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If
your desire is to drink a beer while watching football or playing a game of
pool, the no-frills atmosphere of Fatso's
Sports Garden
, 1704 Bandera Road, should be your bar of choice. St.
Mary's University students are regularly seen at Fatso's and are saluted by a
St. Mary's banner proudly displayed on the wall. The expansive room with rows
of wooden tables and benches accommodates large groups such as the St. Mary's
sorority and fraternity auctions. During the finals crunch, expect to see
plenty of students on Wednesdays.



Fatso's
has a large menu featuring such sports-bar favorites as barbeque, burgers,
sandwiches, and pizza, all at inexpensive prices. Happy hour is Monday through
Friday from 4-7 p.m. Each month Fatso's features a discounted beer that helps
to fuel a well-lubricated Karaoke session every Thursday and Friday night. St.
Mary's professors and the military get a 10 percent discount.



While you
may find yourself yelling profanities at the referees on TV at Fatso's, the Bombay Bicycle Club, 3506 N. St. Mary's, is
a relaxing place to unwind after a long study session. The décor has a
turn-of-the-20th-Century feel with antique Victorianesque comfortable couches,
coffee tables, framed photos, and bicycles hanging from the trompe l'oeil sky
ceiling.



Two of
Bombay's bartenders, who moonlight as Trinity University students, recommend
Thursday nights - $3 Jack - for coed-watching. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are puro
San Antonio with $2.50 frozen margaritas. Bombay is known for its
fresh-squeezed juices, spicy chili, and black-cherry margaritas. Since the bar
has been serving the university community for decades, alumni old and new
return to Bombay to tell remember-when stories.



Barhop
right down the street to Kingston Tycoon
Flats
, 2926 N. St. Mary's, for one of the most authentic tastes of
the Caribbean in the city. Say hello to owner Hector Lawrence, who tells
stories about his days living in Jamaica. Or maybe you'll meet the regular
patron who is happy to play PR flack for the joint. He boasts that Tycoon has
the best Jamaican Jerk chicken and pork he's tasted since his wedding trip to
the island.




In the
back of the bar, you'll find expansive outdoor seating with an easy-access bar
(the Jamaican rum punch goes well with chicken or pork). Happy hour is from 5-8
p.m. every evening. On Thursdays, it's $7 off a margarita pitcher and $2
longnecks. Friday means all-you-can-eat fish.



While the Blue Star Brewing Company, 1414 S. Alamo,
Suite 105, may draw a more mixed crowd than other college bars in town, its
Southtown location and excellent variety of house-brewed beer should draw a
large student crowd. The brewhouse is located in the Blue Star Arts Complex,
and patrons can enjoy a beer or wine before heading to the numerous art
galleries - including the UTSA Satellite Space, which features primarily
student work - or wading into the First Friday madness. On Tuesdays, expand
your music knowledge beyond the pop genre with big-band jazz musicians. During
First Friday, when the art galleries are open until 9 p.m., the Brewing Company
hosts dance-floor magnets like the Mambo Kings. And, adding additional appeal
for college students, the bar now has free wireless internet access.



If you
want to try something other than Coors or Corona, order one of the bar's unique
beer selections brewed in large tanks housed within the Brewing Company. A
lengthy happy hour, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, is music to any
college student's ears, and the lunch special - an entrée, salad, and dessert
for $6.95 - offers more food for the price than many fast-food establishments.



It's a big city and this is a short list. If we missed your
favorite college hangout, log on at Sacurrent.com, and post an addition to this
story. Cheers!
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