I've been going on these since 1991, so for me they're a recurrent social life, where I see people I might not have seen since last year, or even for several years.
But if I were moving to a new city, I might try to find an organization that does pub crawls just to see where people who drink think the good bars are. Especially for a woman, it's easier to check out a new place in the company of other people.
While there's an occasional disappointment on the list, all the stops are places where someone has had a good meal or at least a good pint sometime.
Today I'll be joining at the beginning, since it's my local pub a couple of blocks away. I'll definitely stay at least through Jacob Wirth's, which has really good strudel. I'd like to stay to the end, because I haven't yet been to the Roadhouse, which only opened within the last year, but I may decide that 3 or 4 bars are enough for one day and check out the Roadhouse some other day.
The 4:30 stop at Cornwall's is a likely crawl-ender. That was one of the disappointments I mentioned a few years ago, when they had some beer of a good brand that was undrinkable because of improper storage and refused to recognize the fact. People say they've improved since then, but I may remember the taste of that beer and decide to walk home and take care of the dog.