Yesterday we talked about the Harvestfest, which is going on this weekend. But there are a few other great events for those who want to sample some of Salem’s adult beverages.
Using some whimsical adaptations from the official Haunted happenings an avid group of Pub Crawlers brings you Salem’s 4th Annual Drunken Happenings, this Saturday October 18th starting at 3pm. The crawl involves visiting 7 different bars and drinking the recommended specialty drinks. Six hours later everyone meets up at O’Neills to swap stories and hi-five your new BFF.
Having organized a few Salem Pub Crawls myself I commend the Drunken Happenings crew for getting the word out about being safe. They suggest you crawl with a group, set aside time for dinner and remind you NOT TO DRIVE. They even went the extra mile and included info on the cab company and pedicabs for those who might be in need.
While there was some talk of this event being canceled due to an increased police presence this year, it is still on. I look forward to sharing a drink with many of you who will be crawling and remember – Be Safe Out There!
Do you like oom-pah Bands? What about cute chicks wearing a drindl? Are you looking for an excuse to dust off the lederhosen in your closet? Then look no further, Octoberfest is coming to Salem.
I can’t tell you that all the girls that show up will be this pretty nor can I tell you the mugs will be this large but I can tell you they both should.
Here is the low down. This great idea was brought to life by Dianne from Pamplemousse (remember Harvestfest) and it looks to be a lot of fun. A large tent will be set up in the Front Street parking lot on Friday October 24th serving as your Octoberfest headquarters till Sunday the 26th. Local brewery Ipswich Ale will be providing the suds for your consumption.
Now for the bad news.
You have to buy a $20 ticket to enter the tent, similar to the real Oktoberfest (or Wies’n as it’s called in the motherland) where you need to buy a voucher to get a seat in order to be served, however that $20 ticket only gives you a commemorative Ipswich Ale mug and one beer. If the festbier (German for beers sold during Oktoberfest) are 1 liter and the server girls are seriously cute then maybe just maybe $20 is worth it. Keep in mind though if you want any food (New England type food not Germany type food) or an additional beer you are paying for it out of your own pocket.
Proceeds from the event will go to Destination Salem a city department that markets Salem as a tourist destination. Organizers are hoping to walk away with $30,000 profit. While I hope this event is a huge success and they hit their mark something tells me that paying for additional beers of unknown size and price on top of a $20 cover charge might discourage most potential revelers. We will do a follow up to this and let you know how it went.