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  1. AggieBrass

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    I try to put this together every year for traveling fans, so your trip to College Station is as easy as possible. Here's my take on how to maximize your fun in College Station. Keep in mind, I am in my mid 30s, so it skews more towards the Night life and tailgating than the fine dining and sight seeing.

    A few notes worth mentioning. Northgate is the Entertainment District in College Station. It's a 7-8 block area with 50+ bars and a number restaurants that sits on University Avenue right across from campus. West Campus is where Reed Arena, Olsen Field and the REC Center sit and a large swath of tailgating takes place in this area. This is where 90% of the RVs are parked.

    Restaurants in College Station worth visiting:
    Republic Steakhouse -- Fantastic selection of bourbon and whiskeys. One of the best steakhouses in SE Texas. You would need to make reservations here.
    Cafe Eccell -- Personally, my favorite for the price. It's a nice dinner, but not extravagant in price. They have great handcrafted cocktails and wood fired pizzas.
    Napa Flats
    Christopher's -- More fine dining.
    Torchy's Tacos -- Leave the bar after a big night, find yourself here.
    Freebird's -- On Northgate, large burritos
    West End Elixir -- On Northgate, new place with unique cocktails and great food.
    Koppe Bridge -- Best Burgers in town.
    Grub Burger Bar
    Hullabaloo Diner -- Featured on the Food Channel. Extremely dirty (in a good way) and delicious breakfast.
    Sodolaks - Comfort Food
    Fuego -- Tacos!
    Café Capri -- artisan mix
    The Proudest Monkey
    Fargo's BBQ -- Rated the #2 BBQ joint in Texas a couple years ago.


    Northgate: Bar District (I'll just go West to East down University for the ones I've frequented)
    West End Elixir -- See above
    Chimy's -- Deadly Margarita and Tequila selection. Fun porch and always a great place to cap off your night.
    Bar 12 -- Rooftop porch, two level bar.
    Shiner Park -- Dance Club
    O'Bannons -- Irish Pub with great beer selection
    Paddock Lane -- Same as O'Bannons
    Northgate Food Truck Alley -- Explains itself with craft brew trucks
    Tipsy Turtle -- New Orleans Style Daquiri Bar
    The Backyard -- One of my favorites. Chilled liquor on tap and tons of games on the back porch (Beer pong, washers, darts, etc). 2 story and has a La Bodega Taco Bar in here too. Great craft Tequila shakers
    Dry Bean Saloon -- Shot saloon with 200 different shots on the menu
    Dixie Chicken -- College Station staple since 1974. I'd have one drink here at least. It will be slammed on Friday nights.
    Dudley's -- The Chicken's less country brother
    Madhatters -- 80s bar with cheap, STRONG drinks
    Basil Whippets -- The "Apothecary Lounge"
    Corner Bar -- Another one of my favorites. Three stories, with a large open air rooftop bar overlooking campus
    Hookah Lounge -- Hookah bar that serves drinks
    Foundation -- Dance Club
    Kyoto Sake Bar -- Name explains itself. All sake/sake bombs all the time.
    Gatsbys -- Dance Club
    Logie's -- Huge beers with a porch looking at inner Northgate
    Rebel Draft House -- Tons of beers and large with a wrap around porch.
    Rough Draught Bourbon Bar -- Top shelf bourbon, whiskey, scotch bar. They flavor balls of ice for their old fashion drinks. It's good.
    Cedar Lane -- Try a "wake me up"... Big Greek Crowd
    Blackwater Draw -- Local microbrew that serves food.
    Hurricane Harry's -- Dance Hall (Country centric)
    Murphy's Irish Pub
    The Canteen -- Attached to the George Hotel
    World of Beer - Over 100 beers on Tap

    Tailgating:
    You'll get differing opinions on this depending on the age and tastes of the Aggie fan, so I'm going to throw all options out here.

    West Campus -- This is where I tailgate and prefer. I'd suggest getting there early, and either dropping your stuff off around Reed Arena (in the grass) or around the parking garage (in the grass) and parking somewhere further out on West Campus in the pay lots. West Campus is a mix of all types, but tends to be the best collection of parties on campus. We tailgate at Reed Arena in the grass looking at the Baseball and Softball field. It is in the grass at the corner of Tom Chandler and Olsen Blvd in the link below. We have a blow up 12th Man guy, 1000+ square feet of shade and a full wet bar so stop by and drink some on us. You can drop your stuff off starting at noon on Friday.

    As you know by now, the game is at 6 pm. We will be out there at 6 am (when lots open) but I'd suggest getting situated by no later than 10-11am if you want a spot on West Campus or Spence. If you just want to roll a cooler around, our fan base is a relatively friendly bunch that will offer plenty of food and drink.

    The RV lots here are at Reed Arena, Olsen Field, George Bush Library, across from the intramural fields and the Steam Building. http://transport.tamu.edu/Parking/maps/RV/RV.pdf




    Here is the overall parking map. http://transportmap.tamu.edu/parkingmap/tsmap.htm?map=ft

    Spence Park -- This is the park on the East Side of the stadium. Tends to be a mix of families and students/Greek. You can't park anywhere around here, but you can drop off starting at noon on Friday. It's another good mix of students and alum, but you can't have the big trailers in Spence. Again, a nice place that's fun, just a little more of a hassle to set up up and pick up.

    Cain Park -- This is the Reserved tailgating. A little less rowdy and more corporate, but crowded nonetheless.

    Pay Lots -- The Pay lots are on the periphery of campus and not nearly as crowded as inner campus tailgating. If you want a quieter area, this is your place, but if you're anything like me, you don't come all this way to not mix it up with the locals.


    Golf:
    Traditions Club -- A&M Golf Team home course and a Nicklaus course. The Stella Hotel borders this course and has 3 bars in it (one is a speakeasy style) and two separate restaurants and cabanas poolside.
    Miramont -- Private RTJ course
    A&M on campus course -- I actually like this course since it's been redone.
    Briarcrest in Bryan — Great value

    Sights and Sounds --
    George Bush Library -- 41s Presidential Library on West Campus. RV Field parking is right beside it.
    Bonfire Memorial -- On the NorthEast Side of campus recognizing the 1999 tragedy.
    Messina Hof Winery -- Local winery in Bryan. I love it here at dusk..


    If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask.
     
  2. (Wildcat)

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    Thanks for the guide AB!

    Got any tips/advice on visiting the Midnight Yell and/or any other unique TAMU traditions?
     
  3. teach them linear

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    What a great post thank you, I am debating the 14 hour trip. I have one question, will I get out of there safely if we come in and win?
     
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    Thank you kind sir.

    By the way, their were a lot of Kentuckians at the Alamo. Good luck to ya.
     
  5. crazyqx83

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    You had me at bourbon and steak.
     
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    Great post.

    This will be a good test for us and probably the biggest game crowd wise since our game in 2015 at LSU. It’ll be loud and wild, it’ll be interesting to see how we respond.

    Great suggestions for what to do, my buddies and I are coming in early Friday, we’re going to hit up a couple of the sites you’ve listed.
     
  7. AggieBrass

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    Absolutely. We appreciate traveling fans and I think you’ll find A&M fans welcoming in victory or defeat.
     
  8. Tskware

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    Brother and I are wanting to rent bikes Saturday AM and just cruise around the area before we start drinking (2-3 PM CST would be my best estimate as the starting time). Best online place I found is the Bike Barn. Is that the best place to look or are there other places?
     
  9. AggieBrass

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    I’m a bourbon snob. Rough Draught on Northgate is top notch.
     
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    Fantastic post. Greatly appreciated
     
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    Thanks for the info. I live south of Houston and have gone to all the UK/TAMU bball games since I moved here from KY 5 years ago. Haven’t made up my mind about the football game yet. Been to a few places you listed. Good suggestions.
     
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  12. crazyqx83

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    Then you're ok in my book. My grandmother's side of the family is from Texas. Great uncle died at pearl harbor. Even Had a battleship named after him. Dad even wrote a song about it.

    You're "fine folks." Good luck Saturday.
     
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    merrimanm All-SEC
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    Can you hook me up with about 4 decent Tix to the game that won't ruin my life's savings??
     
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    So friendly I can’t process, is it the best Trojan horse ever built? Confused I say thank you while eyeballing.
     
  15. AggieBrass

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    Midnight yell would be one. I’d also grab a tour of campus from a hostess. Lots of history on campus regarding historical American figures.
     
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    I wouldn’t be able to help you here. I do know there are free yellow bikes to ride all over campus. 5200 acres to explore in and around campus.
     
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    Im unable right now. All of our tickets are spoken for but I can give you a large tailgate to crash.
     
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    Nah, no hate for UK in AGGIELAND. You aren’t a Horn or Tiger although I’d argue that we still treat LSU fans fairly well.
     
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    How would you put College Stations campus against UTs?
     
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    I love Texas and wanted to take my son. We have season tickets for home, but try to go to an away game every year. Since we won't be at station again for 16 years or whatever it is, I would love to take him. If you hear of any this week let me know.
     
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    Completely different setup. UTs is in the middle of a large city and you can’t tell when you’re on or off campus. It’s the opposite here.
     
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    I was joking, we’re not used to friendly opponents. UK fans treat other fans well when visiting commonwealth, a trip here is less personally hostile than most sec venues.
     
  23. AggieBrass

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    I’d tell you to do it. I go to all the away games and I think you can find some less than a hundred, albeit at the top of the stadium. Stubhub has a few in that range up high.
     
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    FIFY
     
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    Thanks for the post. Great info. I’m making the trip and can’t wait!!
     
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    The Aggies are great folk. If I weren’t returning home to San Antonio in November from my six months in Lexington, I would be make the trip. As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, the tradition and love of Aggie football is second to none. We all should be proud to have the Aggies in the SEC.
     
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    Class post OP. Thanks. I'm extremely jealous of the Kentucky fans that get to go to Texas A&M this weekend. It sounds like College Station on game day is an amazing experience.
     
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    Thanks for the post OP.

    I love Texas. Please don't let your state be taken over by Californians moving to places like Austin. Stay Texas true...
     
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    Really? Got some fine Kentucky bourbons I'm willing to sell if interested.
     
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    What will you have in tow? I’m interested.
     
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    Thanks.

    We Kentucky folk don't know much about that bourbon stuff.
     
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    Extremely hospitable post. Much appreciated courtesy for incoming fans to College Station. Thanks

    GO CATS
     
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    Great write up Aggie Brass. [cheers]
     
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    The only thing I will add to this terrific post is that if you are a Kentucky fan coming into town for a few days, try to go to a Friday night HS football game somewhere in the area. Doesn't matter if it's 6-man or 6-A, it's just special. Weather should be terrific. If there are any nice small towns (esp. w/ great BBQ) around College Station with an interesting HS stadium to check out, please, OP, recommend them. I had the chance to do this near Austin several years ago and didn't regret it.
     
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    Had to read that a second time, thought it said "grab a hostess", lol. Hey while we're on that topic....are any of those places strip clubs?
     
  36. AggieBrass

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    Defending 5A state champion College Station High is at Waller which is a 40 minute drive. Consolidated is at Montgomery which is a 45 minute drive. Bryan HS is at home against Bridgeland although both of those teams aren’t great.
     
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    Haha, no. Silk Stocking is the only strip club in town
     
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    You know how I can tell you’re a great dude?
     
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    I have two in UK sec, 419. I had planned to go but can't make it.
     
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    Always appreciate these ... even when I can’t go.
     

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