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Not every college kid is 21 or older. Here’s what to do when drinking (legally) isn’t an option.

Alex Ewald October 12th, 2011

Going out on weekends is a rare union of public humiliation and pride for me, the perpetually underage, now-20-year-old student. Being a mature adult is a big deal in college, and Campus Corner is full of them, every Thursday through Sunday.

So I avoid these festivities, usually citing homework, whatever Netflix sent me, or a highly contagious disease like the one Gwyneth Paltrow got in “Contagion.”

But a recent 21st birthday for a friend was different, so on a Saturday, I ventured into unexplored territory: Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. I arrived 15 minutes before midnight; the birthday girl was still wearing her tiara. She and her crew were just about to leave for nearby 21-plus Logan’s on the Corner.

“Poor Alex,” they said. “We wish you could come with us!” As did I, knowing where the line — rather, the ‘X’ — was drawn.

right, Outside The Deli, which is 21+.

But a lot of activities rest on both sides. Norman and the rest of the metro area have more to offer for the students still getting the X’s drawn on their hands. In fact, only three of the restaurants and bars on Campus Corner — music house The Deli, club/restaurant Seven47 and Logan’s — are age-restrictive.

O’Connell’s Irish Pub & Grille, 769 Asp, has karaoke night to go with its burgers on Wednesdays. Nearby in downtown Norman, Opolis, 113 N. Crawford, has three to five shows a week, featuring indie bands, as well as shows with OU organizations (those under 21 must pay a $2 surcharge).

I’m willing to bet my next nonexistent paycheck that few know the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm, is free to everyone on Tuesdays.

The museum has permanent exhibits and collections of art, including French Impressionism, Native American and Southwest. Four exhibits will debut or return when its Stuart Wing opens Oct. 22.

The University of Oklahoma’s Campus Activities Council itself is a behemoth of local goings-on, hosting regular events year-round that gives anyone event-planning experience.

More pertinent are CAC’s concert and film presentations, which take place almost every weekend of the semester in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. The CAC Concert Series has at least three shows with the Union Programming Board in the next month, starting with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on Friday night on the Memorial Union’s east lawn.

If that still won’t do it for you, head out of Norman. In the meantime, it’s just nine more months until I, too, can be slurping from a fishbowl.

 
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