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Kick back at one of 'Top Five' hangouts
Briana Duncan
Antelope Staff
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When Friday finally arrives, college students look forward to letting loose and placing all scholastic thoughts in the back of their heads for the next few days. Each student usually only has two nights to make the best of their weekend.

In my opinion there are five places that allow me to kick back, relax and enjoy some time away from the books.|

1. Paddy O'Malley's
A Kearney favorite hangout, not only on the weekends but also on a casual evening during the week, is Paddy O'Malley's. O'Malley's as it's normally called, has great music choices with a fun, low-key atmosphere. The bar offers reasonably priced drinks with the guarantee of never having to pay a cover charge.

O'Malley's is known for the basketball hoop located in the center of the bar, the mass amount of peanuts where the shells can be simply tossed onto the floor and pool tables located in the back room. The staff is always friendly, and there never seems to be a long wait time to get a beer or a favorite cocktail.

2. Cunningham's Journal
Second on the top five list for top weekend hangouts in Kearney is Cunningham’s Journal. This bar along with The Loft and The Courtyard offer a large space for a good time. Cunningham’s, or Hams as it sometimes is called, is more of a city-like venue with great drink specials during the week.

If you like celebrating Tuesdays or don't have an early class on Wednesday, then check out Old School Night. Old School Night at Ham’s offers low priced drinks, a reasonable cover charge and classic oldies over the speakers. Cunningham’s also has great bands during the weekends. Bands like Stars Go Dim, Groove Puppet and Champagne with Friends give the crowd excitement and their money’s worth. A shot bar, dance floor and pool tables and are a few reasons to check it out.

3. Shooters
If you haven't been to Shooters Bar located in downtown Kearney, then you're definitely missing out. If anyone you know is going out to the bars on a Wednesday, I would put money on the fact that they were going to Shooters. Known for their Wednesday karaoke night, Shooters offers $5 pitchers with a cover charge of just $1, so if you can stand an off-key note once in a while, then this is the place for you to celebrate Hump Day. If live music is your niche, then head down to this country hangout on Friday nights for some live music. Think you don’t have enough cash to hit up the town? Then take advantage of the tower shots at Shooters. Just $1 for the mystery flavor.

4. Lumbergs
Busy on Wednesday and can’t make it to Shooters for karaoke on Wednesday? Do not fear. Head to Lumbergs on any Tuesday or Thursday. You can usually find this bar packed on these nights, along with no cover charge and $2 “you call its.” The crowd can’t help but sing along during karaoke with personal renditions of the classics. This is one of the smaller bars of the top five but still won’t leave many disappointed.

5. Big Apple Fun Center
The final weekend hangout spot in Kearney is the Big Apple Fun Center. The Big Apple, a fun enjoyable evening for families, can also be a great time for college students. Bowling, miniature golf, go-karts and more activities can be found at The Big Apple as well as happy hour drink and food specials. It’s a great place to have a social drink with friends or a bite to eat with the family. The sports bar also hosts billiards, darts, keno and several HD plasma televisions showing the sporting event of your choice.

Kearney may not be a giant metropolis, but its weekend social scene will never disappoint. Anyone is guaranteed to enjoy at least a laugh or a memorable moment at any of these top five locations.

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