So much about Ohio State and the Campus area has changed since the Bier Stube opened its doors in 1966. Thankfully, the Stube's basic concept has remained throughout the years.

So much about Ohio State and the Campus area has changed since the Bier Stube opened its doors in 1966. Thankfully, the Stube's basic concept has remained throughout the years.

"Our motto has always been keep it cheap, keep it cool," said owner and manager Craig Kempton, who's worked at the Stube since his first years as an Ohio State student in 1996. He's done it all at the South Campus stalwart - from working the door to bartending and eventually taking ownership in 2004.

Keeping it cheap means 60-ounce pitchers are $5 every day until 9 p.m. and $3.25 is the most you'll ever pay for shots. There's even a small craft beer selection ($3.75-$5) with Bell's, Lagunitas and every single offering from Great Lakes brewery.

Keeping it cool means a standout jukebox filled with tons of classic rock albums - that's right, full albums - from the '60s and '70s. Ohio State should add a trip to the Stube to the Music History 101 curriculum. (Bonus: A dollar gets you four songs - suck it, TouchTunes!)

Tucked a few dozen yards off High Street, the Stube looks more like a small house than a bar. And once you step inside, you feel right at home.

Everything's covered in polished wood - the floors, walls and 20 or so booths and tables - so you feel like you're drinking in a comfy den. Only this is the coolest den on the planet.

Back in the day, the Bier Stube was "the" sports bar in Columbus - hence the satellite dishes on the roof - and eight flat-screen TVs still offer NFL, NHL and MLB games. It's still one of the best places around to spend game day.

Kempton continues to upgrade things to make sure you never want to leave.

Recently, he hired a chef - yes, a chef at the Stube - who specializes in the self-proclaimed finest Coney sauce on Campus. They're also now serving made-from-scratch, stone-oven-baked pizzas.