Ah, college. A time of personal and intellectual growth as well as significant beer consumption, depending on the person, of course. Whether you’re looking to relive your college days, bask in the glow of students relishing their own, heading toward one of these fun college towns, or are even a prospective student selecting a school based on its bars, this is the list for you!
Top College Town Bars
1. Bourbon Street - U of Georgia, Athens
Take shots of tequila and shots at the corner pocket in Athens’ hottest pool spot, Bourbon Street. This happening bar is not only for the pool players, however. While a favorite among underclassman, the cheap beer and fun dance floor attract UGA students and Uga fans of all years and ages. A true Athens classic, Bourbon Street is not to be missed bar.
2. Bullwinkle's Saloon - FSU, Tallahassee
Located across the street from the FSU campus, you’ll want to nap and rally before raging all night long in Tallahassee’s favorite watering hole. Party animals can purchase a "Thirsty Moose Card" for the semester to enjoy numerous bar specials, including free drinks four nights a week. With daily drink deals and live music every Wednesday and Friday, it's no wonder why Bullwinkle's is a favorite college town bar!
3. The Wagon Wheel - U of Kansas, Lawrence
The Wagon Wheel is a go-to bar for KU students and alumni. Divey, crowded but filled with character, there's no better bar to cheer on the Jayhawks or celebrate after a win. While their greasy pizza draws in a hungry crowd, perhaps Wagon Wheel's most talked about food is their "Wang Burger", complete with a fried egg, cheese and bacon. If that's too much for you to handle, no problem- they've got options!
4. Knight Library - U of Central Florida, Orlando
Three full bars, not counting the patio bar, an enormous dance floor, darts, corn hole, beer pong, frozen drink machines, and a VIP section make the Knight Library one of the best college town bars. With a range of drink specials throughout the week, which include free shots, $1 drafts, $1 wine and more, there's a lot to love about Knight Library!
5. The Boot - Tulane University, New Orleans
Get your beads ready because at The Boot, every day is Mardis Gras. With impressive drink specials, such as their $0.50 drinks (yes, you read that correctly) and three-for-one bottles of beer, thirsty college students from nearby Tulane and Loyola can't get enough of The Boot. With a bar, convenience store and food, The Boot is a college student's dream.
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6. The Tapp Room - Appalachian State University, Boone NC
Keystone light or miller not cutting it for you? Head to the hills for some choice microbrews. The Tapp Room proudly has 12 different beers on tap at all times, featuring domestic, imported and craft beer. In addition to great beer, the Tapp Room has been satisfying Appalachian State students with its delicious bar food like burgers, tacos, wingsand more!
7. The Tombs - Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
Founded in 1962, The Tombs has been a Hoya favorite for years. This restaurant by day features an extensive menu for brunch, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. Come night, The Tombs becomes a lively bar, attracting Georgetown students and alumni to relax and sip on beers and seasonal cocktails.
8. Zuma Grill - Arizona State University, Tempe
With warm weather and students who love to party, there's no shortage of happening bars in Tempe. One standout bar on Mill Ave is Zuma Grill. With $10 personal cocktail pitchers and performances by DJs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Zuma promises a good time.
9. Kollege Klub - University of Wisconsin, Madison
Do beer, cheese and free shots sound good to you? Yes? We thought so too. That's right, Kollege Klub, a Wisconsin Tradition since 1953, serves up all three. Located on University of Wisconsin’s campus, the bar throws in a free shot with every brew. Bring your own mug for discounts.
This article was written by Nic Shipley. Image credit: Melissa Askew.