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2013 Detroit Santarchy

This is one of Detroit’s most unique holiday celebrations - a pub crawl in Corktown and Midtown with hundreds and hundreds of people dressed as Santas and Elves and all sorts of other holiday costumes. 

The celebration starts the Gaelic League Irish-American Club located on Michigan Avenue near Slow’s BBQ on Michigan Avenue in Corktown. From there rented busses whisk you away on the crawl to any one of 10+ different pubs along the way. Stay at any pub as long as you like and move on to another pub via one of the several buses at any time you want – just make sure you don’t miss the last bus back to the Gaelic League!

For those who have attended this before – it is definitely not a traditional Christmas celebration – more a celebration of Detroit and downtown pubs with people in Santa wear. Holiday costumes mandatory (buy one at Party City for $40) – it is a lot of fun!

Take a look at the past event pictures at http://btechlighting.smugmug.com/Events/Detroit-Santarchy-2012/ . Its going to be an amazing event.

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  • Ashley

    It was fun almost better than playing dress up for Halloween !

    December 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a fantastic night! I'm just sad that we have to wait a whole year before we get to go to Santarchy again!

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • Crystal

    Where are you guys? Ashley and I got here right at 9 and didn't see anyone.

    December 21, 2013

  • Hal

    That was In-santa-ty!

    December 22, 2013

  • Pat

    Now that was fun!

    December 22, 2013

  • Cora-Lea

    So excited Detroit's Santarchy just posted 12 buses & 12 bars for this year's event it's going to be huge! That doesn't even include the amount of people that drive themself down there to come and party with us and Santa :-)

    1 · December 16, 2013

    • Cora-Lea

      Chris I believe it's the Imperial that the bus leave got to Ferndale

      December 21, 2013

    • Cora-Lea

      You can always text Jay I believe he posted his number and he's leaving at Ferndale too I believe

      December 21, 2013

  • Jay J

    If any one want to join the group, we will be at the Gaelic League Irish American Club from 8 PM to 9 PM before moving to the next location. Look for a Santa on a cowboy hat. My cell is[masked]-0066. See every one downtown tonight.

    December 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for offering to buy the first round of drinks Jay. Look for the tall Indian guy to get your first drink for free everyone.

      December 21, 2013

    • Jay J

      The first drink is on me but every drink after that is on Brandon, look for a guy on a red suite

      December 21, 2013

  • Chris

    Will a bad xmas sweater be ok?

    December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    anyone taking the bus from ferndale?

    December 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There's one at imperial in Ferndale but not royal oak. You can get from royal oak to Ferndale in a taxi for about $7-8.

      December 21, 2013

    • Chris

      Yea lol i know i go all the time to ferndale. But never took the bus ty. Is it a city bus or party bus ty very much.

      December 21, 2013

  • Chris

    Ill pay gas or taxi i just dont want to use rental car[masked]

    December 21, 2013

  • Chris

    Anyone going from royal oak wants carpool or taxi

    December 21, 2013

  • Margaret S.

    I think I'm going to pass this time. Unfortunately, we're supposed to get a lot of ice out here.

    December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry if I missed it. What bars are we going to downtown?

    December 18, 2013

    • Cora-Lea

      They haven't posted them yet but it is all corktown :-)

      1 · December 19, 2013

  • Shannon

    Love meeting new friends

    December 18, 2013

  • Jay J

    Bought my Santa Suite today, I am going to be a Cowboy / Santa.

    December 16, 2013

  • Jay J

    So no pick up from Royal Oak....what !!!

    December 16, 2013

    • Cora-Lea

      Sorry princess you might have to drive to Ferndale or you can come down here and catch the bus with me in South Gate :-)

      December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Follow Santarchy here: https://www.facebook.com/detroitsantarchy

    Note: (copied direct from Santarchy) Just to be clear on the mandatory costume thang. Its not limited to Santa suits and Santa helper outfits. Elves, Reindeer, jack frost, snowmen, yeti's,
    etc are all welcome and we appreciate your creativity and effort. The more twisted the better. Just NO lame ass ugly sweaters or street clothes and Santa hats.

    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Part 3
    All buses head to the Irish Gaelic League 2068 Mich. Ave. Detroit,Mi. Around 8:30-9pm the buses will start to spread out to the 12+ bars . From that point with your bus pass you can ride ANY of the 12 chartered buses.
    Once we evenly spread out you freaks, the buses will start a bus route stopping at EVERY bar. Keep in mind you may not go to the bar you want initially so just stay on or hop on another bus once they start the route. With 12 buses this year the bus wait time should only be 2-5 minutes maximum.
    Just make sure at the end of the night you find the bus you rode in on and take it back home.There will be signs in the window letting you know your origination city. Please get back to the Gaelic League by 1:30-1:40am to make this happen. We will have chaperones again on each bus so make sure they can see your pass or you won't be allowed to board.
    Please share this info.
    Santa

    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Part 2

    Anyways..here's the list. Bus passes are $20*
    Ypsilanti: Corner Brewery 720 Norris St. - 6:45*
    Ann Arbor:6PM Blind Pig ,MI 208 First Street - 6:30*
    Ferndale: Imperial 22828 Woodward Ave. ,Mi - 6:45 (2 buses)* Livonia: K of C Hall 19801 Farmington Rd - 6:30 (2 buses) *
    Dearborn: New Place Lounge 22723 Mich Ave. - 6:45(2 buses)* Monroe:129 Lounge, 129 E. Front St.. - 6:30 *
    Plymouth/Canton:The Roc Bar ,1020 Ann Arbor Rd, - 6:30 * Downriver/Southgate:Mallies Bar, 19400 Northline,Rd, - 6:45* Warren/Roseville:Johnny B Goode's 26230 Groesbeck Hwy, Warren, MI - 6:30

    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a copy/paste from the FB post from Santarchy:
    (Stay with Santarchy on FB for the latest updates)

    Here's the Detroit Santarchy bus pick up locations for 2013. All buses are on a first come first served basis so get there early enough and buy that pass! We recommend 5:30-6:30pm. We've always been able to fit everyone on board but keep a plan B in place just incase. You can also purchase bus passes at The Gaelic League anytime after 7pm the night of the event. Having said that, a fun Santa would never have a problem offering up lap space to a Santa's helper or squeezing together a bit more... than on a typical city bus.... Keep it fun and respect your fellow Santas even though they may appear inebriated and unintelligible (part1)

    December 16, 2013

  • Ashley

    Not 100% sure ill attend....also not sure about looking like miss santa lol

    December 10, 2013

  • Hal

    how do we go about paying for the bus?

    December 8, 2013

    • Cora-Lea

      Location: you decide to go to you pay for it then just before you board it's $20 usually the buses leave at 7 so they tell you to get there about 6 630

      December 8, 2013

    • Cora-Lea

      If you friend Detroit's Santarchy on Facebook you can get all the bus locations there

      December 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is got me written all over it!

    November 24, 2013

    • Jay J

      We have been missing you...come out of hiding please

      November 24, 2013

  • Cora-Lea

    This is the best Pub Crawl event ever if you don't make it I feel sorry for you lol

    1 · November 24, 2013

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