University of Pennsylvania
Smokey Joe's (address and info)
The days when Gerald Ford lauded this UPenn watering hole (everyone calls it "the Pennstitution") might be gone, but its glory still remains -- including famous "Sink or Swim" nights on Wednesdays, "Kill the Keg" deals, and continuous performances by lounge singers and other eclectic artists. They sling $1 hot dogs every afternoon, and have an extensive bar-food menu that includes some of the best hoagies in Philadelphia. Stick around and you might learn a thing or two at this institution.
University of Hawaii
Manoa Gardens (address and info)
Inside Hemenway Hall on campus, the bar at Manoa Gardens is not much to look at (why are the lights so bright?!?!) and isn’t open late or on weekends, so really, you may be asking, what is the point? Well, it doesn’t matter, because MG is still one of the most classic, unique bars on any campus, serving up “big beers” (32oz drafts of Kona Longboard) for cheap prices to all sorts of people (where else do you find locals actually going into a college campus bar?). Most grads have stories of planning on just grabbing some pho and getting a beer before class on the sweet outdoor patio, but that turned into two or three, and, well, you’re always going to have class again, right? Oh, and for the full MG experience, you probably need to get their infamous Long Island. You’ve been warned.