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Sunnyside Santathon Pub Crawl Returns for 8th Year this Weekend

(Santathon in Sunnyside)

Dec. 5, 2019 By Allie Griffin

Dust off your santa suit and bar crawl for a good cause in Sunnyside this Saturday as part of the eighth annual Sunnyside Santathon.

Eight local bars are participating in the Dec. 7 crawl where pints of Stella cost just $4 all night with the purchase of a wristband. The crawl begins at 3 p.m. and continues “until late.”

The festive pub crawl also offers participants additional food and drink specials, live DJ sets, karaoke and a chance to win a $500 bar tab by hitting all eight bars in their best santa attire.

Wristbands for Sunnyside Santathon cost $10 and are now available for purchase at any of the participating bars. The wristbands will get bar-hoppers drink specials and deals. Event organizers encourage attendees to purchase and pick up their wristbands before Saturday.

All proceeds from the sale of wristbands will go to buy toys and warm clothing for children in need this holiday season.

Last year, the event raised $3,500 for organizations like Floating Hospital in Long Island City, Queen of Angels in Sunnyside, Hour Children in Long Island City and the Block Institute in Brooklyn.

“Because of the work done with Santathon, and the genuine kindness of [its] customers, we have been able to enrich the lives of hundreds of deserving families and children,” said Cynthia Davis, Director of Community Outreach at the Floating Hospital. “Santathon has supplied coats, clothing, shoes, socks and toys to scores of children who would have otherwise be bereft of any joy in this holiday season.”

All eight bars are also collecting new, unwrapped toys and warm clothing and winter outerwear for kids through Christmas.

The eight participating bars are:

Jack’s Fire Dept at 39-46 Skillman Ave.
Arriba Arriba Sunnyside at 40-15 Queens Blvd.
The Courtyard Ale House at 40-18 Queens Blvd.
Maggie Mae’s Bar at 41-15 Queens Blvd.
Bar 43 at 43-06 43rd St.
Ida’s Nearabout at 43-13 Queens Blvd.
Gaslight Bar at 43-17 Queens Blvd.
McGuinness’s Saloon at 44-23 Queens Blvd.

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A bar had a No SantaS sign yesterday, that was fun to read if taken out of context. I believe in Santa, if he is drunk he can be nicer to me!


They only raised $3500? I’ll write a check for that just to not have to see these blowhards in the neighborhood.


When you see a few people dressed as Santa heading into a bar, you can be sure that they are all a$$holes.


Adorned with silly costumes
Come let us ignore them
Come let us ignore them
Come let us ignore them
while we’re far away.


for the rest of us, mature and sober ones of sunnyside:



Fred–Or just don’t go to any of those bars. Bunch of fools. Real nice , it shows kids how drunk and foolish santa is. This isn’t the message we want to send kids. It encourages alcoholism

Mike o. 40st

Saturday? The 7th? Oh good, ill go to Pennsylvania that day. Last year i saw 3 santas puking on queens boulevard.

Mr. Achilles

O come, all ye inebriates, sloppy and repulsive!
O come ye, O come ye to Sunnyside;
Come and behold them.


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