Best College Sports Bars

One of the first things every college student should locate when they hit campus is the best place to catch the game. Sure watching it in your room with a bag of Cheetos can be fun, but nothing beats catching it with a few thousands of your classmates. And the students on these campuses have it way better then the rest.The Swamp, University of Florida

On Saturdays during football season The Swamp is the place to be for those who couldn’t score a ticket for the game, which is most people since about 4,000 people is an average crowd on game days. During the rest of the week the bar is a frat-friendly place with frequent happy hours and beer specials. That is the least they can do really.

State Street Brats, University of Wisconsin
On Saturday everyone in Madison hits the Regent Street bar district to revel in Badger football, and drink a lot. With a litany of sports bars like the Big Ten Pub, Regent Street Retreat and Stadium Bar, you can pick your poison, but if you’re looking to avoid the crowds we suggest State Street Brats. The only reason you need is they have two 10-foot screens with stadium seating upstairs. And of course, they also have great Brats, which is why everyone in Wisconsin is going to die of a heart attack.

Bear’s Lair Pub, University of California at Berkeley

Cal Berkeley may not be a huge sports school, but they do have one great sports bar. I mean how many bars do you know where the school band stops by to play the “Cal Drinking Song,�? and has had Robin Williams, Talking Heads, Green Day and No Doubt perform? Located right in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union, you don’t even have to leave campus, and yes those are the goalposts from the 2002 Big Game (there name not ours), in which Cal beat Stanford 30-7.

The Houndstooth, University of Alabama

It is hard to avoid the watchful eye of Bear Bryant at the Houndstooth, as there is a likeness of him of on pretty much every wall (Houndstooth is the name of the type of hat he wore. It is also hard to avoid seeing the game as the three-room bar has 27 TVs — including the bathrooms. There are also four pool tables, a dartboard and the greatest bar game of them all, Golden Tee. What they don’t have is food, but who has time for that when you have $3 pitchers.

Esso Club, Clemson University

The Esso used to be a gas station in the 1920s, but now it is a place for students to fill up on other things, like beer and sports. “If they had a national championship for college sports bars, The Esso Club would be our pick to win it,” ESPN: The Magazine once said of this campus staple, which has the oldest beer license in town (1933). They didn’t even get a liquor license till 2003. ABC sportscaster Brent Musburger stops in whenever he is in town to cover a game, and CO-ED found more then a few young ladies their for our photo shoot.

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