Pub crawls are not new to Downtown Orlando, but the Record Breaking Pub Crawl is one with a mission.
Leading up to the Orlando City Soccer Club's first game as a Major League Soccer team on March 8, there will be a series of events that week, aptly named Kickoff Week.
There will be a charity event, a movie in the park and a 5K. The last event is the Record Breaking Pub Crawl, which will take place from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 7. At the crawl, patrons will be able to take advantage of free drinks and a free ticket to the soccer game the next day.
Orlando SC is working with Orlando Pub Crawl, an organization dedicated to putting together a pub crawl in Orlando and other surrounding cities. The attendances at the pub crawls it generally puts together are only in the hundreds and this will be the biggest pub crawl they have ever put together.
"We did some research, we looked around and found out that the record for pub crawls was somewhere around 4,800 people set by Kansas," said John Rawlins, marketing coordinator at Orlando City SC. "So we thought, why not try ahead and go and see if we can break that record? Now we're working with bars downtown to see if we can make that happen."
The current record for largest pub crawl is 4,885 people in Kansas City last June.
Dave Jordan, managing member for Orlando Pub Crawl, said he believed that they would break the Orlando record, which is 2,200 people at the annual Crazy 80's pub crawl.
"We're blocking off streets basically, so Wall Street will be blocked off, Church Street will be all blocked off from Harry Buffalo down to the railroad tracks and Elixir is going to have their whole big area out back blocked off as well," Jordan said. "Usually the pub crawls start at 8 [p.m.] and go till 2 a.m., but this one starts at 3 p.m. and goes till about 9 p.m. It's a great deal."
Attendees can get their free drinks at the Harry Buffalo outside stations, but there will be drink specials available at Cheyenne Saloon, Hamburger Mary's, which will also be fenced off.
"It's going to be a big one. For the UCF students, you can have a chance to be a part of a world record," Jordan said. "We're promoting it very heavily and all of our regulars are going to want to be a part a record. I think there's a good shot."
Kyle Brandon, a senior human communications major, said that he wanted to come out to the event to support the Orlando Soccer Club.
"I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be record breaking, so I thought why not be a part of that?" Brandon said.
Single tickets are $25 and include three Heineken beers, or Finlandia Vodka cocktails or Bacardi cocktails, concert entry, and a ticket to the inaugural Orlando City Soccer game at the Citrus Bowl on March 8.
Alyssa Merwin is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.