The Master’s Guide to 12 Pubs of Christmas
December 16, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

The 12 pubs of Christmas is a fairly recent phenomenon in Ireland, but has been established as a regular part of Christmas culture since it began. It’s a great way to bond with friends, colleagues, and teammates, especially given that at the end of the night, at least one person will inevitably be spewing like burst pipe. The thing about 12 pubs is because we expect that outcome, it’s seems less shameful when it happens.

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The main rule is simple: 12 pubs, 1 pint in each pub, all in one night. But there are plenty of ways to spice up your evening with whoever you choose to journey with. Follow these tips to maximise the craic that you’ll have on your 12 pubs adventure.

Decide On The Rules For Drinks

It’s a subject of much controversy for some 12 pubs: ‘What drinks are allowed’? ‘Is it only pints or are spirits okay’? ‘Who in the name of Jaysus drinks cider for 12 pubs’? It’s generally believed that participants drink only pints of beer, but at the same time, imagine the absolute carnage of people trying to get through the night on 12 whiskey and ginger ales? Or downing glasses of gin and tonic and hitting that point of no return?

Additionally, set out the rules for water. Most 12 pubs event have no water allowed between drinks, as it’s considered weak, but if someone falls off the wagon and can barely walk, just give them a pint of water, it might bring them back from the brink of disaster.

Dress Up

12 pubs always include that bit of Christmas-themed dressing up. Christmas jumpers are now synonymous with the event, to a point where many pubs bar Christmas jumpers around the holiday season. It’s tradition to make an effort of some kind to dress up, even if it’s just a hat or some antlers. So don’t be a Grinch, get yourself into the holiday spirit and give it a go. You’ll end the night looking like a dog ate a Christmas tree and then vomited it back up anyway, so why not? (You’ll look like the vomit by the way)

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Make Rules For Each Pub

Throwing in a few extra rules never hurts the atmosphere of a 12 pubs, so get creative. You can essentially have a drinking game in every pub! There are loads of different rules you can add, but if you can’t think right now, here are a few to get you going:

  1. Everyone speaks with a specific accent (Australian, Indian, Texas, etc.).
  2. You can’t say anyone’s name.
  3. Partner up with someone, when you want a drink they feed it to you and vice versa.
  4. You can’t say drink, any type of alcohol, or any brand (this may piss off bartenders to no end)
  5. You must end every sentence with ‘In my ass’.

The forfeit for failing to complete the task can vary, but generally it involves singing a Christmas song to a bartender, or something embarrassing along those lines. It’s a great twist to have on your 12 pubs.

Stick Together

When you go with a larger group for 12 pubs, it’s easy for someone to get lost without being noticed. That’s why it’s important that you stick with your group for as long as you can last the evening. Nobody wants to interrupt the night to try and find one person who was in the bathroom when everyone left, or your man who left the group to chat up a girl he has absolutely no chance of getting with.

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This is also just for safety reasons, especially if you decide to venture out of your local area and into a place where you have no clue where you even are. Stay with the group, and then at least if you get lost, you’re all lost together!

Don’t Make Any Plans For The Day After

If you plan to complete the entire 12 pubs, then for the love of God don’t even think of trying to do anything the next day. You will feel like you’re on your deathbed in the morning, so don’t make plans to go for breakfast with friends, don’t plan to go anywhere, and definitely don’t plan to drive anywhere until at least the afternoon. If you do it on a Saturday, you better believe that you’ll be missing Sunday morning mass.

And for students who work weekends, clear your schedule and ask for the next day off. You won’t want to work, talk, walk, or even get out of bed if you’re doing 12 pubs properly, so don’t give yourself a reason to do any of those things.

Stick to this guide, and there’s no doubt that 12 pubs will be an unforgettable night for all of you, except nobody will really remember it that much!

Dean Fitzgerald
Can relate any life problems back to GAA. Has an interest in sport of all kinds, including even cricket for some reason.

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The Master’s Guide to 12 Pubs of Christmas
December 16, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

The 12 pubs of Christmas is a fairly recent phenomenon in Ireland, but has been established as a regular part of Christmas culture since it began. It’s a great way to bond with friends, colleagues, and teammates, especially given that at the end of the night, at least one person will inevitably be spewing like burst pipe. The thing about 12 pubs is because we expect that outcome, it’s seems less shameful when it happens.

decide-on-the-rules-for-drinks

The main rule is simple: 12 pubs, 1 pint in each pub, all in one night. But there are plenty of ways to spice up your evening with whoever you choose to journey with. Follow these tips to maximise the craic that you’ll have on your 12 pubs adventure.

Decide On The Rules For Drinks

It’s a subject of much controversy for some 12 pubs: ‘What drinks are allowed’? ‘Is it only pints or are spirits okay’? ‘Who in the name of Jaysus drinks cider for 12 pubs’? It’s generally believed that participants drink only pints of beer, but at the same time, imagine the absolute carnage of people trying to get through the night on 12 whiskey and ginger ales? Or downing glasses of gin and tonic and hitting that point of no return?

Additionally, set out the rules for water. Most 12 pubs event have no water allowed between drinks, as it’s considered weak, but if someone falls off the wagon and can barely walk, just give them a pint of water, it might bring them back from the brink of disaster.

Dress Up

12 pubs always include that bit of Christmas-themed dressing up. Christmas jumpers are now synonymous with the event, to a point where many pubs bar Christmas jumpers around the holiday season. It’s tradition to make an effort of some kind to dress up, even if it’s just a hat or some antlers. So don’t be a Grinch, get yourself into the holiday spirit and give it a go. You’ll end the night looking like a dog ate a Christmas tree and then vomited it back up anyway, so why not? (You’ll look like the vomit by the way)

the-masters-guide-to-12-pubs-of-christmas

Make Rules For Each Pub

Throwing in a few extra rules never hurts the atmosphere of a 12 pubs, so get creative. You can essentially have a drinking game in every pub! There are loads of different rules you can add, but if you can’t think right now, here are a few to get you going:

  1. Everyone speaks with a specific accent (Australian, Indian, Texas, etc.).
  2. You can’t say anyone’s name.
  3. Partner up with someone, when you want a drink they feed it to you and vice versa.
  4. You can’t say drink, any type of alcohol, or any brand (this may piss off bartenders to no end)
  5. You must end every sentence with ‘In my ass’.

The forfeit for failing to complete the task can vary, but generally it involves singing a Christmas song to a bartender, or something embarrassing along those lines. It’s a great twist to have on your 12 pubs.

Stick Together

When you go with a larger group for 12 pubs, it’s easy for someone to get lost without being noticed. That’s why it’s important that you stick with your group for as long as you can last the evening. Nobody wants to interrupt the night to try and find one person who was in the bathroom when everyone left, or your man who left the group to chat up a girl he has absolutely no chance of getting with.

Image result for 12 pubs of christmas santa

This is also just for safety reasons, especially if you decide to venture out of your local area and into a place where you have no clue where you even are. Stay with the group, and then at least if you get lost, you’re all lost together!

Don’t Make Any Plans For The Day After

If you plan to complete the entire 12 pubs, then for the love of God don’t even think of trying to do anything the next day. You will feel like you’re on your deathbed in the morning, so don’t make plans to go for breakfast with friends, don’t plan to go anywhere, and definitely don’t plan to drive anywhere until at least the afternoon. If you do it on a Saturday, you better believe that you’ll be missing Sunday morning mass.

And for students who work weekends, clear your schedule and ask for the next day off. You won’t want to work, talk, walk, or even get out of bed if you’re doing 12 pubs properly, so don’t give yourself a reason to do any of those things.

Stick to this guide, and there’s no doubt that 12 pubs will be an unforgettable night for all of you, except nobody will really remember it that much!

Dean Fitzgerald
Can relate any life problems back to GAA. Has an interest in sport of all kinds, including even cricket for some reason.

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