When you book a tour we call you the week leading up to your tour to walk you through how the day of your tour will play out so we can ensure it run’s smoothly and to answer any questions that you have. At this time we ask what bars you picked so we can make sure that all of 4 of our bikes are not at the same places at the same time, other times a place like the Strathallan rooftop bar will be closed for the day for a wedding. If for some reason all the bikes wanted to do the exact same route we would just switch up which bars each group would start at so that they would not all hit the same bar at the same time. When we ask the booker of the tour what route they want to do we commonly hear “The good route” the thing about is that we are in a referral based business so they are all good routes it all comes down to how much pedaling the group wants to do. The bars we take you to we dont take any money from, we just want them to make sure our groups have such a good time that they are excited to go on another pedal tour.
All the routes are fun, what differentiates them is that some routes have more options to chose between and the amount of pedaling involved. You get at least 25 minutes at the 3 bars you visit, maybe even more time depending on how fast you pedal and if your tour began early, on time or late.. I have decided to list all the routes from shortest to longest
The shortest route is the East End Route which takes guests from the East and Alexander bars where you can pick one among ROC Brewing, Swan Dive, Ox and Stone, Daily Refresher, Lanai, Old Toad, Locals 311, Murphys Law, City Grill, Filgers or Wall Street. You have a lot of choices to pick between! If you like 2 of those bars from that list we can always pedal from one of them to the 2nd area of the East End where you have Temple, Salingers, Steadfast and Flower City Station to pick between then back to the East and Alexander Bars again for the third stop. Or you can pick between Richmonds, Joeys and East End Tavern before you head back to Marshall Street Bar and Grill which is where all the tours begin and end
It is not much shorter but our new Downtown Route takes groups from Bar Bantam which is on the ground floor of the Metropolitan Building to the St Paul Corridor Bars where you pick one among 5th Frame Brewery, Tapas 177 and Scotland Yard Pub. What is cool about this tour is that your driver can also work in some of the information from the history tour and where we stop for the St Paul Corridor bars are some cool murals which are a great back drop for your photos. The third stop is the new restaurant Native Eatery and Bar which is located in the 3 City Center Building (the old Frontier Building) and offers great drinks with an amazing view of all the cars entering the city from the 490 at the Clinton Street Exit.
The South Wedge route can be as short or as long as you want it to be. If you want the longer South Wedge tour then pick Swiftwater Brewing Company as one of your stops. They have great beer and let you bring in your own food and snacks. If you want a shorter route then pick one among Toasted Tavern, Lux (where they let you bring in your own food and snacks) Butapub or Tap and Mallet. The next stopping area you have is Playhouse/Swillburger where they give you game tokens when you purchase a drink, Firehouse and Cub Room to pick between. The last bar is Beer Park which has cheap drinks and it is super cool when you pedal into the bar and make an entrance into a packed Beer Garden.
Hybrid Route takes you from Half Pint where you can bring in your own food and snacks to the rooftop bar at the Strathallan called Hatties as your second stop. The last stop you get to pick one among all the East and Alexander bars which include City Grill, Murphys Law, Swan Dive, Ox and Stone, Daily Refresher, Lanai, Old Toad, Locals 311, Brass and Filgers. Again tons of options to pick between.
The Park Ave route is our longest route which goes from Half Pint where you can bring your own food and snacks into or just order pizza from Mozzeroni’s where you get a dollar of slices and $20 sheet pizzas to Blu Wolf which offers great drink specials to our riders and then to Roam Cafe.
We now offer multiple brewery routes and because you pick the breweries the distance between them is based off the ones you pick. All brewery tours begin or end at ROC Brewing then take you to either Swiftwater Brewery, Genesse Brewery or 3 Heads. If you pick Genny Brewhouse, 5th Frame Brewery and ROC Brewing you will be able to visit 3 breweries on your tour. It is a long pedal from where all of our tours begin and end at Marshall Street Bar and Grill to Genesse Brewhouse so make sure your group has it in its legs. What is nice about Swiftwater, ROC Brewing and 3 Heads is that they allow you to bring in your own food and snacks
Our goal is to ensure you have a good time and want to do it again. That is why we try to get as much input from you about what your group so we can help you pick the route that is what your group is looking for. It’s not that any of our routes are too much pedaling (its not the Tour De France) but not all peddlers are created equal so we want to make sure we find a tour that appeals to you and your friends. Sometimes we have groups ask us if they can do one bar instead of another which is fine as long as it keeps the route integrity in order. What that means is that all of our routes are giant circles which maximizes your time in the bars and also prevents a massive pedal back which would happen if you went to 3 bars which are progressively further from the start/end point. During the pre tour phone call that is the time to ask this and we will let you know if it works/doesn’t work and why.
East End Route Options
ROC Brewing -> Ox and Stone/Lanai/Daily Refresher/City Grill/Murphy’s Law/ Brass -> Steadfast/Flower City Station/Temple/Salingers is our shortest route
If you want a longer route then you can do ROC Brewing/Ox and Stone/Old Toad/Lanai/Daily Refresher/Murphy’s Law/City Grill/ Brass then head off to Steadfast/Flower City Station/Temple/Salingers ->Richmonds/Joeys/East End Tavern.
- ROC Brewing- $1 off beer flights, $1 off pints after that
- East End Tavern puts out pretzels for our groups and offers a managers drink special
- Brass – $3 Bud and Bud Lights
- Lanai- $5 off pitchers of frozen drinks
- Flower City Station- $1 off Bud Light products and never pay a cover
- Steadfast- $5 Tecate Tall Boys (24oz cans)
- Temple -free slice of pizza with purchase of alcoholic beverage
- Salingers $1 off all drinks and because they do not have a kitchen you can bring in your own food and snacks
- Richmonds- $1 off drafts and $4 orange, cherry and grape bombs
3 Heads Brewing Company -> ROC Brewing Company
Swiftwater->Toasted Bear Saloon/Butapub/Tap&Mallet -> ROC Brewing
Genesse Brewhouse -> Temple/Salingers/Steadfast/Flower City Station->ROC Brewing->
Park Ave Route
- Blue Wolf buy one get one select craft beers, $2.50 Bud/Bud Lights
- Roam Café $3 Bud and Bud Lights
- Half Pint you can bring your own food or snacks in because they do not have a kitchen
Half Pint to Strathallan Rooftop Bar to either City Grill/Daily Refresher/Lanai/Old Toad.
Lanai does $5 off pitchers of frozen drinks
South Wedge Route
- Butapub- $1 off craft beers and well drinks
- Swillburger/Playhouse will give you free game tokens when you purchase a drink
- Swift Water Brewery lets you bring in your own food and snacks
- Toasted Bear Saloon- $1 off drinks
- Lux- $3 Pap Smears (PBR and shot of well) and you can bring your own food and snacks inside
- The Cub Roam does $2 off specialty cocktails
Please note that on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday certain bars and breweries are closed