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Austin ranks among best U.S. cities for the ultimate pub crawl

Austin ranks among best U.S. cities for the ultimate pub crawl

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Austin is the fifth best city for a pub crawl. Courtesy of Bangers

That group of bleary-eyed partiers you just passed on Dirty Sixth? They very well could be participants in the time-honored, beer-soaked tradition of pub crawls.

With so many bars packed together on Dirty Sixth, East Sixth, West Sixth, and Rainey, Austin lends itself to pub crawls — but don’t take our word for it. Real estate brokerage Redfin just crowned Austin as one of the 10 U.S. cities built for the perfect pub crawl.

Austin grabs the No. 5 spot on Redfin’s list, with a pub crawl that covers 62 bars along a walkable — or stumble-able — 3.3-mile route. Redfin’s Austin map doesn’t offer the names of the bars or the specific areas where bar patrons would be “crawling,” but we can tell the map includes Rainey Street and various streets around downtown Austin. The entire crawl outlined by Redfin is west of I-35.

Redfin spokeswoman Keena Bean mentioned four crawl-worthy bars cited by local Redfin agents — Clive Bar, The Ginger Man, Moose Knuckle Pub, and CU29.

How did Redfin come up with its pub-crawl list?

“Redfin data scientists found the optimal route for hitting the most bars in succession in every city in America,” the company says, “and ranked the cities based on the number of pubs and length of the crawl.”

Redfin warns that you shouldn’t go wild and hit up every bar during one of its recommended pub crawls.

“As our legal team points out, these pub crawls should probably not be attempted in a day or even a single month in some cases,” Redfin says. “The goal here is inspiration to see the city and find some new favorite watering holes, not to hit 49 pubs on a Saturday!”

Here are the 10 cities that Redfin identifies as being built for the perfect pub crawl.

  1. New York
  2. New Orleans
  3. San Francisco
  4. Chicago
  5. Austin
  6. Baltimore
  7. Orlando
  8. Detroit
  9. El Paso
  10. Portland, Oregon