Back to School: The 26 Best College Bars

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Pictured: Belly Wine Bar, Boston. Photo by Michael Piazza

For many parents, dropping off kids at college requires a box of tissues and a good, stiff drink. Whether you’re an over-21 upperclassman heading back to school, a nostalgic alum rooting on your alma mater or just a proud parent hoping to relax near campus with a glass of wine, we’ve rounded up the best college-area bars to visit this fall.

From city centers like Pittsburgh, packed to the brim with schools within a 10-mile radius, to towns that host some of the largest student bodies in the nation, these great beer and wine bars are earning high marks. 

—Alexis Korman and Paul Gregutt

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Back to School: The 26 Best College Bars

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