OK, so not really. But if you've been out on the town in Downtown Raleigh (on a weekend evening, especially) any time over the past few weeks, you've probably seen the Trolley Pub scoot by you. It's basically a large, mobile bar on wheels -- with one catch. You bring your own booze.
"The idea for a rolling, foot-powered pub apparently began in
Amsterdam, but Raleigh’s version is the brainchild of some University of
Arizona students who tried it out in Tucson. You can rent the whole
trolley for eight to 14 people or buy a single $25 dollar ticket on the
Friday mixer tours," writes the N&O's Josh Shaffer.
"There’s no booze on board, but it’s allowable
as long as you bring your own and drink from a plastic cup. Basically,
the trolley passes muster with open container laws by acting as a
self-propelled limousine with a 'driver' in a separate compartment."
I first saw one of these contraptions two summers ago in Minneapolis and thought it was just one more thing that Raleigh could "steal" (along with cheap bicycle renting stations throughout). Of course, Minny is much flatter than Raleigh. But Raleigh's Trolley Pub has thought of that too.
Writes Shaffer: "There’s an electric motor for really tough hills."