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Pub Crawl License


Permits organizers to host a tour involving at least 200 participants visiting multiple alcohol licensed establishments within walking distance of one another.

Pub crawls are not permitted on July 4, October 31, and December 31.


Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

Board Orders and Settlement Agreement terms apply and may affect eligibility.

To Apply

Applicants must first submit a Pub Crawl License Application at least 60 days prior to the date on which the first event will occur. Applications are subject to ABC Board approval.

After obtaining approval to hold a pub crawl license, promoters and organizers are required to submit an event application and obtain approval for each pub crawl scheduled to be held in the District at least 60 days before each event takes place.

Valid Period and Fees

Licenses of the same class and type expire on the same day regardless of issuance date. Licenses may be valid for up to three (3) years based on the relevant license cycle.

See Fee and Renewal Schedule for details.

Of Note

Pub crawl organizers and promoters are required to: 

  • Post the approved operational and security plans at all designated registration areas
  • Post the approved pub crawl license at each participating establishment
  • Provide literature explaining responsible drinking practices at any designated registration area
  • Be present at the pub crawl event to oversee and manage all activities 
  • Refrain from purchasing or consuming any alcohol
  • State that participants must be 21 years of age or older, promote the use of public transportation, and include the plan for designated drivers in promotional materials. 
  • Submit a Police Clearance from the local jurisdiction in which the applicant resides, if the residence is outside of the District.

Related Resources

Pub Crawl Litter Removal Plan Guidelines
MPD Police Clearance
Certificate of Clean Hands - OTR