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The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition-City - Thursday, September 10,1992-Page 9

Outings offer fun,
unusual activities

Two students rejoice in O'Sullivan's on St. Patrick's Day.

A guide to A2 bars (for 24-year olds?)

by Andrew Levy
Daily Staff Reporter
"Ta da bah!"
On a Friday afternoon, you can
hear these words ringing out from all
corners of the campus.
From the students: "Ta da bah!"
From the office of your favorite
professor: "Ta da bah!"
From the office of the campus
police force: "Ta da bah! And don't
forget to load your guns before you
For those of you who are con-
fused, "Ta da bah!" roughly trans-
lated means "to the bar." And that's
what many people do each weekend.
Ann Arbor has more bars per square
mile than most other college towns,
and they all have bouncers at the
door that are willing to greet you
with a cheerful smile, a kind word,
and a place on the "Wall of Shame,"
if you get caught using a cheezy fake
We know that none of you, as
new students, would even consider
breaking the law just to drink alco-
hol. But, as a public service to all of
you 24-year-olds who are going for
your second degree, here is the low-
down on the Ann Arbor bar scene.
A new student breaking into the
drinking arena should divide the bar
scene into three zones: Main Street,
South University, and Others. Each
of these zones has a different style,
character, and degree of difficulty
(ID or not ID).
Main Street - the zone farthest
from campus - is a good place for
you to drink, but not for all of your
friends who may be under 21. The
rule at most Main Street area estab-

lishments is nobody under 21 per-
mitted on the premises after 8 p.m.
This rule applies at both the Full
Moon Cafe, which boasts Ann
Arbor's widest selection of beers,
and at the City Grill, a sports bar lo-
cated up the street from Full Moon.
These crowds are strictly grad-
student-and-up, so you should do
pretty well here.
Kitty O'Shea's offers the best
chance for getting served in the

in the bars of South U., but again a
word of warning for your younger
friends. Charley's, Jack's, and
O'Sullivan's are all a tough sell on
false identification. But this is easy
to remember: if it doesn't end in an
apostrophe-S, young'ins are in pretty
good shape.
Besides, The Brown Jug embod-
ies everything the University is all
about. An Ann Arbor staple for more
than 50 years, the Jug is known for

Ann Arbor has more bars per square mile than
most other college towns, and they all have
bouncers at the door that are willing to greet
you with a cheerful smile, a kind word, and a
place on the "Wall of Shame," if you get
caught using a cheezy fake ID.

Main Street zone. Located on
Liberty just West of Main, Kitty's
allows just about anyone in the bar
until it closes. It offers a wide range
of draught beers, including Killian's
Red and Molson Canadian, all at
reasonable prices. And, though they
card most people who order alcohol,
the extra-glass-with-a-pitcher trick is
always worth a try. Just make sure
your younger friends act like they're
21, and be stealthy while the wait
person is watching.
The second zone is the South
University zone. This area houses at
least five popular drinking estab-
lishments, including Pizzeria Uno,
Cactus Jack's, Good Time
Charley's, O'Sullivan's, and The
Brown Jug.
"South U," as it is dubbed, is the
alcohol melting pot of the
University. You can find people of
all ages, backgrounds, and situations

its cheap late-night munchies, tasty
pizza from the Backroom, and $3.50
pitchers of Augsburger Dark. We
know that dark beers appeal to more
mature tastes like yours, but your
"little buddies" will come to appre-
ciate it sooner than you think.
Finally, there is the "Others"
zone. This isn't really a zone, be-
cause it basically consists of every-
thing that isn't near Main Street or
South U. But some of Ann Arbor's
greatest treasures are located among
the Others.
If you like music, you will love
Rick's American Cafe located on
Church Street less than a block south
of South U. This is a good place to
go on the nights when you want to
leave your younger friends home,
because the bouncers at Rick's have
been known to overreact to fake
ID's. If this happens, the only drink-
ing rejected patrons are likely to be

doing is through the hydration tube
of their IV. Rick's invites local rock
bands, and excellent blues, rock, and
alternative bands from all over. And
happy hour at Rick's is something
special. Don't miss $1 pitchers on
Casa Dominick's on Monroe
across from the Law Library is the
most charming drinking establish-
ment in Ann Arbor. The only place
in town where you could, feasibly,
have drinks outside during a blizzard
(but why would you want to?), the
casual atmosphere and good, cheap
food make this place wonderful,
even for recent high school gradu-
ates ("Everybody who's drinking is
over 21, right?" Right.) Mixed
drinks at Dominick's are $5.50 a
pitcher, Rolling Rock, Old Style, and
Labatts are on tap, and try the
tortellini al formaggi - you won't
regret it.
Ashley's, located on State Street
across from the Diag, has a split
personality. Street level is supposed
to resemble an English pub, right
down to the Guinness that is avail-
able on tap. The jukebox is the best
in town, and the food is pretty good.
Ashley's Underground, on the other
hand, is very dark, has cheaper beer
on tap, and has more of an alterna-
tive, wearing-black type character.
Oh, and your friends aren't likely to
get carded downstairs.
So that's the Ann Arbor bar
scene. All you need for the typical
night on the town is $15-20 (or $30
if you choose Ashley's), your ID (or
not), and a hollow leg to store all of
the beer you will undoubtedly drink.
Drink, drink, and be merry.

by Melissa Peerless
Daily NSE Editor
One night you will get tired of
wading through six inches of beer to
wait in line for 40 minutes for a cup
of warm foam at a fraternity party.
You will lose interest in being
packed like a sardine into an ear-
splitting bar. Then it's time to
bravely go where few students have
gone before.
Ann Arbor offers many interest-
ing and entertaining activities for
those students who want to venture
off-campus to expand their horizons.
Most of these establishments are
a bit of a trek from campus, but it is
worth your while to borrow a car or
take a cab to get to them. They prove
to be an excellent break from the
regular campus routine.
Putt Putt Golf and Games, lo-
cated on Washtenaw, can provide an
entire evening of fun. You can play
any - or all - of the three chal-
lenging miniature golf courses: Be
sure to spend some time with the
life-sized plastic jungle animals as
you leisurely meander through the
greens. However, Putt Putt regulars
who have mastered the courses tend
to put pressure on slow parties. To
blend in with these natives, wear
your high school varsity letter jacket.
Perhaps Putt Putt's most charm-
ing feature is its plethora of after-
golf activities. If you can stand the
noise from the video games, visit the
arcade for all the latest technology.
A handful of tokens can keep you
busy for hours. Indulge in Tetris, the
Simpsons, and various driving
games. High scores in football, bas-
ketball and Skee Ball earn you tick-
ets which can be redeemed for valu-
able prizes - if you win about
3,000. However, items are available
for fewer tickets.
A stop at Dairy Queen on
Packard serves as a good ending to
this evening.
This excursion can be quickly
foiled by inclement weather, an Ann
Arbor institution. You should draft a
suitable back-up plan for this activity
just in case.
The Ann Arbor Hands-On
Museum, which is across from the
police station and City Hall, is a

great place to go with that special
someone, or that not-so-special any-
one. While the kindergarten-esque
educational exhibits can be intimate
and romantic, they are fun to share
with anyone. The Hands-On
Museum also offers University stu-
dents a rare opportunity to watch lit-
tle children having fun.
If you ever get bored, no matter
the time, you can always find fun -
and groceries, garden furniture,
clothes, cleaning supplies, and so on
- at Meijer. This mammoth shop-
ping institution sells anything you
will want to buy at very reasonable
prices. But be careful, it's easy to
lose your companions in Meijer's
spacious interior. Be sure to hit the
bulk food aisle.
Another alternative to the
"typical" evening is the old standby,
bowling. The Ann Arbor area is
chock full o' alleys, so finding an
open lane is usually not a problem. It
might take some driving around to
different places, but if you have
some time on your hands, it can be
very enjoyable.
Bel-Mark Lanes on Jackson Rd.,
The Arbor-Ypsi Bowl on Wash-
tenaw and Colonial Lanes on S.
Industrial are the best alleys located
in Ann Arbor proper. All three offer
open bowling on most weekend
nights and afternoons. But call ahead
to avoid the embarrassment of
showing up during league bowling
But bowling offers far more than
just a different way to strengthen
your biceps. The bowling alley aura
- cigarette smoke, cheap beer, bad
food and monogrammed satin shirts
- is an experience in itself. And
don't underestimate the fashion
value of bowling shoes. Random
students have been seen wearing-
them around campus.
It can be a hassle to journey to
these far-off leisure spots, so indul-.
gences may have to be few and far
between. But this will keep them
sacred. You do not want to reach the
point where one night you get tired
of wading through six inches of a-
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