Make the most of time with friends this summer.


Warm weather is here—hopefully to stay—and that calls for evenings at the best hangouts in town. Whether it’s a classic neighborhood bar or a new drinkery, here are five of the best hangouts Morgantown has to offer.

Mario’s Fishbowl (704 Richwood Avenue, 3117 University Avenue) has been serving frosty goblets of beer—“fishbowls,” in Mario’s-speak— for almost 70 years. The original bar, on Richwood Avenue in Woodburn, is the envy of the other neighborhoods, but the University Avenue location in Suncrest has a lot of the same vibes. Try the Sweet Chile Habanero Wings and raise your—frosty—glass to neighborhood traditions.

Nestled in the heart of Greenmont is Gene’s Beer Garden (461 Wilson Avenue). Boasting the title of the “Oldest Running Bar in Morgantown,” Gene’s has been a local favorite since 1944. Gene’s is a true neighborhood gem that hosts live music, has 2019’s Best of Morgantown Best Bartender, Lucy Morrison, and is a place you’ll feel like a regular in no time at all.

For a new-to-the-scene watering hole, try Mountain Mama’s (1137 Van Voorhis Road). It’s known for its Tuesday karaoke, Toxic Trivia the first Friday of each month, and happy hour every weekday from 3 to 5 p.m. You’ll always be surrounded by an upbeat and fun environment—and be sure to try the Copperhead Bites.

Courtesy of Shane Howell

Morgantown Brewing Company (1291 University Avenue) is known for its beer, and it’s also home to one of two Best of Morgantown 2019 Best Craft Cocktail Bartenders. While you’re there, try the poutine—it tastes like it’s straight out of Canada—while sitting on the incredible deck savoring some of the best food and drinks Morgantown has to offer.

And if fried perogies, live music, and a great bar scene are what you’re looking for head to Mundy’s Place (669 Madigan Avenue). Located in the First Ward and known for its community centered atmosphere, Mundy’s is a real crowd pleaser.

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Savannah Carr
Written by Savannah Carr
New South Media summer 2019 intern Savannah Carr is a Mabie, West Virginia, native and is pursuing a degree from West Virginia University in English with an emphasis in Professional Writing and Editing. She will graduate in December 2019.