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    Bar Crawls Happy Hours in Aruba

    Last night Paul and I did our usual ....drive the golf cart up to the big picnic area and sip a cocktail with a bunch of other folks parked in a circle.
    We made our own happy hour. It is kind of hard to converse while wearing masks and being located so far away from each other We pretend we are in Aruba.

    My brain is on overload thinking which bar in aruba we'd prefer to be at sitting and sipping?

    I believe that the pool bar (Pata Pata) at LaCabana and the Bugaloe on Palm Beach are our favorites.

    We did a bar crawl once with our friend Ommi (Cooks Restaurant) and although it was fun......the next day was a lost day for Paul and I.
    The headaches and nauseated feelings stayed too long.

    What bar do you favor?

    Ever do a pub crawl and if so, did you do better than Paul and I (meaning that you were up an at 'em the next day) ?
    Where did you crawl?
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    Stopped doing bar crawls years ago.... too much brain cell loss! I think my last serious one was in Portland OR with my brother and his wife about 30 years ago after not seeing him for about 5 years! I woke up in the middle of the night after the crawl standing up in their bedroom closet!!!!

    Favorite bars would be Bugaloe for the view.... and Pega Pega for the folks working there!
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    I have done a few in my life and they all occurred in Canandaigua NY. It always started down on the water at about 5pm and we crawled the town after. The requirements were 1 drink per location and we were suppose to switch drinks each spot. As you can imagine by the later hours it was very ugly. I don't think i have finished the entire crawl...I would usually walk home when I had as much as I could possible drink and safely stumble home. There was a group of 15 or so and we had matching shirts...so cute I know.

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    Pega Pega is my favorite bar in Aruba (like Chuck, for the wonderful staff, but their drinks aren't shabby either!). My most memorable bar/tapas crawls were in Spain (many years ago) in Madrid and Sevilla. I can still taste the blissful sangria, shrimp in garlic sauce and grilled lamb chops. Is it lunchtime yet?!


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    In the days when Tom drank we did a few. The best one was the day I left him at the paddock so I could poke in the shops and walk around. I came across Cuba’s Cooking at their old location and thought it looked fun. So, I walked back to the paddock and we grabbed a taxi to Cuba’s Cooking for empanadas and drinks. We moved a few doors down (don’t remember the name of the spot) where there were a bunch of locals and the meals coming out looked like they came from a grandmothers kitchen. The bartender was so friendly and described everyone’s dish. We walked along until coming across Que Pasa. They were only open for drinks so we had beers, chatted with the bartender and moved on. Next stop was upstairs at Casa Tua. At that time the location was above Rhumba Wine Bar. We just planned on having drinks but everything looked good. They were so accommodating. I noticed they had Manchego cheese listed as an ingredient on one of their apps so I asked if we could order some slices of Manchego and Serrano ham as an app. They prepared a lovely arrangement plus provided some bruschetta. We were in our happy place so our crawl ended at Casa Tua

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    I like sitting outside at 080. I have done bar crawls in NYC on 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the 70's and 80's ( streets ) and also in our home town. In town, we get dropped off at bar #1 and then whenever it ends we all call taxi's or Uber's. We make it into a fund raiser for local charities.
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    We love a good bar crawl. One of my favorites was on my actual bday when we had friends join us on our trip. We started at Bugaloe, we were staying at the Hilton (then Radisson). We stopped at Gilligans, maybe that little pier by the Hyatt - not sure, then Playa Linda's Beach Bar, then Carlitos, Pelican's Nest, and then on to Moomba. From there we did the Jolly Pirates afternoon sail, then back to Pelican's Nest for the final stop. It was a long day!

    Our last few trips we have done more balcony happy hours or one-stop crawls..LOL. A good one more recently was Carlitos, to Pelican's Nest, to Moomba where we had our highest bar tab of any vacation bar tab ever - they had a fun band and we have a fun night. I remember drinking gatorade and vodkas, you know, attempting to stay hydrated. I drink a lot of vodka/water with 0 cal flavorings when we are in Aruba and I think it helps.

    Another one more recently - I made on the go Mimosas in a yeti cup and went for a walk around the Palm Beach area while my husband went on a diving boat. That turned in to a full day for me - and about 1 am I woke up with the worst hangover in life - on a travel day!!! Luckily we had a later flight and I could recover next to the lazy river for a while.

    Each year, the recovery gets more memorable than the crawl.
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    and the recoveries more difficult?
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    So where should I start? One of our favorite happy hours is at Carlito's because it is all day long. We like the late happy hour at Moomba and Nos Clubhuis is always fun at happy hour and has good sunset viewing. We tend to stick around Palm Beach when doing a pub crawl (SAD), but have been known to venture out and actually ride the bus downtown. It's always so much fun riding the bus with the locals. Of course the happy hour at the Surf Club pool bar is always a good time and close to home.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    and the recoveries more difficult?
    Ugh....yes! But, recovery in a beach chair does make it easier
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