There are plenty of bars and nightclubs in the area for the 21-and-older crowd, though only one is within comfortable walking distance from campus. But a quick ride in just about any direction from campus will land students somewhere with tunes and booze. And once they get there, they can walk from bar to bar for the rest of the night. Most drinks are affordable, too, though the Farmington Road establishments seem to be cheaper than the ones downtown. Big house parties have calmed down, especially on nights when students know the Illinois State Police are in town to bust parties and hand out drinking tickets. But fraternities still have fairly large parties at their houses, and they team up with sororities to have parties off campus.
Students who are not 21 will have to find alcohol-free options because the bars have cracked down hard on letting in minors. If an underage student is caught drinking at a bar, dorm, or house, he or she will get an expensive drinking ticket—$375 and climbing—so it's probably smarter to find something else to do. Luckily, Bradley and Peoria have a lot to offer that doesn't involve liquor, so most nights won't be as boring as lectures from earlier in the day. From movie theaters and coffee shops to on-campus comedy acts and musicians, there is plenty to do that reassures students that drinking isn't mandatory to have a good time.