Here are some options:
-- Walk to the trolleys, then walk home (have Mace ready).
-- Have someone drop you off at the check-ins: They are at the Galleria Mall (2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) or Beach Place. There they give you a drink card to get stamped, so all the bars know you're part of the Loop. The shebang runs from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Then that person can pick you up at whatever dive you end up at.
-- Hook up with RedCap at the check-in. They drive your car home with you in it.
-- Stay at hotel rooms! The Bus Loop recommends two places on its Facebook e-vite: At B Ocean, dish out $99 for the night by calling 954-564-1000. Or stay at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach, which is gonna cost you 109 big ones for the night. And for that, call 888-627-7109.
-- Ask for a cot in the back of one of the participating bars: Cafe Bluefish, McSorley's, Tropic Cay, Michael's Restaurant, Dos Caminos, the Big Kahuna, Sopranos Piano Bar, Cafe Del Mar, Pops Corn, and Blue Martini -- OK, maybe don't ask Blue Martini.
-- Take a regular, stinking old cab. If you go home with someone you met on the Bus Loop, you can split the cost.
Visit busloop.org for more info.
Sat., Aug. 27, 6 p.m., 2011