After college, drinking with other adults now involves etiquette. In fact, you start to realize that getting hammered while everyone else is just sipping on a single glass of wine probably isn’t the right move anymore.

Drinking College Vs Drinking Real World


While the drinking rules have changed, there’s actually still a lot of fun to be had when you go out drinking as an adult. Here are a few things you'll learn about drinking in college versus drinking in the real world.


Quality Matters


If you're over the age of 25 and you still drink booze from a plastic bottle, it's time for you to start making better decisions about your life. Not only does $10 vodka taste like gasoline, it gives you a hangover from hell.

Now that you're older it's time to start drinking better quality alcohol. This shows that you're better than other people, which is what being an adult is all about!



You Can Afford to Eat AND Drink


Once you hit your late 20's and 30's something magical happens: You're not actually broke anymore. That means you can be a bit choosier about which bars you go to and you'll even be able to afford a nice meal while you drink.

Having money to spend will make your night out much more enjoyable. Instead of eating questionable microwaved food from the gas station like you used to, now you can afford to order a cheese plate once you get to the bar.


Sunday Brunch


Sunday brunch is a gift from the heavens that you really can't appreciate until you start living in the real world. While college kids spend their Sundays on the floor with a hangover, you’ll spend your Sunday with your friends at your favorite local brunch spot getting your avocado toast on.


You're More Responsible


Since your body can no longer handle what you used to put it through in college, suddenly responsibility finds you. You know that you can't go too crazy while drinking so you can actually make a schedule for the next day after you go out.

Unlike most young people who don't even turn over until noon and end up wasting the rest of the day after drinking, adults manage to get some important stuff done before they go back to work on Monday.



You Can Wear Nice Clothes When You Go Out


When you were in college, your choices of clothes for going out were mainly the items that you didn’t care about. Anyone spewing on or the ones that you could unzip the fastest before nature calls.

Since going out to the bar as an adult is a lot more tame, you can wear that nice shirt or those shoes you just bought. After all, ‘adulting’ is all about showing off how much money you have so that people don’t think you’ve failed at life!

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So you are new on campus and looking for the coolest spots to hangout. A big part of your college experience is learning about the bar scene, or so every undergrad thinks.


find college bars 


It’s not hard to find the best local college bars near you. It’s good to have a place to unwind, have fun and kickback with friends in between all of that studying.

So before you start looking, here are some helpful hints to help you on this mission.


1. Ask Around


If you are new on campus, it may take you a little while to adjust and to figure out the best places to go to meet people. That’s okay though! You go to school with thousands of other college kids. If you don’t know where the best bars are, somebody does. So just ask and you will be glad you did. Someone may even suggest a place you never heard of!



2. Google It


Ok, when in doubt. Google ‘College Bars Near Me.’ Just be cautious with this information though. Google may send you some place where nobody has ever been to. After you google it, be sure to scope the place out before heading there for a drink. If the place seems legit, go alone or with friends and throw back a few brews.


3. Just Go


I am sure you have passed that little tavern down the road often on your way to Sociology class. You never stepped into the place b/c it looks weird. Well if you want to find out if this is a cool, then just go and check it out. You never know until you go. What’s the worst that can happen? You may meet some new friends at the bar. Just get a beer or two and take off if it’s not your vibe. Life is too short to miss out on new experiences, so be gutsy and just go.



4. Look For Clues


You live on campus, right? There are community activity boards everywhere! If you have yet to find a great hang spot, check the physical and online bulletin boards. You will find local bars with bands and entertainment pinned up everywhere. Once you get a good clue, take note and definitely check it out. Seriously, it takes less work to find a good bar than it does to get an ‘A’ on your Biology exam.



5. Use the Right Bar Apps



There are many awesome bar apps that can help you find the right college bar to fit your needs. Use applications like the BOTY App to help you find the top bars and the best bartenders.

Keep in mind that college bars all have something different to offer. The best college bars will be close to campus, offer a variety of activities, have great drink specials and cater to a younger crowd. If you find a bar with these things, you just stumbled into a great college bar.


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