• Job Title:
    Bar Crawl Leader
    Job Description:
    A bar crawl is a packaged, flat rate nightlife tour, for which a party-seeking tourist
    will pay a set price in order to get free club entry, discounted drinks and the ideal
    opportunity to meet new young and fun people!
    A bar crawl leader is responsible…for leading the bar crawls! They are the
    enthusiastic host who is in charge of guiding the group of people between
    different bars and nightclubs!
    A bar crawl leader needs to be the life of the party, but also be able to manage
    the responsibilities of organizing the event, keeping track of the tickets and sales,
    and ensuring that everyone is having fun in a safe way.
    A typical day of work might include promoting ticket sales during the afternoon,
    entertaining guests with pre-party activities and drinks in the evening, and
    rounding up the troops for their journey through the bar scene later in the night!
    A bar crawl leader should create a social and fun atmosphere between guests,
    encouraging good times, keeping people mingling, drinks full and shots poured!
    It is a very fun job, and an amazing opportunity to make countless new friends
    from all over the world! Beware though…as good as it sounds…at the end of the
    day you have to control the rowdy group of intoxicated vacationers…and it’s not
    always sunshine and rainbows.
    Where you Worked
    I was a bar crawl leader in Croatia, Portugal and Greece.
    While I was working in Croatia in a hostel, I actually created my own bar crawl! I
    went around to the different bars and asked if I could negotiate drink deals and
    free shots so long that I brought a large group of people every night for a half
    hour or so. It was a win-win-win situation; good drink deals for hostel guests,
    good business for the bars, and endless free drinks for me! I didn’t charge people
    for my “bar crawl” and I also didn’t get paid by the bars- I mostly did this just to
    have fun, spread good vibes, and to get free drinks!
    In Portugal and Greece, I was leading bar crawls which were already set up. I
    was in charge of promoting the pre-parties and bar crawls, selling tickets and
    leading groups of people between our drinking destinations.
  • In both situations, my mission was to make sure that everyone was having a
    blast, but to make sure everyone was under control as well.
    Where Else in the World the Job Exists
    This job exists in large cities, or in vacation destinations which attract a young,
    party-oriented crowd. Bar crawls are either part of a hostel’s nightlife itinerary, or
    can be run by separate bar crawl companies.
    How to Get the Job (tips, etc.)
    In order to get this job, you must demonstrate that you are a social, energetic and
    fun-loving individual, to an extreme level. You need to be an outgoing and
    entertaining host to perfect strangers on a nightly or weekly basis. This can be
    very exhausting, and people can burnt out very quickly if they don’t have the
    necessary party stamina. Even though this is a fun job, you must prove that your
    enthusiasm will keep you on top of your game, even in the wee hours of the
    morning. Since personality is key, I suggest that you showcase your personality
    through meeting the employers in person, so that they can get an idea of who
    you are in the most effective way possible.
    It is possible to do some research online, and seek out established bar crawl
    companies. Some places are pretty legitimate, with Skype interviews and
    training programs! If you want something more for the income rather than the fun
    experience, these types of companies might be worth checking out. When I was
    in Buenos Aires… and in desperate need of a job… I was about to settle down
    into a position with a proper bar crawl company. I had a Skype interview just like
    and needed to submit a resume. I would’ve had a set schedule and be one of 10
    or so staff members with my own nights and routes. I would get commission on
    top of my wage, and of course free drinks! Luckily for my liver and my brain, I
    ultimately decided to decline the job.
    If you are in a new city and go on a bar crawl as a guest, you will also have a
    greater chance of finding a job. You will be able to get to know the staff and the
    route of the bar crawl, and if you network correctly, you might be able to get your
    foot in the door! Even if you’d like to work as a leader in other cities, experience
    as a bar crawl guest is important, so that you have firsthand experience in
    understanding what a bar crawl is all about.
    If you want to be a bar crawl leader with a hostel, then you will probably have to
    secure a position at the hostel before you do anything. Once you’re a staff
    member, you can almost certainly help out with the nightly parties and activities,
    and depending on the place, sometimes 1 or 2 hostel employees will have the
  • sole responsibility of taking care of the bar crawls. You just have to look around,
    each place is different.
    Availability & Pay (is it seasonal, year-round, do they pay hourly, salary,
    commission, etc.)
    Availability will depend on the location. Some large cities will have bar crawls
    year-round, while seasonal locations will likely only have bar crawls during the
    busy months.
    Salary as a bar crawl leader is also variable. If you are working with a company,
    you will most likely get a wage and commission depending on the number of
    tickets you sell. A big perk to the job is that you will probably have open bar at
    every stop on the pub crawl. If you are a bar crawl leader with a hostel, you
    might not get payment in the form of money at all, but I think that there is
    definitely value in free drinks and fun times!
    Payment will also depend on location. If you are in a city in Latin America vs. a
    city in the US or Europe for example, you can expect that your pay would be
    lower in countries with lower wages.
Shane Doe
Author Ana Powell

I am a one-way ticket free spirit, who is on a mission to spread positive vibes and live life to the fullest! I hope to inspire others to do the same!

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