Photo by Kyle Schmitz
Photo by Kyle Schmitz

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There comes a point in time when you’re too old to trick-or-treat. There also comes a point in time when you’re too old to go on traditional bar crawls that are little more than a banquet beer-fueled trip to some of D.C.’s sloppiest spots. 

Bars and restaurants on 14th Street NW are teaming up to offer a more mature, or at least a more interesting “Brains & Booze Halloween Crawl” on October 28 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Participating bars include Little Coco’s, Lyman’s Tavern, Red Derby, Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana, Taqueria Habanero, The Airedale, and The Pinch

Little Coco’s is going all out with squid ink martinis, “congealed blood” Jello shots, and what they’re calling “spleen sandwiches.” Other bars are offering spooky bites and sips like blood sausage snacks at The Airedale or the “I Want Your Soul” beer and shot combo at Red Derby, which pairs a Resurrection Ale with a shot of Redemption Rye.

Participants who get a card stamped at every location will be eligible to win raffle prizes the next day. If crawlers want to keep celebrating into the night, several of the participating venues will switch over to theme-party mode at 10 p.m. (Some will charge cover fees.)

The Airedale: Costume karaoke

The Pinch: Live music with Murphy’s Law (doors open at 7 p.m.) 

Red Derby: Motown Halloween Party: An Evening with Love, Peace, and Soul

Little Coco’s: Costume Bingo on the roof

Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana: Late night dinner, DJ, and dancing. A $25 cover goes to Mexican earthquake relief.