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March 3, 2009

The Snuggie Pub Crawl recap

Snuggies Pub CrawlI couldn't make it to the Snuggie Pub Crawl this past Saturday because it was my lil' sister Rachel's 21st birthday. Thankfully, Midnight Sunner Evan has every sweaty detail:

Let it be known: The Snuggie Bar Crawl may or may not have been the best bar crawl in Baltimore history, but it was certainly the best bar crawl that Fort Avenue has ever bore witness to.

I remember seeing dozens and dozens of "Attending" RSVPs on Facebook shortly before the event and thinking "[Gosh darn it], this could be the best bar crawl Fort Avenue has ever bore witness to."

And by the time everyone arrived at Captain Larry's it looked like it was pretty much inevitable.

There were at least 60 people crowded into Larry's and additional people crammed into Rafters across the street, traffic literally began slowing on Fort Ave. to catch glimpses of the Cult of Blue as they assembled a horde to take a group picture ...

Everything went smoothly and according to expectation; drinking, revelry, making endless Snuggie jokes, the usual. Everyone was having a pretty great time, mingling and socializing from bar to bar (some of which seemed pretty overwhelmed by a fleet of Snuggies invading their place of business).

Things started to get especially interesting once we hit the fifth bar or so, as folks started getting pretty lit and began to resemble drunken wizards wandering around the streets in small groups, rather than a larger group of bar goers who could justify looking so ridiculous on a Saturday afternoon. As far as I could tell, only about a quarter of the bar goers made it past the fifth or sixth location.

southside.jpgRegardless, the crawl maintained its "total blast" status well until the very end. Even after the regulars at the smaller places gave us the stink eye and vacated. Even when the more imbibed folks started shedding their Snuggies like they were wearing itchy burlap sacks and opted for cheese steaks instead.

Especially when there were only a few of us left belting out karaoke at Paul's - a time during which I discovered Midnight Sun enthusiast BA has Golden Pipes. His Elvis is, like, to die for!

Congrats to the crew at Captain Larry's for pulling off a great time.


1. The arrival of Mr. Zink in his "SnugWow," a Snuggie wrapped in Shamwows. We used him to mop up many spills.

2. The presence of a friend of mine at Don't Know who was attempting to buy 125 Long Island Ice Teas over the course of the day from 10 a.m. till close. He did it.

3. A group of girls who decided that they should be Dark Jedis rather than people in snuggies and wore Darth Vader masks.

4. Let's just say people get slightly more perverted when Snuggies and alcohol are involved. Yikes.

5. The pure, distilled surreal droplets that came out of hanging out in Southside Saloon (pictured) and drinking Bud ponies with 20 people in Snuggies.

(Top photo by Courtney Block. Bottom photo by Sun photographer Elizabeth Malby)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:47 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Random stuff


"2. The presence of a friend of mine at Don't Know who was attempting to buy 125 Long Island Ice Teas over the course of the day from 10 a.m. till close. He did it."

my god man, he didn't drink them all, did he? he should be dead.

He is dead, Allan. He is dead.


Tim Lumber?

Too soon?

Evan, you're either being far too kind or you were way drunker than i realized.

In any event, my favorite part of the pub crawl was learning about snuggies, slankets, and the like.

Evan was sporting a proto-snuggie of sorts, with bears and stuff on it. I think he said it got it years and years ago. Very impressive.

A couple people were wearing slankets, which actually predate snuggies. Also, did you know that slankets are 3 times more expensive than slankets? Neither did I. Why so much more? A little internet research suggests that the extra money probably pays slanket's impressive team of writers. These guys are friggin' geniuses. Check out the description of the "Castelrock" Slanket:
"The high intensity discharge lights washed the steel vault in an antiseptic glow. Cold gray walls as thick as the armor of a battleship. Each man had his own reason for being there, that night. Yet they all shared one common interest. When the last seal on the door had been cracked, their treasure was revealed, The Slanket, in Castlerock Grey."

Sounds like it's worth every penny.

More here:

Sam, please encourage people to wear snuggies and slankets on Thursday.

My apologies to the pub crawlers in this photo. The image is way too red (and not from all the participants drinking). I was stone cold sober since I was heading to DC. Maybe that was the problem! I promise better, color-adjusted pics from the MS Shindig on Thurs.


It sounds like J. Peterman wrote that product description.

What I want to know is whether anyone at the snuggie pub crawl expressly purchased a snuggie to wear to the pub crawl....(oh, and whether anyone showed up at the shindig clad in a snuggie).

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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