One of the great slogans in the history of marketing still beams in neon from one of the greatest bars in the history of Campus. Stroll down the recently revamped section of North High Street, and the front window of Dick's Den still asks, "Why not?"

One of the great slogans in the history of marketing still beams in neon from one of the greatest bars in the history of Campus. Stroll down the recently revamped section of North High Street, and the front window of Dick's Den still asks, "Why not?"

Want to hear great live jazz? Want to enter a pool tournament on Monday night? Want to skip class and grab a $1 beer with friends at noon? Want to experience living history?

Why not? Pure genius.

Dick's Den is slightly larger than your average living room, with a long bar, small corner stage, backroom billiards and a handful of tables near that inviting High Street facade. Things can get tight when a band is blowing, but most nights are cozy, not crowded.

You can see from walls plastered with photos that people have felt quite at home there between the pressed-tin ceiling and parquet floor for many decades. These shots tell of the infamous Norwich Marathon, a feat of running and drinking ceased several years ago, and a thousand gigs that left the rafters buzzing long after last call.

Dick's Den has the kind of history that has become increasingly rare as old-guard watering holes near Ohio State drop off, one by one.

The bar offers music Tuesday through Sunday, with a renowned open bluegrass jam on Tuesday, local jazz throughout the week and regular appearances by national acts. There's usually a small cover at the door for shows.

You won't mind coughing up a few bucks for the band when you hit the bar and discover radically inexpensive drinks, like $1.50 Miller High Life and Black Label daily. As if the weekday happy hour wasn't long or cheap enough, the bar offers weekly and monthly specials.

Why not? You can't go wrong.

Best Box in Town

The jukebox at Dick's Den holds some of the greatest 45s in jazz, blues, funk and rock. It is, hands down, the best in town. Here are my 10 favorite inclusions.

1. The Meters, "Cissy Strut"

2. Sly & the Family Stone, "I Want to Take You Higher"

3. Lightnin' Hopkins, "Mojo Hand"

4. Aretha Franklin, "Today I Sing the Blues"

5. Sonny Boy Williamson, "Fattening Frogs for Snakes"

6. The Rolling Stones, "Let's Spend the Night Together"

7. Jimmy McGriff, "The Worm"

8. Jimmy Smith "Back at the Chicken Shack"

9. Patsy Cline, "Walkin' After Midnight"

10. The Dave Brubeck Quartet, "Take Five"