Some friends of mine that went to SIU told me I had to go to this place, and having been there I see why. It's the perfect college town dive bar in a city that's surprisingly full of them. The clientele was diverse and the drinks were insanely cheap (like they are in most college towns). They have a lot of live music here, which means it can get pretty busy. But if you get there early enough you can get a table and enjoy yourself regardless of the band.