Pubcrawls and stories of drinking: some tips for guides

More often than not, pubcrawls and stagparties have a very bad reputation indeed. Part of the problem in relation to pubcrawls, is the active participation of the pubcrawlguide in both the formation of the travelstory created and repeated by the tourist, as in his part of the tour-dramaturgy, leading up to- during the pubcrawl and the creation of the narrative afterwards.

Telling, retelling, living and reliving of stories, is closely linked to drinking.

  1. Make clear “chapters” within the tour, clearly marking each one with storytelling opportunities.
  2. Format the dramaturgy of the tour, leading up to the first location, in such a way that a sense of achievement is created, such as introducing a gaming element after having finished the first location. Make sure you assign a role to one or more pubcrawlers, giving him or her a higher status within the group.
  3. Make the story unique but with interexchangable elements, drawn from other “drinkingstories”, narrated by key-players within your pubcrawl group.
  4. The drinking itself is not seen as anything special. They turn into stories if they involve one or several acts of transgression, defined as the crossing of boundaries set by an authority or convention (Tutenges; Jenks, 2003).
  5. Pubcrawlers actively seek out structures and situations that give affordance to the forming of narratives; You can utilise this within the planning of your pubcrawl;
  6. Not every “chapter” within tbe tour-dramaturgy has to be clearly outlined. They can also be construed into a narrative by the actual turn of events.
  7. Try to pre-construe storylines by, for example, theming, making it easier for the participants to form a cause-and-effect relationship between the demarcation of locations and chapters.

For collecting and archiving stories and narratives:

Stories Matter

Several flashcard tools

Text transcription and annotation tools

Timeline creator

Mobile diary study

 timeline Experience Design for hostels and bed breakfast La Clappeye22

More tools

Read also:

Staging the tour-location for groups: Event-space and perception

Some reading for you

  • Briggs, D. (2016) ‘Risk and transgression on holiday: “new experiences” and the pied piper of excessive consumption’, .
  • Richards, G. (2016) ‘Power of youth travel 2016’, .
  • Tutenges, S. (2016) ‘Pub crawls at a Bulgarian Nightlife resort: A case study using crowd theory’, .
  • Tutenges, S. (2016) ‘Stirring up effervescence: An ethnographic study of youth at a nightlife resort’, .
  • Tutenges, S. (2016) ‘The influence of guides on alcohol consumption among young tourists at a nightlife resort’, .
  • Tutenges, S., Hesse, M. and sebastientutenges (2008) Patterns of binge drinking at an international Nightlife resort. Available at: https://alcalc.oxfordjournals.org/content/43/5/595 (Accessed: 15 March 2016