If you walk into a bar alone wearing a onesie, you may be deemed crazy. But if you bust into a tavern with a gang of friends and strangers all wearing onesies, there’s only one judgment to be had: You’re looking to have a good time.
Welcome to the dream you didn’t know you had: the Onesie Bar Crawl.
An army of one-piece clothing-wearers will march through the Vista in their absurd gear on Saturday, Feb. 24. No less than six drinking establishments along Gervais Street have signed on to host this single-zipper get-down.
Just as you wouldn’t want to walk into a bar alone in a onesie, you don’t want to tag along with this crowd in jeans and a T-shirt. The good people of Hip Wa Zee – the Five Points costume, accessories and vintage clothing store that often carries a variety of the duds du jour – can provide insight into your choices of onesies and those that would be best suited for merriment.
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“What’s mainly popular are mythical creatures and unicorns – and people want to do dinosaur ones,” says Sessy Minerd, a costume expert with Hip Wa Zee. “Also just favorite animals like dogs and cats.”
Another onesie option for a soiree of this sort is the red devil suit – finish it off with some horns, a cape, and a pitchfork, and you’ll be burning up the night.
Maybe you want more flash than fire, in which case the shimmering metallic onesie might be for you.
Or you could suit up in a pop-culture reference such as the single-zipper Yoda getup.
“I would definitely go for the classic red union suit,” says Cade McConnell, another pro costume assembler with Hip Wa Zee. “It’s the most recognizable onesie.”
The union suit, with it’s strategically placed flaps, also has another reason for making it a choice selection.
“It’s classic, it’s convenient, you can easily use the bathroom in it,” McConnell says. “If you’re drinking, that’s important.”
More fundamental to your choosing of the specialty garb for the Onesie Bar Crawl is this: Why does the onesie win out as the modus operandi for imbibing on this night?
“I guess because it’s pretty ridiculous,” Minerd offers, “and because ridiculous things go well with drinking.”
If you go
Onesie Bar Crawl
WHEN: 2-10 p.m. (registration is 2-4 p.m.) Saturday, Feb. 24.
WHERE: Starting at Tin Roof, 1022 Senate St.
TICKETS: $18 at www.xorbia.com or $20 at the door.
WORTH NOTING: In addition to Tin Roof, stops on the bar crawl include Flying Saucer, Liberty Tap Room, the Woody, Carolina Ale House and Social Bar and Lounge.