Boomerang Party Bus

★★★★☆
  • 1900 M st NW

    Washington, DC 20036

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  • 202-725-6226

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Let me start off by saying that on paper, this sounded like a really great idea. Get on a hollowed-out school bus with a bunch of friends, bring on as much beer/alcohol as you like, and bar-hop through the city. PARTY BUS!

When I found out it would be $35/person, with no actual alcohol provided, I was a little discouraged but figured it would still be a good time anyway. The service includes passes that get you to the front of all of the lines at the bars, and all of the cover charges are waived.

However, when I got to the pick up location, registration was horribly disorganized and frustrating at best. The ??organizers? were too lazy to walk 7 feet to distribute the different colored armbands to patrons, so we wound up having to wait in several lines. Fine, whatever. Party Bus, right??

Then the Party Bus was late. Like?15 minutes late. But, you know, my friends were there, everyone was excited, no big deal.

We finally boarded, and they crammed roughly 50 of us onto this crowded bus. Whatever. Let the party ensue.

And it was great for the roughly 20 minutes it took for us to get to the first bar. We offloaded, left our coats on the bus, and headed towards the door.

Allow me to note that the organizers did not distribute the list of bars we??d be visiting until roughly one hour before we were supposed to meet at the pick up location, nor was the list particularly adhered to. This not only prevented us from telling other friends where we??d be, but also precluded us from Googling these places to see if they were any good.

Apparently TSA employees needed something to do that night, so they hung out outside UltraBar practicing their groping techniques. All of the dudes got x-rated pat-downs. Red flag. I have never been to a BAR that had such extreme security measures. What exactly has gone on in this place?

Second red flag: the bouncer told me as I walked in to hang on to my bag, as ??we??ve had a lot of bag snatchers lately.? Whaaat? As much as I appreciate him giving me the heads up, you know you??re dealing with some shadiness when an employee tells you his establishment is not the pillar of security.

And what kind of ??Party Bus? brings you to a place like that right off the bat?

Again, I was willing to let it go. I endured the typical bar injustices of credit card minimums and rather aggressive bar creepers. I tried not to feel squeamish when members of the security staff, who evidently moonlight as prison guards, came through the crowds shining their flashlights every 30 seconds. Then the Party Bus herder came around and told us it was time to head back out to catch the bus.

Out we went, into the 30 degree weather without our coats. We waited. And waited. And waited. The Party Bus herder crept behind a van to place several frantic phone calls. People started getting irate. Some people LEFT. Finally, after about 30 or 40 minutes of standing in the cold, the driver showed up. No explanation for his lateness, and only a shrugged-off apology.
I??m sorry, you??re driving a PARTY BUS. What is so important that you are 40 minutes late picking up 50+ people after they??ve each paid $35 for you to be on time? At the end of it, you driving us from place to place is the only valuable service among a bunch of menial benefits of this ??all-inclusive party package.?

Also: no one should be stupid enough to piss off 50+ drunk people.

In his panic to rectify the situation, the bus driver hauled us to another bar, which was not listed on our itinerary. I guess he thought he was doing us a favor.

Well, he wasn??t. This second bar was even worse than the first.
After a nearly-unbearable almost 2-hour stay at this excessively-themed hell-on-earth, the disgraced driver returned. Only half of the 50+ previously excited Party Busers returned for the ride. Everyone else had bailed.

They dropped us off at the pick-up location.

So let me get this straight: you took me to 2 bars. You did not allow me to stay on the Party Bus (which would have been a lot more fun). You did not provide me any alcohol; rather, you funneled me into dangerous, skeezy, overpriced bars to try to lock me into caving in and buying their poorly-mixed excuses for ??cocktails.? Also, if I had wanted a chronically-late chauffer around the city, I could have taken Metro. And it would have cost me about $5. This whole excursion cost me well over $130, including tickets for myself and my date and drinks in the bars and what we carried on. Just so we wouldn??t have to pay a cover charge. Well whoop-de-freakin-do.

What a racket. Clearly, too good to be true.

I will never do this again. I will discourage everyone I know from doing it. I will probably carry around a milkshake everywhere I go in the city at night, just so I can throw it at the next Boomerang Bus I see.

I would attempt to get a refund, but I hear their customer service ??isn??t that great.?

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★☆☆☆☆

Let me start off by saying that on paper, this sounded like a really great idea. Get on a hollowed-out school bus with a bunch of friends, bring on as much beer/alcohol as you like, and bar-hop through the city. PARTY BUS!

When I found out it would be $35/person, with no actual alcohol provided, I was a little discouraged but figured it would still be a good time anyway. The service includes passes that get you to the front of all of the lines at the bars, and all of the cover charges are waived.

However, when I got to the pick up location, registration was horribly disorganized and frustrating at best. The ??organizers? were too lazy to walk 7 feet to distribute the different colored armbands to patrons, so we wound up having to wait in several lines. Fine, whatever. Party Bus, right??

Then the Party Bus was late. Like?15 minutes late. But, you know, my friends were there, everyone was excited, no big deal.

We finally boarded, and they crammed roughly 50 of us onto this crowded bus. Whatever. Let the party ensue.

And it was great for the roughly 20 minutes it took for us to get to the first bar. We offloaded, left our coats on the bus, and headed towards the door.

Allow me to note that the organizers did not distribute the list of bars we??d be visiting until roughly one hour before we were supposed to meet at the pick up location, nor was the list particularly adhered to. This not only prevented us from telling other friends where we??d be, but also precluded us from Googling these places to see if they were any good.

Apparently TSA employees needed something to do that night, so they hung out outside UltraBar practicing their groping techniques. All of the dudes got x-rated pat-downs. Red flag. I have never been to a BAR that had such extreme security measures. What exactly has gone on in this place?

Second red flag: the bouncer told me as I walked in to hang on to my bag, as ??we??ve had a lot of bag snatchers lately.? Whaaat? As much as I appreciate him giving me the heads up, you know you??re dealing with some shadiness when an employee tells you his establishment is not the pillar of security.

And what kind of ??Party Bus? brings you to a place like that right off the bat?

Again, I was willing to let it go. I endured the typical bar injustices of credit card minimums and rather aggressive bar creepers. I tried not to feel squeamish when members of the security staff, who evidently moonlight as prison guards, came through the crowds shining their flashlights every 30 seconds. Then the Party Bus herder came around and told us it was time to head back out to catch the bus.

Out we went, into the 30 degree weather without our coats. We waited. And waited. And waited. The Party Bus herder crept behind a van to place several frantic phone calls. People started getting irate. Some people LEFT. Finally, after about 30 or 40 minutes of standing in the cold, the driver showed up. No explanation for his lateness, and only a shrugged-off apology.
I??m sorry, you??re driving a PARTY BUS. What is so important that you are 40 minutes late picking up 50+ people after they??ve each paid $35 for you to be on time? At the end of it, you driving us from place to place is the only valuable service among a bunch of menial benefits of this ??all-inclusive party package.?

Also: no one should be stupid enough to piss off 50+ drunk people.

In his panic to rectify the situation, the bus driver hauled us to another bar, which was not listed on our itinerary. I guess he thought he was doing us a favor.

Well, he wasn??t. This second bar was even worse than the first.
After a nearly-unbearable almost 2-hour stay at this excessively-themed hell-on-earth, the disgraced driver returned. Only half of the 50+ previously excited Party Busers returned for the ride. Everyone else had bailed.

They dropped us off at the pick-up location.

So let me get this straight: you took me to 2 bars. You did not allow me to stay on the Party Bus (which would have been a lot more fun). You did not provide me any alcohol; rather, you funneled me into dangerous, skeezy, overpriced bars to try to lock me into caving in and buying their poorly-mixed excuses for ??cocktails.? Also, if I had wanted a chronically-late chauffer around the city, I could have taken Metro. And it would have cost me about $5. This whole excursion cost me well over $130, including tickets for myself and my date and drinks in the bars and what we carried on. Just so we wouldn??t have to pay a cover charge. Well whoop-de-freakin-do.

What a racket. Clearly, too good to be true.

I will never do this again. I will discourage everyone I know from doing it. I will probably carry around a milkshake everywhere I go in the city at night, just so I can throw it at the next Boomerang Bus I see.

I would attempt to get a refund, but I hear their customer service ??isn??t that great.?

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We went out for our friend's birthday party. We started in DuPont to meet the bus and party coordinators. The bus was packed with fun people looking to have a great time. The bus took us to several bars/clubs and with the Boomerang wrist band we skipped the line and cover charge. Between every stop the party continued on the bus for a night of non-stop fun. The bus driver and party coordinators also played an important part in making sure we all had a fun and safe night out. I highly recommend skipping the line, cover charge, and cab fees and go straight to the Boomerang Party Bus... It was awesome, and it really is a great deal!

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We went out for our friend's birthday party. We started in DuPont to meet the bus and party coordinators. The bus was packed with fun people looking to have a great time. The bus took us to several bars/clubs and with the Boomerang wrist band we skipped the line and cover charge. Between every stop the party continued on the bus for a night of non-stop fun. The bus driver and party coordinators also played an important part in making sure we all had a fun and safe night out. I highly recommend skipping the line, cover charge, and cab fees and go straight to the Boomerang Party Bus... It was awesome, and it really is a great deal!

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I wasn't sure what to expect with the ride the boomerang party bus, but I had a great time! All I had to do was buy a ticket, show up and get on the bus! Our hosts added to the energetic party atmosphere, and were really helpful and friendly- and cute! It was my friend's Bachelorette Party, and I'm actually going to do it again for another girlfriend's Bachelorette Party. All the clubs we went to in DC were also great. It was really the perfect thing to do with a big group of people. No one had to worry about covers to get into clubs (we saved $30) or waits in any lines. All in all, I highly recommend this party bus as a fun and easy way to have a great night out with friends, and I can't wait for my next outing.

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★★★★★

I wasn't sure what to expect with the ride the boomerang party bus, but I had a great time! All I had to do was buy a ticket, show up and get on the bus! Our hosts added to the energetic party atmosphere, and were really helpful and friendly- and cute! It was my friend's Bachelorette Party, and I'm actually going to do it again for another girlfriend's Bachelorette Party. All the clubs we went to in DC were also great. It was really the perfect thing to do with a big group of people. No one had to worry about covers to get into clubs (we saved $30) or waits in any lines. All in all, I highly recommend this party bus as a fun and easy way to have a great night out with friends, and I can't wait for my next outing.

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