Another “Light Rail Pub Crawl” is coming to Phoenix Saturday, February 28th from 4-11pm with (at least) 16 participating restaurants and bars offering different specials. The guys at “Responsible Partying Made Simple” are putting it all together and urging people to purchase a t-shirt via RPMS for $10.00. The t-shirt purchase is basically your ticket to get the discounts at businesses along the light rail line.
Their recent press release states the following:
Spreading the word for alternative transportation and DUI awareness
RPM’S is at it again! RPM’S, the membership limousine service designed to decrease DUI’s, is putting on the largest pub crawl Metro-Phoenix has experienced to spread awareness for alternative transportation.
On Saturday, 28 February 2009 from 4 – 11 pm, Metro-Phoenix residents will experience a variety of nightlife flavors. Stretching from Phoenix’s Camelback/Central light rail station to Tempe’s Apache/McClintock station, you will enjoy local nightlife diversity ranging from the authentic British pub George and Dragon to the dynamic, musical atmosphere of the Big Bang piano bar.
“We want to promote the light rail as an alternative to drinking and driving,” said organizer of the event, Merlin U Ward, “and demonstrate to the cities of Phoenix and Tempe why the light rail should run until 2 am.”
Around the metropolitan area, 16 nightlife locations will offer exclusive drink specials during the event to patrons wearing the official RPM’S pub crawl T-shirt (“their ticket”). In addition to special prices, extended happy hours and food discounts are all part of the festivities. Patrons are invited to tour some or all of the crawl hotspots.
T-shirts can be purchased for $10 at three locations on the day of the event: Doc’s Place (Phoenix), Silver Lounge (Phoenix) and the ROC bar (Tempe). T-shirts may also be preordered online at www.RPMSLightRailPubCrawl.com. A portion of the proceeds go to the St. Mary’s Food Bank. Each person who purchases a shirt will help feed 7 people!
I also found this list of participating businesses on a recent blog post from RPMS and have added links to the locations of the businesses.
For Park and Ride locations or for a map of the light rail route, we are here to help. Also, be sure to purchase your light rail ticket before boarding. For just $2.50, you will have unlimited use for the day.
This sounds like a good event to help bring more awareness to businesses along the line. The “responsible partying” aspect from RPMS makes sense as we get a lot of people talking about a “need” to run the light rail cars later on the weekends. We also get the argument that, just because the light rail runs longer, it won’t necessarily help many of the people that have been drinking. ie: Not everyone lives near the line and a ride back to a car parked at a park and ride lot is just “an accident waiting to happen.” I don’t see many cab or shuttle services at the park and ride lots so events like this will help bring more awareness. Most of you know that we like to have fun along the light rail line. I’ll be sure to keep looking for cool events and promotions for you to enjoy in the future.
If you have any specific questions concerning Saturday’s event, please contact RPMS via their web site.