Ft. Lauderdale, FL
The bros who ran Potbelly's -- Tallahassee/America's finest establishment for $5 liquor pitchers and FSU girls -- thought that concept needed to be brought to frat-tastic Fort Lauderdale, and hence, this Las Olas spot was born. Between the $7 beers, the actually-solid menu, and the fact that those same FSU girls from Potbelly's moved home and now come here in the same makeup & heels to watch NFL as they wore to work out at the Leach, AmSo is a magnet for every Greek-affiliated Nole man within a three-county radius. Even bros who didn't spend the best six years of their life in Tallahassee come in to experience the life a couple nights a week. Last month, they opened a brand-new Miami outpost, that's well on its way to being the bro-iest bar in Dade County now that Tobacco Road has succumbed to Brickell's tireless expansion.
On Fridays & Saturdays, there will be a throng of partygoers lined up outside on West 6th Street, the Mistake on the Lake's main drag for aggressive drinking and mechanical bulls. More often than not, this throng will be wearing Ohio State hoodies, graphic tees, or Ohio State hoodies over graphic tees, because this is Cleveland, and more often than not, Cleveland is cold. But back to the throng: they're headed to Barley House, a seething bastion of Top 40 EDM and dudes named Steve who transferred from Dayton to Miami, graduated from neither, and returned to the Land for fist-pumping. And construction work. That too. Pass your time drinking pastel-colored test-tube shots and making small talk about the latest Machine Gun Kelly single. Barley House also doubles as a sports bar, which is good, since you’ll need to be drinking heavily if you plan on watching anything having to do with Cleveland sports.
Uptown Dallas is like Thunderdome, if Thunderdome was exclusively populated by Big 12 energy consultants who exclusively lease luxury sports sedans. In the middle of it all is Blackfriar, a bedecked, multi-level fun house with dark beers and enough heat lamps to keep its front patio crawling with blonde all winter. If the stars over Texas are properly aligned, Friar'll have entertainment: either a movie projected onto the brick wall next door, or Tom Petty cover band/institutional heroes Petty Theft tuning up on stage. If the stars aren't, and it's too packed to make it up the ramp, worry not -- Idle Rich is basically the exact same thing, and it's directly across the street. Play your cards right (or wrong, or not at all) and you may find yourself stumbling back up McKinney with a new friend to do sex with. Wait 'til she/he sees your pool-front one-bedroom in Post Worthington!