UConn’s bar scene: how to get the best bang for your buck
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 23:08
Despite being all the way out here in Storrs, the bars around UConn are more than qualified to handle the modern college student expectations.
The three bars every upperclassman knows by name, Thirsty Dog, Ted’s, and Huskies, are generally the most populated bars in town because they are in walking distance to most student housing.
Each bar has its own gimmicks, charms, and crowds. It’s up to the student patron to decide on the experience.
Kerry Longobucco, senior journalism major and former bartender at Thirsty’s, argues that Thirst’s is by far the best of the three.
“Thirsty’s has a cool mix of people,” she said “every night there’s a DJ and dancing. It’s also the biggest of them all by far.”
According to Longobucco, “Cover is usually $5, Thursdays you can get 50 cent pitchers from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Fridays, there’s two dollar drinks and three dollar brews from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and then Saturday is Ladies’ Night with $1 drinks for girls and $1 pitchers for everyone.”
With all of these drink deals, things can get dangerous very quickly. “I’ve worked at several bars, and that’s the one where I get the most nervous for the customers.” Longobucco said.
Thirsty’s is not the only bar to do specials, in fact they all do. Huskies advertises four drinks for a dollar on Thursday on their Facebook and Twitter pages.
Four drinks for a dollar is a serious deal for college students with tight pockets. But Huskies is not for everyone. Journalism major and senior Matt Rode said, “Huskies is the worst one by far. I’ve been kicked out of there at least five times.”
That is not to say anything necessarily about Huskies itself, but rather a standard of the bar. Rode would disagree. “It’s really not clean in there so I was never all that upset that they threw me out.”
The crowd is different from bar to bar. Huskies has a reputation around campus for being the “frat bar”. This is not necessarily an exclusive title but Huskies has been known to cater many-a-frat sponsored events.
That does not mean only members of that fraternity or sorority can enter the bar on a given night. In fact, some nights the bar offers reduced admissions for anyone coming on the fraternity’s behalf.
According to Rode, “Ted’s is right there in the middle”, in terms of crowd, capacity and craziness. “They have a karaoke night on Wednesdays to bring in the crowd for the middle of the week and it’s a lot of fun.”
“Ted’s and Thirsty’s are actually under the same ownership now.” Longobucco said. “It happened in October 2011, but they still try to out-do each other because competition is good for business.”
The bars around campus are great places for students over 21 to enjoy themselves. Fake ID use is no secret to the staff at the bars and bouncers are constantly on the lookout for fakes. Don’t even bother trying to use a fake. You will have wasted your money.
If you are over 21, see for yourself the great experience that the bars around campus have to offer. You might just enjoy yourself, and not walk out broke.