Danville, KY
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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The rules are very lenient, DPS is helpful for the most part as long as you behave, and there are plenty of places to go out and have fun without ever having to leave campus.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: It used to be awesome but things have gotten more strict which really sucks. Airguitar used to last all day but now it can only start at 9pm. Things used to be a lot wilder and DPS has just gotten stricter.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: It's fun at times, but going to the same places to sit around and drink every weekend and Wednesday to see the same people (it's a small school) gets old. Maybe some people like that.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't participate in the nightlife.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: pretty much up to you. Where you want to go.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 402nd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 971st
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 1017th
    Best Drink Prices

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Aaron Edwards
Henderson, KY
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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The nightlife tends to be what you make it. Pre-parties are very popular, followed by a night on fraternity row. Pre-parties sometimes start at happy hour in Danville and then move back to campus, but for those 21 and under, they start on campus. The pre-parties tend to center around drinking games, while happy-hour excursions focus more on cocktails and gossip. Weekends and Wednesday nights are usually the big party nights, but there are ample opportunities throughout the week, like karaoke or birthdays. Fraternity parties are popular because anyone is welcome at any house. The five fraternities have very different vibes, and each one caters to a different crowd or mood. Depending on your taste, you can usually find a place that fits your scene. There is loud dancing on pool tables, poker games, or `80s mania, and parties can often last until 3 or 4 a.m.

Different cliques at Centre also throw different types of parties-the drama kids usually have their own parties, and seniors are more apt to host theme parties or loud pre-parties at their on-campus apartments. Off-campus parties tend to be wilder but never last as long as the parties on campus. Most of Centre tends to stay on campus, at least late into the night, because everyone else is there. The downside is that the fraternity parties can get old, especially by your senior year, but usually either you or a couple of your friends have apartments or houses. Date parties and theme parties are always good entertainment, and it's just fun to dress up.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Student Favorites
The Winner's Circle
Local Specialties
Chateau du Vieux Corbeau wine:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole, Kings, Kentucky Derby, Circle of Death, High/Low)
  • Cardinal Puff
  • Century Club
  • Flip cup
  • The Hour of Power
  • Quarters
Closing Time
11:30 p.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Guad

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Pizza Hut (The Winners Circle)

A Pizza Hut that serves alcohol-although a weird combination-does have a bucket of four beers for $9. The bar is set off from the restaurant, and it's worth going to at least to see the local atmosphere once or twice.

1565 Hustonville Rd.

(859) 236-2622

Reno's Roadhouse

Reno's has karaoke Monday through Saturday nights, and happy hour starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 7 p.m. Appetizers are half-off, but the best deal is domestic bottled beer for $1.25. Large groups of students go here on Wednesdays to mix with the locals, watch some line dancing, and sing country music.

1641 Hustonville Rd.

(859) 936-1385


A well-known restaurant, Applebee's is a popular hangout spot because it serves good food and happy hour starts at 3 p.m., ends at 7 p.m., and then starts again at 10 p.m. and goes until close. If strapped for cash, during happy hour their appetizers are half-off along with most drinks and beers.

300 Skywatch Dr.

(859) 936-7400

Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant

The Guad is one of the most popular restaurants for Centre students. The food can be expensive, order á la carte, but the drinks are huge. Try the jumbo beer during happy hour, 32 ounces for $2.50. Margaritas are their specialty.

275 Jane Tr.

(859) 236-8300

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

Three Babes and a Monkey

Three Babes is within walking distance from campus, and unlike the other coffeeshops in town, they offer food also. The staff is incredibly friendly, but their food is a lot like what's offered on campus at the Café. They do offer a Centre discount, and it's a great place to go to get off campus or meet for lunch.

127 N. 4th St.

(859) 236-6642

Eclectic Coffee

Eclectic has good coffee, a great atmosphere, and the nicest employees. They have many board games available to play, some couches and chairs for studying, and they offer a Centre discount. This is a great place to go to relax, hang out, or study.

400 Finn Hill

(859) 936-9815

Big Valley

Big Valley has the best coffee in town and offers many specialty treats and snacks. They don't, however, offer any seating, so your best bet is to grab a good cup of java while you're running errands or before class.

975 Hustonville Rd.

(859) 236-2270

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 9 responses

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

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

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 44% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 56% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 11% Parties? What parties?
  • 0% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 44% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 44% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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