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September 02, 2004
  Real drinking is no gamePDF files may take a moment to load

Drinking games have become a beloved pastime for university students around the world. In the proper social setting, they can provide hours of fun and enjoyment with a certain level of accepted alcoholism. So, to help the freshmen and those who have led a sheltered university existence, here are the most popular and the most entertaining games.

These social lubricants should have you smelling like Robert Downy Jr. and feeling like Nick Nolte in no time. So read up, drink up, and enjoy.

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September 02, 2004
  Delicious, deliberate, darkPDF files may take a moment to load

The Night Gallery is the antithesis of the Cowboys/Coyotes approach, as far removed from those soulless meat markets as possible within the confines of "places to get drunk and dance." It's tiny, essentially a converted apartment block (though renovations are underway to add another floor). It's dark enough that you can't really see that stranger across the dance floor, which thankfully eliminates many of the "look how hot I am" types so prevalent at those other clubs.

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September 02, 2004
  Bang a drumPDF files may take a moment to load

The Drum and Monkey is essentially a classic English-style pub. Dark walls, TVs in the corners, lots of wood, and plenty of footy paraphernalia. There's beer on tap including the venerable Boddingtons, English food of the stock that's bred generations of Anglo Saxons (soup, burgers, and shepherd's pie), and music that doesn't draw attention to itself. Lord knows you wouldn't want to take away from television coverage of sporting events.

Perhaps like England itself, it's nothing to write home about, but above average.

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September 02, 2004
  Immortality be damnedPDF files may take a moment to load

If Calgary's nightlife has just one place that's utterly stunning in its uniqueness, that place is Mortal Coil. Located in the heart of Mission, the Coil has been a fixture of Calgary culture for almost seven years, and shows no signs of slowing down.

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September 02, 2004
  Vicious' nice drinksPDF files may take a moment to load

Some bars encourage you to drink as much you can, as quickly as you can, and then get the hell out of dodge. Vicious Circle doesn't seem to think that way.

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September 02, 2004
  Cowboys still the place for ridin'PDF files may take a moment to load

There are few places that have shared the infamy of the Cowboys Dance Hall. This always full mega-bar has been described by many critics with such phrases as "meat market", "shallow", and "hootchy". But everyone agrees: it is a successful venue. Thousands of patrons a week and millions of dollars a year denote this fact.

Expensive, tactless, and encompassed by a sea of silicone-enhanced peaks, valleys, and curves, and plenty of wood, what explains its success?

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September 02, 2004
  Dueling with pianosPDF files may take a moment to load

As we enter Aussie Rules on Dueling Pianos night I'm not nearly as drunk as I should be, but as soon as I step into the bar something definitely feels altered. I'd never heard so much noise in one place before, nor had I ever heard a crowd roar so indescriminately. These people were going crazy, yelling and dancing and hugging between tables, mingling drinks, and singing like dozens of best friends.

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September 02, 2004
  No holds barred CagePDF files may take a moment to load

We are a rock music bar."

Provided by our lovely waitress Elyse, this description fits the Rusty Cage perfectly, right down to the guy wearing the Coor's shirt with the sleeves ripped off and the patron passed out in a corner.

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September 02, 2004
  Moose and elephant?PDF files may take a moment to load

Crunchy, crunchy peanuts. They're enough to make a bar experience in themselves, served in ceaseless wicker baskets and crunched haphazardly under stumbling student feet. Keep them coming and keep them free, at the venerable Moose McGuire's.

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September 02, 2004
  Drinking on campusPDF files may take a moment to load

So it's 10 p.m. on Friday night, you find yourself sequestered in Cascade Hall with a group of friends figuring out what to do with the evening. Being a university student, your obvious answer is to get slopping drunk. But wait, it's not that easy. You're a rez kid, so you don't have any clean clothes, so scratch any trendy clubs off your list. More importantly, you're incredibly lazy and therefore you can't even fathom the amount of effort it would take to lug yourself to the pubs in Kensington or on 17 Ave.

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