TNB Night Owl – Banana Bar Crawls

Two pints of beer. Photo by U3144362.

A “bar crawl” or, more classically, a “pub crawl” is a very simple, often informal event in which a group of people drink alcohol at one establishment, then leave to drink at another place. Depending on the size of the group and how well organized it is, the crawl may peter out after arriving at the second location or proceed through a dozen or more venues.

For the organized events, there is typically something which unifies all of the crawl participants. It may be a desire to help a charity, or fandom for a movie or author (James Joyce fans are notorious for their Dublin, Ireland bar-hopping). On some rare occasions it can be something more tenuous.

Like bananas.

Charlotte, North Carolina has been holding a Banana Bar Crawl for seven years, and is scheduled to host the event again in February, 2020. Participants assemble at the first bar, then proceed from place to place… all while dressed as bananas.

A reasonable person might wonder what in the world inspired a group to host an event like this yearly. The answer is probably either Toronto or London, both of which held banana bar crawls in the year prior to the first Charlotte event.

What caused two large cities to host banana-themed crawls in 2012? The answer is likely Dallas… where the year before, the first banana bar crawl was held. It was the brainchild of the creators of the bizarre (and often profane and offensive) Cyanide and Happiness webcomic.

Like the Charlotte event, the Dallas crawl has become a yearly attraction. Consider yourself warned, should you find yourself in Deep Ellum in early May.

Question of the night: What’s a dish you’d recommend from one of your favorite bars or restaurants?

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