Come one, come all to a place that doesn’t discriminate. Just came from the gym? Perfect. Leaving straight from the library? Even better. Craving some salty late night popcorn? Grab your beer money and stop by one of Athens’ gems: The Crystal.
A video by Henry Weber said it best, The Crystal is the number one bar in Athens, Ohio. This may seem like an exaggeration, but there are hundreds of people on campus willing to backup that statement. Whether you refer to it as Stal or Crusty Crystal, to many it’s called home.
This establishment might seem like just another hole in the wall, but once you’re inside with a $3 drink in hand, it’s nearly impossible to have a bad time.
The Crystal works to build a family atmosphere where a familiar face is always just around the corner. This bar attracts such a diverse crowd of people that almost guarantees a run-in with someone you know. It could be a guy who sat behind you in freshman English, a friend you haven’t seen since high school, or maybe an old TA who stopped by for a drink. Anything is possible at The Crystal.
As you walk by this bar on a typical Saturday night, large front windows reveal a crowd of people laughing, dancing and seemingly having the time of their lives. I am normally one of those people. Your shoes might stick to the floor when you walk. There’s probably a couple making out in the corner. More often than not there’s a girl who’s had one too many dancing on a table. But I wouldn’t want to spend the night (Or day. No discriminating, remember?) with any other group of weirdos.
The Crystal is one of more than twenty bars in Athens, but it will always be number one in my heart.