The 2016 FAQ

when & where will the crawl start?

The Crawl will take place on Saturday, October 29th. It begins at Poison Girl, Pistolero’s, and the Free Press Graveyard starting at 6 o’clock.

what are the stops on the crawl?

  1. Poison Girl, Pistolero’s, and the Free Press Graveyard from 6 to 8, with best costume awards at 7
  2. Boondocks, Stone’s Throw, Etro Lounge, and Catbirds from 8 to 10, with best costume awards at 9
  3. Royal Oak, Doc’s Motorworks, Slick Willie’s, Hay Merchant, and El Real Tex-Mex from 10 to 12, with best costume awards at 11, and the grand prize award at midnight at Slick Willie’s

All times are approximate. Everyone’s free to crawl ahead, drag behind, start in the middle, or just get a tattoo instead.

Here’s a handy map to all of the bars & restaurants (in case you forget where you are):


how can the crawl be in different places at the same time?

Because it’s magic! Also, no one location is big enough to host all of our Crawlers on its own, so the Crawl actually moves from area to area, and not from one single venue to another. The idea is to keep Crawling to Slick Willie’s for the costume contest finals at midnight, but everyone is free to get there at their own pace.

how does the costume contest work?

It actually works pretty well, which is amazing considering we have to pick 13 finalists out of thousands of Crawlers packing 13 separate locations. But yeah, it’s somewhat complicated, definitely crazy, and it goes like this:

A big, big, big costume contest will be held at midnight at Slick Willie’s, where our honorary Grand Crawler, State Representative Sarah Davis, will pick a grand prize winner out of 13 finalists. That freakiest finalist will win 4 tickets to Day for Night from Free Press Houston. All other finalists will each receive $20 gift certificates to El Real Tex-Mex.

To become one of the final 12, you must be selected by Crawl officials as having the best costume at a particular stop at a particular time, with those stops & times being:
Poison Girl, Pistolero’s, and the Free Press Graveyard at 7
Boondocks, Stone’s Throw, Etro Lounge, and Catbirds at 9
Royal Oak, Doc’s Motorworks, Slick Willie’s, Hay Merchant, and El Real Tex-Mex at 11

Selections at each time will be nearly simultaneous, so if you’re not selected at (for example) Poison Girl, please don’t run over to Pistolero’s for another shot – you’ll probably be too late. But you will still have opportunities to be selected as a finalist later on at the other bars & restaurants, so keep Crawling.

Look for Crawl officials wearing staff shirts at the selection stops & times. If you can’t see us, then we may not be able to see you. If there’s any doubt, ask us to take your picture – we’ll be posting photos of each finalist to our Facebook page and Twitter feed all night long.

Any finalists who aren’t at Slick Willie’s at midnight will be disqualified from winning the grand prize, and their gift certificates will be given to the Will Rap 4 Weed lady. Finalists must be selected at our stops prior to midnight – anyone attempting to crash our stage will be hogtied and left underneath the Waugh Bat Bridge for the night.

what’s the montrose crawl’s relation to the stops on the crawl?

Nada. These are just places we enjoy, and we hope you enjoy them too.

does it cost anything to join the crawl?

Nope, just buy your own drinks, smokes, company, etc.

do i have to wear a costume?

Yes, it’s a Halloween party. Don’t be a schmuck.

how much walking will be involved?

Roughly 1/2 of a mile in total, spread out over several hours – a challenge for able-bodied Houstonians.

is there parking?

None that Montrose Crawl will provide. So why don’t you take Uber instead? It’s the safest way to enjoy the Montrose Crawl, and new riders will get a credit up to $20 when they use the code MONTROSECRAWL2016. You can also find guaranteed parking 5 blocks away from Westheimer at the University of St. Thomas Moran Parking Center, located at the corner of W. Alabama & Graustark, for $5 (cash) per space.

how is Uber working with the crawl?

In addition to giving new riders a credit up to $20 when they use the code MONTROSECRAWL2016, Uber is creating a designated pick up & drop off zone on Waugh next to Hay Merchant for Crawlers – that will be the best spot to order an Uber to & from.  Also note that, to help pedestrian safety, Uber will not accept pick up requests from Westheimer between Dunlavy & Waugh during the Montrose Crawl – it is therefore highly recommended that you order your Uber from a cross street such as Waugh, Commonwealth, Yupon, Mandell, or Dunlavy.

how does the crawl benefit the houston area women’s center?

HAWC is the Crawl’s official charity. All of the bars participating in the Crawl will donate a portion of their sales during the Crawl to HAWC, which means that Crawlers will contribute to HAWC with every drink they buy. The Montrose Crawl has raised over $37,0000 total for HAWC over the years, and every penny of it has been put to good use.  Please visit HAWC’s own website to learn more about the services it provides to women and children in need, and to discover additional ways you can contribute to its mission.

can i bring my child to the crawl?

No, the Crawl is strictly 21 and up.

can i bring my dog to the crawl?

It’s not recommend. Even those participating bars which are normally dog friendly may deny access to four-legged friends to keep your pet and our Crawlers from being crowded together.