Covid- October 2nd 2021- We do not have any mask or vaccine mandate for our tour. Only two bars on our route list have restrictions which is Lux which requires everyone is vaccinated and Playhouse/Swillburger which requires a mask when not seated. Beer Park is closed for the 2021 season as of yesterday, we are unsure what date they will reopen in the spring but when they reopen will adjust this.
We know many people are curious as to how covid has changed pedal tours but now they are back to the same fun experience you had pre covid. We have kept the 2 bar stops the same since bars are short staffed and it allows for a little bit more time in the bar, on the bike and for photos.
Your driver will call you the day or two before your tour to walk you through the day of your tour and to find out where your group wants to go. We encourage you to look up the bars your group wants to visits hours on google because those are more updated then facebook/websites.
You get to pick where you want to visit, if you are unsure your group wants to go then your driver will be happy to make a suggestion off your groups age, type of tour and if your tour is trying to get after it.
All the routes are fun, what differentiates them is that some routes have more options to pick between and the amount of pedaling involved. You get around 35 minutes in 2 bars. If your group finishes your drinks/food before then come back to the bike earlier and it is more time a later place or on the bike
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, Daily Refresher, Old Toad, Locals Only, Murphys Law, Filgers, Riot Room, Wall Street or 90s Bar (only open Friday and Saturday after 9pm). You have a lot of choices to pick between! The 2nd area of the East End is where you have Temple, Salingers, East End Tavern, Unter Biergarten (you must make a reservation ahead of time here) and the New The Richmond to pick between. The Richmond is a great choice with this special state of the art edible printer which can put an image on select drinks. Examples) it can say bride tribe, have a photo of the birthday boy/girl, your companies logo. It is not as simple as just showing up and sending them a photo you must plan on it ahead of time so they can work there magic. We will let you know what you need to do to make it happen.
The downtown route is awesome because if you want your driver can give you some of the history tour information as you go bar hopping and you go do your group photos in front of some amazing murals. The bars on this route are a little more upscale. You have Bar Bantam on the groundfloor of the Chase Metropolitan building. Rufus is the cocktail bar at the Mercatinle on Main food hall. You also have Tappas, St Paul Proper, 5th Frame, Native Eatery and Sidebar to pick between. These are nicer places so if your group is “trying to get after it” then you should not pick these places.
The South Wedge route features our most popular stop Rochester Beer Park your options for a second stop include Old Stone Tavern, Tap and Mallet, Lux, Firehouse, Johns Tex Mex, Toasted Bear Tavern and Playhouse. As we said before Lux and Playhouse have covid restrictions but you can still pick to go there just plan accordingly.
Hatties is a popular requested stop but because of weddings and limited capacity it is important to call ahead to find out if they will be open on the day of your tour and then to call again right before we pedal over to make sure they have room. If they have room the options for a 2nd stop include Half Pint on Park Ave or any of the East and Alexander Bars.
The Park Ave route is our longest route which goes from Half Pint then down to Blu Wolf or Magpie. Half Pint lets you bring in your own food and snacks
The brewery route does not mean you have to go to 2 breweries, you can visit one brewery and a bar. It is your choice! The breweries that your group can visit during the tour are Genesse Brewhouse (make a reservation ahead of time) 3 Heads (which allows you to bring your own food inside) ROC Brewing, 5th Frame which is a smaller place so we will call ahead . If your group wants to visit 2 breweries your options are Genny Brewhouse and 5th Frame or ROC Brewing. 3 Heads and ROC Brewing. Again you can always pick one brewery and a bar just talk it over with your driver ahead of time
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 group. 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 2 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.
Please note that bars and restaurants are trying to find what their new hours will be so they are changing. We keep an eye on their social media accounts to see We have found that they update there google hours more than they do facebook or there own website. Weird but true