The 2013 FAQ

when & where will the crawl start?

The Crawl will take place on Saturday, October 26th. It begins with dinner and drinks at Brasil and Poison Girl starting at 6 o’clock.

what are the stops on the crawl?

  1. Brasil and Poison Girl from 6 to 9, with best costume awards at 7:30
  2. Pistolero’s, Boondocks, Etro Lounge, and Catbirds from 8 to 11, with best costume awards at 9:30
  3. Hay Merchant at 9 for Saint Arnold Brewing Company‘s special Santo costume award
  4. Royal Oak, Slick Willie’s, El Real Tex-Mex, Mo Mong, and Hay Merchant from 10 to 1, with best costume awards at 11:30, and the grand prize award at midnight at Slick Willie’s

All times are approximate. Everyone’s free to crawl ahead or drag behind.

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. And the times overlap because the Crawl doesn’t have a rigid schedule. 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 11 separate bars & restaurants. 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 will pick a grand prize winner out of 13 finalists. That freakiest finalist will win dinner for 6 at El Real Tex-Mex featuring tequila pairings presented by Izkali founders Ignacio & Nydia Flores. All finalists will each receive $25 gift certificates to Brasil or Mo Mong.

To become one of the final 13, 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:
Brasil and Poison Girl at 7:30
Hay Merchant at 9 (the especial Santo selection)
Pistolero’s, Boondocks, Etro Lounge, and Catbirds at 9:30
Royal Oak, Slick Willie’s, El Real Tex-Mex, Mo Mong, and Hay Merchant (again) at 11:30

Just in case you think we can’t count, there’ll actually be a double selection at Mo Mong, so that will be your best shot at joining the final 13.

The especial selection at Hay Merchant at 9 will be presented by Saint Arnold Brewing Company in honor of Santo, the Montrose Crawl’s patron saint and official beer. The Crawler with the best Santo themed costume will be an automatic finalist, plus receive a sweet St. Arnold gift pack as well. This especial selection will be made by Carlos Hernandez, one of Houston’s most awesome artists and the bad-ass who created the Santo skull logo.

Selections at each time will be nearly simultaneous, so if you’re not selected at (for example) Brasil, please don’t run over to Poison Girl 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 outside Lola’s for the night.

what are the stops on the crawl doing to celebrate halloween?

Everyone is getting into the spirit. Check out each stop’s link above for details. We’ll post updates as they become available, including drink specials.

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 4/5 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. But if you do plan on driving to the Crawl, you might want to consider the Crawl’s route and decide whether you’d rather park near the first stop, near the last, or somewhere in between.

Also, beginning at 8pm, the Houston Wave will be shuttling Crawlers to Westheimer from the University of St. Thomas Moran Center Parking Garage (at the corner of W. Alabama & Graustark). Using this service will cost Crawlers $2 to park and $10 to ride the Wave back & forth to the garage, with the Wave donating a portion of ridership fees to HAWCIt’s highly recommended that Crawlers bring $2 in quarters to ensure exit out of the garage.

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 percentage of their gross sales during the Crawl to HAWC, which means that Crawlers will contribute to HAWC with every drink they buy. Also, the Houston Wave will donate $2 to HAWC for each rider they bring to the Crawl. Please visit HAWC’s own website to learn more about the services it provides to women 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.