The 2008 Santa Claus Pub Crawl

johnboy 15 December 2008 24

[First filed: December 13, 2008 @ 13:44]

A six bar crawl is not one for the ages. It’s a little light and you end up with too much drinking and not enough walking. This is exacerbated when the first bar (Wig and Pen) is at capacity before kickoff time and another (North) is booked out for a private function.

When your crawl has several hundred participants there are limits to what you can do though. The smaller bars just don’t have the capacity for it.

But light as the santa bar crawl may be, there’s just something about hundreds of people dressed as Santa (or very naughty elves) which makes it very special.

Last night was my first one as a participant and I recommend it thoroughly.

Santa outfits are hot things to wear, even light weight cheap ones. They’re rather lacking by way of pockets too, so a smart santa needs a man-bag. But at the end of the day who cares? It’s one night of silly fun with lots of beer.

It was also a chance to re-visit bars like Mooseheads and ICBM which I haven’t darkened the doors of in many a year. It’s a little scary realising just how small ICBM is.

If you missed it, well, only 364 sleeps until the next one.

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madmosh76 madmosh76 8:42 pm 19 Dec 13

Is the Santa Claus Pub Crawl on tomorrow evening the 20th December 2013? I have been searching for any info on this event, but haven’t found anything…. I will assume that it is and since I’ve convinced some friends to get dressed up with me will kick off the Xmas break after work tomorrow at PJ O’Reilleys……Come and find me and say Happy Holidays!! i’ll be the advent calendar…

busgirl busgirl 4:13 pm 26 Oct 09

farnarkler said :

Off topic for a second, do you remember the name of the very cool nightclub next door to antigo near Baileys arcade? It’s now called something else.

Seems the Santa Claus pub crawl needs to book a starting place in 09.

Before it became Cube it was called Liquid Lounge.

…just been reading up on this santa pub crawl…it’s all new to me…sounds like a blast…I’ll be there this year…now, where to buy an outfit…

farnarkler farnarkler 9:40 am 16 Dec 08

Yes it’s still open but I doubt people queue to get in anymore. I never know what happened to Bobbys. It was busy in Dec 98 and about a year later, it fell apart. Off topic for a second, do you remember the name of the very cool nightclub next door to antigo near Baileys arcade? It’s now called something else.

Seems the Santa Claus pub crawl needs to book a starting place in 09.

johnboy johnboy 9:28 am 16 Dec 08

I think PJ’s has had the last laugh over Bobbies.

farnarkler farnarkler 8:50 am 16 Dec 08

johnboy I really like the photo of PJ’s window saying ‘Celebrating 10 years of cra’ You could’ve got the p in the photo if you’d tried.

I remember the opening of PJs caused such hype. A few of us Bobby McGees regulars went to see what all the commotion was about (not a heck of a lot) and decided Bobbys was much better.

Pity you couldn’t get into the Wig.

Sleaz274 Sleaz274 7:02 pm 15 Dec 08

Hhahahaha what an awesome night except for the rain and only having one contact lens in. Thanks to everyone who signed the christmas card and wrote many many hilarious things and nice things and naughty things and numbers and i believe one marriage proposal.

Hope you all had fun

Merry Christmas

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 3:20 pm 15 Dec 08

When I think of a drunk Santa I can never not think of Dan Ackroyd in Trading Places. I love the stashing of the smoked salmon…and the inevitable later consumption. Classic!

Nambucco Deliria Nambucco Deliria 2:25 pm 15 Dec 08

Sorry. Two Santas.

Nambucco Deliria Nambucco Deliria 2:25 pm 15 Dec 08

I’ve seen it. Walking along Cricklewood Broadway Christmas 1999. To Santas crashed out of a pub door and wresttled one another to the floor on the pavement. Hilarious.

Marianne Marianne 2:16 pm 15 Dec 08

I believe the santa pub crawl happens all over the world… but i could be wrong?

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 12:03 pm 15 Dec 08

I have always wanted to see two Santas go the knuckle. That would be cool.

I’m sure you would have seen one or two incidents early Sunday morning if you’d have hung about.

Beserk Keyboard Warrior Beserk Keyboard Warrior 11:00 am 15 Dec 08

I have always wanted to see two Santas go the knuckle. That would be cool.

johnboy johnboy 9:48 am 15 Dec 08

You’ll just have to show up one day to find out.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 9:19 am 15 Dec 08

So whos who in the RA contingent (other than you JB – that’s an obvious one)?

sepi sepi 3:40 pm 14 Dec 08

I thought it started as Anderson’s Consulting Xmas party and snowballed from there.

johnboy johnboy 3:39 pm 14 Dec 08

I think the idea was hatched by a public servant and propagated through departmental email lists.

Happy to get more detail from anyone who’s got it.

As for the photo, it tends to be blur from long exposure in low light rather than lack of focus.

I took the small durable camera rather than the large delicate one.

Ozi Ozi 2:45 pm 14 Dec 08

great pics, John, but would it be correct to infer the lack of focus in some photos towards the end of the album is somehow related to your inebriation? ;-)™

rosebud rosebud 2:40 pm 14 Dec 08

Great photos! Is there any background about how it all began (I love Christmas stories)? Who’s idea was it? Did you see it somewhere else, or is it a clever, clever Canberra idea? (Clever, clever Canberra)

Instant Mash Instant Mash 12:00 pm 14 Dec 08

I MUST do that next year!

farnarkler farnarkler 2:52 am 14 Dec 08

The absence of red-eye reduction actually works in this instance. The average IQ of Mooseheads patrons must’ve gone up by 100 when the Santas arrived.

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