Saturday, August 11, 2007

Coming to South Bend?

Based on a thread started at Blue and Gold Illustrated's message board, I thought it would be a good idea to have a list of bars near the campus and around town, as well as a small description of how they are on a football weekend. Yeah, I'm bored.

(From campus --> outward)

Legends- If you have deep pockets and an appreciation for beers you've never heard of, then sure, try the bar in the parking lot of the stadium. On a budget? Read on.

Linebacker- As far as the drinks are concerned this is probably the most bang for your buck. You pay a small cover charge but get a ticket for a free drink. I recommend the Long Islands (more expensive than the cover, so you're making money.. and yes, it'll destroy you). This is also a weekend favorite for local coeds to strut their stuff on a dance floor crowded by drunk, eager middle-aged men (on football weekends anyway). The best part about the cheaper drinks? You'll spill more than you drink, but others will spill ON you, so by osmosis it evens out.
--- Don't --- Wear --- Sandals ---

Tailgaters- Located southeast of campus its not really near any other nightspots but again they have good prices. Its a little more hole-in-the-wall'ish but its never TOO crowded. Sometimes they have the mechanical bull there. I have the shirt to prove it.

Oscar's- Not really a bar, its more of a pool hall with a bar in it, but I hear they're adding dancing this fall. We'll see.

Club 23- Speaking of holes-in-the-wall (thank you past English teachers), this one has the most tradition around campus. This bar will be PACKED, almost guaranteed on the Friday before the game but even though I have many under-aged memories in that bar, I just can't put it as a game weekend favorite.

Corby's- You'll stand in line so often at this bar on a football weekend that you'll think you're at Cedar Point. Seriously, its not worth the waiting.

Oyster Bar- Classy on the first floor. Business Casual on the second floor. College on the third floor. Decent prices, good bartenders and close to Corby's so when you get sick of standing in line, its just a few blocks away.

Fiddler's Hearth- Right next door to Oyster Bar and they have a fantastic whiskey/scotch selection. The prices are a bit on the high side but if you're in the hankering for a Jamison 12 year this is your place. The food is quite tasty but if it's busy, your service may be a touch slow. Side note: This is the only non-smoking place on my list, so if you enjoy a cancer stick now and then like I do, they do have a patio but its small and pointless after October.

Club Fever- Don't go there unless you really like to pretend you're on MTV.

Rum Runner's- I heart Rum Runners. Pure and simple. Now, they just moved to downtown South Bend (the old Benchwarmer's right next to the pizzaria) and I hear its bigger inside and nicer. However its pricey on football weekends but the dueling piano's can be quite entertaining on a good night. Wednesday is the best day to go with 75 cent mixed drinks.

Blarney Stone- a.k.a. Finnegan's, The Library. If you're over 21, there's no reason to go here other than to hit on people who are under 21.

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