Rollins students first knew it as O’Boys Bar-B-Q, then Drake’s and then Harper’s, but unfortunately, this semester left many students surprised to see the building on 565 Fairbanks Avenue completely empty.
The building, no matter what it was named at the time, remained a Wednesday night staple for Rollins students to celebrate hump day. Now, the closing has made students wonder what will happen on Wednesday nights.
“Harper’s was the go-to place on Wednesdays, especially for people under 21,” commented Adele Sullivan ’14. No one appears to know exactly why Harper’s closed.
Some students call North Park Avenue’s Circa a Wednesday favorite. Circa is a restaurant and bar but it provides more of a club atmosphere. However, the venue usually caters only to the 21+ crowd, although a Rollins event was held Jan. 18 for an 18+ audience.
“That was my first time at Circa and I enjoyed myself,” said Andrew Hanna ’12. “It’s more like a lounge than anything else.”
After talking to some Circa staff, it became clear that the bar and lounge remains exclusively 21+, except for specially planned occasions.
A favorite of some students is the Coco Loco Cantina, which offers cheap bar food such as wings and a super-chill vibe, plus fun jello shots if you are of age. Unfortunately, Coco Loco recently changed their policy and will not allow people under 21 to enter.
For students under 21, there seems to be few options for a Wednesday night out. One can always look into some of the clubs downtown for Wednesday specials, for instance, Vain 3D, which offers free cover until midnight. Or one may even chill at Austin’s Coffee for a relaxed night.
Maybe the closing of Harper’s will result in more students staying on campus to enjoy themselves, something from which Rollins could really benefit.