Annual Upper West Side Fall Bar Tour Kicks Saturday
By Leslie Albrecht
UPPER WEST SIDE — The New York City Marathon is on Sunday, but on Saturday, Upper West Side drinkers can compete in their own marathon of sorts.
The annual Upper West Side Fall Bar Tour will run from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and lets ticket holders trek to six different bars, from Sunburnt Calf on West 79th Street up to The Parlour on West 86th Street.
Other bars on the route are Jake's Dilemma, Bourbon Street, The Gin Mill and Firehouse.
Along the way booze lovers can enjoy discounts on drinks and food including $2 Miller Lite pints.
"It's a great way to meet some new people and it's a great way to go out for cheaper than you normally would because of the discounts you're getting," said Josh Weiner, senior event manager at Lindy Promotions, which runs the tour.
Now in its 16th year, the tour usually attracts about 500 or 600 people, Weiner said.
Participants register first at Jake's Dilemma on Amsterdam Avenue and West 81st Street, and pay an entry fee to get a wrist band and map. Tickets are $15, or $10 if participants bring two cans of food to benefit City Harvest.
Could the bar tour qualify as marathon training? Yes, said Weiner.
"You can get your carbohydrates by drinking the beer, so I don't see why not."