We’ve been on our share of bar crawls. And while wandering a neighborhood in search of its best cocktails is fun, it’s nothing compared to what’s going on in Australia. Down Under, they take to the sky for their bar crawls. You read right: They do bar crawls by helicopter. To paraphrase Australia’s most famous citizen: You call that a bar crawl? This is a bar crawl.
Airborne Solutions, a helicopter tour company based in Sunshine Coast, Queensland, whisks drinkers away two or three at a time into the Outback, stopping at three bars (for a three and a half hour tour) or five bars (for a seven hour tour). The pubs are the sorts of hard to reach establishments you probably wouldn’t get to otherwise. They’re primarily hotel bars (we use “hotel” advisedly here) in sparsely populated stopover spots that resemble some of the most remote drinking destinations in the world. For the most part, they aren’t the sorts of places you’ll find a complicated, craft cocktail, but we’re just as happy with a cold beer as long as we get to jump from bar to bar in a helicopter. The five-pub tour stops for drinks at the Apollonian Hotel, the Theebine Hotel, the Country Life Hotel, the Railway Hotel and the Kenilworth Hotel before dropping you back at the airport.
Airborne isn’t the only helicopter bar crawl game in town, though. A bit south of Sunshine Coast in Brisbane, Pterodactyl Helicopters offers a similar tour, which takes drinkers to a totally different set of historic Aussie pubs. As the company points out, these bars are often the oldest things in their towns other than the railroad tracks.
An Airborne tour is $950 per person for two people or $790 per person for three. Pterodactyl’s tours start at $995 per person and can fit up six. All of these packages include drinks and food, as well as views that are significantly better than what you see between stops on the bar crawls you usually go on. If you need us, you can find us on our way to the Southern Hemisphere.