Okay, let's admit it up front - this is going to be one of those 'me-too' threads, but the subject matter is of such gravity and significance that it's essential we must assemble responses for documentation purposes. Our posterity demands no less...
Memories of high school days tend to be pretty hit or miss. Some folks enjoyed those times immensely and it was their Glory Days, but for others they are a time happily in the past. College memories (particularly undergrad), however, tend fairly consistently to be fond ones. Almost everyone has great memories of their favorite dispensary of potables or pizza joint or other entertainment venue.
I'll start: Michigan State University -
Best general bar: The Peanut barrel - Not at all a pretentious hangout. Didn't find the frat boys hanging out here. The menu was pretty limited but it was a good environment for knocking back brewskis and discussing Spinoza, or just play some pool.
Best pizza joint: terribly subjective, I know, but I'm giving the nod to Bells Pizza. Their greek pizza was a food group back in the day.
Best meat market: the Landshark: Lots of alternative rock (back when it was a description rather than a genre) and lots and lots of coeds shaking their things.
Best post-bar place to recover: the bars closed at 2:00 but there was this restaurant on Grand River that was still open and catered to the inebriated crowd. I can't seem to recall the name but it was a small joint in the downstairs of a multi-level building and they had a mural of Hendrix on the wall. They served killer coney dogs....and I guess I don't remember much else. It might have been called "Subterranean somethingorother" maybe?
Best bookstore: let's be clear, I'm not talking about those places that sheered so many unfortunate sheep by selling students all their used textbooks at 50% markup. No, I'm talking about places that had ambience. Places where you could sit down and read half a book (without paying). Places where the scent of coffee or incense wafted through the air. That place could only be Jocundry's Books.
Where did (or do) you go to school? Where were (or are) the cool hangouts? Feel free to add your own categories too.