The University of Houston is making a small, albeit concerted, effort at creating a rich campus experience, and The Den (although technically off-campus) is at the very heart of that. Bright, clean, and welcoming, The Den is both a social space for students and a dyed-in-the-wool Cougar sports bar. Keeping in line with its on-campus location, the bar menu is focused on the college-going demographic with lots of shots and stiff drinks. But the craft beer selection is also solid, with a strong focus on local brewers like Saint Arnold, Karbach, and Southern Star. The food includes a short but thoughtful line of sandwiches. Considering the full package, The Den is easily the best place to celebrate the renaissance of UH sports.