From the Boiler Report message board (Scout.com) -------------------------------------------------- Lets start with what everyone really cares about and that’s the bar scene. I think Purdue’s bar scene is ok, there are far better out there in other college towns. Harry’s Chocolate Shop (believe me it’s a bar) is seen as the iconic Purdue bar, really only because it’s been around longer than others. It’s small and on busy nights you can’t even move. Juke box has a good selection of classic songs. One thing I like is the drinks are always strong, which you won’t find at other bars. Place is old and not much to look at but that is what makes it different, a must stop for at least a couple. Other than that you have Where Else? which I don’t care for, Brothers which is ok, Jakes isn’t bad for some early action and food. There is also the Yacht Club, which I have never been to. These five or so bars make up what is known as the "Chancey Hill" area. East down State St. towards Lafayette , you will find the "Levee" area. Here you will find Nine Irish Brothers, an Irish Pub if you didn’t guess, good atmosphere, live music and a favorite of mine. Parking is hard to come by though. Also you have the Neon Cactus, a big place with a dance floor. Drinks are ok but it has the "Piano Bar", with "Bruce the Piano Man". It is wise to catch his act if you can for it’s a great time. For a good tip he will play your school fight song which then will turn out to be a war with another Purdue fan outbidding you. Then there is Buffalo Wild Wings down from the Cactus. These are the bars in the immediate campus area. There are other bars across the bridge into downtown Lafayette. Have to eat right? Stop by Triple XXX (it’s a restaurant believe me) It’s basically in old root beer stand but they don’t serve people in cars anyone. Recently has been featured on "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" on the food network. You will know because they plaster it everywhere in the place to not make you forget. It has hamburgers named after football stars and pictures on the wall of Purdue greats. A place you might find familiar as other college towns have something like it, this is by Chancey Hill You will find Bruno’s and Scotty’s Brew House in the Levee area. Bruno’s has good pizza and is great for families. Scotty’s is kinda expensive but a big menu and it’s really not a brew house. These are the restaurants in the immediate campus area. There are plenty of others across the bridge into Lafayette.
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