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.
Code of Conduct
All riders must abide by the following.
- Riders will not give alcohol to non-passengers
- Riders will not overindulge to point of being incoherent or passing out
- Riders will refrain from indecent exposure and obscene/vulgar language
- Riders will be considerate and respectful to all non-passengers including neighborhood residents, bystanders, and other bar patrons/employees
- Riders will not vomit or urinate onto or from the BarCycle
- Riders will follow all instructions given by their driver
- Riders will not stand up on or attempt to leave the BarCycle while in motion
- Riders will not litter and will help maintain a clean BarCycle
- Any other behavior deemed inappropriate or unsafe
Drivers reserve the right to stop and cancel a tour if the Code of Conduct is not observed and no refund will be honored. Drivers at their discretion may remove any rider that is overly intoxicated and/or physically cannot maintain a safe positioning on the BarCycle and no refund will be honored. A $300 fee will be charged to any tour where a rider vomits or urinates onto or from the BarCycle.
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.
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.
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.
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 $80 – drivers accept cash, Venmo, and CashApp.
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?
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.
Can we play music?
Yes! Our BarCycles are equipped with speakers (featuring aux capabilities and/or Bluetooth connectivity) so you can play your own music!
Is there an age, height, or weight limit?
Guests must be 18 to ride and 21 to drink, no exceptions.
We recommend riders be at least 5’0 and under 300lbs to ride comfortably.
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?
- Cancellations prior to 7 days will receive a full refund or option for a credit to ride at a later date.
- Cancellations within 7 days only receive a credit to ride at a later date, no 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!
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.
Does BarCycle run during Mardi Gras?
No. Due to numerous street closures and heavy foot-traffic the various events draw, we do not operate during any Mardi Gras events. This includes 12th Night, Taste of Soulard, Pet Parade, and Grand Parade day.