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Organizers Reschedule Cupid’s Bar Crawl After ABRA Blocks Application

by Tim Regan February 5, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Cupid bar crawlCupid’s Bar Crawl, an annual pub-hopping event previously scheduled to take place across Dupont Circle tomorrow, will no longer move forward as planned due to opposition from D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

The ABC panel on Wednesday refused to reconsider its previous denial of a pub crawl application filed by Project D.C., the company behind Cupid’s Bar Crawl.

The event has been rescheduled for April 16, organizers announced yesterday evening.

“We are surprised and saddened by the Board’s decision, given that [Project D.C.] has been the pioneers in the bar crawl industry, setting the standard for bar crawl operations for years,” Michael Bramson, a managing member with Project D.C., told us via email last night. “In the meantime, we will give our participants the option to transfer their tickets to April or receive a refund.”

According to the panel, the decision not to reconsider their previous order stems from Project D.C.’s alleged history of “bad behavior,” such as overselling pub crawls and letting participants linger later into the night than they were supposed to.

“As part of its decision, the board took into account the applicant’s failure to abide by the terms of its application and permit issued on Oct. 31 and false advertising related to the number of attendees expected to attend the event,” the panel says in its most recent order.

Though Project D.C. argued that the board should approve its pub crawl application because it received a license as recently as last December, regulators said that argument was made invalid by the new rules regarding pub crawl applications that were passed last month.

Photo via Facebook / Cupid’s Bar Crawl

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