Can I get a BORACAAAAAAAYYYYY! PUB CRAWL! Our war cry for the evening rang out with gusto across the clear night. An unlikely group of all nationalities and ages, strangers at the beginning of the evening, but now the very best of drinking buddies.
After all, that is the Boracay Pub Crawl’s slogan – turning strangers into friends. I had found the pub crawl listed on TripAdvisor in my research for things to do on the island a couple of weeks before our holiday, and thought it would be something fun and a good intro to the nightlife of Boracay. Pub crawls were running on Mondays and Thursdays when we were in Boracay (they’ve since changed the pub crawl days, so check their website if you’re thinking of going), so we had to book in for the Monday night even though it was our first night on Boracay as we were leaving on Thursday. Nothing like a baptism of fire, right?!
We rocked up to the meeting point, Tibraz Bar at Station 1 at 8:00pm. We were greeted enthusiastically by the Pub Crawl staff and issued with our regulation bright yellow Pub Crawl shirt, wristband, shot glass on a lanyard and free shot tickets. All of this was included in our ticket price (around $17-$19 when we went), plus a discount booklet for lots of local businesses. We headed over to the back of the bar to cut up and customise our t-shirts with the kindly provided scissors, and we then received our briefing for the night. First rule of was a classic pub crawl one in that you could only drink from your left hand – if you were caught the penalty was to scull the rest of your drink! We were also given our first pub crawl task/game for the night, to find 3 people we didn’t know and find out 3 unique things about them – one of the many games that we played on the night to get to know a whole range of other people.
We had read that the Pub Crawls generally have anywhere between 20-100 participants each night, but we were the first there so were hoping that we hadn’t chosen a dud night! However our fears were unfounded as people started streaming in, and before we knew it Tibraz was a sea of yellow t-shirts!
The rest of the night was amazing, visiting 5 different bars around Boracay with free entry and free shots in each, plus drink specials for those wearing the bright yellow Boracay Pub Crawl shirts. The times in between bars were broken up with hilarious games on the beach, all aimed at getting to know new people, and just have a great night in general! It all culminated at the end of the night (or was it early the next morning?) with a hilarious silent disco at one of the beach bars.
I won’t go into too much detail about the Pub Crawl – you really have to experience it for yourself! And after all, what happens on Pub Crawl, stays on Pub Crawl, right? I really would highly recommend that if you’re heading to Boracay and looking for a really great night out, book in to go on a Pub Crawl. We made some really great friends that we met up with again when we got back to Manila, and continue to catch up with on Facebook. And there there’s nothing like the camaraderie when you spot another fellow Pub Crawler the next day at the beach, still sporting their bright yellow wristband. If I get back to Boracay at some stage, I will definitely be signing up again!
*Please note that I am not affiliated with the Boracay Pub Crawl, nor did I receive any discount or freebies for reviewing them – they actually didn’t even know that I’d be writing a blog post! All opinions are my own.
Have you been on the Boracay Pub Crawl? Share your experience in the comments!