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For a classy night out, we've got your martini recommendations.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 / The B-Side 7B
Throwing down with the Spartans

It's not just the
academics that set us
apart from State
Daily Community Culture Editor
When I told my dad, a Michi-
gan State.alum, that I was going
to East Lansing after the game
last Saturday, he advised me not
to wear University apparel. "It's
probably safer not to," he hinted
ominously. But when trekking
through State's sprawling campus,
I found my State brethren to be
in jolly moods, despite an absurd
amount of police presence. My
State friend had taken to point-
ing out the police slowly cruising
around East Lansing.
"There's another one," she dully
said approximately 25 times on our
45-minute exodus to a house party.
On Grand River Avenue, a large
stretch that eerily parallels our
State Street, the police were even
more apparent. Two mounted offi-
cers were clopping intimidatingly
past bars; those hellishly large
horses looked ready to curb-stomp
any bystander that got out of line.
I didn't witness any hoof-
stomping - but just because I have
no actual evidence doesn't mean
it doesn't happen. I don't really
think drunken revelers mix well
From Page 5B
Traditionally, it's the Killer Fla-
mingos, a pop-rock band of the
Detroit area, who take the stage
and get the crowd of a wide age
range grooving on their feet for
hours with covers of popular radio
songs like the Black Eyed Peas's "I
Gotta Feeling."
I wasn't as impressed with the
adjacent, Batman-themed bar
entitled Gotham City that exists as
a spooky and exciting atmosphere
with a mirror-walled dance floor
that lost its crowd to the live band
next door.
When Millennium isn't "hap-
pening" with live music, you can
almost always count on the people
flowing through Circus, if not just
for the cheap PBR and free perfect-
ly buttered popcorn. I appreciated

with even the most well-trained
equines, but it sure beats attempt-
ing to police State's gigantic cam-
pus on foot.
"The police presence is crazy -
there are like five different police
departments including campus
police that are out every week-
end," said one LSA junior. The stu-
dent, who transferred from State
to Michigan, chose to remain
anonymous because he is under-
age. He attributed the increased
police presence to State kids' par-
ty-prone ways.
After seeing the vast number of
police cars swarming the campus,
I contacted the Michigan State
University Police multiple times in
an effort to find out if the influx of
backup was simply due to the big
game. But unsurprisingly, no one
picked up the phone - probably
because they were all stationed
somewhere on campus.
Though I didn't witness the
police actually interacting with
students, I saw a few "fights" that
broke out due to wandering packs
of bloodthirsty State kids aggres-
sively heckling the poor University
bastards who were brave or stupid
enough to wear maize and blue.
A bright spot on this mass exo-
dus to party: The Campus Crusade
for Christ student group was sta-
tioned at an ordinary house party,
grilling "Jesus Dogs" to distribute
to hungry partiers. One campus
the karaoke stage but wished the
jukebox wasn't just decoration. A
lion's head appropriately emerges
from the circus tent that encases
the bar and five billiard tables
available for a free hour of play.
The most classic time to walk
those extra few blocks in your
boots is Wednesday nights. On
these evenings, there is always a
different and usually well-known
bluegrass band, leaving the top
floor of the complex sweaty with
the beautiful grunge of music
lovers with taste for less popular
music styles.
"I think because of the large
number of grandchildren of the
'60s - the children of the 1960s
children in town, who are into
bluegrass, we've found a niche
audience," Easton said.
Despite the turn-off of cover
charges, the atmosphere's unpre-
dictability and the walk in typical-

crusader said he just wanted to
make sure people were drink-
ing on a full stomach and staying
safe. Even though the stereotype
is that East Lansing is crazy, many
seemed to be on the lookout for
The visible police presence may
be more pronounced at State, but
wayward Michigan kids should
take comfort in the fact that East
Lansing and Ann Arbor have many
similarities. They both have a Pot-
belly, an American Apparel and
some zany, sign-wielding zealots
who preach on street corners. The
fire and brimstone-breathing old
guys standing on literal soapboxes
in downtown Ann Arbor condemn-
ing random passersby are appar-
ently a franchise.
They've also been dispatched to
East Lansing to assure the Spar-
tans they are also going to rot in
hell for a whole litany of "sins."
East Lansing is definitely not lack-
ing in folksy charm.
But there exist differences
between the nightlife at the two
rival universities, as many wide-
eyed University of Michigan kids
have discovered in East Lansing.
A State sophomore who grew
up in Ann Arbor and preferred not
to be identified as a drinker con-
firmed that in East Lansing, stu-
dents have to pay five dollars per
cup at a party.
"People party a lot more in East
ly frigid weather, the Cavern Club
environment embraces adults of
all ages trying to have a memora-
ble night of play.
"We're really just far enough
away from campus - about a mile
- that we appeal to a lot of town-
ies and working grad students,"
Easton said. "So it's just a little bit
older age group on up and that's
another reason why students feel
comfortable bringing their par-
ents here, because their parents
don't feel like grandma and grand-
pa walking around."
It turns out though the estab-
lishment has a couple of shortcom-
ings, the ability to show up and
have a good time before turning 21
is a turn-on to many. There is a lot
more adventure to offer than the
average party joint with the mul-
tiple themed options, especially
on its biggest night of the year:

Lansing, so it's sort of the price of
admission," she said.
But in a lot of ways, State kids
are just like us. They require post-
party fuel in order to trek back
home after a night of revelry. The
entire party scene revolves around
one street - Grand River, in their
case. And they have a Panchero's,
But where we found the real
after-party was at the packed
double decker McDonald's on the
outskirts along Grand River. There
was a line to get into the golden
arches with an exasperated, elderly
security guard acting as a bouncer.
The tired, sad-eyed man attempted
to control the scene, but people

spilled into the establishment in
waves of green and white.
Another one of the ever-pres-
ent security guards was stationed
upstairs peering warily down at
the hordes of hungry students jos-
tling over their place in line, and
the workers behind the counter
patiently repeated orders back
to their slurring customers. And
when one blurry-eyed patron
decked out in Spartan colors asked
if he could have the rest of my fries,
I felt a sense of camaraderie with
our (little) brother school. They
aren't so different from us - but if
you come, come mounted on your
own police steed, because serious-
ly, that campus is huge.


Ben A.
van der Pluijm
Bruce R. Clark Collegiate
Professor of Geology
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Rackham Amphitheater

401 East Liberty Street
You can't just order a plain martini at Bar
Louie. For a martini with gin, you have to
order The Abbey, which contains a mix of
Hendricks, fresh grapefruit, pure cane syrup,
grenadine and a lemon rind garnish that
accents the glass. The $9 drink is definitely
for the ladies, but don't be deceived by its pink
tint. The gin overpowers the sweet grapefruit
flavor and leaves a strong alcoholic taste.
302 South Main Street
You're not just ordering a martini at The
Black Pearl - you're ordering a classy eve-
ning. Rather than daunting, the lengthy
martini menu opens up a wide array of pos-
sibilities. The signature martini achieves
that delicate balance of sweet, sipable flavor
with enough alcohol to keep the conversation
flowing. With the swanky atmosphere and
drink in your hand, you can't go wrong here.

211 South State Street
Martinis are a secret special at Sava's,
not on the menu but available to those in the
know. However, the gin martini here doesn't
go down smoothly at all. It tastes more like
straight gin than watered-down gin with ver-
mouth ... thoughgranted, there's already afine
distinction to be made there. It's not hard to
believe this joint got its liquor license just last
year - clearly, it's a learning process.
316 South State Street
Red Hawk's version of the gin martini on
the rocks is three ounces of pure pleasure.
This drink is smooth from start to finish.
Their basic well martini costs just over $7
and is served with Bombay gin rather than
the darling of rapper Snoop Dogg (and for-
mer Red Hawk well gin), Tanqueray. The
drink is inexpensive, full of alcohol and
smooth. Bond would be proud.


And the winner is: Red Hawk

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