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Plan a Day: Couldn't Get a Ticket?

By Emily Neglia Paris Cular and

Couldn't get a ticket to see the Gamecocks in Willy-B? No worries - we've got you!

1. Pregame at

Best Sports Bar - Jake's Bar and Grill

Wednesday night Jake’s. I’m sure you’ve heard that saying all over UofSC campus and there’s a reason for it. With 30+ options of your favorite craft beer or mixed drink, Jake’s Bar and Grill is the place to be. The live music, sport games on the flat screens and the string lights over the large back patio create the perfect atmosphere to socialize and have fun after a long day of work or classes!

Throughout the week, Jake’s offers many deals and activities such as $1off drinks and trivia where you can win some nice prizes. What makes Jake’s even better is its “Yappy Hour.” During “Yappy Hour,” people can bring their dogs and let them roam free on the back patio while they sit back, enjoy some good food and a cold drink. Now who doesn’t want to pet friendly dogs while they drink.

Between the happy tail wagging dogs, friendly staff or a game of pool, Jake’s has a way of making people feel at home and always wanting to come back, earning it a spot as Best Sports Bar 2022!

2. Catch up with friends at

Best Tailgating Spot - The Frat Lots

Saturday in South Carolina brings in fellow Gamecocks from all over, and the students know how to celebrate their team. What may look like a small dirt lot is a tradition for many students, and has been named Best Tailgate Spot 2022!

The Frat Lots are what make game days in South Carolina so amazing to many UofSC students. From freshman to seniors, we all celebrate game day in the best way we know how: singing and dancing to Sandstorm. When this song is played in a tent, you can hear students screaming ‘USC’ from miles away. No matter who you are, where you’re from, tailgating at the Frat Lots is a place you’ll never want to leave... until it’s game time, of course.

3. Celebrate the win at

Best Five Points Bar - The Cotton Gin

There are a dozen bars in Five Points, but one stands above the rest: Cotton Gin. Cotton Gin includes two floors, three bar tops
and a lively dance floor, making it the Best Five Points Bar, according to Best of Carolina 2022 voters.

People gather at Cotton Gin because of the fun and unique environment they create. Both floors cater to each bar goer.

Downstairs you are welcomed with their largest bar top and a mix of music shuffling older pop music and rap, but if you go up a level, you will find a second bar, strobe lights and dancers packed on the dance floor.

Cotton Gin has a welcoming environment that allows for everyone to enjoy themselves and have a good time!