Nightlife

Location
Birmingham, AL
Undergrads
1,295
Tuition
$29,600
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife at BSC is more hit or miss but most of the time nothing is there

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is really nothing to do on campus except going to the Row, but since no one ever leaves campus, it can be fun. It's usually hit or miss. But since we live in a city, if you do venture off campus, there's plenty to do.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Personally, I am not much of a party person so I was not crazy about the party scene.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Students often describe BSC as a "work hard, play hard" kind of school. Lots of students hang out at the fraternity houses on the weekend, which are often hosting band parties or other social events. There is a decent bar scene downtown.

College Senior

Nightlife: I am actually unable to project on campus life in the evening hours, as I am a commuter student.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 465th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 680th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 697th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kriti Mishra
Hometown
Hoover, Ala.
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Fraternity row is the one-stop-shop for most nightlife at Southern. By the time people have turned 21, they've been to at least one fraternity party. All of the frat houses are practically brand new and have party rooms downstairs that are perfect for bands to play or for people to just mingle. There is always a serious amount of alcohol, and most parties are open to everyone on campus. This means that you're bound to find all different kinds of people sampling the party at the Row. Aside from the fraternity houses, students have been known to have some serious parties at the student apartments. Since they are located away from the guard shack on the other side of campus, many students feel more at ease getting down out of the Campus Police's sight. Furthermore, there is only one male RA and one female RA for the entire complex, so there is usually little supervision to worry about. Off campus, however, there is an equally popular bar scene that offers clubs and bars for every kind of person. There are places that specialize in live music, places that are well-known for their dance scene, and then places where people can just go to get smashed on a Friday or Saturday night. For people who are under 21, the best places to go are the bars that also have musical acts. This way, they will let you in to see the music and just "X" your hand for being underage. Even if you're not a drinker, the clubs are a great thing to try at least once during your time here.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown
  • Highland
  • Highway 280
  • Southside
Student Favorites
  • Banana Joe's
  • The Barking Kudu
  • The Nick
Other Places to Check Out
  • 22nd Street Jazz Café
  • Blue Monkey Lounge
  • Bottega Café
  • Café Firenze
  • Club Chaos
  • Five Points Bar and Grill
  • Garage Café
  • The High Note Lounge Café
  • Innisfree Pub
  • Jitterbuggs Lounge
  • On Tap Sports Café
  • Ona's Music Room
  • Open Door Café
  • OT's Sports Grill
  • The Phoenix
  • Sabor Latino
  • Smokey Joe's Café
  • Tiki Bob's
  • Upper Deck
  • Workplay
Local Specialties
  • Alabama Slammer:
  • Hunch Punch:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Jenga
  • Beer pong
  • Card Games (A$$hole, Circle of Death)
  • F*$@ the Dealer
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Birmingham Weekly
  • Black & White (Birmingham's city paper)
  • www.chowbaby.com
  • www.hellowbirmingham.com
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Barking Kudu

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Club Red

Club Red is one of the few places downtown that has a full-time DJ. Club Red is also a late-night favorite, known for its great dance-club atmosphere.

2015 Highland Ave. S.

(205) 933-1983

Tantra

Tantra has a DJ, a ladies'-night-out special, and even has a wide selection of appetizers for those people who aren't big drinkers. Most people come to Tantra to sample the social scene and the dancing. They also offer live music on special occasions and are open till all hours of the morning for people who like to start the party late.

2015 Highland Ave. S.

(205) 933-6605

Banana Joe's

On Friday nights, Banana Joe's is the place for the ladies because they have a girls'-night-out special, which means 21-and-up gets in free before midnight. It's a popular place for people who like dancing more than drinking, because they're known more for their music than their liquor. They are also one of the few places that will let 18-year-olds in.

1016 20th St. S.

(205) 241-8000

Bell Bottoms

Bell Bottoms is a great dance club located a block past the Five Points South intersection, which means it is close to all the nighttime action. Bell Bottoms is an 18-and-over club, and it's known for staying open late to please the night-owl crowd.

2001 Highland Ave. S.

(205) 933-2778

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Nick

The Nick offers the best of the bar scene. They have a club-style dance floor, pool, and a stage for great live music. They have weekly drink specials and also have a ladies'-night-out free cover charge special on the weekends. The Nick is also a great place to meet young people in Birmingham.

2510 10th Ave. S.

(205) 252-3831

The U

If you're out with a big group for the night, a great place to go is The U. Their motto is "meet me at The U," because if you have a party of five or more, after your first round, the house will buy everyone a round of complimentary drinks. On Thursdays, they expand on happy hour by having an entire happy day with $6 drinks from the classics menu all day. Wednesday nights they feature acoustic acts and free tapas with the purchase of a bottle of wine. If you're in the mood for some sophisticated entertainment, The U is the place to go.

2300 1st Ave. N.

(205) 323-4266

Zydeco

Zydeco is known as a great small musical venue. They frequently have national acts come in and play small shows and are known for getting a variety of acts to show up. Since they are a smaller bar, it can get crowded. There isn't a no-smoking policy, so if you're not into smoking, be prepared to leave reeking of Camels. But if you're looking for good music and a late-night crowd, Zydeco is the best choice.  

2001 15th Ave. S.

(205) 933-1032

The Barking Kudu

The Barking Kudu is a great place for people who like to drink-and drink a lot. Some people have called it "a drinking man's bar" because it's not uncommon to see packs of guys cheering each other on in chugging contests or testing their limits on specialty shots. They also feature live local music quite frequently, and it's a great place to go if you know people in a band.

2929 7th Ave. S.

(205) 328-1748

The Break

The Break is one of the more well-known pool halls in Southside. There are people who practically live there, and you can see them every time you come in. They also offer some appetizers and food, but it's not the best place to go if you're looking for quality bar food. The Break is also one of the last places to close in Southside, so it's one place you can spend all night.

1001 20th St. S.

(205) 252-3779

Courtyard 280

In addition to having the best calamari in town, Courtyard 280 specializes in happy hour. Every day from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. is happy hour with 75 cents off all well drinks, domestic beer, and wine. On Saturday, they up the ante with $2 domestics from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They also feature live music seven days a week. If you're out past the Summit and too far from campus to come back and party, Courtyard 280 is the best place to go.

4643 Highway 280

(205) 980-9891

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

Stardome Comedy Club

The Stardome is the only comedy club in town, and they can book nationally-known acts. In the past, they have had college favorites like Mitch Hedberg and Stephen Lynch. They also have special, discount open-mic nights that feature local and up-and-coming comedic talent.

1818 Data Dr.

(205) 444-0008

www.stardome.com

Highland Coffee

Highland Coffee is a great place to go if you're not a big drinker but love to chill out. It can get pretty busy late at night, but there are always interesting people around to talk to. They bring in local political groups to give speeches, and they host forums on all kinds of issues from constitutional reform to animal rights. Also, they are one of the most popular coffeehouses in town, which is a big kick in the face to the numerous Starbucks in Birmingham.

2255 Highland Ave.

(205)933-0600

www.highlandcoffeecompany.com

Cave 9

Cave 9 is a volunteer-run, non-profit musical venue that is the place to come see up-and-coming local acts. All the shows are all ages, and it's a great place to go if you've never experienced punk or indie music. The shows are cheap, and the bands playing are more about the music than the money.

2237 Magnolia Ave.

(205) 821-2576

www.cave9.com

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 9 responses

  • 22% There are no good options.
  • 56% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 22% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 8 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 10 responses

  • 20% Parties? What parties?
  • 10% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 50% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 20% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

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