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Question about the Esso Club

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 8:42 AM
 

Especially for students or recent grads. I attended Clemson from 79 - 83. I was aware of the Esso Club, but it wasn't a "thing" among students. I don't remember anyone talking about it or going there, except I think my roommate may have gone there to get boiled peanuts. So my question is do students / recent grads love the Esso Club or is it just something that visiting ESPN announcers love to talk about? I'm not dissing the Esso Club at all. I've just been re-watching some games from last year and often note that TV announcers in Clemson for the game talk about like it's the center of the Clemson Nation universe. And that just wasn't the case when I was in school.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:01 AM
 

and up thru hole in roof, i heard.

I’ve never been inside but believe they’ve cleaned up their act (interior) over the years..but i have & will again go stand outside with 200 fans drinking a cold one listening to a terrible sounding hick band..

beginning with the GaSouthern game since bringing two of their grads up for game to show off tigertown.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:09 AM
 

It's funny how the Esso Club evolved. I was there 81-85 and didn't step foot in it either. It was a local's spot where a few ol guys gathered during the week to drink a few cans of beer. A few more people would go there during gamedays that didn't have tickets. But nothing like it is today. I like what it is today but is it really a big hit with the students today? Maybe. I don't know.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:22 AM
 

So we were at Clemson at roughly the same time as me. Just like you mentioned, I thought it was just a place some old guys sat around drinking beer.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:46 AM
 

I was there 87-91 and never went either. I do remember word getting around campus one day that Brent Musberger and Ara Parsegian (sp?) were there prior to a game, and I know Brent always liked it and talked it up, so maybe that began the myth/popularity of the Esso Club?


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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:15 AM
 

I attended late 60's thru early 70's, but never went to the Esso Club. Always went to The Study Hall or The Red Carpet Lounge to drink. They had Go-Go girls at the Red Carpet so the food and drink tasted better - LOL.

Sorry, but you young-uns will have to google Go-Go girls sine you probably never heard of those.


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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:26 AM
 


I attended late 60's thru early 70's, but never went to the Esso Club. Always went to The Study Hall or The Red Carpet Lounge to drink. They had Go-Go girls at the Red Carpet so the food and drink tasted better - LOL.

Sorry, but you young-uns will have to google Go-Go girls sine you probably never heard of those.


In 1972 our Monday night tradition was stop by Hardees for 2 burgers, fries, Apple pie and drink for $1.04. Then go to the ESSO Club for a case and 2 bags of Doritos to take to a friend's room in Lever to watch MNF with Frank, Howard and Dandy Don!

I think when they started having the outside events and bands was when it became the In Thing. I do remember hearing a band playing that caught my ear and walked over from Lot 2 to discover the Blue Dogs, a teally good band from Charleston that played there often.


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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 1:15 PM
 

At CU in the early 70s - Study Hall, Red Carpet and Lesters were the places for students to pound em down. We did stop by the Esso to pick up 16 oz Busch 6 packs for road trips - $1 a six-pack as I remember.

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Posted: Jul 25, 2018 3:09 PM
 

I believe the go go girls were bare breasted ladies who danced tirelessly in the early ' 70s . They were up on a stand so I heard .

I never went personally, because as I think they may have been someone's daughters .

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:21 AM
 

Sounds like we went there more than y’all did but never a big staple. Had 50 cent chicken fingers on Thursday’s and a solid meat n 3. But didn’t go much because it’s just out of the way from most everything downtown


I go more now than I did when I was a student...

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:22 AM
 

Class of 85 and 88.

In fact, I rarely went there as a student other than to get some BBQ on game day because the lines at Hardees or the Canteen were so long.

When I was a student, Tiger Town Tavern, College Station Pub, the Corporation, and Bolwinkles (Crazy Zacks) were my typical evening entertainment destinations.

The Esso has changed a lot over the years. Until sometime in the the early 80's, it was still an operating gas station with a BBQ joint next door. During that time, the place fell into a state of disrepair. It was around this same time that the owners stopped operating it as a gas station and turned it into a bar.

It probably wasn't until sometime in the late 80's that the Esso Club (formerly the Esso Service Station) became a more popular spot for students and fans on game day.




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LAte 70's Early 80's. Study Hall and the Library were my

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:26 AM
 

hangouts. We also enjoyed Bullwinkles as well. Corporation had some fun a time or two


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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:34 AM
 

The Bookstore was actually my favorite but was only there my freshman year I believe. 81-82. Sophomore year it turned into something else. It was the first bar you came to when you crossed the street and had that lush squishy carpet filled with beer. LOL!

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:50 AM
 



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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:59 AM
 

Sloan Street is actually my favorite and destination now when in Clemson. Mainly because I don't think it's a big hit with the students these days. Love going there early early on gamedays, meeting friends and having a cold beer with Jimmy Howard.

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It was on the bathroom wall in Sloan Street...

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 10:03 AM
 

sometime in the mid to late 80's where I first read the phrase, "No matter how hot she is, somewhere there is a guy who is sick of her $#!7."

Truer words were never written/spoken.

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Re: Question about the Esso Club

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:33 AM
 

As an undergrad (71-75) most students went to the Red Carpet, Study Hall, Grocery (one year), and Lester's - the Esso Club had more of a locals following and good ole boys bar. While in grad school (75-78) faculty (particularly College of Ag) and others associated with athletics (a coach every now and then) increased attendance in the late 70s and lots of faculty started going there in the 80s. The place changed owners and added Just Barbecue and lots more people started going.

Brent Musberger talking about it on national TV was the greatest marketing tool they could have ever had.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:51 AM
 

On game day the Esso Club is crowded inside and out; however, if you can get a table inside, the chow for lunch is pretty good. Several TV's inside the place so you can keep up with the games across the country. Can watch the coots, dawgs, billygoats, and buck nuts get a beating each week :)

Miss Jack's Bar-b-que. Use to be next door when we old guys were there in the late 1970's early 1980's.


Student during the Bowden years. Ate at ESSO every

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:46 AM
 

Friday for lunch meat and 3.

Also ate there a decent amount Mon-Thurs meat and 3.

Would meet my dad there some Friday nights before games.


Their ESSO Logo Caps are neat to have...


Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:54 AM
 

and I bought several to give out but can’t find mine..so will have to pick one up during a home game.

Of course, they probably have a website.

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They absolutely have a website....

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:57 AM
 

Welcome to the 21st century Bill.

We've been missing you at the meetings.


https://theessoclub.com/

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It's crazy how many businesses have websites these days.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:58 AM
 

Just seemed so much simpler back when we had yellow pages.


I went there all the time when I was a student late 80's


Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:53 AM
 

but I wasn't one of the cool kids

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Esso Club tradition from an Old Timer

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:58 AM
 

I grew up in Clemson ... lived there 43 years and graduated in 1973 ... worked there 16 years ... left in 1998.

Honestly, when I lived there, I never went to the Esso Club bar at all.

I bought some groceries there a couple of times when it was more of a gas station/convenience store than a bar (late 60s to early 70s) but I never had a beer there. I ate at “Just BBQ” when it was in the building, but not the bar.

IMHO the Esso Club that people know today didn’t arrive until football took off in the mid 70s ... sort of like “Mr. Knickerbocker”.

The success of the football program, the growth in popularity, and the size of the crowds and mostly the proximity to the stadium drove the development of Esso Club as an “in” place to go.

It helped that Brent Musberger touted it on national TV games in Clemson.

But, as an old time Clemson resident, employee and alum, I have to admit that it was never a “thing” for me.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 4:40 PM
 

Fully agree

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 10:13 AM
 

I actually got gas at the Esso Club when it still had gas back in like 79 or 80, and I bought beer there too on my mom's Exxon credit card. It was listed as misc. When she got the bill, I was told to never buy "misc" again, or she would take away the credit card.

Then I went there once in like the summer of 87 for some odd reason, but that was about it. It was too far from downtown.

However, now I go quite a bit during football season! It's the closest bar and great to hit at half time.

I was at CU from 79-82 and 84-87.


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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 10:24 AM
 

74-78, I went there quite a bit. The bar sat... maybe 8, never thought to try the food. They had food? I went because that's where the rugby club went. It was the closest bar to the field amount other pluses. We had "officers meetings" there... whole lot of serious decidin' for certain.


I lived right behind the Esso Club for 3 years

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 10:27 AM
 

Use to do my laundry right across the street from the esso every week.

I've been to the esso club probably 6 times in my whole life and at least 2 were after I graduated.

Wasnt my scence. My favorite drinking spots were


Tuesday and Thursday - td
Friday- skybox/underground
Saturday - skybox/underground /slims/tiger tails


Tiger Tails?

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 10:30 AM
 

Well...fat chicks with hail damage on their a$$es aren't going to hit on themselves.

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Slims shut down..so tiger tails jumped in the rotation

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 12:33 PM
 

Both were the only places you could drink past midnight on saturday...

Both allowed you to carry your own beer in a cooler.

As far as girls... I remember one night after a fsu game tiger tails had about a dozen super hot ladies.

Fsu fans must have brought them.


Well, when I went there it was to get some gas, get


Posted: Jul 18, 2018 12:11 AM
 

my oil checked and my windshield cleaned (I'm not GrayBengal for nothing.)

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Posted: Jul 25, 2018 3:18 PM
 

A guy named Lou ran it and worked on cars then .

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 10:32 AM
 

We went to the Esso Club occasionally on a lazy Saturday afternoon to shoot pool and drink a pitcher. We were often the only students there and that was not a bad thing.

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YeP..ESSo Club has a website and so do i

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 10:42 AM
 

lightbulbstoday.com

Shameful, but hey!

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 11:43 AM
 

I was there in the early 80's as well not a hot spot at all. Went there a few times


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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 12:24 PM
 

Student in'76-'80. Not a great place to go back then. Mostly locals drinking PBR cans. Our "go-to" bars then were "The Bookstore", TTT, and Sloan Street Tap Room. Probably mid-80s Esso Club was "renovated" to include more tables and bathroom upgrades. It became the place to be for gameday. I also enjoy going for lunch now and their meat and three. They have had some good bands there also thru the years.

Most people don't know this or have forgotten, but about 8-10 years ago, my friends and I stop by there on a Friday night before the spring football game that year. It was pretty cool, probably in the upper 40s or so. There were about 10 people outside listening to the band. I told my friends that this band is pretty good and I really enjoyed their music that night. I wrote down their name and found their website the next day. Turns out it was the "Zac Brown Band". Think they have done pretty well since then!!


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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 3:39 PM
 

Mid 90's we had a lot of fun there as students.
Canned beer only (and one or two taps).

Things changed forever when the liquor license was obtained....probably late 90's. That led to a different clientele.


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Posted: Jul 19, 2018 3:55 PM
 

I was mid-90s as well, and we'd hit the Esso pretty often. Cheap beer.

Regularly had live music. They would allow some of the clubs I was involved in to organize a group of bands to come in once or twice a year and we could keep the $5 cover charge (after paying the bands). We would also serve as ID check and it was always fun to see underclassmen you knew come in with their awful fake IDs.

Other nights you would stop by there and it would be completely dead with only a handful of old folks hanging around. Certainly better if you knew your friends were going to be there.

Thursday afternoons a few of us would go and enjoy some PBR with a few of our professors. Always interesting getting to know professors outside of the classroom.


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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 12:31 PM
 

Thanks everyone for the many responses. Based on these, I think my thoughts about the Esso club were correct. It sounds like while it's a nice place to have a beer and some grub, that Brent Musburger and other TV people think it's a bigger deal than it really is. I attended Clemson from 79 - 83 and have also attended many, many games since then and I have never set foot in the place.

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It's a much more popular spot now...


Posted: Jul 17, 2018 12:37 PM
 

than it ever was in the early 80's.

Brent Musburger and some of the other talking heads had a lot to do with that.

You should definitely check it out.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 12:33 PM
 

I was there in the early 70s. It was a much smaller place plus a gas station. We would go there, especially before football games. That’s when the games started at 1:00. We go down in the mornings and get hammered and then go pick up our dates. The lunch menu food no is really good.


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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 1:17 PM
 

Grew up in Clemson, but attended between '73 and '77. Went there all the time to get gas, beer, etc. I had my Dad's Exxon card and it was a combo store, station, and bar. They had beer on tap so cold it would get ice crystals in the head.

The bar was made from the old wood bleacher seats from Death Valley and still had the numbers. They had a wheel on the wall with the numbers and when they spun it, if your beer was on the number, you got a free beer. I remember getting a free cold one there one time.

I did not go to the bar alot, but I did once or twice.


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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 1:17 PM
 

Grew up in Clemson, but attended between '73 and '77. Went there all the time to get gas, beer, etc. I had my Dad's Exxon card and it was a combo store, station, and bar. They had beer on tap so cold it would get ice crystals in the head.

The bar was made from the old wood bleacher seats from Death Valley and still had the numbers. They had a wheel on the wall with the numbers and when they spun it, if your beer was on the number, you got a free beer. I remember getting a free cold one there one time.

I did not go to the bar alot, but I did once or twice.


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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 1:20 PM
 

I attended CU from 2007-2012. I was part of a Bioengineering research group - we'd go to Esso every Wednesday for their "meat and three" deal (meal with 1 meat and 3 sides). It was generally pretty slow during the day throughout the week, but it's become more of a hangout spot for gamedays.


I graduated in '90, and I went to Esso often

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 1:29 PM
 

There were two primary attractions:
1) No one went there
2) Live music (my now brother in law played there often)

The menu then was just beer, hoop cheese and saltines, and barbecue from Just Barbecue next door.

It is a very different place now...extended menu, no longer off the radar. I prefer it now for a different reason; my age group has discovered it, so if I want to reconnect with classmates, it is the go to place.

The bars downtown have changed significantly, too, and not in a good way. Back in the day, I was about 50% Gameroom, 20% Tiger Town, 20% Esso, and 10% others (Barrell, Nick's Sloan St). But trust me, the 10% piece was still significant!

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 1:37 PM
 

If my memory serves it was a sandwich, drink, and fries for less than 5 bucks back in 98-99. We'd often go out to Just More BBQ in Pendelton too.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 3:40 PM
 

Me and my dear old dad drank a few brewskis there back in 97'. It was a kinda hole in the wall then but everyone was so cool. Good times and a good atmosphere. #### I miss those days.





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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:39 PM
 

Had a tiny little bar on the east end that I recall, cold beer and cheese/crackers. Low key place to go after a week of school.


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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 10:01 PM
 

Late 80s/early 90s, we traditionally had pool night on Thursday nights. Shooting pool with major professor and (mainly) other wildlife/forestry students.


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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 10:03 PM
 

I finished up at Clemson in 2015 and actually Esso still I wouldn't say was in the top 5 for students. Very unfortunate because me and my friends loved it. Also it was very apparent most students who enjoyed it grew up tigers. Yankees were mostly like ....what....why would go to esso
Didn't know what they were missing plenty of great memories! We even had a clutch parking spot in front of esso when jameis and FSU put the beatdown on us


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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 10:13 PM
 

Went there about once or twice a month until I retired from CU about six years ago. Great meat and 3. Use to have prime rib day on Wednesdays. I beleive the students today go there a good bit.

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I attended Clemson from ‘98-‘02 and never went to the Esso.


Posted: Jul 18, 2018 7:17 PM
 

Everything changed when the place was renovated around 2002-2003. It became cleaner and a lot cooler place to go. The old timers hated it, but it was a much needed change.

I love it now. It still has the nostalgia, but is also a fun place to hang out. Lots of good drinks, and the food is great.

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Posted: Jul 25, 2018 5:38 PM
 

It was pretty good too. I had the Philly and onion rings.

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Posted: Jul 25, 2018 7:18 PM
 

You’re correct. I spent most of my youth in Clemson (‘78ish - ‘92ish), and Quattlebaum’s “Just Barbeque” (shared the same building) had far more patrons on a day-to-day basis. I can’t speak to earlier times, but recent media exposure has made the Esso Club more popular than it ever was in Coach Ford’s era.


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Posted: Jul 25, 2018 8:02 PM
 

Went there in the 60's when my Dad was coaching basketball at Clemson. He had some buddy's he liked to drink a beer with from time to time. Mostly local guys he enjoyed shooting the breeze with. I'd have a Coke and a pack a nabs.

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I graduated in '76, and never went to the Esso. I often


Posted: Jul 25, 2018 8:13 PM
 

wondered why they didn't change the name when Esso changed to Exxon back then, since it was still an actual gas station till around that time.

My haunts were the original Study Hall (big old great greasy pepperoni pizzas and huge cold pitchers of beer with the legal drinking age 18, life was grand!), and the old Red Carpet Lounge, which (I think) is now Tiger Town Tavern.

Anybody remember Red Parker's Scoreboard downtown?

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Posted: Jul 25, 2018 8:36 PM
 

87-92. Fun place when Bad Creek was playing. Also, used to bring in a bunch of sand with beach music early in the school year.


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Posted: Jul 27, 2018 1:16 PM
 

I was there 77-81 and I have been in it. But it's wasn't the "hot" spot for sure, with all the clubs that were in town at that time. Most places were set up for dancing. It was there when my father was at Clemson as well, working gas station. But you could get beer. It has evolved over the years. They saw where they could be and went for it.


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