Five Places to Drink While the College Kids Are Gone for Spring Break
College kids are a specific type of drinker. They like to shotgun or funnel cheap beer and do shots of every color of the rainbow, and they are driven primarily by volume and cost. That's why ice beers are best: They have the highest percentage of alcohol by volume, which makes them a favorite even though they taste like shit.
Not every college bar caters to these needs. Some actually pour a decent pint and serve good food. They can be great places to drink when you're not sitting on a stool next to a dude that calls you brah and your feet don't stick to the floor in the bathroom.
Enter Spring Break: one of a few times of the year where you can duck into a bar predominately patronized by college kids, enjoy a drink or two and not worry about leaving with a staph infection. Enjoy the following while all the kids are safely sequestered in Cancun for the next few days.
The Ginger Man This old two-story house offers up picnic-style seating in the beer garden out back, an upstairs lounge with its own bar and more than 80 draft beers. The Ginger Man tends to fill up quickly during happy hours, but not this week. With weather in the 80s this should make a pretty good place to drink like a college kid.
Paschall With the Denton 35 throngs long gone, ease yourself into a chair at Paschall. The drinks here have always been good, but the small capacity makes it hard to get comfortable. Seize the opportunity and tie one on.
Quarter Bar The Quarter bar is one of my favorite places on McKinney. They've got a great bar staff, but the customers skew young and drunk. This would be a great time to sit in the atrium and enjoy a cold beer.
Milo Butterfingers Cheap drinks, good sandwiches and friendly servers make it a relaxing place to take in a game. With the first round of March Madness coming, there's no better week to do it.
Trinity Hall Already the site of my favorite hangover cure, Trinity Hall only gains appeal when you don't have to fight young competition for a bar stool. After this week, you wont have peace here until later this summer.
All of these spots make a good place to drink like you're 21 again. And without a younger crowd to age yourself against, you can do it without feeling like too much of a douche yourself.
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