Writer David Wood once joked that college was an amazing time--when parents fork over their savings to let kids go to a strange town and spend four years in a bar.
Seriously, though, the best college bars offer more than cold beers and hot cheese fries. They're fan headquarters for away games. They're stages where college bands become national acts. They're divey, not sleazy, and give visitors an insider's perspective and memorable stories.
So here's a toast to the mayhem of college and those bars that make it a great four years (or, in some cases, five...or six).
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