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Drunken Polar Bear’s 10 Step Guide to Hoboken Lepre-Con 2012

The weather is a tad warmer.  Green starts appearing in store fronts.  Irish beer specials are abound.  Long lost friends appear to party at your apartment and crash for the night.  It’s St. Patrick’s day season and parade or not, it kicks off this first Saturday in March in Hoboken.  With no formal celebration this year will be a first in a long while.  But don’t worry!  Your local Arctic Party Animal has your 10 tips to survive Saturday….

  1. If You Want Out, Get Out While the Going Is Good – Many older Hoboken locals or those with children will be leaving town.  Luckily bars don’t open until 11am this year, but I still recommend leaving Friday night or early Saturday morning.
  2. Plan Your Entrance and Exit Strategy – Even though Hoboken is a transportation hub (car, ferry, PATH, train) thousands of people will be flooding in Saturday morning.  Plan your trip in (and out) and make sure to have a backup plan or extra train/bus.  Get in Friday night if you can.
  3. Lock It Up – The the majority of people behave, but there are still some jerks out there who get rowdy.  For locals in town, I suggest parking your car Friday and not moving it.  If you find a lot/garage, all the better, but avoid areas around bars just to be safe.  I wouldn’t leave any garbage cans, toys, decorations out in front of your house.
  4. Go Green –It’s St. Patrick’s day season.  If you’re celebrating it wear green!  T-shirts, sweatshirts, Irish sports jerseys.  Anything green is good.  Kilts are not Irish – they are Scottish!
  5. Stockpile Your Supplies – Since it’s the biggest party day of the year, you need to stock up of the necessities early – beer/liquor, food, drinking game supplies (cups, dice, ping pong balls, cards) and water/Gatorade.  The city won’t run out of beer, but trying to buy everything Saturday morning is a mistake.
  6. Expect an Invasion – Depending on which Facebook invite, blog post or new story you read it could be 5,000 – 25,000 people coming to drink.  While it will probably be somewhere in between it means almost all bars will be packed and parking spots gone.  Be ready for throngs of people.
  7. Hello? Are You There? – With such a large group of people visiting and having smart phones, cell towers just can’t support it all at once.  At several times throughout the day, you may not be able to send/receive calls or texts.  Again, try to stay close to your group.
  8. Eat! – If you are going to be out drinking the majority of the day, eat a good breakfast.  And no, 3 Irish Coffees doesn’t count.  You know that person stumbling around at 1130am, falling all over themselves drunk?  Do you want to be them?  Then eat an egg sandwich before you drink all day.
  9. It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint – Again, if you’re going to be out at bars and house parties all day, remember it’s a long day.  Between every few beers try a diet coke or a bottle of water or Gatorade.  Not only will you make it through the day, but you won’t have a mind-numbing headache Sunday morning.
  10. Be Safe, Not Sorry – Let’s be honest, you (and a lot of other people) are going to be drunk on Saturday.  That’s fine.  Just be safe and responsible.  No violence, go to the bathroom inside, be polite to the police and absolutely no driving if you’re drinking.  As we’ve seen in previous years those $2,000 tickets are enforced.

If you have any other best practices or tips for those celebrating Saturday please sahre them in the comments below…

- The Drunken Polar Bear

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About Drunken Polar Bear

Drunken Polar Bear is a native New Yorker, Hoboken resident of 5 years and a bar enthusiast. Following 3 years as a collegiate bartender pouring drafts and wickedly named shots he migrated to the mile square for its great people, good food and plethora of bars. Having spent time examining the bars of California, the Midwest, the South, London, Dublin and Barcelona he brings barroom expertise to help you find your favorite local watering hole.

5 Comments

  1. Can we just keep calling it Hoboken St. Patrick's Day please?

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    Comment by Greg — February 28, 2012 @ 4:50 PM

  2. Readers – as we get closer to Saturday, I will work on posting about bar covers and any other helpful information to get you through the day.

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    Comment by Drunken Polar Bear — February 29, 2012 @ 9:58 AM

  3. Kilts are also Irish. Not just Scottish. They are a celtic tradition, many of the ancient Irish celts also wore them.

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    Comment by BWE — February 29, 2012 @ 11:04 AM

  4. BWE – You are correct. according to http://www.kilts.com/irishkilts.htm "The addition of Irish Kilts to the world is fairly recent. Most of the Irish Tartans were created in the late 19th Century and the 20th Century and woolen mills continued to add many of these great looking Tartans."

    The Drunken Polar Bear in this case was incorrect but is generally considered accurate. However, you can't really expect perfect from a Drunken Polar Bear, you can only ask for the pursuit of excellence. :)

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    Comment by The Boken — February 29, 2012 @ 4:35 PM

  5. Good correction BWE – my bad. Enjoy Saturday if you're celebrating and stay dry! It's going to be a wet one.

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    Comment by Drunken Polar Bear — March 1, 2012 @ 9:08 AM

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