Bound and Gagged presents
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 – an interactive 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.

Beginning with the cerebral wine-sipping symposiums of Ancient Greece via Wild West saloons, Victorian gin palaces and all the way through to the classic Great British pub, The Thinking Drinkers wander through 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.

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 Off Licence 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 have 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.

Twitter: @thinkingdrinks

What the press have said about The Thinking Drinkers:

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

“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

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

“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

“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


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
23 March 2019 Letchworth The Broadway
01462 681088
28 – 30 March 2019 Canterbury The Marlowe Theatre
01227 787787

For more information please contact Gaby Jerrard / Sofia / Matthew Christian at
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