Pickle Pub Crawls
It is so obvious! What goes better together than boat rides and beer?! Especially in our beautiful harbour with amazing brew pubs everywhere! Starting May 17th and running everyday until September 15th, the little ‘pickle boats’ will be on the water from 10 am to 9 pm.
This years’ pub locations include: The Blue Crab Restaurant at the Coast Hotel, The Flying Otter Grill, Lido Bistro, Canoe Brewpub, Irish Times and The Bard and Banker*
How it works:
Wristbands are available for purchase for $15 from our dock staff in front of the Empress Hotel, and they allow for 4 ferry hops to 3 pubs in the harbour, (you can go to all 6 locations if you want, but the wristband only give you 4 ferry hops) AND if you come with 4 or more people your group will get a free appetizer per 4 people at EACH PUB! (choice of appetizers is up to the pubs’ discretion).
All pub crawls must start at our downtown location on the docks in front of the Empress Hotel, unless otherwise arranged by the office. This is so we can make sure every group has a smooth evening on the water.
Each pub crawl is organized by you and your group, no guides here. Go when you want, for how long you want. We recommend you start a bit earlier, say around 5 (if you are going at night), to make sure you get to all the stops before the boats are off the water at 9. When you are done at each pub, walk down to the ferry stop and catch the next boat to the next location, and finish the night at either Irish Times or The Bard & Banker. Easy peasy.
Take advantage of summer when it gets here, and hop on one of our “pickle boats” with your friends to grab an icy cold, local pint!
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Frequently Asked Questions:
- How many people do your boats hold?
12, but seating is on a first come, first serve basis.
- When are the Pickle Pub Crawls finishing?
Around September 16th. Our boats don’t have lights and need to be off the water at 5pm then when it gets dark earlier.
- If we want to go to more pubs than what is listed, how does that work?
Depending on where you want to go, an extra $5 or $10 can be added to accommodate your extra stops.
- What if we want to change the route?
The route is fairly flexible, with a few exceptions: we recommend the either the Blue Crab or Lido Bistro as the first stop, followed by the Flying Otter or Canoe Brewpub, and finishing with the Bard and Banker or Irish Times.
- Can we bring alcohol on the boats?
- How long should we give ourselves to do the Pickle Pub Crawls?
A good 4 or 5 hours. Service at pubs are not always as fast as you’d want.
- Can you accommodate large groups of 10-30 people?
Yes, although we appreciate a phone call before the date so we can ensure your pub crawl goes smoothly. We will have to break the group up because the large numbers strain the kitchen staff, so as long as your group does not mind that…
- If my friends and I are ready to do a PPC, where do we go?
Down to the docks in front of Milestone’s downtown. There will be a Harbour Ferry Staff member there who accepts all forms of payment for your wristbands, and who will put you on the next boat out.
- Can we be picked up at Fisherman’s Wharf or West Bay Marina to start our Pub Crawl?
Yes, but you’ll need to pre-purchase your wristbands down at the dock or here at the office before that date, and arrange for your pickup with me at the office before that date as well. There is an extra $10 charge for pick up at West Bay Marina.
- How does the passport work?
Your group will be given one passport per four people; the pubs will stamp their logo in the passport when your group receives the appetizer at that location. There is also a handy map of the harbour inside!
Contact for more information:
Michele @ 250-708-0201 ext.104
*does not include drinks or priority seating
*Wristbands valid on day of pub crawl only