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Get ready for this scavenger hunt bar crawl coming to the Short North.

It’s time for the closet-competitors to come out of their shells with a little bit of liquid confidence this July. Meaning, it’s time for a scavenger hunt bar crawl that’s coming to the Short North.

Alphonso “Phons” Laudat and Andrew Danner from Social Circle 614 are holding their second annual Lucille Lewis Hunt For The Cure Scavenger Crawl. For all you barhoppers who giggle after a sip of an IPA but scream your head off during OSU vs. TTUN… This event is for you.

Just kidding, Laudat and Danner are super passionate about connecting everyone in the city through one event, and what could be more fun than a bar crawl that’s collaborative?

“Our demographic is very wide,” Danner noted. “It’s what we’re shooting for. To get everyone to come out, have a good time, meet new people, make new friends, and hopefully we can continue doing this. This is our second year.”

Two competing hunters accomplish a task-list item from the 2018 scavenger hunt crawl.

Last year, Ohio State students, downtown yopros, and Danner’s 70-year-old mother were in attendance for the crawl. While the word was out only a few weeks beforehand last time, it seemed the city was already prepared to support such a fun cause.

“We were not selling any tickets,” Laudat remembers, “and then the week of we got maybe 30 tickets, and then the day of another 60-something showed up. Right before or during the event people were like, ‘Hey, we heard of this’. I was like where are these people coming from?!”

The event itself is pretty public. The crawl spans no longer than a two-mile radius, starting at Brothers Drake Meadery on High and 5th and ending near Local Bar, about seven blocks away. When you see grown adults wheelbarrowing each other from one bar to the next, you’re bound to track down the reason why.

Some other items that could potentially return to the scavenger hunt list this year could be challenging the bartender to a beer- chugging competition, finding someone with the same birthday as you (and proving it), or taking a shot with no hands.

When you see grown adults wheelbarrowing each other from one bar to the next, you’re bound to track down the reason why.”

Laudat encourages attendees to “think outside the box” for each task. For example, last year a team took a shot through a straw, and technically, that qualifies as using no hands.

All list items must be recorded on a phone and posted to an Instagram highlight so the judges can easily track your team’s points. Since your phone is necessary for success, the guys recommend everyone bring a portable charger, and make sure at least one person on your team is Insta-savvy with all the latest updates. And last but not least, have fun.

“Pace yourself,” Laudat recommends. “The main thing isn’t to get wasted and hammered, it’s having fun and people coming together.”

This is the crawl’s fifth year hitting the city, but only the second funding cancer research through Pelotonia. Since 2014, the crawl has transformed from a point system that relied on digital cameras to the ease of opening Instagram from your back pocket. It has also become so much more than an excuse to spend a day in the city meeting new friends–now it’s an opportunity to give back to cancer research.

The Lucille Lewis Hunt For The Cure is named after Laudat’s late grandmother who passed from stomach cancer.

“Laurie Granger from Two Truths suggested doing something with a cause,” Laudat recalls, “and it was around the same time I was telling Andrew, ‘Hey after this maybe we can do an event where we can raise money for Pelotonia.’ When Laurie said people like getting behind causes I was like, ‘This is amazing.’”

Because the bars involved are all Columbus favorites, you’re also giving back to local small businesses by participating. The winning teams will be offered prizes from some of the sponsored bars, but there’s more to win here.

“You can go there by yourself, get on a team, and become friends,” Danner explains. “You meet new people so you’re coming out to win prizes and create new friendships.”

Whether your barhopping gang has been waiting for this opportunity for years, or you’re the only one of your friends who has a competitive bone in their body, everyone is welcome at the scavenger crawl and promised to have a blast.

The hunt is set for July 27 from 5:30-10:00 p.m. For tickets and more information, go here and follow @SocialCircle614 on Instagram and Facebook.

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