This weekend, the Texas A&M Aggies will host the undefeated Ole Miss Rebels at 8 p.m. Saturday, and the Rebel faithful will travel to College Station, Texas, for the first time since A&M was added to the Southeastern Conference.
Located in east Texas, College Station was ranked the No. 10 Best College Town in 2013 by Livability.com.
Whether you are a die-hard Rebel fan who attends every game of the season, a fan following the undefeated season, a native Texan, or just along for the ride, the weekend will be full of excitement. For those of you making the 630-mile, 10-hour drive to College Station, we compiled a list of the most popular destinations and places you just cannot miss.
Unlike Ole Miss, the campus is spread out and tailgating is dispersed. Casual dress is encouraged — it’s actually acceptable to wear a t-shirt.
Also, learn how to play corn hole because you will see lots of it, and expect to eat lots of BBQ since it’s the most popular food item during tailgating. Oh, and you can drink beer.
Frats are off campus and can be a bit bothersome to find. In the downtown area, located in the North Gate District, the bars are in abundance. You can be 18 or 21 and still have a good time, and the bars are open until 2 a.m.
For the best bars in town, try: Dixie Chicken, also known as The Chicken, has been “College Station’s most famous watering hole since 1974” and is notable for its role in Texas A&M University tradition. Nationally known, the Dixie Chicken claims to serve the most beer per square foot of any bar in the United States.
The Backyard on Northgate takes pride in its hand-crafted specialty drinks, uniquely laid-back environment, and Southern hospitality. From our indoor gaming opportunities (ping-pong, pool, darts, video games) and multiple flat screen TVs to the outdoor bar and spacious patios (equipped with hanging swing chairs!), The Backyard on Northgate is a perfect spot to watch the game, have a great time, and feel right at home!
Chimy’s Cerveceria has some amazing Mexican food and plenty of libations to enjoy before and after the game with quirky atmosphere to boot!
Logie’s On Campus offers a fun, energetic atmosphere with a friendly bar staff and great specials throughout the week, including 34oz. draft beers, free popcorn and a live DJ. The bar has multiple big screens to catch any game on as well as a kitchen during football season.
Grub Burger Bar focuses on a unique feel and bold flavors. The restaurant has a full service bar for the adults and handspun milkshakes for the kids.
Napa Flats was created to celebrate a love of fresh, homemade food, tasty beverages and memorable desserts as well as lively restaurant with two locations, the other residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Fuego Tortilla Grill originated in College Station and always open, serving the traditional food of Mexican street vendors with marinated, slow cooked meats and fresh ingredients. They serve a number of Tacos de Fuego (the best tacos in the world), including giant puffy tacos and big breakfast tacos.
College Station, Texas and the Aggies will no doubt show you a great time, but we all know that nothing can compare to the great town of Oxford. So when you are ready to come back home, hopefully with another W, Ole Miss will be waiting with arms wide open. There’s nothing like home sweet home.
Lindsey Andrews is a HottyToddy.com staff writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Amelia Camurati is managing editor and can be reached at email@example.com.
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