Brought a "date" there one time because she was into dive bars and I heard it was a pretty cool place. The bartenders were totally incompetent, and probably inebriated from outside/other sources, they couldn't add the tab together and gave us back wrong change, twice. They don't accept cards there so you have to bring cash, and then I got a big wad of single dollar bills because all the students there can't carry 10's or 20's or something. Then my beer was some fancy foreign beer, it was some special ancient recipe and I thought I would impress my date, but it tasted like toe nail juice. My date wanted to leave after trying to go the bathroom, I heard they used to allow smoking downstairs, at least that would have hid the smell emanating from the toilets. Yep, it is a cheap bar, and yes you could bring a cheap date there, but if your into that kind of skank that wants to drink in this place, you probably don't have to bring her out for a drink anyway. Been there once, never again.
Best Cheap Date - 2012
You want cheap? Even today, the most economical beer selections on the menu at Rice's venerable student pub are available for less than a buck, and the wine is just as good a deal, relatively speaking. (And we're talking Lone Star and Ziegenbock, not Schaefer and Texas Pride. Volunteer bar staff keep the price down; your tips go toward communal semi-yearly parties for them all.) You and your beau or belle will hear some great conversational mots from the assorted rapscallions and ne'er-do-wells who frequent the dominion below Rice's old chemistry building, and if it all gets too much, you can get your bevvies to go and either relax on the Saint Augustine outside or stroll amid the live oaks and magnificent edifices on the campus. And all this can be yours for $15 or less.
"Volunteer" bar staff – read: "lazy, incompetent" bar staff. seriously. I went a few times in the last couple weeks and it was clear that most bartenders only care about serving their friends, and the rest of them just watch youtube videos the whole time and no amount of dollar-waving can get their attention. Add to that that the management is pants-on-head retarded and can't seem to keep the taps working or the bathrooms from stinking up the joint, and you've got a definite miss. That's not even to mention the fact that there's nowhere to park and the campus police ticket like there's no tomorrow...The prices at West Alabama Ice House or any number of nearby bars are definitely close enough to make up for how crappy Valhalla is in general but particularly to us "outsiders".