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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not much of a nightlife even though there are some bars for college students around the area. Most parties are thrown by the greek life.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: the bar scene is growing

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Whether you want good, clean fun or crazy frat parties, Baylor has great events.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Only know about it if you know people in Greek life

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are some great parties in Waco.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 397th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 528th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 979th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Teni Odunsi
San Antonio, TX
Environmental Studies
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It’s easy to get caught in the lazy, do-nothing attitude on the weekends and only spend time with the people in your dormitory hall. That’s the best way to get tired of Waco, and in a month you’ll be looking to transfer. Like every campus, Baylor has about a million different clubs, sororities, and fraternities, special interest groups, etc. with which you can get involved. All of them usually have some kind of weekend event or get-together going on. To keep from going nuts at Baylor, you’ve got to make friends that run in different social circles so that when one group doesn’t have anything going on, you can call the others and keep a full well of friends to draw on. The bars and clubs really only cater to these kinds of activities. You’ve got to go swim in a different pond and meet the people that make the experience worthwhile if you want to party all night.

The drawback to going to school in a relatively small town is that if you go out during the week, you’re going to see the same people every night. The bonus to only mingling at the college clubs is that you’ll meet some good friends to call when you’re feeling social. The advantage comes in handy when you’re tired of Waco, and want to catch a ride to Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and the other surrounding areas for a change of scenery, where nearly all Baylor students come from.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Cricket's
  • George's
  • Scruffy's
Other Places to Check Out
  • Clicks, Fred & Wally's
  • Horseshoe Lounge
  • La Fiesta
  • Malone's Backstreet Bistro
  • Ninfa's
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Flip cup
  • Never Have I Ever...
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Organization Parties
Some fraternities and sororities will throw mixers or foam parties at clubs, or rent out a dance hall and have a party, but typically these things happen with school sponsorship on-campus. If there’s drinking involved, it’s at an off-campus house party.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Scruffy Murphy's

Scruffy's is the local neighborhood dive bar that has been around forever, is still popular, and no one knows why. The place reeks of stale smoke and beer, but their $5 Long Island ice teas will knock you down. There are pool tables in a different section of the bar where the air conditioning never works. You have to pay $.50/song on the jukebox, and part of their décor is walls covered in graffiti. It's tradition to leave your mark somewhere in Scruffy's before you graduate. They actually have some very good live bands come up from Austin, and even local bands play all the time. Despite the clouded and sketchy environment, Scruffy's is packed on weekends. If you get there late, expect to wait in line. On Friday and Saturday nights, IDs are heavily checked. You will meet a lot of locals here, most of them are friendly and talkative, and some are content in keeping to themselves. Drawbacks? Well, the furniture is aging, and they haven't spent much on décor or ambiance. But with beer prices ranging from $2 to $4, it's well worth it.

1226 Speight Ave.

(254) 753-0802

George's Restaurant

Home of the Big O, George's is mainly a restaurant, but at night the bar is packed. Mostly known for the alumni that show up and a country music crowd, George's offers a different scene than the rest of the Waco bars. George's party tent is present for tailgaters and always full at football games. The bar closes at midnight, and it's easy to get in and enjoy the environment under 21, but they do ID to drink.

1925 Speight Ave.

(254) 753-1421

Cricket's Grill & Draft House

Cricket's seems to be one of the premiere places to be and to be seen. On the weekends, this place is packed with the college crowd. They have pool tables, shuffle board, and video games, but good luck getting one unless you get there at 9 p.m. You'll have to fight your way to the bar, and stand there for a half hour until the bartender notices you, and even then you'll be overcharged for the drinks. Big screen TVs are up front usually playing whatever sporting event is on, and when out of town teams come to play Baylor they usually party here. The atmosphere is nice during the week, but on weekends the place is a zoo. The crowd is typically all dressed the same, acts the same, and tends to get pretty sloppy as the night goes on, but if you're looking for a place to meet new people in a relaxed environment, this is the place. IDs are checked heavily at the door, but you can get in under-21 if you're going to the restaurant.

211 Mary St

(254) 754-4677

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Clicks Billiards

Clicks has a bar, but it is mainly a pool hall. They have full-sized Brunswick tables and charge to play by the hour. This is a popular hangout for the 21-and-under crowd.

1200 F. Richland Dr.

(254) 776-2261

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 127 responses

  • 9% There are no good options.
  • 81% Use a designated driver.
  • 1% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 9% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 121 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 128 responses

  • 12% Parties? What parties?
  • 19% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 47% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 22% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 19 responses

  • 48% In the Houses that are near the streets of Baylor
  • 28% Events thrown by frats/sororities/clubs
  • 12% Barfield Drawing Room
  • 8% Dr. Pepper Museum
  • 4% Waco Hall

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 20 responses

  • 95% Dia Del Oso
  • 5% Thanksgiving Dinner


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