Pub Crawling Solo: Tips for Making Friends and Staying Safe
Traveling solo can be an awe-inspiring adventure. Even more so is pub-crawling solo. Going pub-crawling is often the perfect way to explore different bars and dive into the local culture. It is an adventure that anyone would want to remain safe as much as they want to make new friends. As a seasoned solo traveler, I’ve had moments of fear and loneliness, but the following tips always worked for me. These tips will guide you through your solo pub-crawling adventure and how to stay safe while you make new friends.
1. Research and plan your pub crawl:
Research and plan the pubs, bars, and neighborhoods you intend to visit. You can choose to pre-book a bar crawl, which typically provides a good way to make friends and is guided by locals. It is an excellent way to fully enjoy the nightlife of a city.
2. Be mindful of what you drink:
If you are going to go pub-crawling solo, it is essential to be aware of the alcohol intake. Always keep an eye on your drinks and do not accept drinks from strangers. It’s also a good idea to drink water in between alcoholic beverages to keep hydrated.
3. Make friends and socialize:
One of the best ways to make friends while pub-crawling is to be outgoing and socialize. Start a conversation with locals, fellow travelers, bartenders, and bar crawl guides. Most bars have games, board games or pool tables you can join to entertain yourself and possibly start a conversation.
4. Stay aware and Safe:
It's important to be mindful of your surroundings when pub-crawling solo. Trust your instincts, stay vigilant, and avoid alleys or risky areas. Try to stick to well-populated areas, such as streets with lots of restaurants or bars. Stay clear from closed or locked alleyways, and always let someone know your whereabouts when you're visiting an unfamiliar city.
5. Keep your phone charged:
Ensure your phone is always charged and that you have a portable phone charger with you. A low battery or dead phone will leave you vulnerable if there is an emergency or if you need to call someone. You can also use apps that allow you to send your location in case you are lost, or something happens.
Solo traveling and pub-crawling experience is incredible, and it is even better when you can make new friends while staying safe. Researching, being mindful of what you drink, socializing, staying aware, and keeping your phone charged are all important factors when going out alone to drink. Be mindful of your surroundings and take necessary precautions like carrying a whistle or letting people know your schedule. Above all, trust your gut, and don't be afraid to ask for help if you ever feel unsafe. Remember not everyone is trustworthy, and always prioritize your safety. Now that you have these tips, take the time to have a good time, and drink responsibly. Cheers!