By Andrew Kramer

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Who doesn’t love a good bar crawl this time of year? Especially when great drink specials are offered and you’re helping some wonderful causes.

On Saturday, May 9th dozens of bars across Philadelphia will make this a reality.

“The World’s Largest Bar Crawl gives consumers the opportunity to travel around Philadelphia and bounce from bar to bar all in one day and enjoy incredible beer and liquor specials while raising money for two great charities,” explains Ray Sheehan with Philly2Nite — one of the organizers of the event.

Last year the crawl was associated with the Guinness Book of World Records and broke the previous record of 4,500 participants by drawing almost 6,000 people.

Sheehan says attendance is expected to nearly double this year, although it won’t be in the official record books:

“This year we took out the Guinness piece with the idea we didn’t want to give consumers any sort of restrictions. There’s certain things they had to do the day of the event, so no more Guinness, but still an amazing event.”

The crawl begins at noon and lasts well into the evening hours. Sheehan says consumers will get to enjoy amazing specials throughout the day across many Philadelphia neighborhoods:

“That’s $3 beers, $4 drinks and $5 shots. This event will reach South Philly, East Passayunk Avenue, Midtown Village, University City, Old City, Fairmount, Rittenhouse Square, you name it…pretty much every single neighborhood in Philadelphia will be participating.”

Not a big drinker? Sheehan says you can still come out and have a great time:

“Anyone can participate in this bar crawl, that’s the great thing. There will be food specials at different restaurants and bars, people can enjoy non-alcoholic beverages if they’d like, so you don’t necessarily need to be a drinker to enjoy this amazing event.”

And Sheehan says on top of all that, this event gives people a great chance to get out of their comfort zones:

“It really gives consumers the opportunity to see things and do things that they probably wouldn’t normally do. Generally when people go out they have their favorite spots that they enjoy going. The World’s Largest Bar Crawl really gives them some insight and an opportunity to really see things that they normally wouldn’t do.”

Proceeds from the World’s Largest Bar Crawl help support the Barkann Foundation and the Fraternal Order of Police.

For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.upcomingevents.com or to www.philly2nite.com.

 

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