Pedal Pubs: Sip & Cycle Around Southeast Michigan
By: Michael Fossbakk
April 4, 2016
How does cycling around town with your best friends while you go from bar to bar, restaurant to restaurant, venue to venue sound? Don’t worry; you won’t actually be steering the bike. You’ll be sitting around a table with your friends while you all pedal to keep the ride moving as a hired professional chauffeur takes the proverbial reins, taking you on a tour of your favorite downtown locations.
What is this magnificent invention, you ask? Pedal pubs!
The HandleBar got its start in Europe 20 years ago and has branched out from there, holding multiple locations in the United States, including downtown Detroit. This pedal pub includes seating for 16 patrons (and one driver provided by The HandleBar Detroit). The cost of renting the bike and driver Sunday through Thursday is $300 for a group. Going Friday or Saturday will run your group $400.
The HandleBar Detroit operates on a two-hour tour schedule with availability seven days a week. There are three typical stops on The HandleBar Detroit’s tour of the city: Campus Martius area, Comerica Park area and Greektown. If you have a specific place you’d like to stop, simply notify your driver and they’ll be happy to work with you on tailoring your route!
Further west in Ann Arbor, you can find Trolley Pub, which has bikes that seat 14 patrons. Renting the bike for its two hour allotted time will run you $375 (or about $27 per person when going with a full group of 14). The locations you’ll visit with your group will be entirely up to you. Each stop will last roughly 15 to 20 minutes each in order to satisfy the two hour rental period.
On the flipside, if you don’t have a full group that wants to go, you can purchase what is called a “mixer ticket” at $30 a person. This way, you and just a few of your friends can ride along with other small groups of people and not only have a good time with your friends, but make new ones, too!
So, what are you waiting for? Pedal pubs are a great way to spend time with your friends, co-workers, family and more!