EUGENE, Ore. -- A series of bar crawls are scheduled in Eugene for Saturday, Sept. 25, but the company behind them has a questionable history.
All three are hosted by Bar Crawl Unlimited, an Arizona-based company which has an F rating from the Better Business Bureau. The company’s owner, listed in business filings as Adam Dobres, also owns A-Z Food Festivals.
The companies' taco and margarita crawls have earned a bad reputation in other states by failing to deliver on their promises. Attendees complain of long wait times and few food options, and many complaints say the events are often canceled without refunds.
“I bought tickets in early March for an event [Bar Crawl Unlimited] was hosting in late August. Due to COVID the event was canceled and [Bar Crawl Unlimited] refuses to issue a refund,” one user wrote in a complaint to the BBB last August.
“Bar Crawl Unlimited planned a Margarita Crawl in Manchester, NH. I bought tickets for 4/25/2020, it was postponed to 9/19/2020, and then to 2/20/2021, and then as of this morning (2/11) it has been postponed yet again to 10/23/2021. Bar Crawl Unlimited is not offering refunds, and after doing some research about them it seems that many people have had this issue,” another user wrote.
Attempts to reach the company were unsuccessful, and a phone number listed for the business was not accepting calls.
A taco and margarita festival by A-Z Food Festivals was canceled in Deschutes County this month after the venue backed out, Central Oregon Daily reported.
Patrice Mackey, who organizes the Eugene Santa Claus Pub Crawl each year, looked into the company and its history and said buyers should think twice.
“It seems like the people who did the organizing didn't really contact the venues, and also seems like the discounts that they promoted on their webpage was just like the standard, maybe happy hour that those venues had. So again, it didn't really seem like they worked with the venues,” Mackey said.
The online website hosted through Eventbrite shows tickets still available for next weekend’s events, but no locations are listed.
“I'd really look and try and figure out what are you really getting for your money? Mackey said. “I mean, 20 or 30 bucks may not seem like much, but if you could just go with friends to the same bar, or you know, a tavern and have a good time, you don't need a ticket to go out and have some fun.”