Two months ago, Prince George's County liquor control board inspector Marsha Krasnick drove past the brown clapboard exterior of College Park's landmark beer bar, the Rendezvous Inn, to check what she had heard was a "beauty contest." She ended up closing the bar for the night.

"I noticed a bare behind in the window, and I thought, 'Well, what have we got here?' " Krasnick said.

Krasnick said that after she pushed through a line of enthusiasts that wrapped around the corner and down the block, she walked in and found herself ankle deep in beer.

"It was disgusting. I ruined a good pair of $45 shoes," she said.

Krasnick said she observed young people standing on tables and bars, singing and yelling.

After discovering that several underage beer drinkers were carrying fake identification, she said she told the owners, "Close right now, and clean this place up."

The incident was the second time in four years that the 'Vous was evacuated for underage drinking, liquor board officials said.

The owners also have been charged with overcrowding twice in the last year, said fire department spokesman Tony DeStephano.

And although the Rendezvous Inn renewed its liquor license June 30, county liquor board officials have met several times with owners Mark and Greg Srour, strongly urging them to clean up their act.

"I warned them it was getting out of hand," said liquor board Chairman Robert Miller.

"And I told them that if we find one more incident of underage drinking we will go in and close the place down permanently."

The Srour brothers declined to comment.

The drab brown clapboard exterior, hinting of the acrid odor of mildew and stale beer inside, has been a college tradition for years, students said.

Black curtains cover the windows and chipped walls inside are masked with spots of brown paint.

Generic plywood booths line the walls, except in a spot where a table is missing, having been wrested from a wall several weeks earlier by students, according to a student.

"People generally are not supposed to stand on the tables or the bar, but {sometimes they do} if the girls feel like taking their shirts off," said Wes Handler, 22, a University of Maryland junior.

"It's not unlikely that you get a pitcher thrown at you," Handler said. "People go in dry and come out wet."

But true " 'Vous rats" (those at the 'Vous seven nights a week and at 7 a.m. happy hours when the semesters end) dress accordingly, Handler said.

They wear old clothes and " 'Vous shoes" (cheap sneakers) to combat the puddles of " 'Vous doo," sticky beer that accumulates on the floor, Handler said.

"The 'Vous is the epitome of college," Handler said.

Students seem to agree that the 'Vous is the place to see and be seen.

"Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, you do a lap at the 'Vous," said Paige Eagle, a University of Maryland sophomore who, at 19, told a reporter she uses a fake ID card she bought in the District using her sister's birth certificate.

"What are they going to do? It's a real ID," she said.

"The arrogance of the kids . . . is not to be believed," Krasnick said. "When you ask them for {an ID}, they look at you as if to say, 'Who are you to card me?' "

Krasnick said students sometimes purchase phony IDs at local gift shops, passport photo shops or from vans that arrive on campus about once a year advertising "licenses" from other states.

Last year, several gift shops in malls throughout the metropolitan area sold IDs that looked very much like Maryland licenses, Krasnick said.

"The clincher was the thumbprint on the back. Have you ever seen a driver's license with a thumbprint?" Some students have no compunction about borrowing a friend's license, Krasnick said.

"I'm looking down at a picture of someone with curly hair, and this girl in front of me has straight hair," Krasnick said.

"I say, 'This is not you.' She says, 'Oh, yes it is; my hair is short and straight now because I have cancer.'

"I say, "Well, honey, you shouldn't be drinking, it's bad for your bone marrow,' " Krasnick said.

"I have had people in the community communicate to me personally that they are aware of ongoing underage drinking and overcrowding on an ongoing basis" at the 'Vous, said College Park City Council member Barry Wood.

"They tell me the students leave the surrounding area very trashy and make a lot of noise," Wood said.

"I don't think it is a very good influence on the city . . . . The establishment always blames underage drinking on the drinkers. But I don't think they can sidestep their responsibility."