Pokémon Go Pub Crawls Are Happening All Over the World — Including Tampa Bay
Kids and (nostalgic) adults alike are going crazy for Pokémon Go, but a particular type of Pokémon event popping up all over the world is for players 21-and-up only.
Pokémon Go pub crawls, which invite groups of Pokémon Go players to meet up over drinks and travel from bar to bar while catching Pikachus, Squirtles and Charmanders, plus battling each other in the app along the way, are starting to appear in events calendars from Brooklyn to Colorado to St. Augustine and beyond. The crawls are set up along routes near "gyms" and "Pokestops," real-life places where people go to access features in the game.
A crawl in California is asking people to come dressed as Pokémon. At a crawl in Australia, which saw more than 1,000 people RSVP via Facebook, Pokémon Go was turned into an actual drinking game and bars served up Pokémon themed drinks.
"Miss a shot with a pokeball, sip ya drink," the event page reads. "Evolve a pokemon, everyone sings the entire theme song."
In St. Petersburg, the Pokémon Go Pokébar Crawl is set for July 23 starting at 2 p.m. and close to 3,000 people have expressed interest in going, via Facebook. That crawl starts at Vinoy Park before moving through bars in downtown St. Petersburg including Green Bench brewery and The Bends. The full route is still being decided, and organizers are asking bars that want to be included to contact them through the event's Facebook page.
The page reminds people to use caution when crossing the streets and to use a designated driver or take an Uber to the event.
"What's better than a bunch of drunk people staring at their phones," the event description reads. "Beer in one hand, poke balls in the other!"