Wine Mess is a long-standing student-run tradition at the Law School, so I thought I'd let the students involved tell you about it. 2L Frank Busch, captain of Wine Mess this year, put it this way:
"It's only appropriate that this entry in 'A Day in the Life' is about the best time to be at the Law School. Specifically, Friday afternoons from 4-6. Any reasonably sane reader - and perhaps you - must be wondering why on earth a person would want to delay their weekend an extra two hours. The answer is simple: Wine Mess.
Wine Mess. A place where a constantly changing selection of premium beers - along with a full bar - are available. A time that transitions nicely into friday evening plans. A group of people just as interesting, smart, and social as you are.
It has been my pleasure to organize and run Wine Mess this year. Being behind the bar is an altogether different experience than attending was last year, however it is obvious that this year's 1L class is off to a great start. If nothing else, their enthusiasm for Friday afternoons makes the entire event the best time of the Law School's week."
And to second the 1L enthusiasm Frank references, 1L Carlos Soto wrote: "Every Friday afternoon, after our torts class with Prof. Epstein, we have Wine Mess, which is one of the coolest traditions at the Law School. It's an awesome way to relax after a week of class. There's almost always free food, be it ice cream or tacos. Even if you don't drink you won't feel out of place because the main purpose of Wine Mess is to talk and get to know each other better. Our class has been brought even closer together through Wine Mess because we play foosball and whiffleball right in the Green Lounge, even with professors, who are always in attendance. In fact, it's also a great opportunity to meet your professors in an informal setting. Every week, we get one or two different professors or faculty members giving us advice on everything from classes and jobs to sports and good restaurants around the area. Few things are as fun as Wine Mess; most 1Ls will tell you that they met their best friends there and that it's the perfect atmosphere to start off the weekend. If you are considering attending the Law School, I recommend that you visit us on a Friday afternoon so that you can check it out. I guarantee you will have a great time."
I swear I'm not making this up -- the students really are having fun here at the University of Chicago Law School (and I remember wine mess fondly from my time here -- we started many Fridays at wine mess, with various spouses/significant others/friends meeting us in the Green Lounge after work before we headed out for the night). Don't believe me? Take Carlos up on his offer -- come visit us on a Friday afternoon and see what it's all about.