Welcome to Starkville, home of the Mississippi State Bulldogs! If you’re heading to town to catch a game, here’s what you need to know about where to stay, eat, drink, and tailgate. First, a few key facts:

  • SEC Team: Mississippi State Bulldogs
  • Coach: Zach Arnett
  • Stadium: Davis Wade Stadium
  • Fun Fact: Fans bring cowbells to home games each Saturday to up the noise.

SEC All-City Guide


For game day weekends, location is key! Here are two super-convenient accommodation options for Bulldogs games — and one boutique experience if you’re interested in a quieter space.

Courtyard Starkville MSU at The Mill Conference Center

100 Mercantile St., Starkville, MS 39759 • (662) 338-3116

Serving as the closest hotel to campus, Courtyard Marriott is popular among Bulldog fans.

Hampton Inn

700 MS-12, Starkville, MS 39759 • (662) 324-1333

Recently renovated, the Hampton Inn is situated right by campus, so it’s another conveniently located option for game weekends at Mississippi State.

Hotel Chester

101 N. Jackson St., Starkville, MS 39759 • (662) 323-5005

If you’re looking for more of a luxury boutique experience, Hotel Chester offers modern amenities in a historic setting. If you prefer to be a bit removed from the hustle and bustle of the campus area, this may be the place for you!



If you’re looking for a bite to eat ahead of the game, or you want to grab a few for your tailgate (including adult beverages, of course), here are some of your best bets located near campus.

Burger, onion rings, and craft beer flight.
Located along University Drive, Bulldog Burger Co. is one of many popular dining options near the Mississippi State campus. Image: Facebook

Bin 612

612 University Dr. Ste. 3, Starkville, MS 39759 • (662) 324-6126

More of a late-night spot, you can’t leave Starkville without trying Bin 612’s cheese fries. So make plans to stop by after the game!

Bulldog Burger Co.

702 University Dr., Starkville, MS 39759 • (662) 324-4040

A staple in Starkville, Bulldog Burger Co. is known for its beers on tap and “The Bryant,” a signature burger complete with Jack Daniels Bourbon glaze, bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, and fried onion straws.

TASTE Italian Kitchen

208 Lincoln Green, Starkville, MS 39759 • (662) 270-0700

For a taste of authentic Italian cuisine, head to TASTE. Offering everything from salads to flatbread pizzas, pasta, and more, you’re sure to get fueled up before the big game. You can also make reservations online to ensure you get a table!

The Little Dooey

100 Fellowship St., Starkville, MS 39759 • (662) 323-6094

Serving Starkville for over 25 years, The Little Dooey is the perfect joint to get your fix of comforting Southern fare. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, from barbecue, catfish, and po’boys, to their signature spin on nachos.

Two Brothers Smoked Meats

621 University Dr., Starkville, MS 39759 • (662) 617-8095

As the name would suggest, Two Brothers Smoked Meats serves up some of the best smoked meats in town. They also have a lineup of street tacos that are drool-worthy.



If you’re in the market for a pre- or post-game drink, here are a few hotspots to check out — equally well-suited to celebrating or drowning your sorrows.

Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern

410 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr. E., Starkville, MS 39759 • (662) 324-7001

A five-minute drive from the stadium, Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern has been a Starkville staple since 1995. In addition to delicious pizza and cold beer, the outpost also offers televisions if you don’t have tickets to the game.

Hobie’s on Main

217 E. Main St., Starkville, MS 39759 • (662) 769-1715

Located above the State Theatre in downtown Starkville, Hobie’s on Main is the perfect spot to get your fix of live music, beer on tap, and beachy delicacies.

Mugshots Grill & Bar

550 Russell St., Starkville, MS 39759 • (662) 324-3965

With locations across the South, Mugshots Bar & Grill is known for serving ice-cold beer in a sports-themed atmosphere. It’s the ideal hangout if you’re looking for a place with a more laid-back vibe.

The Guest Room

100 E. Main St., Starkville, MS 39759 • (662) 324-8422

From hand-crafted cocktails to top-shelf liquor, The Guest Room is described as “Starkville’s best-kept secret.” Paying attention to every small detail, the bar makes its own bitters, shrubs, ginger beer, and more.



Tailgating at University of Mississippi
Many Bulldogs fans set up shop right outside the stadium to tailgate.


The Junction, located just outside the stadium, is the most popular tailgating location in Starkville. Set up a tent, then walk around.

Southern Tradition

If you want the all-inclusive tailgating experience, go through Southern Tradition. They do it all for you, so all you have to do is show up.


Talk to the people. Mississippi State is home to passionate fans who love talking about their team, so meet the people around you. Also, don’t be surprised if you’re offered some good food — this is the South, after all.

Go Bulldogs!

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