Sunnyside Bars Host Holiday Pub Crawl

Staff Writer

The Sunnyside Santathon Pub Crawl fundraiser is back for its second year, after raising $5,000 in proceeds and collecting hundreds of toys last year.

Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars will host their second annual pub crawl on Dec. 7, starting at 3 p.m., where the Sunnyside community, local businesses and tourists can enjoy the spirit of the holidays.

The list of participating bars include Bar 43, The Courtyard Ale House, Maggie Mae’s, The Gaslight, Arriba Arriba, Sidetracks, Molly Blooms, PJ Horgan’s, McGuinness’s and Bliss St. Station. Each one will collect new, unwrapped donations from now until Christmas.

“We formed Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars to create events as a group that would bring more business to the area, really make it a destination spot and highlight what a great neighborhood we have here,” Pat Burke, owner of The Courtyard Ale House, said.

“Once we got together, we also saw the opportunity to raise funds for charities, specifically local organizations.”

All of the proceeds from the sale of the $10 wristbands, which permits entry into all of the participating bars and restaurants and $3 drink specials on the day of the event, will go towards buying toys for the local children.

Melissa Navia, a representative from Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars, said the success of last year’s Santathon afforded them the opportunity to surprise many organizations and toy drives, including those set up for families in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, with donations that they would not have gotten otherwise.

Pub crawlers can also submit their email address to enter to win gift vouchers to any of the Boulevard Bars.

When it comes to drunk driving, Navia said “Our staff members are trained to recognize anyone who needs a cab to safely get home and will make arrangements to make sure that happens.”

For more information about Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars, as well as pictures from past events, visit their Facebook page,

Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128,, or @Tsakhuja13.