Crunchy’s (address and info)
EL bars like The Riv and Rick’s are great for the occasional night of sweat, dancing, and triple-kisses, but in East Lansing, Crunchy’s is where students get their first taste of something very, very grown-up: becoming a regular at a kick-ass bar. They also get a taste of craft beer, as Crunchy’s has one of the city’s best tap selection, poured into pints, gigantic mugs, or mop buckets (seriously). Throw in one of the area’s best burgers, pizza, super-cheap beer & burger deals, live music, karaoke, and a ton of screaming, and you’ve got the best damned bar in the city. And if you really want to sweat, dance, and engage in triple-kisses, well, nobody’s going to stop you. So long as you don’t spill our buckets of Oberon.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Murphy's Pub (address and info)
They've nailed the whole "campus bar" schtick over at Murphy's Pub in Champaign, where students go to drink and socialize in a cavernous space festooned with Irish memorabilia, beer logos, and name-scrawled furniture of all shapes and sizes. On logo nights (Wednesdays), students can keep the beer glass they're first served with and get cheap refills for the entire night after they finish their inaugural pint. Also, get the Irish nachos.