|Maybe they just took the day off?|
(Photo from last year)
The drinks were cheap and strong. The bartenders, they were not only less stressed, but more friendly. That's something that you need in a bar/club, bartenders that aren't just like "eff you, pay me." I mean, if you expect me to tip you, you've got to be pretty fun. Now, I'm not saying you've got to seduce your patrons. But, a smile and some BS small-talk can go a long way.
The bathrooms were still a point of contention, since they had the Ritz Cabaret-esque doorperson, but the facility itself was kind of yuck. At least that good ol' chlorine-meets-beer-meets-vomit smell I've associated with most college-town bars was absent, so that's also a win.
As I mentioned, the place is a lot more chill than this time last year. What that means is this: it was kind of empty. I like a chill spot more than anyone, but when I'm in the mood to relive my college years and turn-the-f*ck-up(!!!), I want somewhere I can turn-the-f*ck-up! So, while I love the more chill atmosphere, the less-hoity-toity demeanor of everyone, and the inexpensive drinks, it still gets a bit of a failing grade from me. After leaving from TT, I ended up at what my friends and I used to call "homestead:" Bentley's.
That's right. I went to Bentley's. I've gone to Big Play (by the way, shoutout to @Destruckshawn, the DJ extraordinaire who introduced me to that spot. Still pissed we never got to hang out; kept missing each other), which is pretty dope itself. I've gone to Looney's. I've done C-Stone (and have done things/people in C-Stone/because of C-Stone/after going to C-Stone). But, there's something about that ol' fill-up station that just makes me smile.
Gag when I smell that chlorine-meets-beer-meets-vomit smell, but smile. It's probably that old nostalgia feeling. Plus, I can geek at all the youngsters and feel good about myself. I don't make it a habit to go to Bentley's because I'd rather not look like Dr. Z, that old white guy that used to come into College Park bars with his 1970s suit, way-too-tight pants, and old-man swagger (complete with a cane). However, it--like the rest of CP--can be fun at times when there's a need for fudgery.
TL;DR: Terrapin's Turf is cool, it's fun...but if you're looking to actually "turn up"--regardless of age--check out somewhere else.