BeadQuest

February 26, 2014



beadquest is an annual bead collecting mardi gras themed bar crawl.  it happens to be my favorite of the whole year.  i know it's blasphemy for a tbox regular like myself to prefer any bar crawl over tbox - but it's true.  beadquest is better.

this year i was able to drag john and his brother eric with me.  and by drag, i mean i just mentioned booze and beads and they leapt at the chance to go with me.


the premise of beadquest is that you bar crawl for 9 hours, collecting a different colored and numbered bead each hour at the next bar.  you win things if you collect all nine, like cubs tickets, gift certificates to bars, and mostly, the extreme pride of a job well done.

the actual result of beadquest however, without tara there to remind you to stick to the schedule, is that you get stuck at one bar really early in the afternoon, drunk on giant fishbowls, and forget you're supposed to be on a mission to get beads.  instead you park it at a table and order a giant fishbowl for yourself (because sharing is for suckers), play drinking card games, and completely forget to eat food or drink water because duh the ice in your fishbowl is water.


don't worry, i paid for this decision on sunday.  i really need to start remembering 'blue is bad' when it comes to ordering drinks but i cannot help myself.  i mean, it came with a giant sparkler for crying out loud.  i needed it.  did i need it at 3 in the afternoon?  probably not.


but it is mardi gras, after all!  who needs new orleans anyway?

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34 comments

  1. OMG this looks like so much fun! I need that blue fish bowl drink because it looks awesome, except I KNOW I'd be paying for it the next day too. Ever since I hit 2 I get the WORST hangovers blahh

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  2. Blue is Bad??? Nonsense. BROWN liquor is bad. Blue is fantastic. Also, your hair is fantastic.

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  3. well this sounds freaking awesome and exhausting. but worth it. but new orleans... you can't beat that!

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  4. Beautiful hair. But seriously this does sound like a great bar crawl! I wanna go. Someday I will make it.

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  5. That sounds like me every time I go out on a Sunday. I end up at a bar, drunk and forget there were other plans that day!

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  6. I really need to come do a bar crawl with you. it has to be better than drinking while reading about the bar crawl. See this is the problem with you posting in the afternoon I am usually drunk blogging....which may be worse than drunk texting.

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  7. Hahaha! This is great! And sounds like soooooo much fun, even though I'm not a huge drinker. I am however, a fan of beads though ;)

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  8. Oh my God I need that in my life. Amazing!

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  9. Um, again... why are we not together all the time in real life?! Haha. I wanna play.

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  10. Oh my gosh this looks like SO much fun!!!! That fishbowl looks delicious!!!

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  11. NINE HOURS??? you're good, steph; very good. i'd probably last a couple of hours, take a few sips of that fish bowl, get drunk from that because my asian ass lacks that alcohol-processing gene and then get tired and want to go home. in other words, i'm pretty lame to party with.

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

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  12. Oh, do I miss pub crawls. A good friend of mine lives in Chicago, and he's always on things like this. One of these days I will get out there to join along... not that I could hang at all. You're a rock star!

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  13. They might as well call fishbowls and scorpion bowls hangovers because THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE. But so fun and feel so necessary.

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  14. Your hair is amazing!! I love the pic of the boys!! I love that fishbowl.

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  15. haha that fishbowl looks like it would wipe me out!

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  16. One. You look amazing!! Two. Fishbowls should be available at every bar Three. Really I don't have a third. :)

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  17. That sounds like so much fun and that fishbowl is awesome!!

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  18. A giant sparkler? That would have had me sold too!

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  19. This sounds AMAZING!!!! Oh I need to sign up for a good pub crawl stat!

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  20. How have I never heard of Beadquest?! I wanted to do that Candy Crush bar crawl earlier this winter but I had to work - so sad!

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  21. This sounds like so much fun!!! Although nine hours....I would really REALLY have to pace myself. I am a cheap drunk. And duh, there is totally water in those ice cubes! That sounds legit to me!

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  22. That sounds so fun! And yes you do need a fishbowl at 3 in the afternoon!

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    1. Saturday Stephanie certainly thought so! Sunday Stephanie did not agree.

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  23. Oh my goodness! This sounds fun and scary at the same time! That fishbowl would kill me!!! lol!

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  24. That fishbowl would destroy me. My tolerance has gone way, way down in the past couple of years!

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  25. Oh I love me some day drinking! That fishbowl looks amazing....but I'm sure quite deadly!

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  26. Your hair looks fantastic!! I always want to participate in bar crawls, but if I day drink I am usually out of commission by like 4 PM :( can't hang

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  27. Sounds like a great time! I love a good pub crawl especially with a theme!

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  28. Ummmm I haven't been on a good pub crawl since college. This looks like SUCH a fun time!

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  29. a fishbowl all to yourself, that's amazing. it looks delicious.

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  30. samesies for parking it at one bar during a bar crawl, I'm all about that life. and playing cards? we would have the best time drinking ever.

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  31. This looks and sounds like so much fun, but there is no way I could do the whole 9 hours I don't think. But FUN!!

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  32. This sounds like so much fun, I wish I lived in or closer to the city to get to enjoy all these things. Sucks having to come in from the suburbs and go out, not the same!

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  33. How fun! A huge group of my friends just went down to New Orlens to participate - I told Michael that we HAVE to go next year. After all, we know people who live there so it's not like we would have to fight for a hotel. However, this looks like a pretty great alternative! :)

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