CANCELED: Pub Crawl celebrating St. Patrick's Day
Updated as of Monday, March 16, 2020 3 PM
News update: The 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl has been canceled, organizers said March 16 - the day before the event. They cited the coronavirus.
Get a little green during St. Patrick’s Day next week with the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, which organizers say has stayed the same event crawlers have come to know and enjoy.
There are 11 establishments set to participate in the Tuesday, March 17, event, Jersey Lilly Saloon owner Josh Makrauer said.
“We added Granite Mountain Brewing, The Attic,” Makrauer said. “Lyzzard’s got on board again this year.”
It is always fun seeing everyone come out to have fun, with many getting dressed up in their green outfits, said Matt’s Saloon owner Matt Brassard, adding that it is great getting everyone to come out and celebrate together, especially when it is springtime and people are itching to get out and do something.
When it comes to putting on the St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, having the right establishments is an important part of it, Makrauer said. This year the event sees participation from Murphy’s, 201 N. Cortez St.; The Office Restaurant & Bar, 128 N. Cortez St.; Lyzzard’s Lounge, 120 N. Cortez St.; Granite Mountain Brewing, 123 N. Cortez St.; Gurley St. Grill, 230 W. Gurley St.; The Attic, 216 S. Montezuma St.; The Bird Cage Saloon, 160 S. Montezuma St.; 1881 Spirits, 144 S. Montezuma St.; The Palace Restaurant & Saloon, 120 S. Montezuma St.; Jersey Lilly Saloon, 116 S. Montezuma St.; and Matt’s Saloon, 112 S. Montezuma St.
Regarding Coronavirus, Brassard said he and Makrauer are not concerned as long as people are smart and remain vigilant. “People can’t stop living,” Brassard said.
They will take extra precautions, such as having hand sanitizer at the sign-up location, he said, adding there will also be hand sanitizer on the bar at Matt’s Saloon.
The crawl begins at 2 p.m. starting at Murphy’s, which is where the free registration is, and ending at Matt’s Saloon. The event goes until 7 p.m.
Preregistration, which is also free, is available at Matt’s Saloon or Jersey Lilly Saloon during business hours. To register, each participant must be present with a valid ID. Makrauer said last year around 600 people showed up and he is hoping for more than 500 this year. There will be Pub Crawl T-shirts for the first 500 people, available at Matt’s Saloon.
It is all about seeing everyone come out and having a good time, Makrauer said. There’s a kind of camaraderie around the Pub Crawl where everyone who comes can enjoy themselves whether they drink or not, he said. There will be free water and soda at all participating locations for designated drivers.
It is a good event for people who are new to Prescott to come out and be a part of the whole experience as well, Brassard said.
“They’ve got parades that go on in different towns or cities or whatever, and that’s cool,” he said. “But this is a good, fun experience for new people to come out and maybe if they’re new to town, maybe they haven’t really experienced Whiskey Row or some of the downtown, it’s a great opportunity to come down, meet people, see what every establishment is like.”