A group of pals put their own creative spin on a traditional pub crawl – by staging a Champions League-style draw to decide which pubs to visit.
Sports journalism students Callum Kerr and Lewis Kemp collaborated on the idea for a full week before Lewis’s birthday by pulling together a list of pubs in Ayr that they and their mates could incorporate into their night out.
Discovering there were a whole host of pubs to choose from, the pair thought of an ingenious way of deciding where to go and decided on the theme of their favourite football competition.
Callum, 20, explained: “We told everyone to meet at the first pub [Willie Wastles] for 6pm but we didn’t know what the other pubs would be. We wanted to make the night a bit different so originally just put the names in a hat.
“But we managed to think of a really unique idea that transpired into splitting them into pots. Then we thought of using the Champions League theme. I couldn’t believe how well it worked.
“We worked out that there are around 38 pubs in the town so we divided them up into eight pots and put them into empty kinder eggs. We then had a draw ceremony and pulled out one pub from each pot giving us the eight pubs to go to.
“The last place was always going to be Fury’s which was the club – so it was just a draw for the eight places before that. I haven’t seen anything else like it so it really was a totally unique and great night. What I remember of it anyway!”
Callum also told how their evening almost took a knock early on when they were refused entry to Ayr Ex-Services club during games night – resulting in a re-draw from the list of reserve bars.
He added: “We tried to blag our way into the Ex-Services club by saying we were in the RAF but it was bingo night so we didn’t get in.
“That resulted in a re-draw on the street to find the replacement pub. We had one pot with us that had reserve bars inside in case we didn’t get into any of the originals.
“They were known as the Europa League pubs. We ended up at the Smoking Goat which was handy because it was right next door.”
The lads visited Willie Wastles, The Smoking Goat, Cambelltown Bar, Boswells, Cameron’s, Smiths, Drouthy Neebors and Harley’s before eventually ending their night in Fury’s.
Lewis, 21, said: “It was a pretty successful night I’d say and all the boys enjoyed themselves.”