If you’re hopping on the Vegas Crawl you’re bound to have a great time, but once in awhile you can go overboard and end up in a variety of situations you’d rather not be in, especially in Sin City. At World Crawl, we have plenty of experience when it comes to this sort of thing, and have learned from experience that there are a few different things you can do to make sure you finish the crawl strong and have a great time doing it.
Read on for our top 10 Vegas club crawl survival tips, and follow them! Trust us, you’ll thank us later.
1. Don’t Pregame
We know, on most nights out it’s completely customary to sip on a drink (or 3) while getting ready for the night. Nothing like a little booze to take the edge off and loosen you up for the night, right?
WRONG. You’re going out with the purpose of drinking multiple drinks at multiple clubs across town… you’re not going to need those pregame drinks. There’s an ice breaker in the beginning, along with free or discounted drinks to get the night started. A couple glasses of wine may not seem like a lot, but when you stack it on top of the totem pole of booze that your evening is about to become, it may be just enough to send you over the edge.
2. Try to Order Drinks During Happy Hour
Depending on what time of the day your crawl starts, you may find yourself able to place the majority of your drink orders during happy hour, meaning you can save a bit of cash. And no one says no to that, right?
3. Pace Yourself
When it comes to the Vegas Crawl, there is one thing you always need to remember; you’re running a marathon, not a sprint. If you want to make it to the end of the crawl, you’re going to need to pace yourself.
If you stop at 4 clubs, and have 2 drinks and a shot at each one, by the end of the night you’ve had 8 drinks and 4 shots and that’s enough to throw most people in the gutter the next day. It’s perfectly acceptable to just have one drink at each stop, and it’s also fine to have more. Just make sure you set a pace that works for you, and you slow yourself down if you start getting a little too wobbly.
4. Eat First
Somewhere along your crawl you should come across some appetizer trays, or at least stop at a few spots where you can order food. However, it’s still a good idea to eat a little something first before you leave for the crawl.
You never know how long you’re going to have to wait before you get food on the crawl, and you could very easily end up with a few drinks in your empty stomach before you know what hit you. Even if you don’t feel hungry, just eat a small snack. The more carbs, the better. They will provide a nice, soft cushioning for you later after you slam a bunch of drinks and may even save you from a hangover the next day.
5. Stay Hydrated
You may think this one goes without saying, but we’re going to say it anyways. DRINK WATER. You’re not going to have a problem getting drunk, trust us. Each glass will give you magical H2O powers that will carry you on through the night.
Aim to drink at least one glass at each stop. Order one at the same time you order your drink; your body will be happy and the bartender will be happy that you aren’t bothering them just to get one water.
6. Mind Your Mixing
One of the easiest ways to make sure you can’t get our of bed the next day is drinking one of every type of drink at the bar. Yes, club crawls are all about new experiences and having fun, but it’s still wise to avoid mixing too many different types of booze.
Now, we’re not saying you can’t have a beer and a shot. But a beer, a glass of wine, 2 shots of tequila, a whiskey sour, and a gin and tonic all in one night aren’t going to do you any favors. You may feel like a super hero by the end of the crawl, but when you wake up in the morning you’re going to hate yourself.
7. Stick With the Crawl
As the crawl rolls on, things can get a little hazy, but it’s very important that you stay with the group and keep following your club crawl guides for a variety of reasons.
First, that’s how you’re going to get your money’s worth. The whole point of the crawl is checking out all the different places, so make sure you don’t miss any! Secondly, they will keep you safe and make sure you don’t end up passed out in the street somewhere. Thirdly, it gives you a built-in exit strategy to keep things moving along when you get caught in the drunkard’s loop of an endless conversation, or when that creepy dude at stop 3 won’t stop asking for your zodiac sign.
8. Try to Make New Friends
One of the best parts of partying with Vegas Crawl is all the amazing new friends you can make. When you’re on the crawl it can be tempting to stay huddled up with your friends at each club, but you should try to avoid the urge. Each crawl brings together hundreds of fun people from all over the world; it’s one networking opportunity you definitely don’t want to miss out on.
We’re not saying you should go alone to the crawl. However, if the only people you’ve talked to all night have already been your friends for 5 years, you’re missing out on a big part of what club crawls are all about.
9. But Don’t Get Completely Separated
Like they said in grade school; make new friends but keep the old. You don’t want to hide behind the friends you came with, but you also don’t want to get so wrapped up with your new friends that you don’t even realize your BFF from high school got left at the first stop on the crawl.
Try to keep an eye on your friends so you don’t end up playing hide-and-seek later in the night. You may even want to set up certain signals ahead of time so your friends can swoop you in and save you from any awkward conversations you may end up in.
10. Don’t Drink and Drive
We mean it! The fact that you’ve planned ahead enough to join a crawl means that you’re one smart cookie. At World Crawl, we like to stick to venues that are a walkable distance from each other so that the group can stay together and really get to know the texture of each neighborhood.
However, it’s a good rule in most situations where transportation could be an issue to make sure you plan that part of the evening ahead of time. If you’re going in a big enough group or heading out for a special occasion, you may want to rent a party bus or limo. In major cities, taxi cabs and Uber are also an option. Start asking around now and you may even find a DD. No matter how you decide to get home, make sure you don’t jump behind the wheel. Ever.