Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you all ready to party? We know that some of you might not be able to head to your favorite drinking hotspots this year, but DC Universe has you covered! If you can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the bar, why not join us for our virtual pub crawl? You don’t have to change out of your sweatpants, you don’t have to pay inflated rideshare prices, and you get to read some awesome comics! If you’re not a drinker, then no sweat, there are plenty of fun sights to see on this pub crawl, even if you never touch a drop. So get ready, because this St. Patrick’s Day adventure is going to introduce you to hunky bartenders, demons from Hell, and a chimp that can sling a mean drink. Intrigued? Then let’s get started…
Let’s begin by heading over to Metropolis. We know the Hob’s Bay neighborhood may seem a bit sketchy, but you’re going to love our first stop.
1st STOP: ACE O’CLUBS
Proprietor: Bibbo Bibbowski, Superman’s number one fan!
Location: Hobs Bay, Metropolis
First Appearance: Adventures of Superman #428
Awesome Menu Item: If you’re curious, 1998’s Superman: Secret Files and Origins #1 published the entire menu, which contained some interesting Superman related items like the Last Suds of Krypton beverage.
Bar Trivia: If you want to start a bar brawl in seconds, say something negative about Superman, and watch how fast Bibbo introduces you to his fists.
Wasn’t that fun? The place is a bit dirty, so make sure you wash your hands before you leave, and now we’re going to head to our next stop…
2nd STOP: NOONAN’S BAR
Bartender: In Hitman #29 patrons were introduced to Noonan’s new bartender – Baytor, a demon who once ran the underworld. It’s a great thing to have on your resume if you’re going to bartend in Gotham.
Location: Gotham City
First Appearance: 1993’s The Demon Annual #2
Warning: Please check your drinks for mud. As we saw in Harley Quinn episode 3, “So You Need a Crew,” the shapeshifting villain Clayface occasionally works as a relief bartender, and he wasn’t careful about his excess mud falling into the drinks he prepared.
Bar Trivia: Sometimes a crook needs a place to feel at home, so hitman Sean Noonan opened up a bar where like-minded criminals can gather without having to worry about Batman or the GCPD.
If that place was a bit too divey for your taste, let’s take our rideshare across town to something a bit more upscale.
3rd STOP: THE ICEBERG LOUNGE
Proprietor: Oswald Cobblepot, the crime boss famously known as the Penguin.
Location: Gotham City
First Appearance: Detective Comics #683
Entertainment: In addition to grabbing a drink and rubbing elbows with Gotham’s elite, the Iceberg Lounge was recently upgraded and added a casino. Liquor, gambling, and criminals, what could possibly go wrong?
Bar Trivia: The club has a large aquarium with penguins, seals, and other arctic-aquatic life.
It’s getting a bit chilly in here, so let’s head across the bay to Bludhaven. We hear this next spot has a bartender that you have to see to believe!
4th STOP: HOGAN’S ALLEY
Bartender: Depending on when you're stopping by, you might have the pleasure of being served by their hunky bartender Dick Grayson.
First Appearance: 1996’s Nightwing #4
Awesome Menu Item: Nothing fancy! Hank Hogan, the bar’s owner, says all his customers want are beer and shots. If you're looking for something that has the word "infusion," or "muddled," head back to the Iceberg Lounge.
Bar Trivia: Hank Hogan was a former police officer, so his bar became a hangout for Bludhaven’s finest. The cop patrons don’t care about any of the violations and city ordinances the establishment breaks, including letting a young boy work the kitchen.
Now that we’ve visited a cop bar, let’s try a superhero bar!
5th STOP: WARRIORS
Proprietor: Guy Gardner. Maybe you’ve heard of him. He’s kind of a big deal. Former Green Lantern, and role model to millions.
Location: Manhattan, with other franchise locations in Coast City and the planet Oa.
First Appearance: Guy Gardner: Warrior #25
Awesome Menu Item: Guy is real proud of the Gardner Salad and Guy’s Fries, which he claims are the best in Manhattan. Guy is known to exaggerate, so take his word with a grain of salt.
Bar Trivia: If you’re a superhero nut, then you’ll love this place. The bar is decorated with authentic superhero memorabilia, including a deactivated Manhunter robot.
Since we’re already in New York, let’s swing on over to Long Island and check out another superhero-owned bar!
6th STOP: GABRIEL’S HORN
Proprietor: Mal Duncan, the Teen Titan known as Herald.
Location: A cozy little district in Long Island, New York.
First Appearance: 1977’s Teen Titans #47
Entertainment: Roy Harper’s rock group Great Frog served as the official house-band.
Bar Trivia: Bruce Wayne financed Gabriel’s Horn, which was also used as the Teen Titan’s secret headquarters. We’re not sure why Batman thought letting a group of teenagers open their own bar was a good financial decision, but whatever, he's rich.
As much fun as New York is, we think it’s time to head to a slightly more swampy locale….
7th STOP: DELROY’S ROADHOUSE
Establishment: Delroy’s Roadhouse
Proprietor: Delroy Tremayne
Location: In the bayous of Marais, Louisiana.
Bar Trivia: If you hang around the dining room you might be lucky enough to get your fortune read by Madame Xanadu, or spot former movie star Daniel Cassidy.
That was a bit spooky, but since we’re already dabbling in the supernatural, let’s hop into this interdimensional portal for our last stop….
8th AND FINAL STOP: OBLIVION BAR
Establishment: Oblivion Bar
Proprietor: Nightmaster use to run the bar, until Detective Chimp took things over in 2018’s Justice League Dark #1. It’s probably the only bar in the DC Universe run by a chimpanzee, which might be against a few health codes, but hey! That's what magic is for.
Location: An interdimensional plane between universes. No, you haven’t had too much to drink, that’s really where it is. Good luck getting your Lyft to pick you up...
First Appearance: Day of Vengeance #1
Awesome Menu Item: Players of the DC Universe Online MMORPG can get a closer look at the menu, which includes baby back ribs and pea soup. We haven’t tried it though, we’re just hear to watch a chimpanzee bartend.
Bar Trivia: The Oblivion Bar’s dimensional entrances can be only accessed by being with magical powers, which means that things get very interesting inside.
Just think, our first stop was a rough place in Hobs Bay, and now we’re in an interdimensional pub owned by a monkey. And it’s still only the 4th strangest St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl we’ve ever had! Remember: drink responsibly, and if you can’t go out and party this St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy some of great DC Universe comics!