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A Virtual Pub Crawl Is Happening to Get Us in the Mood for the Real Thing

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The re-opening of pubs is one of the most anticipated announcements of recent years, with people desperate for some form of a social life to restart.

Until then it’s still possible to have a taste of life in the boozer thanks to York Gin’s virtual pub crawl.

One of York’s top tour guides, actress Alicia Stabler, is running a live online pub crawl around the city famous for its haunted pubs.

‘Mad Alice’ – who runs the Bloody York Gin Tour – will visit several notorious (empty) boozers, and tells online drinkers about their bloodthirsty histories. She’ll also be tasting some gin, including the award-winning York Gin London Dry.

Alicia Stabler, who plays the ‘Mad Alice’ character, said: “York is famous for its pubs – and so many of them have amazing histories. This virtual pub crawl will get people in the mood for a proper session next month.

“During normal times, I run the Bloody York Gin Tour – visiting pubs, drinking York Gin and telling tales of the city’s horrible history.

“The difference with this virtual pub crawl is that after visiting each pub I nip back to the York Gin shop for a quick restorative G&T and a chat with Jo and Susannah who work there. It’s officially the best shop in York – and what they don’t know about gin isn’t worth knowing. Then I’m off to the the next pub. It’s a hard life!”

The first pub crawl on Friday 26 June at 6pm includes famous York pubs the Shambles Tavern, the Black Horse, the Three Tuns and the Golden Fleece and – all with tales of murder and mayhem.

You can tune into the virtual pub crawl on the York Gin and Bloody Tour of York Facebook pages.