You’ve heard of bike-powered gyms, but how about a bike-powered bar!? All you need is at least eight people, a little bit of willpower and a big smile to flash at all the onlookers who can’t help but whip out their cameras when the tandem bike comes rolling down the road.
The “ Tour de Tavern” operates out of Scottsdale, Arizona, and has 12 pedals – six on each side. You can fit up to 16 people, but the remaining four have to hang out on the bench in the back – also known as the “slacker seat” – where they can be ridiculed by the rest of the crew. The cost is around $10-12 per person, per hour.
“We call it the pedal-powered party on wheels,” co-found Brendan Holve tells HLN. “It’s really fun, it’s unique, it’s exciting. It’s something that most people haven’t seen before and you get a ton of attention along the way.”
Mix team effort with some booze and you can really get the bar flying down the road.
“We joke around that it’s powered by beer,” says Holve. “People get one or two drinks and suddenly we’re like, ‘wow, the bike’s moving really fast now!’”
And by fast they mean around eight miles per hour. But still, that might be enough to catch a breeze on a hot summer night!
The route is customizable and the “Tour de Tavern” has partnered up with several bars who offer exclusive drink deals to patrons. There’s also a sober driver in the front who is charged with steering and braking, so all partygoers have to worry about is pedaling.
The founders see it as a safe and eco-friendly way to tour the bars in Old Town Scottsdale. They run at least five to seven tours per week and they’ve had no accidents since launching five months ago.
You may have seen something like this if you’ve been to Amsterdam(that’s where Holve says they got the idea). So while the “Tour de Tavern” founders may not have invented the concept, they did build their own bike using designs they had seen. They say another bike is definitely in their future plans.
Would you consider signing up for something like this if it were available in your town?