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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: I personally enjoy going out and meeting new faces.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Bad. Parties at the frat houses are the same thing everywhere, with the same drama in every one. Bars are far away and not very "bumpin'." Everything is pretty close.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: For a small school the nightlife is good. Parties can be chill or overflowing with people. Transportation is not a problem.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The night life at Bradley is usually pretty good. There is always something to do and it is the best way to get to know people. During the day, and at school, I am too focused on homework and class, but at night it is great to be able to relax and focus on socializing.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I have no idea what the nightlife is like because I do not go to parties or bars or any of the above.


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  • 267th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 271st
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1099th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erin Wood
Peoria, Ill.
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown Peoria
  • Farmington Road
Other Places to Check Out
  • Fieldhouse Bar & Grill
  • One World Café
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • Case Race
  • Circle of Death
  • Flip Cup
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Fliers around campus
  • The Scout, the student newspaper
  • Word of mouth
Closing Time
1 a.m.–2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Specials vary from night to night, so you can get a cheap drink almost any night of the week at one bar or another.
Organization Parties
Fraternities have parties at their houses, but other organizations mostly just host alcohol-free events on campus.
Did You Know?
Bradley students make a lot of jungle juice—a high-alcohol, punch-like drink. When partiers get bored with beer, they move on to jungle juice (some even start with jungle juice!).

Club ListingsWhat's This?


This is a gay bar, but it's open to everyone. Diesel is a fun place to dance, no matter your sexual orientation. There is a screen that takes up the entire wall behind the bar that shows music videos of the songs that are playing. Some nights there are drag shows, which everyone should experience at least once.

629 Main St.

Downtown Peoria

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Jimmy's Bar

Jimmy's is split between an inside room and a semi-outside room. It's crowded with Bradley students on the weekends, and it's a fun stop if you're on Farmington Road, especially during the warmer months. But watch out: The drinks are strong.

2801 W. Farmington Road

West Peoria

(309) 676-4021

Kelleher's Irish Pub & Eatery

Kelleher's is set in a quaint old building on Water Street. The Irish pub offers a huge number of beers. Bradley students don't crowd this place, so it's great for a quiet dinner and a drink.

619 SW Water St.

Downtown Peoria

(309) 673-6000

Sully's Pub & Café

This place has a sports-bar feel, so it's a great place to come watch a game. It also has some good pub food, like wings and sandwiches. This is popular among the college crowd.

121 SW Adams St.

Downtown Peoria

(309) 674-0238

Hoops Pub & Pizza

Hoops has awesome pizza and affordable drinks. This is a nice spot to start your night on the town. It's a narrow bar, so it feels more claustrophobic than it really is, but it's a good place for pizza and a beer.

516 Main St.

Downtown Peoria

(309) 637-0525

The Basket Case

This is a fun little bar a few blocks from campus in an alley that many students don't know about. There is karaoke every night and cheap drinks. However, it gets really crowded sometimes, so you can't always sit down at a table. You'll see a lot of townies here.

610 W. Main St.


(309) 676-2273

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar

There's another BWW in The Shoppes at Grand Prairie Mall, but the East Peoria location is closer to Bradley—it's just a five-minute jaunt across the bridge. This sports bar has great wings and decent drink specials. You'll see a good number of Bradley students here, especially if there's a big game on TV.

833 W. Camp St.

East Peoria

(309) 699-9464


Crusens is another Bradley staple. The college crowd hangs out here almost every night of the week. There are good food and drink specials. You won't be able to graduate from Bradley without going to Crusens.

2117 W. Farmington Road

West Peoria

(309) 673-7100

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

Campus Parties/Events

Go to parties at your own risk or abstain from alcohol until you're legal. Almost every bar cards, and fake IDs don't fly. If you're not into drinking, all campus events are alcohol-free, and people actually go to them. As far as underage places go, there aren't a ton of options that aren't full of high school students, aside from restaurants, movie theaters, and bowling alleys (all of which are a good time).

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 26 responses

  • 8% There are no good options.
  • 38% Use a designated driver.
  • 4% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 4% Taxis.
  • 46% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 25 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 27 responses

  • 0% Parties? What parties?
  • 4% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 67% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 30% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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