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Law school can be a grind, with long periods of study separated only by classes and a few hours of sleep. But law students in Texas somehow manage to squeeze a little fun into their packed schedules. Following are some of the haunts and hangouts, determined by a highly unscientific survey, of the legal eagles in training at the state’s nine law schools. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SCHOOL OF LAW, AUSTIN Law students who want to grab a quick lunch or relax after a long day of hitting the books don’t have far to go to reach two favorite hangouts in Austin. Both are located across the street from the UT campus. Posse East, a sports bar at 2900 Duval, is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, according to a banner hanging outside the establishment. “I know it’s been there forever,” says Erica Grigg, a May 2001 graduate of the UT law school. “My dad [Austin solo Dicky Grigg, UT law class of 1973] used to drink beers there.” Laney Cook, who oversees the Posse’s kitchen, says culinary specialties include breakfast tacos and hamburgers. Down the street from the Posse at 2911 San Jacinto Blvd. is the Crown and Anchor Pub, which Keenan Kolendo, a second-year student and a representative of the UT Student Bar Association, says almost always has a crowd of law students. “It’s cheap, it’s relaxing, and you can bring your dog,” Kolendo says. Crown and Anchor bartender Gabe Greer says the bar has 30 beers on tap and beers from around the world. Formerly known as the Beach, the establishment has two dart boards and two pool tables, so students can engage in friendly games while enjoying a beer or a cheap bite to eat. Kolendo says the SBA hosts many of its events at the Vibe, formerly Fat Tuesday, at 508 E. Sixth St. Located in the heart of Austin’s music district, the club features local bands and specializes in frozen drinks. For Mexican food, law students often visit Trudy’s central location, at 409 30th St. Another popular restaurant is the Hula Hut, 3826 Lake Austin, which has great hot sauce and overlooks the lake. UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON LAW CENTER, HOUSTON University of Houston law students say that when they go out after class, the cheaper the place, the better. And they go out knowing that “all roads lead to the Marquis.” The saying has to do with the idea that no matter where UH law students begin their evening, they inevitably end up at the Marquis II, at 2631 Bissonnet St. Once a gentlemen’s club — the Bunny Club back in the late 1970s — the Marquis II is a dark, windowless bar and welcome retreat for students because it’s inexpensive and has a laid back atmosphere, says manager George Santikos. “The Marquis is the kind of place where you can come in shorts, jeans or a business suit,” says Austin Crone, who’s in his second year at UH. “Everyone’s welcome.” When they’re not at the Marquis II, UH students head to Rice Village and the brewpub Two Rows, at 2400 University St. The pub is known not only for its beer, but also for its sports atmosphere, with 27 televisions for game days, says manager Zakk Vannoy. Nearby, The Ginger Man, at 5607 Morningside Drive, is another casual Rice Village hangout where UH law students can be found. For live music, Sherlock’s Pub West Gray is where UH students go to catch local and out-of-state bands. Located at 1997 West Gray St., the pub serves a complimentary finger-food buffet from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, says manager Lynette Gordon. SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE OF LAW, HOUSTON Sherlock’s also draws crowds from South Texas College of Law. But South Texas students who prefer not to leave downtown on their study breaks say they walk to the State Bar and Lounge at 909 Texas Ave. Students have a running joke about the State Bar, says Brad Tegler, a third-year student. “People say ‘I just passed the Bar,’ ” when they walk past it, he says. The atmosphere at the State Bar is more upscale than the beer houses students typically frequent. Patrons follow a business-casual dress code and purchase more expensive drinks, such as martinis and vodkas, says Jennifer Jones, one of the managers there. South Texas law students go casual at the Timberwolf Pub at 2511 Bissonnet St. It has a rustic look, like a log cabin, and patrons are free to fling peanut shells on the floor. People go to the Timberwolf to drink beer, says Peter Baquet, general manager. The pub has 95 selections on tap and more than 100 bottled varieties. In addition to local bars, South Texas College of Law Student Bar Association President David Swick says students are spending their free time on the outdoor terrace on the sixth floor of the new library. It opened at the end of May 2001. The trees, water fountains and picnic tables make it an attractive place to sit and read or talk with friends. THURGOOD MARSHALL SCHOOL OF LAW, HOUSTON Eateries and bars that serve cheap drinks are where students at Thurgood Marshall School of Law say they like to go. Sam’s Boat at 5720 Richmond Ave. is popular among TSU law students for that reason, not to mention its outside seating and tasty seafood. And when TSU students get tired of being at Sam’s, they walk next door to the Daiquiri Factory Crawfish Caf� at 5806 Richmond Ave. for a choice selection of flavorful daiquiris. Tuesdays after class, TSU law students say they can be found at BW/3′s Buffalo Wild Wings at 2525 Rice Blvd. — because on Tuesdays wings are only 30 cents apiece. Date nights for TSU law students usually mean a trip to Scott Gertner’s SkyBar at 3400 Montrose Blvd. The SkyBar is pricey, with drinks ranging from $3.75 to $8.50, but students says they’re willing to pay extra for the romantic atmosphere, which includes live R&B and soul music and a view of the Houston skyline from the penthouse nightclub’s two open-air terraces. SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY DEDMAN SCHOOL OF LAW, DALLAS There’s no shortage of things to do and places to go when you’re a law student at SMU. During the day, many law students, especially 1Ls, like to hang around the quad with their classmates. For those who like to venture a short distance away before class, during lunch or when there’s a break in the day, there are the eating spots and shops along Snider Plaza near campus. One favorite there is Kuby’s Sausage House, at 6601 Snider Plaza; another is Peggy Sue Barbecue, 6600 Snider Plaza. After classes and on weekends, students say that the places to be center around Lower Greenville and Deep Ellum. “There’s so many bars, they don’t really care where they go,” one student says. But a few names come up as stand-outs. One is the Beagle and B.Y.O.B. at 1806 Greenville Ave. B.Y.O.B., or Build Your Own Burrito, offers drinks and good Mexican food. The adjoining Beagle offers pool tables and rooms for smaller parties, as well as an upper-level patio. Owner Kyle McPherson says the establishment is popular with the SMU crowd and that law school mixers and other events are held there occasionally. “It gets full here Fridays and Saturdays,” he says. The choices for food, drink and entertainment also are plentiful in Deep Ellum. A popular spot is the Green Room, 2715 Elm St., a restaurant that boasts of its fine cuisine, great rock ‘n’ roll and rooftop patio. Another draw is the four-club complex of Club Clearview, 2806 Elm St.; Red, 2800 Elm St.; Art Bar & Cafe, 2803 Main St.; and Blind Lemon, 2805 Main St. The clubs are centrally located in Deep Ellum and offer students places to meet and listen to music. TEXAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, FORT WORTH There are plenty of options for students who attend school in the middle of downtown Fort Worth. One of the favorite hangouts, Malone’s Pub at 1303 Calhoun St., is close enough that students can dash to it following finals or after class to continue a discussion. The Flying Saucer is right down the street at 111 E. Fourth St. Some students make it a Friday-night ritual to stop by the bar, which offers 76 beers on tap and 150 more in bottles. Ed Noyes, owner of Malone’s Pub, says law students make up about 25 percent of his business. He says they’re a good crowd, more mature than college undergraduates. Other places within walking distance of campus that are patronized by Wesleyan law students include Blackstone Corner Bakery, 615 Main St., Chili’s, 515 Main St., and the Pour House Sports Grill, 209 W. Fifth St. Joe T. Garcia’s is perfect for group lunches and another favorite gathering place after finals. The restaurant, at 2201 N. Commerce St., has a nice patio and a simple menu, as well as strong margaritas (perfect for brain-dead law students, according to one frequenter). Other popular haunts are Snookies, 2755 S. Hulen St., a bar and grill; Red Hot & Blue, 3000 S. Hulen St., a restaurant that offers Memphis-style barbecue; and the Horseman Club, 4750 Bryant Irvin Road, a country-western nightclub. Students also like to stop by the Rodeo Steakhouse, 1309 Calhoun St., and Billy Miner’s Saloon, 150 W. Third St. ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, SAN ANTONIO Among the popular student hangouts is Fatso’s, a campus area sports bar and restaurant at 1704 Bandera Road. The eatery menu includes barbecue, tacos, burgers and fried chicken. For sports fans, there’s plenty to do and watch: The restaurant has four sand volleyball courts and numerous TV sets that pick up games from five satellite dishes. Fatso’s is a longtime favorite of St. Mary’s law students, says owner Steve Wilkinson. It was the site for a Student Bar Association mixer in August for first-years and drew about 150 people. “We bought it 15 years ago, and it was a huge hangout then,” Wilkinson says. Another favorite place, Fox and Hound, 12651 Vance Jackson Road, also offers sports entertainment, from viewing games to playing pocket billiards, as well as food and drink. For Mexican food, there’s La Fogata at 2427 Vance Jackson Road. And there’s always Tycoon Flats, 2926 N. St. Mary’s St., which boasts of being a laid back, unpretentious restaurant with the best burgers in town. Students say Lyndy’s Great Indoors, 5562 Fredericksburg Road, and the Fountain Room, 918 Bandera Road, are good places near campus to get a drink and unwind. Hills & Dales Ice House, which offers dozens of different beers, can draw a crowd, even though it’s at 15403 White Fawn Drive, on the outskirts of San Antonio. BAYLOR UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL, WACO A favorite among law students is George’s Restaurant, which has served generations of Baylor students and Waco residents. The eatery and catering business, at 1925 Speight Ave., has been around since the 1930s (previously under the name Harry’s B) and is well-known for its family-style meals. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and, starting three hours before football games, also provides food at a tailgate tent set up behind the restaurant. Manager Paula Owen says the restaurant caters to a lot of law students, who have made George’s the traditional place to come after finals, graduation and the bar exam. “We’ve got a laid back atmosphere,” she says. Despite the university’s overall anti-alcohol stance, students of legal drinking age can kick back and relax with more than a meal: George’s is famous for its Big “O,” an 18-ounce goblet of draft beer, which it claims will quench a big o’ thrist. For the nonbeer drinkers, there’s the Margarita “O.” The term Big O was coined by a waitress in the 1960s, who referred to beers as Big Oranges. Back then, rules about drinking were stricter and students could discreetly ask for a drink. The term was later shortened to Big O. Another favorite destination is Cricket’s Grill, near campus at 221 Mary St. In addition to its selection of pizza and sandwiches, students can play pool for entertainment. Still another hangout for law students is Tom & Jerry’s Bar and Grill. The restaurant, at 801 Wooded Acres Drive, has indoor and outdoor seating and claims to have the best margaritas in Waco. TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, LUBBOCK A favorite after-study hangout for students is the Blue Light Live at 1808 Buddy Holly Ave., located southeast of downtown in the Depot District, “the Sixth Street of Lubbock,” says Justin Wood, a third-year student. The Blue Light features live bands playing Country Texas Rock, according to its Web site. If students get a hankering for frozen drinks, they can step next door to Tom’s Daiquiri Bar. Another favorite spot, directly across from the Texas Tech campus, is Cricket’s Grill and Drafthouse at 2412 Broadway. “We have 76 beers on tap and over 100 [beers] in all,” says Cricket’s general manager Jake Rainey. Students can challenge each other to games of pool and shuffleboard, play interactive video games and listen to their favorite songs on the jukebox, he says. The Conference Caf� at 3216 Fourth St. also is a close-to-the-campus hangout. The sports bar, across from the Texas Tech Museum, features daily specials on beer and mixed drinks, says owner Gray Hibbard. Wood says a favorite Mexican food restaurant with the would-be legal eagles is Abuelo’s, located in southwest Lubbock at 4401 82nd St. “They have the best margaritas in town,” he says. Keith Rogers, Abuelo’s manager, says the restaurant specializes in cuisine from coastal and central regions of Mexico. A specialty, he says, is the “carne asada,” a 10-inch rib-eye steak served with two enchiladas and grilled vegetables.

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