Can anybody offer reccomendations of hotels in the vicinity? How about bars?
Hmmm… hotels I'm not as familiar with, but I know that Dobbler had mentioned the possibility of putting folks up at his house to help them save costs. As for bars, we usually hit a little dive bar a couple blocks down called W.F. Cody's whenever we wrap up gaming on Saturdays. It's got the tastiest, greasiest burgers you'll find and our usual server is a blast. As well, Parlor 88 is on the nicer end of the spectrum and just a few blocks down the road going the other direction. That's where we went for New Year's Eve last year. Aside from that, there are quite a few around since it's a college town (and some really cool ones downtown) but you'd probably need one of the locals to tell you more about those. I commute.