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August 29, 2006
From journal Life in Blacksburg
Buffalo, New York
February 7, 2005
The upstairs is the true bar area of the place. You will have to pay a cover to go upstairs (less than $5). There are three pool tables up here and air hockey. Chances are good, however, that they will already be taken and you’ll have a long wait ahead of you if you want to play. The crowd is a mix of Greek and non-Greek types. If you come early, you can get a table (around 6 to 8pm). Otherwise, you will be standing... and mostly likely standing in a mass of people. Another downside to Big Al’s is the bathroom situation. There is one women’s stall on the first level and two more on the bar level. The wait is always long (about 20 minutes or more). For men, the situation (as always) is not so desperate.
I would recommend Big Al’s for early in the evening when you can take advantage of appetizer and drink specials (4 to 9pm, when house highballs are $1) or on a weekday night. Otherwise, this place just gets too crowded.
From journal Experience Blacksburg Nightlife Like a Hokie