple blocks north of the Pier. Costs $1 an hour with a max 24 hours of $16. Or, with a little walk, there is free 12 hour parking on Valley Drive between 8th & 10th. Or you can opt for metered street parking but beware that parking tickets are $45.

CRAWL: includes the below bars and specials with a new stop every 30 minutes.
Check in @ 8:30am at Hennesseys, crawling at 9am sharp. Pay as you go.

Hennesseys / 8 Pier Ave / Illinois / Champaign Mimosa
Sharkeez / 52 Pier Ave / Michigan / Go Blue Bowl
Barnacles / 837 Hermosa Ave / Indiana / Hoosier Energizer
Shark’s Cove / 1220 Hermosa Ave / Purdue / Boilermaker
Underground / 1332 Hermosa Ave / Wisconsin / Rose Bowl
Shore / 1320 Hermosa Ave / Michigan State / Spartan Spirit
Poop Deck / 1272 The Strand / Iowa / Budweiser
Fat Face Fenners / 53 Pier Ave / Penn State / Rolling Rock
Patrick Malloys / 50 Pier Ave / Minnesota / Golden Gopher
Dragon / 22 Pier Ave / Ohio State / Redeye
Lighthouse / 30 Pier Ave / Northwestern / Purple Hooter

NOTE: If you RSVP’d for others, please share this email with your guests.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

2nd Annual BIG TEN PUB CRAWL - Hermosa Beach

Hello Big Ten'ers
Celebrate the end of the Big Ten football season as we once again crawl around in Hermosa hitting 11 bars, catching pieces of Big Ten football action, enjoying special Big Ten themed cocktails, and getting some mild walking exercise while listening to Big Ten School fight songs.

Contests/Lanyards/Good People.

Saturday, November 22
8:30am Check in @ Hennesseys - 8 Pier Ave

RSVP TO by Wednesday 11/19.
RSVP to get a lanyard and will help us with prep - include your name, names of guests, school you represent, and email. Wear your school colors!