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2B Thursday, April 0 Ann Arbor
(BEST BAR: GOOD TIME CHARLEY'S)
There is much to be thankful for at Good Time Char-
ley's. Over the years, the bar has cultivated the Michi-
gan standard for college-aged drinking and revelry.
Long Island Iced Teas in sizes that would shock your
mama, flat screen TVs in strategically placed positions
and cheap Happy Hour specials make it a fan favorite.
When it's nice out, the option to enjoy the patio - with
its primetime South U people-watching location - is a
key element to a rocking good time. On a typical week-
end night, lines curl around the corner, proof that it's
the go-to spot for the over-21 crowd. It's the perfect
stop on the way to Rick's (because, let's be honest, that's
where you're heading), it provides late-night snacks notp
to be scoffed at and it throws a damn good trivia night
every Wednesday. Michigan's most popular bar packs inT
the patrons every time. It's Chuck's. .
-LTLTTA TIALTC W .,T*

Thursday, April 14, 2011 Best of Ann Arbor
BEST DELIVERY: JIMMY JOJHN'S 8 .

It's 2 a.m. You've knocked back a couple cocktails
and are suddenly possessed by an insatiable desire
to eat everything in sight. Panic mode. Your appetite
is exponential. Where do you go? For many Univer-
sity students, the answer is Jimmy John's. With its
fresh meat, crunchy veggies and, best of all, freshly
baked French bread, Jimmy John's packs a satisfy-
ing punch whether the patrons are sober or not. And,
if it's impossible to get to one of the eight locations in
Ann Arbor, its face-meltingly fast delivery is always
an option. There's nothing quite like that first exqui-
site bite into a fragrant fresh bread followed by the
delicious combination of turkey, avocado, provolone
and veggies. But whether you go for turkey or sala-
mi, lettuce wrap or fresh bread, the Jimmy John's
reputation for quality speaks for itself, promising
satisfaction and joy with every bite.
-MACKENZIE METER

:RA MOLENGRAFF/

BEST CLUB: RICK'S AMERICAN CAFE)
After stumbling around Ann Arbor in a drunken haze,
hordes of polo- and high heel-clad revelers descend steps
of Rick's to find themselves in a subterranean oasis. With
Rick's diverse clientele of fraternity boys and sorority
girls and its nightly drink specials (two dollar PBRs on
Wednesday!), students often find themselves shivering in
line just for a chance to navigate down those stairs. The
lack of windows, low lighting and vast dance floor are the
perfect combination for a classic night of regrettable she-
nanigans. For more low-key evenings, clubbers can shoot
some pool or alleviate social anxiety by playing a video
game. On the weekends, Rick's always boasts crowds of
students milling about its entrance, and thanks to advent
of Ricksline.com, merrymakers can now monitor the line's
progress from the comfort of their smartphones. Boys in
pastel button-downs and girls in those-ubiquitous black
skirts dedicate their weekends to standing in that roped-
off line - there's just something about Rick's.
-CASSIE BALFOUR

C BEST PIZZA: PIZZA HOUSE

)

Even the (somewhat recent) arrival of lip-smackingly
delicious new-kid-on-the-block South U Pizza couldn't
claim the "Best Pizza" crown from the venerable Pizza
House. From the heavenly, sesame-seeded Sicilian
deep dish to the stomach-arresting Chicago stuffed,
this Church Street institution simply serves the most
tantalizing slices in town - and for those averse to the
traditional pie, the steaming calzones are equally gastro-
nomically formidable. Being straddled by Charley's and
Rick's doesn't hurt either (nor does being open till 4 a.m.).
After all, that famished beer deserves quality 'za, doesn't
it? Sure, the House is fiscally steeper than other pizza
purveyors, but the well-styled, accommodating setting is
an at-times necessary departure from cramped collegiate
quarters. In other words, the few extra George Wash-
ingtons is worth the upper-crust ambiance. It's no won-
der why George Clooney and Co. recently decided to film
parts of "Ides of March" in Ann Arbor. OK - maybe that's
not the reason. But we wouldn't be surprised if it was.
-STEPHEN OSTROWSKI

(BEST LIVE MUSIC: THE BLIND PIG)
Dark. Grimy. Sticky. These are the words that come to
mind when thinking of the home of Ann Arbor's under-
ground music scene, the Blind Pig. But most people would
agree, that's part of its charm. Though its shows can be as
hit-or-miss as the dart players downstairs, ranging from
the obscurely talented to the downright bizarre, one
thing the music venue is always good for is parties. With
throwback beats and outrageous costumes, the joint's
monthly Soul Club rarely disappoints. Similarly impres-
sive are its more sporadic parties known as Bang!s,
each one thematically adapted for whichever holiday it
appears on (Halloween, New Year's, Valentine's, etc.) -
though these fetes are a tad more exclusive (only for the
21 and up). So if you're looking for a break from the usual
parties and bars or want a music experience a little less
PG than the Ark, be sure to check out everyone's favorite
visually challenged farm animal.
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