Nightlife

Location
St. Petersburg, FL
Undergrads
2,064
Tuition
$35,926
Admission Difficulty
Average
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1 College Senior

Nightlife: Its fun your freshman year and then everything is extremely repetitive. There are off-campus bars with decent prices, but Eckerd only provides transportation once a month for First Friday and many students end up driving drunk.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: very little underage nightlife, and the parties start to get old because they are always the same.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The parties are fantastic, but there is not much to do on the weekends in large social settings other than go to the parties.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife in campus is VERY repetitive. Parties at NU or Kappa are usually the same even if there is a theme to them. The upperclassmen tend to party at local clubs which can be nice.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are many places to go to in St.Petersburg and just up the road in Tampa.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 150th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 676th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1222nd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elise Luce
Hometown
Los Alamos, N.M./Decatur, Ga.
Major
Environmental Studies
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If you’re over 21, the local nightlife holds a lot more options. St. Petersburg is not really known for its nightlife, but Tampa is 25 minutes away, and St. Petersburg still has a couple of charms up its sleeve, even though it doesn’t have a big-city vibe. One of the most popular events in St. Pete is First Fridays—the streets in downtown are blocked off the first Friday of every month, and everybody heads out to party. Although everyone is welcome, First Friday is really designed for the 21+ set, apart from the outdoor concert.

For students under 21, Ybor, the historic Tampa district, is home to the most 18+ clubs in one vicinity and is a nice place to check out for dinner and an evening out. Special parties sometimes come through Tampa, such as foam or paint parties, and those are surprisingly popular. There are also a lot of great concerts that come to both St. Pete and Ybor, and the lesser-known acts are usually quite affordable. Palmetto Productions, the on-campus activity staff, throws a multitude of events as well that can be worth checking out. Palmetto is also responsible for getting tickets to special events at the parks in Orlando like Howl-O-Scream or select concerts, or they sometimes even bringer performers and bands to campus.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Business strip of St. Pete Beach
  • Downtown St. Pete
  • Tampa
  • Ybor
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Kings
Useful Resources for Nightlife
St. Pete Bar Guide
Closing Time
2 a.m. (3 a.m. in Tampa)
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Most places have a happy hour with very cheap drinks.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Vintage Ultra Lounge

There are nightly specials here, including 2-for-1 drinks on Wednesday and dollar drinks on Friday. There is no cover for the ladies on Saturdays and guys get in free before 11 p.m.

16 2nd St. N.

St. Petersburg

(727) 898-2222

www.vintageultralounge.com

Push Ultra Lounge

Push has two levels, a dance floor, outdoor patio, and rooftop deck. It has been named one of the Top 5 hottest dance clubs in Tampa Bay by the St. Petersburg Times.

128 3rd St.

St. Petersburg

(727) 871-7874

www.pushlounge.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Rare Olive

The Rare Olive brings in live jazz music and has a great drink list.

300 Central Ave.

St. Petersburg

(727) 822-7273

www.rareolive.com

Shadrack's

This beachy bar is right across the street from the water.

114 8th Ave.

St. Petersburg

(727) 360-8279

Sloppy Pelican

Located right on the water, this is a popular place to grab a bite to eat and some drinks. The bar has live music and a college night with beer pong.

677 75th Ave.

St. Petersburg Beach

(727) 360-7100

www.sloppypelican.com

Beef O'Brady's

This sports bar chain has a happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., where you can get cheap beer and wings.

4775 34th St. S.

St. Petersburg

(727) 866-1086

www.beefobradys.com

Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill

This sports bar is close to Tropicana Field, so is a popular place to hang out before or after a game.

1320 Central Ave.

St. Petersburg

(727) 822-4562

fergssportsbar.com

Georgie's Alibi St. Petersburg

Georgie's has daily specials, including 2-for-1 drinks, and $1 domestic bottles. This gay bar also has pool tournaments and drag shows.

3100 3rd Ave. N.

St. Petersburg

(727) 321-2112

www.georgiesalibi.com/stpete

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

Ybor City has plenty of 18-and-up clubs or you can hang out on the beach.

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 37 responses

  • 3% There are no good options.
  • 51% Use a designated driver.
  • 35% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 3% Public transportation.
  • 8% Taxis.
  • 0% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 37 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 39 responses

  • 5% Parties? What parties?
  • 15% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 10% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 54% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 15% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 7 responses

  • 43% Kappa
  • 29% Nu for a better party, Kappa for the hippies.
  • 29% Mostly Kappa, but Nu and Omega have good ones too.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 8 responses

  • 50% Kappa ball or toga party
  • 25% Spring carnival
  • 25% There are lots of big parties
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