A new kind of pub crawl that is more like a pub cruise will be offered this weekend on St. Patrick’s Day on the Chattanooga Double Decker bus with stops at three downtown Chattanooga pubs.

Free rides aboard the big red bus, also known as Eleanor, will be available Saturday night beginning at 8 p.m. with frequent stops at The Terminal, The Honest Pint and Hair of the Dog.

An additional stop at the Pickle Barrel may be added on Saturday, according to Rufus Marye, who owns the bus and opened the tour company last June.


Marye said Eleanor will make a continuous loop to each location throughout the evening until 1 a.m., making stops at the three destinations about every 20 minutes.

Interested pub crawlers on Saturday night can simply park at one of the three bars on the tour, hang out for as long as they like, then catch the next bus departing from that location to head to one of the other two bars. As long as participants are on the last bus returning to their original location at 1 a.m. they can enjoy the entire evening without driving.

The double-decker tour bus seats 60 people, and the upper and lower decks will both be open. Marye said riders are welcome to bring their own adult beverages onboard and enjoy the music and party atmosphere along the route. 

“Sure, anyone can just hang out on the bus too. People are allowed to drink on the bus, so bring your own alcohol or beer and loop around town and get off when you want,” Marye said.

Of course, open drinks cannot be carried off the bus, and beverages from the bars are not allowed on the bus.

In addition to the three-pub tour, Nooga.com gathered information about several other local watering holes planning St. Patrick’s Day specials on Saturday night.

Double Decker Pub Tour
The Honest Pint
Music: Starts at 4 p.m. and features traditional Irish music from John Lathim and Company. Lathim blends Scotch, Irish and mountain music for a unique acoustic set. The energy kicks up in the evening with the Molly Maguires at 9 p.m.
Beverages: Irish whiskey, Irish beers
Food; Fish ‘n’ chips, Dubliner stew, corned beef and cabbage, braised short ribs
Cover charge: $5

The Terminal Brewhouse
Music: None
Beverages: Full bar
Food: Regular menu offered until midnight
Cover charge: None

Hair of the Dog
Music: None, but a leprechaun may show up around midnight
Beverages: Full bar, including two Guinness taps
Food: Corned beef and cabbage, Irish burger marinated in Harp Irish beer, regular menu
Cover charge: None

Celebrate around town (not on bus tour)
Moccasin Bend Brewery
Music: Traditional Irish music with Pay the Reckoning begins at 9 p.m.
Beverages: Locally crafted beer on tap
Food: None
Cover charge: Please call brewery for details at 821-6392

Tremont Tavern
Music: Mountain dulcimer with Butch Ross begins at 10 p.m., bagpipe players
Beverages: Special prices on draft Irish beers and green domestics
Food: Blarney Burger with drunken onions, steak and Guinness pie, mulligatawny stew
Cover charge: None

Market Street Tavern
Music: None
Beverages: Specially priced Leprechaun Farts (Jameson whiskey, Baileys and Kahlua), Irish Car Bombs (Guinness, Baileys and Jameson), beers
Food: Regular menu served until 11 p.m.
Cover charge: None

O’Heiney’s Pub
Music: None
Beverages: Specially priced beers with green bottles and labels
Food: Regular menu
Cover charge: None

Updated @ 2:38 p.m. on 03/14/12 to correct the spelling of a name.