It’s Loop Time!

City’s costumed pub crawl back for its 37th year

Nightspots come and go, but some nightlife traditions never die. Such is the case with Wilmington’s City Loop Series, arguably the most popular pub crawl in the state.

The 2017-18 series begins on Friday, Sept. 22, with the Octoberfest Loop presented by Samuel Adams. The participating nightspots are donating the cover proceeds to the Urban Bike Project, a city-based non-profit that supports Wilmington communities by providing access to bicycling as a healthy, affordable and practical means of transportation and recreation.

This year’s Loop lineup includes: Catherine Rooney’s, Chelsea Tavern, Club Lavish, Dead Presidents, Ernest & Scott Taproom, Firestone, Gallucio’s Café, Grotto Pizza, Kelly’s Logan House, Timothy’s on the Riverfront, Trolley Tap House and Trolley Oyster House.

The Loop Series continues on Saturday, Oct. 28 with the 37th Halloween Loop, a costumed extravaganza that regularly brings more than 12,000 people to Wilmington. The remaining events on the series: Santa Crawl (Fri., Dec.8), St. Paddy’s Loop (Sat., March 10) and the Cinco de Mayo Loop (Sat., May 5). The Nemours Fund for Delaware’s Children will be the beneficiary of the Santa Crawl.

New this year is a partnership with Lyft, in which patrons will be able to use a special code printed on their wristband entitling them to a dollar-amount credit for Lyft service on that night only. For tips on doing the Loop and event updates visit