Manhattan, KS is located in the heart of the Great Plains. It is referred to as the Little Apple and has been home to Kansas State University since 1863. The main bar district located just off the front steps of campus is Aggieville, where you can find over 80 bar and restaurants in a 4 block radius.
Varneys, located at the end of Aggieville, is not only the University Bookstore, but has a great selection of K-State merchandise.
GTM Sportwear, located on the East side of Manhattan, offers customizable Wildcat gear and fan essentials.
Colbert Hills An incredible 18 hole course designed by K-State alum, Jim Colbert. There is also a 9 hole Par 3 course for those short on time, but still want to see the course layout and elevation changes.
Call Hall Ice Cream Made by the local K-State cows and served by the K-State students on campus.
Aggieville Definitely the place to be in Manhattan. However, not only for the alcohol. The food and boutique shops are definitely worth spending the majority of your trip to Manhattan in Aggieville.
Where to Tailgate:
Football: Tailgating is an essential before any K-State football game. Since the stadium is on the far end of campus, there are plenty of parking lots and pastures to tailgate in. Make sure to have your beer or cocktail of choice in a plastic cup, but beyond that you won’t find the enforcement to care.
Basketball: All of the tailgating takes place in Aggieville. There is an Aggieville Shuttle which will drop you off at Bramlage Coliseum and take you back to the Ville following the game.
Where to Park:
Where to Eat:
Roc A Belly Deli
So Long Saloon
Where to Drink:
Where to Stay:
Holiday Inn Manhattan has by far the best location in relation to Aggieville and is jump a stumble away. There are several other hotels within a $10 cab ride including the Hampton Inn, Comfort Suites, etc. For a hotel on the West side of town, the Clarion is an excellent option.
If It Were Us:
Plan on arriving in Manhattan early on Friday to squeeze in a round of golf at Colbert Hills. This Jim Colbert designed course is well worth your money and time. Plan on having an extra box of balls unless you’re Tiger Woods, whose Dad is buried in Manhattan. After the round, swing by Call Hall for some fresh ice cream. K-State knows agriculture so keeping the cows happy leads to the best ice cream in the Midwest.
Soak up some of the suds by downing a burger from Vista Drive In. A local burger place up the hill from campus is worth the short drive. Check into the Holiday Inn and walk to Aggieville. After getting lose with a Belfast Bomber from O’Malleys, make your way to Porters and enjoy the front patio while downing some Boulevard Wheats. Call it a night early to make sure your fresh for the morning.
Wake up early and get out to the Bill Snyder Family Stadium. You’ll find the Wildcat fans as some of the most friendly in the nation. The tailgates are pretty old fashioned. Bring your beer, BBQ, and games. With the vast amount of space, you should have plenty of room to throw around a football while shot gunning a beer at the same time. Head into the game about 30 minutes early to catch the Pride of Wildcat land leading the student section in the Wabash Cannonball. At halftime, grab a Pass Out card and head back out to the parking lot to slam a couple beers. After the game, head back to Aggieville and meet your friends at Kites. Enjoy a couple beer towers and grab dinner at Rock a Belly Deli. Let’s face it, things are about to get outta hand. You can’t go wrong stopping by any of the above listed bars to sample their selection. Around 11, head to Ale House and get your game face on. The bomb specials are too cheap not to buy rounds by the dozen. Hop in a cab and hope you make it back to the hotel.
Hopefully Sunday morning won’t catch you with too bad a case of the Aggieville flu, but either way the best remedy is Coco Bolo’s brunch on the way out of town.