Battle of the Bars

Many brought their game, but the Irish are taking this year’s trophy!


Bars Compete.
Cancer Loses. Tir Na Nog Wins.

August 18th, 2012 – 3pm – Downtown Raleigh

Battle of the Bars brought over 550 participants to 8 incredible venues, with each bar putting their best foot (and specials) forward! Participants then voted on who they felt did the best job, deciding this years winner. The title goes to Tir Na Nog with their Irish Bands, Irish Dancers and amazing drink specials!  It was a close race between all of the bars, with Isaac Hunter’s and Rum Runners coming just shy of winning.

 Thank you to all of our venues, sponsors and participants for helping to raise money and awareness for Cancer Never Sleeps!

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Story From Triangle.com:

SUBMITTED BY MELISSA HOWSAM — CORRESPONDENT

Do-gooders thirsty for a good time and a good cause came out in droves Saturday to drink away cancer for Battle of the Bars, the launch event for nonprofit Gumption, a startup that dreams up all kinds of ways for you to give back while you get your fun (and in this case your drink) on.

Co-sponsored by Lonerider and triangle.com, the debut, benefiting CancerNeverSleeps Inc., saw Fayetteville Street District bars duke it out to separate the pretenders from the contenders. Almost 600 parched patrons plodded the pubs for specials and shenanigans to give cancer a swift (and potentially sloppy) punch in the mouth.

Fighting for the upper hand, hooch hot spot Isaac Hunters commenced the brawl crawl with a packed Summer’s End Private Patio Party, featuring pub games, specials, hula-clad Bud girls doling samples and leis. They played dirty — everyone’s always having fun if they’re getting ‘lei-d.’ But the competition was stiff. A self-guided crawl, Gumption-goers — easy to spot in the complimentary orange shades — could choose between a laundry list of lounges eager to please:

Be-speckled bar-goers jigged it up at Tir na nOg (where staff donned St. Paddy’s Team shirts — Paddy’s is the* party … so was this some kind of subliminal strategy?); bagged corn in the hole at The Oxford; and soaked up sangria (Gumpria) at The Hive.

Meanwhile, crawlers high-rolled like A-listers for Big Easy’s private upstairs party and cash for cancer games or low-balled with dirt-cheap domestics at London Bridge for a DJ-fed bloody ole English time, before finding their inner American Idol at Rum Runners belting out off-key tunes to pianos deep in duel (Fishbowls make everyone think they sound so good…).

Rounding out the night (for those still standing) was a cover-free after-party at The Architect.

“Battle of the Bars was a perfect launch event for our company,” says co-founder Andres Martin (he founded Gumption with Aviva Imbrey). “We were able to fulfill each of our goals, including supporting a great local NPO, supporting incredible local businesses and providing the community with an event to rally behind!”

I know. You’re on the edge of your seat. The titan? Tir na nOg. Looks like the luck of the Irish (or those anachronistic Paddy’s shirts) pulled through.

But don’t pout if you missed it. This is just the start of what’s to come. Oct. 6 is your next shot to “Live Gumption.”Zombie Bar Raid anyone? Get infected.

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17 comments on “Battle of the Bars
  1. Carlo Razzeto says:

    I like tir na nog

  2. Brittany says:

    Can you participate if you can’t get there until 6pm?

  3. Matt says:

    How do participants get from one bar to the next, is there a bus?

    • admin says:

      Each of the 7 bars are located in the heart of Downtown Raleigh’s Fayetteville St and Moore Square district making it a very easy walk between each of the bars! Ladies can even wear heels these bars are so close!

    • Matt says:

      How long does the Battle of the Bars last 3pm to??

      • admin says:

        “The event will begin at 3pm and continue throughout the evening. We will be collecting the ballots from the ballot boxes around town at 9pm, but your wristband will get you into all of the participating bars and clubs late night without cover! There is a definite advantage in showing up early as over 500 tickets have been purchased!”

  4. Lucinda says:

    Can’t wait, sounds like FUN!!!!!

  5. Amy says:

    Will the drink specials just be local beer or will there be other options?

  6. Deb says:

    How long will this event last? starts at 3:00 and ends ???

    • admin says:

      The event will begin at 3pm and continue throughout the evening. We will be collecting the ballots from the ballot boxes around town at 9pm, but your wristband will get you into all of the participating bars and clubs late night without cover! There is a definite advantage in showing up early as over 500 tickets have been purchased!

  7. Liv says:

    Do we have to make special arrangements if we do not plan on attending until 6 pm?

    • admin says:

      You will still check-in at Isaac Hunters but no, you don’t have to make special arrangements. Remember – there is a definite advantage in showing up early as over 500 tickets have been purchased!

  8. Matt says:

    Will there something provided when you get your wristband to show the 7 Bar locations?

    • admin says:

      We will be giving out a map with specific locations of each bar, their specials and a ballot to vote on which one you felt delivered the best experience!

  9. Tir Na NOg Annie

    Thank you for your votes. WE had fun doing it and my hat is off to all who took part and to Livegumption for raising awareness and $$$$$ for cancer research. Thank you to our wonder irish musicians and Irish dancers cos without YOU we are just another pub pulling pints.
    Come back and visit us soon we Irish LOVE to have a good time, ALL the time.
    Much love from all the staff at Tir Na nOg.

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