Nightlife

Location
Greenville, NC
Undergrads
18,317
Tuition (in-state)
$19,683 ($5,869)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I wouldn't rather go anywhere else to party. Stilllife is by far my favorite.

College Senior

Nightlife: Never attended any nightlife parties

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Obviously, if you have heard anything about East Carolina University, then you have heard that it's THE party school. Now, for people who like to party, then yes it's amazing. However, for people like me who maybe like to have quiet nights in, it's great too. ECU definitely has a nightlife and holds various parties but it's not too overbearing to where people who do not like to party can't have a good time either.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: House parties are big here, as is downtown. ECU tries to get students to NOT drink and drive so the transportation offered is great.

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5 College Senior

Nightlife: There are towns of parties and the bars allow people to come in as 18 year olds and not drink. There are the drunk buses that will drive you home after the bars. Also if you live in the grid you can walk home.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 40th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 57th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1316th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samantha Mandel
Hometown
Matthews, NC
Major
Biology
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ECU students' drinking habits range from totally sober to borderline alcoholic, and there is a maturity difference in how and where students party. Usually, underclassmen enjoy the clubs because the downtown scene is something different from high school, and because they somehow think that clubbin' is the thing to do. Upperclassmen who have learned the importance of balancing studying and fun tend to take advantage of drink and appetizer specials at restaurants where they can eat, drink pints, share pitchers, and converse with friends. Halloween is much-anticipated, and Midnight Madness on campus is always fun. The City blocks off Fifth Street downtown, and the crowds fill the street. Downtown restaurants, apartments, and rooftops are good locations for cheering at the costumed crowd. Some creative costumes have been a Heisman Trophy, a speed bump with tire tracks across the front, and a couple dressed as Twinkies and wrapped together with saran. ECU also offers a myriad of options, sponsored by the Student Union or student organizations, for students who want to participate in activities on campus instead of going out.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Fifth Street
Student Favorites
  • Boli's
  • BW3's
  • Chico's Mexican Restaurant
  • Christy's Euro Pub
  • Club Aqua
  • Ham's
  • Pantana Bob's (PB's)
  • The Red Rooster
Other Places to Check Out
  • 4th & Tavern
  • 5th Street
  • Lucky's
  • The Pita Pit
  • Rumors
  • The Tank
Local Specialties
  • Duck Rabbit Beer:
  • Local wines:
  • Rum and Pepsi: New Bern, NC, is the birthplace of Pepsi, so many choose this drink over the popular Rum and Coke.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong ("pong")
  • Card games (Electricity, Traps, Kings, A**hole, Bulls**t)  
  • Flip cup
  • Power Hour
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • The Daily Reflector’s entertainment section
  • ECU Student Union
  • The Greenville Times
  • The Mixer (geared towards students, published by Greenville's Daily Reflector)
Closing Time
2 a.m. 4 a.m. for private clubs
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Nightly specials at various bars
Organization Parties
Every student organization has some sort of tradition of celebration at ECU. The historically African-American Greek organizations have at least three large step shows each year, and opening and closing receptions are common for art shows at the school of art. The biology students and faculty, especially those in fisheries studies, are partiers. The experienced faculty in the department of English love hosting literary readings to showcase their colleagues’ work, as well as inviting out-of-town authors to share their work. Some departmental parties involve jam sessions that attempt to recreate the beloved live-music nightlife scene of 25 or 30 years ago before the current influx of canned-music clubs.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

The Red Rooster

The Red Rooster, formerly Corrigan's, has good service and the atmosphere is comfortable. There is live music, which seems to attract many of the same people who used to go to Peasants (now Club Aqua). Some of the local music favorites, like Mac and Juice and Valiant Thorr, have played there.  

122 E. Fifth St.

(252) 931-1119

Phoenix Nightclub

Phoenix, formerly the Cavern, has an entrance that is easy to miss, but many people feel it is worth the search to go there and enjoy the packed dance floor and chill atmosphere. Ladies always get in for free, which can be a good deal for college students with limited funds. Phoenix features a variety of music each night.

209 E. Fifth St.

(252) 757-2582

Pantana Bob's (PB's)

PB's has a strict dress code and often hosts private parties, lingerie contests, and foam parties, as well as live music acts. Unpleasantly large crowds of underclassmen, especially wide-eyed freshmen, frequent PB's, which features an outdoor deck where patrons can cool off between dances.

513 Cotanche St.

(252) 757-3778

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

El Ranchito

El Ranchito is a favorite student and faculty hangout at lunchtime, but morphs into an active restaurant and bar at night. The nachos and the chicken soup are scrumptious at El Ranchito, and the margaritas are popular too.

315 E. 10th St.

(252) 561-7336

Dr. Unk's Oasis

Dr. Unk's, the name of which purposely looks like "Drunks" from a distance, has replaced the former Main Street Beer Company, which was a popular Greek hangout because of its proximity to several Greek houses.

201 S. Jarvis St.

(252) 758-8657

Marathon Restaurant

Marathon, a Greek restaurant right across the street from Ham's, is a long-time favorite of students, faculty, and community members. The bar is small, size-wise, but the selection of beer and wine is certainly decent. The food is wonderful and the prices are good, too. Athenian chicken is yummy, and vegetarians must try the Agean Grilled Cheese and the Spinach Plunge.  

706 Evans St.

(252) 752-3753

Ham's Restaurant & Brew House

Ham's is located in a former funeral parlor and is rumored to be haunted-just ask anyone who has had the model train fall off the track onto their head. Ham's features various drink and food specials and has a wide range of beers.

701 Evans St.

(252) 830-2739

Buffalo Wild Wings (a.k.a. BW3's, B-Dub's)

BW3's has pretty good food, especially the catfish nuggets and killer hot sauce, but the smoke is unbearable for non-smokers. After 30 seconds inside at night, even non-smokers reek like they have just smoked a whole pack of cigarettes. People who like something other than Budweiser and are seeking a place that is larger than Christy's Euro Pub can partake of Guinness, Bass, and Harp.

114 E. Fifth St.

(252) 758-9191

Boli's

Boli's offers scrumptious pizza and other dishes all day, and almost all night, too. The appetizers are yummy, and so are the BLTs. The couch area is comfy, and there is a large round booth, perfect for larger groups feasting on pizza and beer.

123 E. Fifth St.

(252) 752-2654

Christy's Euro Pub

Christy's (or "the Euro Pub") is the best place for people who like an intimate atmosphere for socializing, not just drinking and looking for hookups. It is certainly a hangout for more mature customers, usually upperclassmen, grad students, and faculty. Halloween and St. Patrick's Day are huge events at the Euro Pub, especially St. Patrick's Day-green beer and everything.

301 S. Jarvis St.

(252) 758-2774

Chico's Mexican Restaurant

Just across Reade Street from Fletcher, Clement, and White dorms, Chico's is popular for lunch, dinner, and late-night celebrations among students and faculty. The bar is on the end of the restaurant closest to the clubs on Cotanche Street. Fried ice cream is the dish of choice for many customers, and it is massive, so more than one person could share it. Overall, the food is more American with a Southwestern flavor than it is authentic Mexican food.

521 Cotanche St.

(252) 757-1666

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

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is a local favorite and a great place for coffee and conversation in the middle of the night. The doughnuts are pretty irresistible, especially when the hot sign is on and the aroma of fresh doughnuts wafts across West Neighborhood of East Campus into the dorms.

300 E. 10th St.

McCafé

Just across the street from Krispy Kreme, the McDonald's-turned-McCafé is a new phenomenon near ECU. The pastry items and new coffee concoctions, both of which are generally a lot better than the ones from Java City on campus, are strong attractions for students, as is the wireless Internet.

301 E. 10th St.

Willis Building

The Willis Building is actually the Regional Development Services office for ECU, but almost every weekend of the month, Willis also serves as the venue for various kinds of dancing, including ballroom, salsa, swing, and contra dancing. Lessons always precede the dances, which are open to all skill levels and ages.

300 E. 1st St.

Hendrix Theater

Hendrix Theater offers several film nights, and the films change every week. Film flyers are posted in Mendenhall Student Center, and show times are usually sent out via e-mail.

Mendenhall Student Center

On campus

Most clubs downtown are 18+

Acasia's Tipsy Teapot/Parker-Kennybrook Books

Like Mudslinger's, Parker-Kennybrook Books and the Tipsy Teapot are part of Greenville's Downtown Revitalization efforts. Parker-Kennybrook is one of the few independent bookshops in town and is supportive of campus organizations that want to host dramatic and literary events. The tea is certainly tasty at the Tipsy Teapot, perfect with a good book on the couches there.

409-B S. Evans St.

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble is a popular study hangout for students who want a change from their dorms or apartments and the library. The hot tea is good, as is the hot chocolate and coffee, and of course, the Barnes & Noble stock is slightly more pop-culture related than the bulk of the titles at Joyner Library.

3040 Evans St..

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 89 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 85 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 12% Use a designated driver.
  • 58% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 2% Public transportation.
  • 1% Taxis.
  • 27% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 88 responses

  • 11% Parties? What parties?
  • 5% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 3% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 53% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 27% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 25 responses

  • 36% On campus or downtown
  • 22% Frat parties
  • 19% Housing
  • 14% Downtown
  • 8% House parties

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 29 responses

  • 83% Halloween
  • 7% First party
  • 3% I'm schmucked
  • 3% Homecoming
  • 3% Halloween, I'm schmacked, red cup nation
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