The nightlife in Bowie is nonexistent. Students travel to Baltimore, Annapolis, or Washington, D.C. to enjoy the nightlife there, with many traveling by carpool or the Metro to the local clubs in D.C.
The DMV nightlife is unique and cannot be compared to any other city's nightlife. Being home to the Washington Wizards and Washington Redskins (among other teams), students party and socialize with all sorts of athletes. Many students are affiliated with club promotion teams or event planners, too. Word of mouth and Twitter are the best ways to plan your evening.