Nightlife

Location
Fort Myers, FL
Undergrads
9,724
Tuition (in-state)
$25,112 ($6,068)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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1 College Senior

Nightlife: Other than college night on Thursdays, Gulf Coast Town Center, near FGCU's campus is dead and when there are events covers and drink charges are ridiculous.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't go out very often.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's gotten A LOT better since I first came here.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Most people go to bars or fraternity/house parties during weekends. There are only a couple choices in bars (some are more like clubs some are just bars). Most of the bars are in Gulf Coast Town Center, which is convenient if you live on campus and within walking distance if you live in West Lake.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: Not too hot; Southwest Florida is primarily populated by elderly people who don't party.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 347th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 459th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1024th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Victoria Rice
Hometown
Clearwater, FL
Major
Education
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Depending on what type of FGCU student you ask, you will get a different response about what there is to do around town at night. Some will say that there isn't really much around the school and that places close early. Other students will remark that nightlife at FGCU is great, mostly because of what's offered on campus, including sports, drama, local band events, and the radio station. You have to travel for entertainment other than the local movie theaters, though. The off-campus parties are great if you like drinking and smoking, but not so great if you have other interests; plus, these parties generally don't last long. Overall, each student has something different to say about nightlife.

While there is much to do in the town, there's really not a lot in terms of nightlife. Fort Myers, Naples, and even Sarasota are all towns filled with older, wealthy people. So the "things" to do in town are going to be during the day, such as shopping, festivals, and local events. There are a couple of night clubs/bars near campus, but aside from these places, other night clubs are a good 30 minutes away, depending on where you live.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown Fort Myers
  • Gulf Coast Town Center
  • Naples
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bar Louie
  • Beef 'O' Brady's
Favorite Drinking Games
Beer pong
Useful Resources for Nightlife
www.fortmyersnightout.com
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Skeeter B's
Organization Parties
Fraternities and sororities will throw parties on campus sometimes.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Ultra

15495 Tamiami Tri N

Naples

(239) 465-VIPS

ultranaples.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Skeeter B's

This is the best place to go on Wednesdays.

16520 S. Tamiami Trail

Fort Myers

(239) 454-4156

Miller's Ale House

This is a great place for good food and drinks.

4400 Kernel Circle

Fort Myers

(239) 931-4160

www.millersalehouse.com

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

Gulf Coast Town Center

The Gulf Coast Town Center is really close to campus, and it has a lot of shopping and restaurants.

10050 Gulf Center Dr.

Fort Myers

(239) 267-0783

www.gulfcoasttowncenter.com/shop/gulf.nsf/index

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 88 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 86 responses

  • 3% There are no good options.
  • 78% Use a designated driver.
  • 8% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 5% Public transportation.
  • 3% Taxis.
  • 2% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 87 responses

  • 21% Parties? What parties?
  • 23% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 16% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 33% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 7% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 7 responses

  • 43% Eaglepalooza
  • 29% Rush Parties
  • 14% March Madness
  • 14% Life in color

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 5 responses

  • 50% Fraternities
  • 50% Off-Campus (Gulf Coast Town Center)

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