DURHAM, N.H. – At first, it doesn’t even matter. You waited your
entire life for this moment and now all you want to do is get inside,
drink an absurd amount of alcohol and dance until you are drenched in
sweat. But after a few weeks, growing closer to one of the two is
inevitable and before you know it you are fighting with your friends
about where you should go on Thursday and Saturday nights.
The phenomena described here is exactly what happens to nearly every
newly 21-year-old student at the University of New Hampshire.
Scorpions and Libby’s Bar and Grill are the two hottest spots on
campus where you can find hundreds of students partying every weekend.
But the ultimate question is, which is better?
Both establishments have very similar styles of catering to their
customers. Each has a bar up and downstairs, as well as almost
identical drink prices and deals on Thursdays and Saturdays. Both
purveyors offer a basement with a dance floor and of course, a DJ
blasting the latest songs for everyone to dance to. But with such
similarities, people still seem to believe that you should go to one
bar and never the other.
Frequent bar goers gave extremely different answers when asked which
bar they prefer. Interestingly enough, there seemed to be a
correlation with the reasons behind why the students interviewed chose
which bar they like best. Fans of Scorpion’s gave answers that related
to the amount of fun or the type of night they might have, while
Libby’s fans only seemed to talk about the actual establishment when
giving their reasoning.
When asked about her opinion, Marissa McCoo, 22, said “Libby’s is
better because there is not as long of a line, they have better food,
it’s bigger, cleaner and nicer in general.”
“Libby’s is just better, it’s nicer and definitely cleaner,” said
another Libby’s fan, Cole Osten. Out of the six people who favored
Libby’s, only one gave a very unique answer as to why she believes it
“Libby’s is better because it has better drinks and a better
atmosphere,” said newly 21-year-old Kate DeAngelis, “and of course
they have bubbles on the dance floor.”
On the other hand, fans of Scorpion’s only seemed to give answers that
related to how their night would go and left out any specific aspect
of the actual bar itself. When asked about her opinion, 21-year-old
Kelly Sheehan replied without hesitation.
“Scorps is just a magical place because I never know how my night is
going to end. Like, am I going to kill it on the dance floor, fall
down the stairs, or eat my weight in pizza afterwards?”
Kelly’s friend, Jessica Lawrence, then jumped in to add “I like Scorps
better because I can get freaky on the dance floor and have the time
of my life off of three vodka sodas.”
Throughout months of observations, it has been concluded that there
are a few aspects that hold true every weekend for each bar. To get
into Scorpion’s without waiting in a line that could take you over an
hour to get through, you need to get there around 7 p.m.
However, you can walk right into Libby’s at almost any time throughout
the night. Scorpion’s crowd also has more “cliques” or groups that you
constantly see out together while Libby’s crowd is much more random
meaning you almost always see people you never have before.
Reaching a consensus to which bar is actually the best will probably
never happen, but there is one thing that the students of UNH seem to
agree upon. They all love to go out for a few drinks, or more than a
few, get down on the dance floor and have a good time.