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Welsh man drinks at 56 pubs in 24 hours and breaks world record

A Welshman has broken the Guinness World Record for the most individual pubs visited in 24 hours after he drank at 56 different pubs in Cardiff city centre earlier this year.

Gareth Murphy, from Caernarfon, Wales broke the record on 5 February 2022. He beat previous pub crawl record of 51 set by Englishman Matt Ellis in 2021.

The 29-year-old IT worker had been trying to achieve a Guinness World Record title for several years previous to attempting the challenge, according to

After hearing of previous title holder Matt Ellis’ success, Murphy became confident he could beat the record.

Murphy took on the challenge in Cardiff city centre, which has the highest density of pubs, bars and clubs in the entire UK, with over 300 licensed premises in a 0.5 square mile area.

“I knew the best place to do this was in the centre of Cardiff,” he said.

For the purposes of the record, a pub is defined as an establishment licensed to sell alcoholic beverages on the premises.

However, the challenger is not required to consume any alcohol.

Over the course of the 24 hour period, Murphy consumed just 0.2 pints of Guinness and 1.8 pints of beer. Non-alcoholic beverages consumed during the challenge included orange, apple and cranberry juice, lemonade Diet Pepsi, Coca Cola, Tango and blackcurrant cordial.

In total, Murphy consumed just over 18 pints of different drinks on his 56-stop bar crawl.

Murphy’s first drink was 125ml of lemonade in a JD Wetherspoon at 10am. He completed the challenge with his final drink in a different Wetherspoon pub at 9:26pm that night.

Murphy called the challenge “the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life”.

In other news, the world’s largest bottle of whisky – which measures a whopping 5ft 11 and holds the equivalent of 444 standard bottles of 1989 Macallan single malt – went under the hammer last month for the first time. Read more on that here.

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