Nightlife

Location
Big Rapids, MI
Undergrads
9,366
Tuition (in-state)
$16,512 ($10,354)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Junior

Nightlife: The pub has great drink prices. Shooters is overrated though

2 College Senior

Nightlife: I don't party but I know there isn't a lot of night life here. There are maybe 5 bars that people tend to go to but they aren't anything special. There aren't any clubs. Frats might have some parties. I don't think it's a positive impact at all. Partying seems to lead people to do really stupid things.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There are a lot of parties, however, I'm not really into that scene.

College Junior

Nightlife: Not into the party scene

1 College Junior

Nightlife: Ok. I work at TacoBell and on Friday and Saturday's we are open until 3am and 3:30am in Drivethru. Wow. Ferris kids really like to party, which is one reason I am glad I waited to go to college until 26, and I have quit drinking now for over 2 years. Students some to my work wasted and they are usually happy but sometimes you occasionally get the rude individuals. The worst part of working when they are wasted is they steal everything and anything in our lobby. I have had paintings, chairs, wet-floors signs, window decals, hot sauce containers, you name it if it is out in their view/reach they will attempt to steal it. They have broke doors and wrote on tables, brought open booze in my restaurant. Man, wish I could of partied like that ten years ago, and get away with it!!!! Other than that I love my ferris students as customers cuz they make you mad, happy, sad and glad when the night is over and I can go home to my kids at 5am!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 127th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 176th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1197th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Moore
Hometown
Temperance, MI
Major
Marketing
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Parties happen from Wednesday through Saturday. There are many different options off campus to find a way to have fun. The best option when drinking is to designate a driver. There are many people who do not drink on campus, and there is a Safe Ride option where they will pick up people from the bars. The other option is to take a taxi, but that could take a while on "party" nights.

Big Rapids is quite a small area, so there are not too many different bars and clubs located near the campus. Other options in the area are house parties or frat parties on the weekends. The local bars are a great place to go if you're 21 or over. They are convenient to get to, the cover price is not too high (nor are the drink prices), and they have a fun atmosphere. The only downside to the bars is that there is a lack of variety of places to go to. After a while, some of the bars get routine and boring. There are not too many options for underage students. The best options are house parties, going bowling, going to the movies, or hanging out at the dorms.
 

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • The Gate
  • River Rock
Local Specialties
  • Green Beaver: 1/2 oz creme de cacao, 1/2 oz green creme de menthe, 1/2 oz Bailey'sr Irish cream
  • Long Island Iced Tea:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • Flip cup
  • Ring of Fire
  • Waterfall
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Facebook events
  • The Gate hands out flyers that are inserted in the paper with special events.
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Shooters or The Gate
Organization Parties
There are always house parties that are being thrown by individuals or Greek societies.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Odyssey

13460 Northland Dr.

Big Rapids

(231) 796-6007

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

River Rock

Good bar to start to pre-drink.

230 Baldwin St.

Big Rapids

(231) 527-7625

Star Shooters Bar & Restaurant

Bar & Grill

120 S. Michigan Ave.

Big Rapids

(231) 796-4842

Buffalo Wild Wings

This is a brand-new bar and restaurant. It shows sports games on the many televisions there.

1264 Perry Ave.

Big Rapids

(231) 796-9464

www.buffalowildwings.com

The Gate

This is a bar & grill, as well as a bowling alley.

706 Perry Ave.

Big Rapids

(231) 796-3808

www.thegatesiteonline.com

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

The Gate

This is the local bowling alley that also has a bar & grill, too.

706 Perry Ave.

Big Rapids

(231) 796-3808

thegatesiteonline.com

Carmike Big Rapids Cinema

This is the only local theater that is in the area.

213 S. Michigan Ave.

Big Rapids

(231) 796-1452

carmike.com

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 64 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 59 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 46% Use a designated driver.
  • 5% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 2% Public transportation.
  • 24% Taxis.
  • 24% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 62 responses

  • 11% Parties? What parties?
  • 3% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 39% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 39% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 8% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 13 responses

  • 40% Frat parties
  • 35% Oakwood
  • 10% UPS
  • 10% Venlo
  • 5% Does not apply, go to Northern Branch of FSU

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 21 responses

  • 76% Ferris Fest
  • 19% St. Patricks Day
  • 5% Does not apply, go to Northern Branch of FSU

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