Fireworks, flags, barbecues and beer! For some people, that's the Fourth of July in a nutshell.
If the best way to prep for Independence Day is with plenty of ice cold American brew, Canton might be the place for you. On Sunday, eight bucks and two canned goods will get you into eight bars from 5 p.m. to midnight. Each bar will offer food and drink specials -- such as deals on buffalo wings or shooters -- in the inaugural Canton Liberty Bar Tour.
"It's kind of just like a day of drinking, having fun and traveling from bar to bar," said Jackie Geyfman, event coordinator for Lindy Promotions, the company running the tour. "If you haven't been to a bar [there], it's a good chance to see all the bars that Canton has to offer."
Though the company has held Canton bar tours for four years, this is the first time it has held one on the Fourth of July weekend. One of the tours in the spring attracted about 800 people, and more are expected to participate Sunday, Geyfman said.
"We've done a lot of events in Canton recently, and they've just blossomed," she said. "We wanted to make this a really big one."
It'll be a younger crowd, mostly between the ages of 21 and 35, Geyfman said. John Pozniak, a 27-year-old who lives in Federal Hill, fits the bill. He has been to bar tours in Federal Hill, Fells Point and Canton. He said he likes the Federal Hill bar tours the best because he knows the crowd, but Canton comes in a close second. His crew of about 10 to 12 people usually tries to hit every bar on the list and close out the tour, he said. The Liberty Bar Tour is next on his list.
"It's a little more fun because you're not in one spot for three or four hours," Pozniak said. "You're going someplace new every hour. You're seeing a whole bunch of different people. ... It's a nice change."
Sign-up for the bar tour is 5 p.m.-10 p.m. at Looney's Pub. You'll get a wristband, which takes care of all cover charges at participating bars, a map with their locations and specials (in large type, which will come in handy late-night) and Fourth of July memorabilia such as hats and beads. You can either pay $11 or donate two canned goods and pay $8. Lindy Promotions will give the canned goods to the Maryland Food Bank, Geyfman said.
The participating bars are Looney's Pub, Coburn's Tavern, Rick's Cafe, the Pickled Parrot, Lager's Pub, Canton Station, JD's Smokehouse and Portside Tavern. All are on or within walking distance of O'Donnell Square.
Geyfman, who said she has done her share of bar crawls, will be out and about Sunday. "It's a good time," she said. "It's just a really good time."
The Canton Liberty Bar Tour is from 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday. Register from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Looney's Pub, 2900 O'Donnell St. Wristbands are $11 or $8 with two canned goods. Call 800-422-7295 or visit www.lindypromo.com.
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