Where do collegiate Bros rage the hardest? We delved, we blacked out, we ranked.
The following pages will chronicle what we've deemed the best 50 college Bro bars in the country--establishments frequented by only the finest of our species. If you're into weird internet fettishes like backtracking, you can view numbers 50-100 here. Proceed either way with hopes and/or recollections of the boldest nights, and the most pitifully admirable memories. These are the places where it all happens, for better or for
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(#49) “The Missouri Bar”: Harpo’s
School: University of Missouri
Claim to Fame: Place Goes BIG
HUGE cups, huge bar. Bar indoors and an obscene patio with a second bar. Lots of liquor, $1 appetizers, decent amount of females, filled with your fellow Bros, you’re definitely going to have a good time.
(#48) That Sh*tty Beantown Excellence: Punter’s Pub
Claim to Fame: Old Man Steve, Serving Window
If there’s one thing Punter’s is always good for, it’s that the place will never apologize for being itself. A constant stream of good music (jukebox) and cheap bud light pitchers, this Northeastern haunt has established itself as a dive with a persona thats really just fits.
All in all, a place that serves pizza and chicken wings through a back window is a place worthy of unquestioned Bro-ness.
(#47) Good Old Bros, Whisky and Rye: Beechmont Tavern
Claim to Fame: Don Maclean Inspiration
Bro Fact: At one point this bar was known as “The Levee”. The Song American Pie actually refers to this bar in its prime, “Drove my chevy to the Levee, but the Levee was dry.”
This bar continues to be a home for hot girls and cheap beers.
(#46) Stinking Cheap, Stinking Drunk: Monday’s
School: University of Wisconsin
Claim to Fame: Debatably Mixed Drinks (STRONG)
We’ve heard stories upon stories about Monday’s, many of which have been fuzzy, hazy, and all err along the fast track to instant liver cirrhosis. Although we’ve tried to exclude external reviews across the board, this Yelp review was way too good not share:
“The bar is beyond a dive. It is a black out bar.
So, you only have ten dollars and you want to kill your feelings with
booze .. what do you do ? You go to Mondays.
This bar has the strongest drinks I have ever had. Serious.
They do not screw around here. In my Madison days, this bar was a member of the black out triangle, a three bar grouping guaranteed to make you regret your night the next day.
The three dollar rails are a glass of booze with a splash of mixer.
Here is my Haiku,
Mondays has killed me.
My soul is beyond damaged.
Dark. Tell me she's cute.
Talent Level: Very hammered sorority girls. "Good Girls" avoid this bar like the plague.”
(#45) Party on Freret St.: The Palms
Claim to Fame: Raging (and sweaty) dance floor
NEW ORLEANS BABY! It is hard to describe such a place in writing. This is a bar you need to see for yourself. Drinking is a lifestyle for the people of New Orleans and this bar embodies that to a T. You will get Mardi Gras drunk and have no problems finding smokeshows in this area.
(#44) Making Your Mark on South Beach: Tavern in the Grove
School: FIU, The U
Claim to Fame: Beach Bound, Beach Bods
An awesome dive bar known for their $7 pitchers, considerable talent, and your typical hole in the wall features such as those questionable yet awesome bathroom carvings. A place you’ll grow to love.
“Tuesday and Thursday Nights..ask any student at either UM or FIU, They will tell you anything you want to know....probably not because they blacked out the night before.” -- J Love
(#43) A Midwestern Must: Grandmas Sports Garden
School: University of Minnesota (Duluth)
Claim to Fame: All-around superstar
The Garden is the place to go if you’re looking to have a good time in Duluth. Cheap drinks, tons of girls, and a great dance floor are all amenities of any Bro Bar, and the Garden does all of these right. Frequent live concerts are the frosting on the icy Bulldog cake.
(#42) Jersey Trashed: The Golden Rail Irish Pub
Claim to Fame: Live Music, Rutgers’ Best Sports Bar
(#41) A Real “Idiot Box”: The IB
School: SUNY Geneseo
Claim to Fame: Central Campus Hot Mess Meeting Spot
“Easiest place to hook up with sloots this side of the Mississippi,” says our Geneseo Bro source. Geneseo is small (and by small I mean tiny), but the IB makes it easy to distinguish where all the college life goes after parties.
$1 mixed drinks on Hardcore Thursday ain’t so bad either. And neither is Carl.
(#40) Where ‘Cuse Gets Juiced: Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Bar
Claim to Fame: Fishbowl Drinks w/ multiple large straws, conducive to Instagram Pics that are very easy to make fun of
Contrary to what the name may indicate, there are no creepy old dudes with long hair, tanktops, and too many earrings. There are only young Frat Bros and Srat babes, and a nice toasty rage den. Says our ‘Cuse source, “The bartenders are fast in serving drinks and yes It's definitely a little small, but it makes dancing that much more fun!”