So they sound identical, but I assure you I have found a difference! Ladies and gentlemen, over the last two Saturdays I have been out on both pub crawls armed with my pipette and clipboard to determine a victor! (Ok so my pipette was more of a glass and the clipboard is entirely fictional).
Maybe you’re travelling to Santiago and want to sample the best of the bars and clubs all in one action packed ceremonious night out, or maybe you live here and want to meet up with other outgoing expats. Whichever the case, here I’ll spell out why Pub Crawl Santiago is the night to go on:
Disclaimer: This is written from an independent point of view, by someone who’s looking for serious fun.
Similar on paper
Both charge 10,000 pesos (20 dollars) for free drinks and food between 10-11pm, a free shot in each of the three bars and club entrance. So far so good!
How the ‘crawls fulfill the promise
Free drinks and food was moreover copious amounts of Pisco and beer (with a slice of pizza) on Pubcrawl Santiago and a fine helping of great pizza (with a can or two of beer) on The Santiago Pub Crawl. You have to decide for yourself what’s more important at the beginning of the pub crawl, food or drink. I personally ended up spending more money later on drinks on The Santiago Pub Crawl because of the slowish start.
I can’t say either pub crawl had clearly a better line-up of bars or clubs, but there was a big difference in atmosphere at these places due to the number of crawlers there were in the group. On Pub Crawl Santiago there were 50 or so (and all quite giddily trolleyed), whereas on The Santiago Pub Crawl there were only five. Yes five. Now this is important because one of the places we went to on both of the crawls was entirely rented out for the hour. Which means on one crawl there were five of us upstairs in a hostel bar chatting away, and on the other there were 50 people meeting and greeting and dancing and drinking and shouting and generally going wild! (watch out for the Brazilians.)
How good of a night I had
Well, Pub Crawl Santiago promised “original fun” and The Santiago Pub Crawl promised “an unforgettable night”. All I know is that everything was more exciting on the former, the main reason being because of the animators. On Pub Crawl Santiago the leaders were off-the-wall energetic and very approachable too. Whereas two of the three people running The Santiago Pub Crawl weren’t drinking and the third was sipping (a sin I tell you! I know you don’t have to have drink to have fun, but come on’, it is a pub crawl). At least then you would hope for some naturally crazy leaders that will guide you to new frontiers of enjoyment, but I didn’t find this to be the case. This to me made the whole world of difference; good animators make the pub crawl. There I’ve said it. And animators that stick around as well, on Pub Crawl Santiago it was the animators who were the last ones standing (and inviting people to after parties!) whereas on The Santiago Pub Crawl the staff went home the minute we set foot in the club. Poor show I’m afraid.
I had a nice time on The Santiago Pub Crawl, but it was more like going out with a guide and a few acquaintances from a hostel, rather than a specially organized event. Pub Crawl Santiago on the other hand is The Santiago Public Crawl on acid, and the staff made it that way. If you’re looking for a wild and unforgettable night go on Pub Crawl Santiago, it quite literally drinks the other pub crawl under the table!
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