(#19) Giant Bar, Giant Party: Bent Willey’s
School: West Virginia
Claim to Fame: Mega-Club, Largest Light Show in West Virginia
This. bar. is. HUGE.
A multi-level palace with seven different bars and two patios, it’s pretty tough to beat Bent Willey’s. Featuring different rooms playing different music—including those great throwbacks, mid-level “ooohh I haven’t heard this song in forever,” and the most recent bangers—raging at this Bro-stablishment is possible not matter what type of mood you’re in.
For those nights you and the bros just want to dominate the dance floor and drink heavily, this is your place.
(#18) Not Your Grandma’s Bar: Mary Ann’s
School: Boston College
Claim to Fame: Catholic School, Sinful Bar
Complex Magazine summed it up pretty perfectly by saying “Is a great place to take a date—if you want to ditch her and hang with a bunch of drunken degenerates.”
This bar is self-proclaimed itself the “Worst Bar” in Boston and it has done so because, well, it can. Mary Ann’s understands the one most important thing to broke college students trying to get drunk: CHEAP DRINKS.
We were also threatened with “not being Bro enough” had will failed to include Mary Ann’s. You f*cking people, you.
(#17) The ‘It’ College Bar: The Sea Grape
School: Fairfield University
Claim to Fame: Dreaming Big, Partying Bigger
Says a Fairfield Bro, “This bar is home to those who live right on beach. Great place to go hang out with friends on the weekend. Everyone from school goes.”
If that isn’t a recipe for racking up collegiate YOLO points, I don’t know what is. Not to mention, the Grape has recently come under new management, who are supposedly devoted to making this place one of the greater college bars to ever set foot in America. Foam Parties and Halloween bashes are in this place’s future, and it’s a bright one indeed.
(#16) Trojan Swag All Day, All Night: The 901 Bar & Grill
Claim to Fame: THE USC Bar
SC’s social scene is predominantly run through its strong Greek presence, though when the parties wind down the 9-0 is the place to be. Right off Frat Row, this bar—really the only one in the USC area—gets down to business. Drinks are STRONG, the LA girls are busy being total smokes, and the Cardinal and Gold fights on through the night.
(#15) Dance on Top, Drink Under, Tables: Knight Library
School: University of Central Florida
Claim to Fame: Diehard Fans, Diehard Knights
Says a UCF Bro, “Knight Library is the ultimate college bar. It’s the bar where not only can you crush drinks, but you also crush young slams who are always down to get down.”
Another homie felt it necessary to list every night’s drink specials. Obviously this brings with it essence of skepticism. After looking at these bad boys however, they encourage just the sort of guzzling that comes to make memorable nights into...you can figure it out.
Knight Library is the go-to bar for the second largest university in the country. UCF students pack the house on a nightly basis and take full advantage of the insane drink deals listed below. What's not to love?SUNDAY
Drink: $1 Drafts, $2 Wells & Shots
Drink: Free Drinks & Drafts Til 12 / $2 Shots til 12
Cover: $5 Girls, $7 Guys, U21 $10
Theme: Country Tuesdays!
Drink: $1 Whiskey Shots, $2 Drinks, $2 Bud and Bud Lights, & $5 Pitchers All Night / Country Music
Cover: $5 Girls, $7 Guys, $10 under 21
Theme: RIOT Wednesdays!
Drink: Free Drinks & Bottled Beer til 12 / Happy Hour 4-7pm - $1 Margaritas & 1/2 Priced Quesadillas
Cover: $8 Everyone / U21 Guys $10
Theme: Free Drink Thursdays
Drink: Free Wells, Calls (Smirnoff, Sailor Jerry, Bacardi, Soco, etc.) / Coors Light Drafts Til 12
Cover: $7 / U21 Guys $10
Drink: Happy Hour - Free Beer - $5 Cover / Tonight Free Drinks & Coors Light Drafts Til 12 / $2 Shots til 12
Cover: Tonight - $8 Everyone / U21 Guys $10
Theme: Saturday Night
Drink: 2-4-1 Everything
Loyalty makes turns a good bar into a great bar, and judging by our reader response, the Knight Library doesn’t f*ck around.
(#14) Getting Sh*tfaced, Presidential Style: The Sink
School: University of Colorado (Boulder)
Claim To Fame: General “Sinkness,” Barack Obama
At any bar, one’s fate--be it buying shots for your boys, or impressing a slam with a surprise Vodka Soda--lies in the hands of the bartenders. At “The Stink”, your fate will always rest in solid hands.
The one and only OBAMA has made an appearance at this bar (he gave it two presidential thumbs up). During his visit, he got yogurt spilled on him by some chick--to which he replied "Getting yogurt on the president, you've got a story to tell." What a Bro.
(#13) Hawking Rage: Brick Street
School: Miami (OH)
Claim to Fame: “Beat the Clock”
Unlike some of the other bars on this list, Brick Street is most certainly no hole in the wall. Featuring a giant badass “Over 21” balcony that overlooks the best of the bar, Brick Street has been known to host throwdowns of epic proportions. Highlights include a wealth of bars, a GREAT dance floor, and the famed “Beat the Clock,” which goes down every Friday and Saturday.
(#12) ‘The Epitome of a College Bar’: Ken’s Tavern
School: Florida State
Claim to Fame: "Best Dive Bar for 45 Years and Counting"
The predominantly Greek bar is known for its sake bombs, lovingly sticky floors, and a penchant for “Sweet Caroline.”
“Whenever someone reminisces on an epic weekend in Tallahassee, chances are at some point they will reference Ken's Tavern. Whether it's Saturday night after a big game, or a regular "Thirsty Thursday's", Ken's Tavern is the epitome of a college bar. With an exceptional music selection, combined with an enforced dress code (No sagging), cheap drinks and of course a barrage of attractive women, Ken's is a safe haven for any Bro.” -- John R.
(#11) Wisco Gets Weird: The Kollege Klub
School: University of Wisconsin (Madison)
Claim to Fame: Jersey-Chasing Heaven
A haven for athletic-minded folks in particular, this place is simply just “the bees knees.” A night at the Kollege Klub is a must on the collegiate bucket list of any true Bro, and a Badger tells us why:
“The Kollege Klub (KK) is the best bar in Madison by far. The mixture of Bros, athletes, and slam-pieces is insane. The atmosphere can range from chill pre-game spot in the afternoon to insane blackout and late night hook-up spot near bar close. By far the most fun bar I've ever been in.” -- Kyle A.
(#10) You’ll Get Your Fill: R.J Bentley’s Filling Station
School: University of Maryland (College Park)
Claim to Fame: Smells like (College Park) Spirit
Says one Maryland Bro, “[It’s a] sh*thole, but the amount of sexy sorority girls and athletes that go there is the most I’ve seen on a campus.” Undoubtedly “Bro as f*ck,” Bentley’s certainly knows how to attract its clientele. Featuring super hot bartenders from UMD itself, it’s nearly impossible for the best talent not to end up here.
Like any other bar, Bentley’s also has quite the alcohol soaked aroma. It has been the butt of many jokes, as seen here.
(#9) A Second Home: Wibs Bar
School: Shippensburg University
Claim to Fame: Bro Loyalty, Perfect Atmosphere
Wibs cracks the top 10 for the obscene amount of submissions we received from the Bros in deep Pennsylvania. Down to party every day of the week (the most innocuous of college drinking days, Monday, features half price drinks, shots, and five dollar pitchers), it’s the fandom factor that makes Wibs one of the best college bars in the country. All in all, this is more than just a place to spend your weekends at.
“Wibs is everyone in Ships second home. Drinks are cheap, girls are Hott, atmosphere is an 11/10, the DJs are awesome and there is always sh*t goin down!!!” -- Kyle S.
(#8) Where Frat-letes Go to Regret Their Mornings: Shooters
School: Duke University
Claim to Fame: Being Shooters
Shooters blew up as a nationally recognized Bro spot after Karen Owen’s notorious f*ck list chronicled many tales of jersey chasing at this Duke bar. Shooters always has, and likely always will, be “the place” for Duke’s frattier upperclassmen, who spend every Wednesday and Saturday night here.
This bar has a mechanical bull, big dance floor, and a dance cage. Oh, and did we mention hot chicks love all three of these? After 12 o’clock, this is where you want to be.
(#7) Wolverine Wasted: Scorekeepers Bar and Grille (Skeeps)
School: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
Claim to Fame: Nationally Recognized Rage and Slopfest
Skeeps has made a name for itself well outside the confines of Ann Arbor. A bar that manages to fit the high (or depending how you think of it, low) standards of one of the nation’s premier party schools. Skeeps is big enough to hold the hordes of frat and sorority houses that visit regularly, has terraced levels, and the circular bar is well designed as to maximize both the space and the inevitable stories.
WARNING: This bar is so well known for its amount of hot chicks and drunken fun nights, so don’t be surprised to be faced with a killer line, even on a seemingly innocuous Wednesday.
(#6) NOLA Has No Limit: The Boot
School: Tulane University
Claim to Fame: Wednesday “Big Ass Draughts,” Open until SIX AM
Many a collegiate Bro likely ended up here (whether they knew it or not) sometime during their Mardi Gras visit. One crazy weekend in February however, simply does not do this place justice.
Right off campus, this place is a staple of college life at Tulane. With its killer drink specials, The Boot guarantees you a night of blacking out. You should check this bar out on it’s 50 cent beer nights they have every week and you will understand why it is #6 on our bro list.
Again, the city of New Orleans is nice enough to let the bar stay until six in the morning. First let that sink in, then try to accomplish the not impossible, but really f*cking difficult.
(#5) Tuscaloosa Trashed: Gallettes
School: University of Alabama
Claim to Fame: Where Dreams Are Made and Heroes Are Born
Tuscaloosa is a town known for its Championships. Gallettes is no different.
If you’re not familiar with Gallettes a quick visit to their Facebook page should clear matters up quite well. Known for “Drinkin, Chasin’ Women, Music” Gallettes isn’t a place to go for the casual beer or two. You’re gonna put up or shut up at this SEC establishment. And either way, you’re gonna put down quite a few.
(#4) Popped Collars, Shots, and Ballers: Rhino Bar and Pumphouse
School: Georgetown University
Claim to Fame: Dingy Debauchery, Sports and Shots, Talent and more Talent
Despite being an undeniable Bro haven, Georgetown does not have any "official" Greek life presence. This means that Hoya nation’s finest often take their talents to the corner of 33rd and M St., a place filled with a cataclysmic combination of Northeastern Prep, Mid-Atlantic lax swag, and a constant flow of liquor mixed with maxed out credit card tabs. The upstairs--which often features the finest talent from Georgetown as well as GW--is an unrelenting cave of darkness whose flair for the sloppy make out is second to none.
Among other things, Rhino has long been a hangout of Georgetown’s Basketball and Lacrosse teams.
“This bar is nuts. There are no frats at Georgetown so this is the bar the everyone walks to to rage. It gets really wild and weird, in a good way.” -- Bryan P.
(#3) Where Everyone Gets “Railed”: Top of the Stairs (TOTS)
School: Virginia Tech
Claim to Fame: “The Rail”
“Always packed with Bros and Slampieces. They're the only bar in Blacksburg to charge a cover but despite that they're still packed every night. They only charge the cover because they can. Drink of choice is called a Rail, which is pretty much one shot of every rail liquor and some sour mix. One of these and your feeling great, two of them and your rule the dance floor, three of them and you're gonna shit your pants. They have huge Fraternity signs all over they're lower bar too. Single handedly made tuesday a drinking night at VT with TOTS Tuesday.” -- Mike C
“This place has 3 bars, 1 huge one inside as well as 2 outside. Large deck/patio area to hang out on and then an entire area downstairs (outside) to play cornhole, drink, etc. Not only that but the owner knew exactly who to cater towards. All the major fraternities have signs put on the walls downstairs and many fraternities even have special nights where brothers get free beer, etc.” -- Greg A.
“What a bro can expect on any given night at TOTS: to hang with beautiful ladies and future, current, and/or ex-professional athletes (NFL Hall-of-Famer Bruce Smith has been known to mingle amongst the crowd); karaoke inside and live music on a great deck area outside; and to slam a few Rails (their signiture alcoholic beverage that contains all of the liquors on the rail, hence the name, but yet tastes good enough to poor straight down your gullet). Consider that a warning on the overconsumption of The Rail.” -- T.E
(#2) Get Ugly, Early: Harry’s Chocolate Shop
Claim to Fame: Traditions that outlast traditions
To explain Harry's, we have yet another potpourri of testimonals. All of which are scarily obsessed with the basically immortal Purdue establishment:
“Established in 1919, Harry's is Purdue's oldest and most traditional bar. The bar's motto "GO UGLY EARLY" is rumored to have been the password for entrance to the bar during prohibition, and the bar's traditional Great Indoorsman challenge requires one to stay in the bar from 11am to 3am while consuming at least one drink per hour (the drinking part isn't so bad, but rather the fact that Harry's has no place to shit makes this task very difficult).
As soon as you walk in the door you are greeted by a signed picture of Ron Jeremy nestled among a sea of Purdue greats (Neil Armstrong, Gene Keady, John Wooden, and Brian "The Custodian" Cardinal). Hell, even Robbie Hummel (Purdue's most recent NBA draft pick) chose Harry's as his cure to a heartbreaking loss against Kansas in March this year.” --Patrick B
“As someone who has traveled to various other Universities across the country, I for one, can say that Harry's stands out as the GREATEST college bar that I have EVER been to. The drinks are the strongest, the music is the best, and the atmosphere is heavenly. Harry's is full of rich tradition and is the go to establishment for all students and alumni. There is nothing like throwing down a few baltimore zoos and a pitcher of Old Style in the upstairs "Fish Bowl" seating area.” -- Matt S.
(#1) America’s Best College Bar for Bros: Kilroy’s Sports Bar
School: Indiana University
Claim to Fame: Undisputed Bro Champion of the World
When you’re a college bar that’s also ranked as the 39th-highest grossing bar in America (note that nearly every other higher ranked establishment is either a Vegas, L.A., New York, or Miami nightclub) chances are you’re doing EVERYTHING right. Kilroy’s tops our list for pretty much all the reasons every other bar made the cut. Except that they’re now all combined, forming some sort of super-monster of all that is Bro.
Featuring two floors, six massive bars, a legendary patio, two-dollar Tuesdays, three-dollar Thursdays, solid food, a gameday hotspot, a nighttime hotter spot, great bartenders, and a sister bar next door, there’s really nothing else that comes close. “What happens in Kilroys stays in Kilroys,” and then gets raved about to the entire country. Hoosiers have always been pretty into getting hammered, and this is one of the bigger reasons why.
All in all, one Hoosier summed it up best: “Simply put, it’s the best bar for Bros.”