WELCOME TO BARCYCLE 101.
We know the BarCycle elicits a lot of curiosity. So here are answers to many of the most common burning questions.
What is the BarCycle?
The short answer…a BYOB party on wheels!
Though, technically, the BarCycle is a 14-passenger quadricycle. We like to think of it as an open-air “party bus” with bar stools lining both sides and a back bench for riders to sit on. However, instead of just sitting there, the bar stools happen to be bike seats equipped with pedals at your feet. Passengers work together to casually pedal the BarCycle around Soulard and stop at bars whenever a thirst needs quenching.
How much does it cost to book?
It depends on what day you want to ride! Reservations are for a two-hour time slot for up to 14 passengers. Note, beverages and coolers are not included or provided.
When do I need to book by?
We require that reservations be made at least one week in advance of your desired date and time in order to ensure driver availability.
How many people does it hold?
Our BarCycles can hold up to 14 people. Each BarCycle is equipped with 10 seats with pedals, two pedal-less seats that sit above the back wheels, a bench on the back row, plus we allow one person to stand in the middle aisle to serve as the party bartender! Maximum BarCycle occupancy is 14 people.
Do we bring our own drinks?
Yes! We encourage parties to bring a stocked cooler or two to keep everyone hydrated between bar stops. Please, no glass bottles onboard.
Can we bring snacks?
Snacks are welcome! We recommend limiting it to small, easy to manage food items like chips, popcorn, candy, etc. due to the limited storage space available.
So...who drives the thing?
We have trained drivers that will handle the steering and brakes.
Should we tip the driver?
Yes, please! Our fun, personable drivers work mainly for tips and do their best to make sure you and your party have a safe and memorable BarCycle trip around Soulard. Average tip is $60-$80 – drivers accept cash, Venmo, and CashApp.
Where do we go while on the ride?
Totally up to you! We can stop at any of your favorite Soulard bars. Don’t know the area well? No worries. Our drivers know all the ins-and-outs of Soulard and its many fine establishments, they’ll be happy to make recommendations and let you know about current specials at some of the best bars in Soulard.
Where do we start and end with BarCycle?
We typically pick-up and drop-off at McGurk’s Irish Pub located at 12th and Russell. However, if you have a preference for another establishment within Soulard please let us know at least two days in advance of your party date and we will do our best to accommodate.
Do the pedals actually do anything...is there a battery?
The most common question we get! Yes, pedaling DOES power the BarCycle through the streets of Soulard. Don’t fret though, we know there are parts of the ride that can be a little strenuous due to inclines/road conditions so each BarCycle is equipped with a battery to assist in these moments.
What's the music situation?
Our BarCycles are equipped with speakers (featuring aux capabilities and/or Bluetooth connectivity) so you can play your own music!
What happens if it rains or is cold?
The party (safely) continues! We roll in just about any temperature and simply ask parties to dress accordingly for anticipated temps the day of their ride. As for weather, each BarCycle has a roof and will be stocked with ponchos to help keep passengers dry if starts raining during a party. Note, if there is lightning, heavy rain/hail, tornado alerts in the area, or poor road conditions we will reschedule.
What is the cancellation policy?
If you cancel 14 days prior we will give you a refund. If you cancel within 14 days, we will give you a rain check to use later in the season, or next season if it’s at the end of the season. Cancellations within 3 days of the tour will not receive any type of a refund.
What hours do BarCycles run?
Each booking is for a two-hour time slot.
Monday – Friday: 4:45pm, 7pm
Saturday: 12:15pm, 2:30pm, 4:45pm, 7pm
Sunday: 12:15pm, 2:30pm, 4:45pm
How fast does the BarCycle go?
They cruise at a cool 3-5 mph on flat land…we are not in any hurry!
How is payment made?
Click on the book now button under group rentals to book a BarCycle. We accept cash, debit, or credit cards. You can pay the entire amount at the time of reservation, or you can pay at the start of the tour. However, you must pay $100 to hold the reservation at the time of booking. It is better if you pay ahead of time though so we don’t have to waste time on your tour collecting payment. If you have payed your down payment and would like to pay the balance ahead of time, please call, text, or email and we will charge the balance.
Where did this thing come from?
The idea came from Europe, they are very popular in Amsterdam and Germany. They are now in many U.S. cities.
Is the BarCycle safe?
It’s easier than riding a bike! But as with anything a certain amount of risk is involved. All passengers are required to sign a waiver prior to boarding. You may bring your own helmet if you’d like.
Can I purchase a gift card?
Of course! We offer gift cards which can be redeemed for any tour at a future date.