Downtown Canton Pub Tour 2013: Five Bars, One Night
One of the perks of my day job is that I get to serve as the resident party planner. Our company loves to team up with other local businesses and organizations to sponsor cool events around town – cornhole tournaments, mullet dress-up parties, and in this case, a pub tour.
It had been a while since we all had gone on a big St. Patty’s pub crawl, so my coworker Jen and I decided it was time we plan a good one. Even better, ystark!, the young professional arm of the Canton Chamber of Commerce, was on board to sponsor it with us. YES.
The plan was to hit five local, independent bars in four hours – all within a few very walkable blocks of Downtown Canton, with the last stop being a bar and restaurant where people could stay for dinner. We scheduled 45 minutes at each bar, with 15 minutes in between to get people “corralled” and give ‘em time to pay up and walk to the next location. To our surprise, our plan worked beautifully!
It was super-hard to get an exact head count, with people coming and going and generally milling around, but I’d guess we had about 75 people over the course of the night. Here’s my recap of each stop:
Stop 1. Bender’s Tavern: Legendary in Canton for their fine seafood, Bender’s also has a gorgeous bar, although a little on the small side for our crew. It made a great first stop, however, since lots of pub tourers were still getting off work. Bender’s carries some nice beers – they had a couple of Great Lakes selections on tap, as well as my choice – a Founder’s triple-hopped IPA. Yum.
Stop 2: George’s Lounge. Hands-down my favorite stop of the night. I loved the old-school wood paneled walls, twinkle lights, 40-seat oval bar…and drink prices! $2 PBRs and $3 IPAs – can’t beat it. I can’t wait to go on another night and soak in the vibe. It’s hipster, but not annoying-hipster. Read more about George’s Lounge.
Stop 3. Arcadia Grille. OK, Arcadia was a bit of zoo. The bar was PACKED, plus there was this strange scene: a girl scout troop selling cookies (?!), an odd selection of complimentary snacks including a tub of cheese spread from GFS, and yours truly doing a jello shot. Let’s move on.
Stop 4. Conestoga Grill. Another GREAT stop. It was super crowded, but still enough room to get around. I love their space – chunky wood beams, wood booths, classic pendant lighting. Comfortable and casual. They had a number of craft beers, including Wicked Goat IPA aged in whiskey barrels. Conestoga was a crowd fave, and I’ll definitely be back.
Stop 5. Tozzi’s basement. It was the perfect place to end our tour; a swanky basement bar with exposed brick walls, dim lighting, live music, and, of course, plenty of drinks flowing. I highly recommend Tozzi’s if you prefer an upscale bar vibe. My group was pretty “beered out” at that point, so we decided to cut the drinks short and head upstairs for a much-needed late dinner. But not before I got talked into a shot of Jameson. Sigh.
All in all, our St. Patty’s Weekend Pub Tour was a huge success, and we can’t wait to do it again next year. In the meantime, head to some Downtown Canton, Ohio, bars and check out these stops for yourself. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Check out our gallery of pics: