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 stats:
- SEC team: Mississippi State Bulldogs
- Coach: Mike Leach
- Stadium name: Davis Wade Stadium
- Fun fact: Fans bring cowbells to home games each Saturday to up the noise.
Where to Stay in Starkville
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 location.
100 Mercantile Street, Starkville, MS 39739 • (662) 338-3116
Serving as the closest hotel to campus, the Courtyard Marriott is popular among Bulldog fans.
700 MS-12, Starkville, MS 39759• (662) 324-1333
Newly renovated, the Hampton Inn is situated right by campus, so it’s another conveniently located option for game weekends at Mississippi State.
101 North Jackson Street, 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! (SB TIP: The hotel is currently undergoing renovations and is not accepting reservations until Friday, October 1, 2021.)
Where to Eat & Drink in Starkville
If you’re looking for a bite to eat ahead of the game or perhaps items to pick up for your tailgate (including adult beverages, of course), here are some of your best bets located near campus.
612 University Drive, Ste. 3, Starkville, MS 39759 • (662) 324-6126
More of a late-night spot than anything else, you can’t leave Starkville without trying Bin 612‘s cheese fries, so stop by after the game.
Bulldog Burger Co.
702 University Drive, 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.
408 University Drive, Starkville, MS 39759 • (662) 615-4080
Stop by Stromboli’s for pizza, but don’t leave without trying their killer cookie dough bites.
The Little Dooey
100 Fellowship Street, 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. From barbecue to catfish and po’boys, to their signature spin on nachos, you can’t go wrong.
Two Brothers Smoked Meats
621 University Drive, 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 homemade biscuits that are drool-worthy.
Bars in Starkville
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.
700 University Drive, Starkville, MS 39759 • (662) 323-0026
Fountain Bar offers everything from specialty cocktails and shots to beer and mixed drinks. Be sure to check the bar’s Facebook page before visiting, as they offer various drink specials throughout the week.
Hobie’s on Main
217 East Main Street, Starkville, MS 39759 • (662) 769-1715
Located above 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 Street, Starkville, MS 39759 • (662) 324-3965
With locations across the South, Mugshots Bar & Grill is known for serving ice-cold beer in a Hawaii-themed atmosphere. It’s the ideal hangout if you’re looking for a place with a more laid-back vibe.
The Guest Room
100 East Main Street, Starkville, MS 39759 • (662) 324-1014
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.
Where to Tailgate in Starkville
The Junction, located just outside of the stadium, is the most popular tailgating location in Starkville. Set up a tent, then walk around.
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 some 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.
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