Press Release: The Thinking Drinkers: Pub Crawl

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The Thinking Drinkers: Pub Crawl




Following a hugely successful UK tour and Edinburgh Festival run with their last hilarious show, The Thinking Drinkers are embarking on a bar-hop through history as part of their new show Pub Crawl – a unique imbibing experience during which every single audience member tastes five fabulous drinks. For free!

“Whether its Neolithic Man crouching down around a fire with a bowl of fermented grain, Greek philosophers gathering together to unearth the essence of our existence through the prism of a wine-cup or the Founding Fathers creating America, drinking establishments have been the keystone of global culture since civilisation began.”

– Ben McFarland, Thinking Drinker.

Beginning with the cerebral wine-sipping symposium of Ancient Greece via Wild West saloons, Victorian gin palaces and all the way through to the classic Great British pub, The Thinking Drinkers travel the world’s most wonderful watering holes while furnishing their audience with several samples of seriously delicious drinks.

As educational as it is entertaining, The Thinking Drinkers Pub Crawl is a riotous and intoxicating exploration of history’s greatest drinking establishments – an especially pertinent celebration given the fact that 18 pubs are closing every week.

“Without pubs or bars, we wouldn’t have had DNA, Democracy or Dickens yet, shamefully, we are letting them disappear never to be seen again. Amid a depressing digital dystopia, we’re losing our beloved locals thanks to characterless chain coffee shops, crippling taxation and, worst of all, pesky neo-Prohibitionists. It’s time for us all to put down our phones, pick up a pint – and maybe a packet of tasty nuts – and breathe life back into the struggling British boozer before it’s too late.”

– Tom Sandham, Thinking Drinker.

The Thinking Drinkers are award-winning drinks writers and comedy performers Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham. They are drinks columnists for the Sunday Telegraph and The Spectator and write about enlightened imbibing for an array of international publications including the National Geographic, Esquire, Shortlist, The Times, The Guardian, Time Out London, Conde Nast Traveller, Imbibe Magazine, The Independent and Drinks Retailer News.

Authorities on all aspects of alcohol, The Thinking Drinkers have appeared on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and regularly appear on radio and television espousing their “Drink Less. Drink Better” mantra.

Having met in their 20s whilst working on a leading pub magazine, Ben and Tom left for America where they co-wrote the award-winning Good Beer Guide West Coast USA. Since then, the dynamic duo has written and performed seven critically acclaimed sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, transferred to the Soho Theatre, London’s West End, Madrid and toured the UK extensively including performances at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Taste of London and the Great Yorkshire Fringe.

One of their previous Edinburgh shows, The Thinking Drinkers Guide to the Legends of Liquor, subsequently inspired their award-winning book The Thinking Drinkers: An Enlightened Imbibers Guide to Alcohol while “Thinking Drinkers: History of Alcohol”, their last show, went on a successful sell-out nationwide tour in 2018.

They have also been instrumental in launching both Hobo Beer and Hobo Cyder and are creative consultants for an array of alcohol-based endeavours.

Did we mention five free drinks?


Ben McFarland

Ben McFarland is the author of World’s Best Beers: 1000 Unmissable Brews from Portland to Prague and Boutique Beer: 500 of the World’s Finest Craft Brews. He is the triple-crowned winner of British Beer Writer of the Year – the first time as the youngest ever recipient.



Tom Sandham

Tom Sandham is former editor of leading industry spirits and cocktail magazine CLASS and lectures on spirits for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. He launched the Top 50 Bars of the World and House Tonic magazine for the Soho House Group, and is also the author of the award-winning World’s Best Cocktails.

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What the press have said about The Thinking Drinkers:

“A liquid journey that is as thirst-inducing as it is thirst-quenching, as entertaining as it is informative, and as appealing for teetotallers as it is alcohol connoisseurs.”                                                                         ★★★★ Broadway Baby

“An entertaining and educational hour of fun.”                                ★★★★ The Edinburgh Reporter

“Hugely funny and genuinely fascinating …they illuminated, educated and intoxicated the crowd”                                                                                                  ★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News

“A show about booze, featuring free booze. What’s not to like?”                        ★★★★ ThreeWeeks

“An erudite, liquor-loving duo”                                                                                                 Metro

“Pioneers of alcohol based comedy”                                                                          Sunday Times

“There’s no more discerning way to fall off the wagon”                                                        Time Out

“For serious and not so serious devotees of legal recreational consumables, this show’s your bible”        Dan Aykroyd

“With two brilliantly funny guys with a love of liquor, an evening with The Thinking Drinkers went down smooth and left you without any nasty hangovers”                 ★★★★★ Brighton Argus

“An intoxicating success… as interesting as it is hilarious”                         ★★★★ Sunday Express

“This unique Fringe experience is one to be savoured”                                  ★★★★ The Upcoming



04 October 2018                        Bath Komedia

01225 489070

05 October 2018                        Birmingham Old Rep

0121 359 9444

13 October 2018                        Newcastle The Stand

0191 300 9700

18 October 2018                        Selby Town Hall

01757 708449

19 October 2018                        Otley The Courthouse

01943 467466

20 October 2018                        Gloucester The Guildhall

01452 503050

25 October 2018                        Cambridge The Junction

01223 511511

27 October 2018                        Maidenhead Nordon Farm

01628 788 997

1 – 3 November 2018                Reading South Street Arts Centre

0118 960 6060

8 November 2018                      Colchester The Arts Centre

01206 500900

9 November 2018                      Swindon The Arts Centre

01793 524481

23 November 2018                    Salford The Lowry

0843 208 6000

24 November 2018                     Finchley Arts Depot

020 8369 5454

29 November – 1 Dec 2018        Epsom The Playhouse

0137 274 2555

7 December 2018                      Bristol Hen and Chickens

0117 966 3143

11 December 2018                     London Leicester Square Theatre

020 7734 2222

24 January 2019                        Brighton Komedia

01273 647100

25  – 26 January 2019                Royal and Derngate

01604 624811

1 February 2019                        Tring The Court House

07543 560 478

2 February 2019                        Aldershot West End Centre

01252 330040

7 February 2019                        Cheltenham Town Hall

0844 576 2210

8 February 2019                        Hertford The Theatre

01992 531500

9 February 2019                        Winchester Theatre Royal

01962 840440

15 – 16 February 2019    Southend Palace Theatre

01702 351135

22 – 23 February 2019   Newbury Arlington Arts Centre

01635 244246

01 – 02 March 2019        Luton The Library

01582 878100

08 – 09 March 2019        Havant The Spring

023 9247 2700

15 March 2019              Shrewsbury Theatre Severn

01743 281281

16 March 2019              Didcot Cornerstone

01235 515144

28 – 30 March 2019       Canterbury The Marlowe Theatre

01227 787787