University of California, Berkeley
You don't get recognition as the best public school in the country without also having one of the country's top-notch-iest food and drink scenes. Wait, you do? So, it's all academics-related? Huh. Well, EITHER WAY, the bars and restaurants in Berkeley are fucking great.
Drink here: If only there were some sort of in-depth Berkeley drinking guide we could trot out to really, seriously lay out the amazingness that is drinking in Golden Bear-land. Oh wait, THERE IS??? CliffsNotes version: get a mezcal flight at Comal, get a beer at Triple Rock (especially on their rooftop), and seriously get your drinking garden on at Jupiter and fantastic newcomer Moxy.
Eat here: Where to even start. Oh right, Chez Panisse, the Don Corleone of California cuisine. Thing is though, there's so much more to Berkeley than just Alice Waters' former Gourmet Mag Best Restaurant in America. La Note might be the most underrated brunch spot in the entire Bay (the line is crazy, but it should be wayyyyy crazier), Cheese Board and Sliver both have the we-only-make-one-type-of-pizza-per-day-deal-with-it thing on lock, and there's tons of great college classics from still-insanely cheap Top Dog to one of the best college sandwich shops in the country, Cheese n' Stuff. Some of the new kids on the Berkeley block, though, have really next-leveled this whole thing, from Gather, to Comal, to Iyasare, to a bunch of other ones we can't remember because, see above drinking guide. Oh, and food meccas SF and Oakland are both, like, right there.