Third Place: The Blind Pig
The Bling Pig is great local bar with a laid back atmosphere. It caters to the more mature crowd, so If you feel self conscious hanging out at a bar full of twenty one year olds, this is a great bar for you. They have a huge assortment of beers, so it will take you a few weeks to try everything they have. What keeps this bar from earning a higher ranking is : 1. They have no televisions, so forget about about watching the game while drinking your favorite brew, and: 2. Space is somewhat tight, so it is not recommended for the claustrophobic.
Second Place: Boltini Lounge
Boltini Lounge is a relatively new bar in Champaign-Urbana. It has an upscale look and feel to it, and is a great place to spend your weekend nights socializing with friends. What makes Boltini great is their excellent food and appetizer menu, as well as their well prepared drinks. The drinks are tasty and stiff, so you definitely will not leave disappointed. If martini’s are your thing, hen you will appreciate Boltini and their wide array of martini’s. Seating is intimate and the ambiance is stellar. The only thing holding this bar back from gaining top honors is the prices. Prices are on the high spectrum, but reflect the upscale quality of this bar.
First Place: Murphey’s Pub
Murphey’s Pub is a true gem in Champaign-Urbana. Located on Green Street within the heart of Campus-town, if you are looking for a great place to spend some quality time with your peers, Murphy’s is the place to be. Murphey’s has a very Irish feel and ambiance to it, with wood logs and benches, and an open and spacey floor plan. The beer selection, while not as extensive as the Blind Pig, is excellent non the less. There are many televisions, and if you are more hungry than thirsty, than you are in luck. They have a wide selection of burgers and wings at very reasonable prices. Bored? Well they have pool tables and ping pong tables to further your evening enjoyment. Great atmosphere and great prices make Murphey’s Pub the best bar in Champaign-Urbana.