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2 College Junior

Nightlife: I hear about them all the time but don't participate.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I have not attend any party.

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2 College Junior

Nightlife: I am guessing from formerly living there; not many options.

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.


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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
Temperance, MI
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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?


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

The Gate

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

706 Perry Ave.

Big Rapids

(231) 796-3808

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

Carmike Big Rapids Cinema

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

213 S. Michigan Ave.

Big Rapids

(231) 796-1452

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 66 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 59 responses

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

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

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

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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