On Saturday, December 12, hundreds of drunken (and nearly drunken) revelers congregated along Clematis Street in Downtown West Palm Beach. Of course, this isn’t an unusual sight along this particular section of town, but what made it special was the fact than many of the partiers adorned themselves with colorful attire of the season. Everything from Star Wars to Santa, reindeer to ratty-looking were represented, and all were filled with the holiday spirit (or spirits of some kind, anyways!)
The party was attended by locals and visitors alike, and perhaps was more enjoyable for those who wished to be a tourist in their own town. It gave everyone a chance to explore dining establishments they might not usually have on their radar, and provided a taste of some of the amazing cuisine the area is becoming famous for.
Each participant was given four tokens good for Coors Light, Miller Lite, Sam Adams Winter Lager or a well liquor drink. In addition, the Coors Light Girls were bar hopping with the early arrivees, buying free drinks for the crawlers.
The participating restaurants included O’Sheas Pub, Bar Louie, Longboards, Tin Fish, the SR Taphouse, ER Bradley’s, Duffy’s, Grease Burger Bar, and Lynora’s Osteria. Many of the establishments featured food and shot specials exclusive to crawlers.
Because of the downtown location, it also provided a chance to visit other locally owned and operated bars, restaurants, and shops, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of all the events related to the Sandi Tree; the showpiece of the West Palm Beach holiday celebration.
Even though the staff of Palm Beach Happening only made it to four of the ten locations participating, we were able to get a new perspective on the amazingly diverse dining scene that has sprung up along the Clematis Street corridor. Many thanks to the organizers of the Ugly Holiday Sweater Crawl for their hospitality during the event, and we look forward to many more crawls in the future!
Palm Beach Happening will be covering a number of local and out of town yuletide events this season. Be sure to check out our Holiday Guide for information on our favorite holiday happenings!