To My Beloved Backcountry, Now We're Gone For Summer

To My Beloved Backcountry, Now We're Gone For Summer

The separation anxiety is so real.

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My Dearest Backcountry,

Ever since school let out and summer began, your hallowed halls have been emptied in preference for another Thursday night gathering spot. But I have not forgotten you.

I miss your extremely obnoxious long line that we would patiently wait in so that we may enter. I miss all of the booing when some sleaze tries to jump the line, only for them to be escorted to the back of the line by security to the satisfaction of the other eager club-goers. I remember the eagerness we get when we reach the front of the line to present our last $3 in our bank accounts for a stamp of entry in return. All for you, my love.

I can still taste your $6 watered down vodka cranberries as I plow through the crowded space in order to find my friends twerking on the dance floor. The spilled beer and debris from wedges, Sperrys, and sandals make for a sticky glaze on the floor but we don't mind. We're just happily drinking and (attempting) to dance.

I've never known more of a struggle than to leave you for the summer. I miss fighting for the attention of a bartender, the boujee feel of the pool tables in the back and especially the hype when "Mr. Brightside" blares from the DJ stand. I have not yet forgotten that darn bull in the corner, ready to put up another more-than-slightly-intoxicated rider and the cheers as another person falls off and onto the ballooned cushioning.

But perhaps, the thing that I miss the most is being able to go out and have fun with my friends on a Thursday. While we still go out on Thursdays during the summer, it's not the same. Backcountry brought everyone (over the legal age of drinking, that is) together. During the summer, friends are all over the place and not necessarily in Harrisonburg. Being at Backcountry means that we're all together again and that's what I miss the most; my friends.

I miss talking in group chats with everyone about who's going and at what time. I miss the camaraderie we all feel when we all drag ourselves to class the next morning, cursing ourselves for going too hard. Surprisingly, I miss figuring out how to get home and playing find your Uber at the end of the night.

My dearest Backcountry, I look forward to the day we all come crawling back to JMU and the first Thursday rolls around and we're back in your line, ready for another year of tall boys, crowds of sweaty college kids trying to navigate the bar, dance floor, and pool tables. I can't wait to try to scrub your stamp off the next day to hide the real reason why I'm exhausted from my professors. Until that day comes, I will reminisce what I can remember from those Thursday nights.

All my love.

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Backcountry Restaurant & Lounge

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27 ACTUALLY Unique College Party Themes

Here are some unique party ideas, so you don't have to throw another Toga party.
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College is full of sweaty house parties that can be made bearable by one thing and one thing only - a theme. Getting to dress up in a fun costume for a themed party can make almost any person tolerate being shoulder to shoulder with some drunk guy from your psychology lecture. But, themes can grow tiring when you've gone to about a million Hawaiian and toga parties. There are other themes out there! Here are a few suggestions to make your theme party stand out.

1. Aliens and Astronauts

Your party will be out of this world..get it?

2. Ornithology Bros and Lawn Flamingos Darty

What's better than a darty? A darty where everyone is dressed as lawn flamingos. You don't even have to go all out with this one. Enough people on a lawn with a hot pink shirt on will get the point across.

3. Seven Deadly Sins

For this party, each different room of the house is decorated in the theme of each of the seven deadly sins (therefore, you'll need seven rooms). If seven rooms aren't available just have everyone dress as their favorite sin.

4. John Hughes

Whether it's a member of The Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller himself, a party of all John Hughes movie characters would be totally rad.

5. Boston Tea Party


Get decked out in your colonial best to celebrate the OG American party. And, if you can't find a white button-up or tall socks to tuck your pants into, try dressing as the actual tea.

6. Sexy Historical / Political Figures

Have you ever really wanted to be a dead president, but at the same time give off a little sex appeal? Then this is the party for you!

7. Athletes and Mathletes

Wear your favorite jersey or put on a pair of fake glasses and get ready to party.

8. Slumber Party

In case you needed an excuse to wear your pajamas out.

9. Where's Waldo

Have you ever wanted to be in a life-size Where's Waldo puzzle?

10. Guy Fieri

It's like a normal party, but everyone is just dressed as Guy Fieri.

11. Cowboys and Cacti

Even if you don't live in the Wild West you can still dress like it.

12. Bad and Boujee


Break out your fur coats, brand names and stacks of cash to get ready to make it rain

13. Scientist Chicks and Pickle Rick's

If you've never seen Rick and Morty, you might not get this one. But, you can modify this to be all science related.

14. Decades

You can either pick one decade to rock looks as or have everyone dress up as a different decade.

15. Holidays

Why wait until you're favorite holiday to dress up? Have everyone dress as their favorite holiday.

16. Meme

When you can't think of a good enough theme, so you have everyone dress as their favorite meme.

17. You Are What You Eat

Fulfill this classic saying and dress as your favorite food. Warning, this party will make you hungry.

18. You Are What You Drink

Same concept as above but with drinks.

19. You Are What You Netflix

Again, same as above but with your favorite binge-show character.

20. Vampires and Umpires

One of the more specific and unorthodox options on this list, but honestly why not at this point?

21. Drop it Like F. Scott

Put on a nice tie or a flapper skirt and live lavish for the night like Gatsby did.

22. Dynamic Duos

Grab your boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend or even a stranger for all I care.

23. ABH: Anything But Human

Whether is an animal or an object, make sure to dress up as anything but a human.

24. Get Nauti

This is the kind of nauti your parents would approve of. Dress in an outfit fit for the sea and party like you're on a yacht.

25. Life Alert

Everyone dresses like they own an AARP card.

26. Gym Teachers and Mythical Creatures

Again, this one just rhymed, but - hey - it's fun

27. Pitbull and Pitbulls


Either dress as the rapper Pitbull or the dog breed pit bull.

And that's all, folks! I hope this list gives you some party inspiration!

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The Top 10 Reasons Bama Students Get Hyped For Rounders

College Students confess their WILD and UNEXPECTED reasons for going to Rounders.

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After touring The University of Alabama, I wanted to know what was hype surrounding Rounders Bar on the Strip. To figure out, I conducted student interviews.

Among the 20 students questioned, the following results were the most mentioned reasons for the Rounders "hype."

1. The "Blue Mother-F*****" Drink

Blue Motherfucker

The number one reason students go to rounders was unquestionably for the famous "Blue" Drink offered at the bar. While this drink is served to 21+ students, it is the Caribbean taste that makes the drink so spectacular, including 3 oz Citron vodka, 3 oz Blue Curacao liqueur and 3 oz sweet and sour mix.

2. T-Shirt Tuesday

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As seen from the Rounder's Twitter feed, T-Shirt Tuesdays involve discounted drinks and the ability to simply wear a T-shirt and shorts to the bar. Anyone driving down the Strip late on a Tuesday night can see the lines and crowded atmosphere of Rounders, making T-Shirt Tuesdays a Hit!

3. The Boom Boom Room

This video captures it all! From the Electronic Music to Pop Hits, the Boom Boom room is the perfect place to get your rave on. Featuring songs by Illenium to Marshmello, this is the one bar in Tuscaloosa offering a good time to festival-goers.

4. Date Parties

Alpha Gamma Delta Date Party — Winter Wonderland 2019

While Greek life is a large component of campus involvement at The University of Alabama, numerous sororities and fraternities host various events at Rounders. Students especially love the snow effect Rounder's puts on for winter events! If you ever get the option to go to a date party at rounders, don't miss out!

5. The Drink Specials

Bachelor Nights

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If these drink specials don't make you want to get over to the Strip, nothing will! Rounders offers tons of drink specials throughout the year, especially on special nights like this past week for the episode of "The Bachelor."

6. The Rooftop Bar

As featured in this tweet by Rounders Bar, the rooftop bar is always bumping and thriving with new music, DJs, and the occasional moshpit! This rooftop is also a great place to grab a beer and watch the sunset or listen to music with friends!

7. VIP Lounge

VIP lounge Rounder's

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If you have ever been to Rounder's you have seen the luxurious VIP lounge area. Featuring bottle service and the perks of being a VIP, many 21st birthdays are celebrated here along with various groups of fraternities. The VIP lounge is a must-do and bucket list item for many UA students.

8. Freshmen Girls

Everyone on campus pretty much knows Rounders is the "freshman" bar, simply because you can get in at 19. With the opportunity for larger crowd, multiple male students responded they love to go "for the freshman girls." While freshman year is wild, crazy and filled with new experiences, it is no wonder freshman flock to Rounders for a good time!

9. Live Music

When entering Rounders, there are three sections to the bar: Live Band Music, The Boom Boom Room, and the Rooftop Bar. The Live Bands that perform offer a different vibe from the rest of the bar, attracting different crowds and people to the first floor. The Live music offered is great for sing-alongs and oldie-but-goodies! You can always find "Sweet Home Alabama" or "Dixieland Delight" playing in this room.

10. Find Love... (or something like that)

Last but not least, the majority of the students interviewed confessed they go to Rounders to get laid. Whether they were a senior or freshman being interviewed, they each said how easy it was to go home with someone if you play your cards right. Unsure if it's the Rounders atmosphere or college kids being college kids, it can be generalized that Rounders is the trending aphrodisiac on the Strip.

While these Top 10 Reasons for going to Rounders Bar in Tuscaloosa prove to be common factors for the bar's success, there are other reasons students go to Rounders, which contributes to the fun and festive college atmosphere. Hopefully, this post makes you want to check out Rounders Bar and the other bars on the Strip while in Tuscaloosa!

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