PubClub LIVE Goes Live From The Bars & Nightlife In Tuscaloosa
I went back to school.
And, like most alumni, loved it.
I rocked it in the Tuscaloosa college bars, partied on the Quad, saw some of the Crimson Tide football game but mostly mingled from a box at Bryant-Denny, and went back out to experience the post-game nightlife.
It was a true PubClub.com weekend for a University of Alabama football game. I was back in the land of my alma mater, where a little earlier in my lifetime I walked the same grounds, drank in some of the same bars (tho they have different names now and are way better than when I was in school) and tried some of the same pick-up lines. With similar results.
Okay, I made up that last part, but as any alumni of any age can tell you, it’s great to go back to your school. Especially when your school is one like the University of Alabama with such a cool football culture (and by that I mean, of course, football weekend party culture).
Along the way, I met coeds and hung out with sorority girls, went to a legendary T-town food haunt and was accompanied – with that what-are-these-guys-up-to-this-time smile of his – by our host “Bama Jerry.”
Bama Jerry, who co-owns a Box Suite in Bryant-Denny Stadium, invites me on occasion to enjoy it with him and his lively suite mates. This time, in addition the reporting on the experience for PubClub.com, I was there brodacast for the new social media show PubClub LIVE which now a part of PubClub.com.
After all, it was a no-brainer to do a series of shows from on and around campus.
Co-host Soul Cole, a Florida State fan, eagerly agreed to experience a game-day weekend in T-town. Photographer Jack Fleming quickly agreed to drive down from Columbus, Ohio, for a little Bama-Ohio State party comparison.
Also meeting us was top travel video host and social media influencer Rick Griffin of Midlife Road Trip, who came over from his home in Atlanta.
And we had our host, Bama Jerry whom I have dubbed “the Hugh Hefner of Tuscaloosa.” The man always has gorgeous ladies around him and for our first night he not only set us up to do the show at Innisfree Pub he stocked the bar with girls from the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority house. By the way, hit the above link to see those Zeta girls singing and dancing to the “Alabama version” of the song “Dixieland Delight.”
Speaking of girls, I was either too dumb to notice or two dumb to know it at the time, but I certainly do not recall so many pretty girls on that campus when I was in school. I mean now, they were everywhere! And blondes. I had always thought of Alabama as being more of a school of brunettes, but now it’s overwhelmingly blonde. It was like living in a beer commercial.
Besides Innisfree, PubClub LIVE completely rocked it at Gallette’s both on Friday afternoon and on Saturday night after the game. For the latter, we were invited on stage in front of a crowd that resembled that of a rock concert. Gallette’s, on the University Blvd., Strip, is the closest bar to the stadium, by the way.
We fell in love with the place when we did our interview with bartender Audrey. Then again maybe it was just bartender Audrey we fell in love with and she just happened to be at Gallette’s.
And with that – and other great memories and moments – etched in the mind for some time to come, it’s come time to end this column with a four-letter hashtag: #rmft. Look it up.