City Loop Series


  • Santa Crawl, December 11th
    There’s some­thing about seeing a Santa cap that makes you smile. And there’s some­thing about seeing someone sporting a tacky hol­iday sweater that makes you chuckle. Fortunately for those attending this year’s Santa Crawl, both fashion state­ments will gain you free entry into any of the 14 par­tic­i­pating nightspots. Once again, Out & About Magazine is adding an enter­taining twist… Read More!

    SATURDAY, MAR. 12, 2016

    FRIDAY, APR. 15, 2016

    Benefits Delaware Humane Association

  • Halloween Loop, October 2016
    Presented by Bud Light, orig­i­nating in 1979, the Halloween Loop is a city­wide party in which club patrons pay a one-time cover charge to visit 15–20 nightspots throughout Wilmington. The majority of Loops are roaming cos­tume par­ties, with patrons wearing their cos­tumes! Free shuttle buses are pro­vided! The Halloween Loop is the grand­daddy of all Loops, and reg­u­larly draws thou­sands of people… Read More!

FRIDAY, DEC. 11, 2015

Benefits Wilmington Children’s Chorus


8th & Union Kitchen
Catherine Rooney's
Chelsea Tavern
Dead Presidents
Ernest & Scott
Gallucio's Café
Grotto Pizza
Kelly's Logan House
Satsuma Asian Kitchen & Bar
Timothy's Riverfront
The Wicked Vine (for­merly Blue Parrot)


Question: Where do I start the Loop?
Answer: There is no offi­cial starting point. Select the nightspot you'd like to visit first, pay the cover charge, and you will receive a wrist­band that gains you admis­sion to all other Loop venues without paying another cover.

Question: What time do the buses start run­ning?

Answer: 8:00 p.m.

Question: What time do the buses stop run­ning?

Answer: The buses stop run­ning their reg­ular routes at 12:45 a.m. and begin making last-visit stops at 1 a.m. Buses stop run­ning at 1:30 a.m. Tip: Be at the last venue you plan to visit by 12:30 a.m.

Question: What does my wrist­band entitle me to?

Answer: Admission to any Loop venue without paying another cover charge and free trans­porta­tion on the Loop shuttle bus ser­vice.

Question: Do I need to wear a cos­tume?

Answer: No, but you will feel much more a part of the party if you do. The Loops are cos­tumed pub crawls, espe­cially the Halloween Loop. For the St. Patrick's Day Loop, be sure to wear green. For the Pink Loop, pur­chase a com­mem­o­ra­tive T-shirt and you help raise money for breast cancer research as well as get into the Loop for free. For the Santa Crawl, a santa hat or cos­tume gets you in free. And many venues sponsor cos­tume con­tests so be cre­ative and you could go home with a prize.

Question: Does the Loop pro­vide shuttle ser­vice to Newark and/or the University of Delaware?

Answer: No. Private groups do coör­di­nate bus trips to Wilmington but they are not spon­sored by the Loop.

Question: Where should I park?

Answer: At the venue you plan to be when the Loop con­cludes (1 a.m.). Don't wait until after 1 a.m. to catch a bus back to where you parked. There is no guar­antee you will be able to accom­plish that.

Parking Suggestions:
•Riverfront – acres of free parking. That is where the Loop buses meet to begin their routes.
•Downtown – 8th & Orange sur­face lot is free on week­ends. Shananigans has a parking lot directly across the street (2nd & Market).
•Trolley Square – parking is very chal­lenging as the area is sur­rounded by res­i­den­tial. DO NOT park in the Trolley Square Shopping Center nor plan on parking in the Acme parking lot. Several Trolley nightspots (Kid Shelleen’s, Grotto Pizza) have their own parking but it is limited…so get there early.
•Union Street area – street parking is your best option. Do not plan on parking in any of the estab­lish­ments lots…most are very lim­ited.
•Easiest options: Riverfront lot then walk to either Timothy’s or Firestone and catch the bus.
•Downtown: 8th & Orange lot.

For Halloween Loop
Last Call Lots:
Riverfront Commuter Lot (Justison St., across from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant) and Wilm. Parking Authority Surface Lot (Downtown, 8th& Orange streets). These lots will offer free parking and the ability for you to leave your vehicle overnight and pick up the next day bynoon. This is a com­pli­men­tary ser­vice and you will not receive a parking ticket or be towed. DO NOT DRINK & DRIVE!

Question: Where do you pur­chase your wristband?

Answer: At the first venue you visit. There are no advance sales of Loop wrist­bands. Wristband sales begin at 7 p.m. the evening of the Loop. Halloween Loop wrist­band sales begin at 5pm
Question: When did the Loop series start?
Answer: The first City Loop was the Friday after Thanksgiving in 1979. The Halloween Loops began the fol­lowing year, in 1980.

Keys to a Successful Loop:
•Start early (for the Halloween Loop, most venues have a waiting line by 10 p.m.).
•Wear a com­fort­able cos­tume. Make sure you can see where you are walking and use the rest room with ease. Also, make sure the cos­tume doesn't cause you to become over­heated (venues get very crowded on the Loop).
•Designate a sober driver or plan to stay in the city for the evening at a friend's place or one of the city's five hotels.
•Don't drink and drive! Call the Delaware Designated Driver Program at 302/999‑9079 if you are with anyone who plans to drive and is not sober.
•Plan your Loop course so that your last stop is near your home or your car. It's dif­fi­cult to catch a bus across town after 1 a.m.
•Tip the bus dri­vers. It's a dif­fi­cult evening for them and they appre­ciate the extra con­tri­bu­tions.
•CHECKPOINT STRIKEFORCES ARE OUT ON LOOP NIGHTS. Stay with a friend, book a hotel room, ask the bar to call a cab for you but DO NOT DRINK & DRIVE!


Originating in 1979 with the Halloween Loop, the Loop is a city­wide party in which club patrons pay a one-time cover charge to visit 15–20 nightspots throughout Wilmington. The majority of Loops are roaming cos­tume par­ties, with patrons dressing for the theme (Halloween, ‘70s, St. Patrick’s Day). Free shuttle buses are pro­vided throughout the evening to trans­port Loopsters to and from par­tic­i­pating venues.

The Halloween Loop is the grand­daddy of all Loops, and reg­u­larly draws thou­sands of people to Wilmington. The City Loop Series has become a Wilmington tra­di­tion, and is cred­ited with helping invig­o­rate the city’s nightlife.
Check for updates on upcoming loops or call 655‑6483 for information.