Rusty's Last Chance Saloon Manhattan, Kans.
OUR FIRST (and only) Manhattan choice is not in New York City. Rusty's boasts five interconnected buildings' worth of pure K-State fervor and hospitality. Cheap brew, hickory-smoked barbecue, and every weekend and especially after Kansas State games, it's like a big block party. After the Wildcats beat Nebraska in '98 and 2000, students uprooted the goalposts and marched them down to Rusty's, where they were given a place of honor on the roof (until the athletic department came and fetched them, that is). As for cover charges, Rusty's motto is: no cover, never had it, never will.
[TV] 55 [FB] �[DB] 18 [BT] 80
State Street Brats Madison, Wis.
SIMPLY THE best sports bar in the nation's best college sports town. This is where the Grateful Red and alums have been gathering since 1953 to do what Wisconsinites do so well: drink and root. They eat grilled red brats (sausages to you) and beer-boiled white brats, chow on cheese curds (if you're not from Wisconsin, don't ask) and toss back pints of Spotted Cow or Leinenkugel's amid the Badgerphernalia. State Street also boasts the best drink special in the land: Flip Night on Tuesdays. On every drink poured, the bartender flips a coin; if you win, the drink is 75% off; if you don't win, it's full price. You can't lose.
[TV] 22 [FB] �[DB] 17 [BT] 13
Houndstooth Tuscaloosa, Ala.