If you’re looking for an awesome reason to bar hop and drink beer, here it is: The third annual Winter Bar Crawl for a Cause is happening Saturday, Feb. 23 on Balboa Peninsula. One hundred percent of proceeds from the event go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Orange County (CFF OC), so you can feel good and do good all at the same time.
Tickets to the crawl are $20 in advance ($10 for additional raffle tickets), $25 at the door, and can be purchased at barcrawlforacause2019.eventbrite.com.
The 2019 Winter Bar Crawl for a Cause will begin 1 p.m. at Malarky’s Irish Pub (3011 Newport Blvd.) and will move to Stag Bar + Kitchen, Baja Sharkeez (Newport Beach) and finally, end at The Blue Beet with a prize raffle and performance by The Droppers. Many bars will offer complimentary food and all bars will have drink specials for participants only.
Prize donations for the raffle arrive by way of many local establishments, including: Quiksilver, O.C. Boat Rentals, Sushi Roku Newport Beach, Newport Cruisers, We Believe Wines, Paddle Board Newport, Beach City Sports, O.C. Nutrition Coaching, Fearless Fitness Society, Clothing by OWL and the newly opened Atomic Creamery in Fashion Island.
Atomic Creamery is sponsoring the “Ice Cream Social,” an interactive way for attendees to share moments and connect during the crawl. Participants are encouraged to post on Instagram using the hashtag #BarCrawlForACause; the photo with the most likes by the end of the event wins free ice cream from Atomic Creamery, once a day for an entire year. It’s a super sweet deal.
Last year, the event boasted more than 150 attendees and raised close to $4,000 for CFF OC. Beyond the funds, it spawned even better stories of community connectedness and good will. A man named Wayne, in Newport Beach on vacation with friends from Portland, (pictured above in yellow) read about the crawl in the newspaper. He lost both his daughters to cystic fibrosis fifty years ago and said he’d gladly drink beer in their honor.