It’s Loop Time!

City’s popular costumed pub crawl continues a 35-year-old tradition

Nightspots may 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 2015-16 series begins on Friday, Sept. 25, with the Octoberfest Loop presented by Samuel Adams. The participating nightspots are donating the $5 cover charges they receive 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: Anejo, Catherine Rooney’s, Chelsea Tavern, Dead Presidents, Ernest & Scott Taproom, Firestone, Gallucio’s Café, Grotto Pizza, Kelly’s Logan House, Satsuma, Shenanigans, Timothy’s on the Riverfront and The Wicked Vine.

The Loop Series continues on Saturday, Oct. 24 with the 36th 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. 11), St. Paddy’s Loop (Sat., Mar. 12) and the Loop for Party Animals (Sat., Apr. 15). The Wilmington Children’s Chorus will be the beneficiary of the Santa Crawl and the Delaware Humane Association will benefit from the Party Animal Loop.

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