My advice (as a former Sun Devil myself) is to check out the ASU
"Snowdevils" ski and snowboarding club (otherwise known as 'the drinking club with the skiing problem') on campus. They usually have a booth set up at the M.U. with plenty of cute girls.
It's like a fraternity without the hazing. You pay a fee to join (around $25.00 a year), and get a free t-shirt, membership card, and free admission to all the Snowdevil parties throughout the year.
Basically, you get to party and drink free all year at all their functions...plus, with membership in the hundreds, you'll make a ton of new friends.
As far as places to eat, there are tons of restaurants, fast food joints, and of course bars throughout Tempe and Scottsdale. A great place (if you are over 21) is The Vine, located on the SW
corner of Rural and Apache. Thursday nights are the best, as just about all of ASU
's most attractive women show up.
Another great place would be Dos Gringos, an outdoor Mexican palapa-themed bar and restaurant with plenty of eye candy (the $2.00 Coronas aren't a bad deal, either!) Maloney's on University is a great place as well.
Other than that, Mill Avenue has the best bars around.
Oh, and for those late-night cravings, be sure to order from Gumby's Pizza! You won't regret it. And Filiberto's (numerous locations) for 24/7 Mexican food.
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