Richmond, KY
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4 College Senior

Nightlife: The bars and clubs here are always packed almost everyday of the week. They are also easy to get into if you are not 21 yet. The bars are a walking distance away or an $8 cab ride home.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I've heard that the parties are fairly raging, and our neighbors last semester partied a lot, and--by the sounds of it--partied hard, but I don't really know. I've got better things to do.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't partake but most of my floor did, they stay out all night down at the bars just off campus where there is live music.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I'm not much of a party goer.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you drink and party, it's perfect. If not, you have bowling or the movies or a little drive to Lexington for more of an option.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 97th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 312nd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1055th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nakeisha Wilson
Ferguson, KY
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Students at EKU agree that there are lots of options for partying, particularly on Wednesday through Saturday. Most students stick to local spots but occasionally make the drive to Lexington. While some of the options for bars and clubs are limited in the Richmond area, students say they like the convenience. Most tend to walk to the bars or clubs, ride with a designated driver, or take a taxi cab. The cost of Richmond bars and clubs is affordable, and cover charges are waived on a lot of nights. Students find the price of a drink to be good, and many places sell drafts or cans for only a dollar. Many places have live music or contest nights to bring in more customers.

While the selections are average, students say the options in Richmond are fun. There are also house/apartment parties, as well as Greek-sponsored parties on campus. Students who do not drink or are underage also have different options for nightlife and are not discriminated against for not drinking. There are plenty of things to do sober, like the movies, bowling, dinner, or hanging out with friends. Basically, if you want to drink there are some places here to do it. However, if you don’t drink, you won’t feel shunned.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Madison Gardens
  • Main Street
  • Richmond Centre
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Bar & Grill
  • Casa Fiesta
  • Frontier Lounge
  • Hooters
  • Nutz
  • Ripetide
  • Woody's
Local Specialties
  • Bourbon: A type of American whiskey produced in Kentucky, especially around Bourbon County
  • Irish Car Bomb: Irish whiskey, Irish cream, and Guinness stout
  • Panty Droppers: Raspberry vodka, blueberry schnapps, and cranberry juice
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • Flip Cup
  • Kings
  • Ring of Fire
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Eastern Progress
  • Flyers around campus
Closing Time
1 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Madison Gardens
Organization Parties
Some Greek chapters throw organized parties. They are big on themes, so the traditional toga party is quite a hit. Other organizations, like the Student Activities Council, also throw events. Student groups around campus also organize bar crawls.
Did You Know?
Eastern was listed as one of America's Top Party Schools by Playboy Magazine in 1987.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Maverick Club

1507 E. Main St.


(859) 623-0421

Jerzees Cocktail Lounge & Comedy Club

122 E. Main St.


Club 110

110 S. Second St.


(859) 519-7817

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Paddy Wagon Irish Pub

The Paddy Wagon is an Irish pub located in downtown Richmond. Customers must be 21 years or older to enter. Inside, prepare for some authentic Irish entertainment and food. They're famous for the Irish Car Bomb.

150 E. Main St.


(859) 625-1054

Nikki's Tavern

This is a small bar, but the atmosphere is good. They have a well of shots.

206 E. Water St.


(859) 625-0007

Players Club

212 W. Water St.


(859) 624-8110

Tackett's Tavern & Grill

Tackett's offers good food, good prices, and a really neat atmosphere with brick walls and some classy decorations.

250 W. Main St.


(859) 624-0800

Saratoga Bar & Grill

1430 E. Main St.


(859) 624-9494

Champions Sports Bar & Grill

1025 Amberley Way


(859) 624-4444

Blue Moon

525 E. Irvine St.


(859) 623-5858

Double Deuce Bar & Grill

826 Heath St.


(859) 623-3377

Madison Garden

Live entertainment, good food, good beer, and a friendly atmosphere

152 N. Madison Ave.


(859) 623-9720

Gillum's Sports Lounge

Sports bar with a good variety of drinks and food at affordable prices.

830 Eastern Bypass


(859) 623-2335

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

Galaxy Bowling

Galaxy Bowling features glow-in-the-dark bowling.

1024 Amberley Way


(859) 624-4444

Events on campus

EKU hosts a lot of events for students to attend, such as the President's Ball, comedians, musicians, game nights, and more.


Catch a movie and enjoy some popcorn!

2103 Lantern Ridge Dr.


(859) 326-3264

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 59 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 52 responses

  • 10% There are no good options.
  • 52% Use a designated driver.
  • 2% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 4% Public transportation.
  • 10% Taxis.
  • 23% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 54 responses

  • 26% Parties? What parties?
  • 4% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 17% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 48% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 6% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% GREEK WEEK
  • 33% Homecoming
  • 17% Move in mania

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 9 responses

  • 70% Fraternities/Sororities
  • 30% I don't party.
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