Lakeland, FL
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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Not interested in parties, I stick to my schoolwork and on campus job.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: The students have a positive impact on each other.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Kau's is the only club I've heard of. It's a small bar that gets very crowded because it's basically the only place to go out to that's convenient. Thursdays are most popular. Otherwise, you can go to Orlando, Downtown Disney, or Tampa. All are under an hour away.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't know. I never go out. I usually stay in the dorm room.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Only club around is a slum called Kaus, I don't party or drink

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 627th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 634th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 737th
    Biggest Party Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erin Ferguson
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The parties that occur on campus are mostly hosted by Greek organizations or by athletic teams. While some are promoted with posters and flyers throughout campus, the party scene is not a main focal point of campus, which is the case for some schools. House parties do happen, but Florida Southern is a dry campus, so you won't find much drinking.

Bars and clubs are easily accessible, especially when using a designated driver. Walking may not always be the best idea, but the locations are not that far away. The bars and clubs are also very affordable, with a wide variety of drink specials. However, in the Lakeland area, there aren't very many choices, so if the couple of bars and clubs are getting boring, there are always other places to try out in Tampa and Orlando. In this case, it may be easier to make a weekend out of it and find somewhere to stay in the city. For those who are still underage, many options are available. Some of clubs and bars offer an underage cover charge, so it is still possible to go to the various bars and clubs. However, if a bar or club does not sound appealing, going to the movies or hanging out at a late-night restaurant are good choices.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown Lakeland
  • Tampa
Other Places to Check Out
Hookah Palace
Local Specialties
Gingeraide: Ginger ale, sugar, lemonade, and ice
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • Flip Cup
  • Thunderstruck
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • School bulletin boards
  • Word of mouth
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Kau Kau Koner, Traders Alley
Organization Parties
Different organizations will throw parties, but they should not be confused with any type of house party. These parties generally have food, music, and sometimes games. They are a way for students to have fun without leaving campus, especially for students that are not 21.
Did You Know?
Kau Kau Koner has been around for more than 50 years.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Traders Alley

Traders is an upscale bar and club, with two outdoor patios and a large dance floor. There are special themed nights throughout the month, as well as countless drink specials.

210 E. Pine St.


(863) 937-8876

Dallas Bull

The Dallas Bull is a country club and bar with seven bars, an enormous dance floor, and a stage. There is live music, line dancing, and even a mechanical bull.

3322 N. US 301


(813) 987-2855

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Molly McHugh's

With no TVs and low-key music, Molly's is a great place to sit and talk over some drinks after a long week. Sometimes there are live bands, too. The Irish setting makes it different from other nearby bars.

111 S. Kentucky Ave.


(863) 686-6231

Kau Kau Koner

Kau's is an old bar complete with a drive-thru. There are pool tables and a jukebox. Kau's is known for its wings.

1109 E. Main St.


(863) 686-1731

DC's Sports Bar

DC's has TVs to watch your favorite game, karaoke nights, and live entertainment. Each night of the week has a different event, so make sure to check the schedule.

1015 S. Florida Ave.


(863) 682-2300

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

Lakeside Village

Lakeside Village has a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as a movie theater.

1479 Town Center Dr. #203


(863) 616-9360

Kau Kau Koner

Kau's is an old bar complete with a drive-thru. There are pool tables and a jukebox. Kau's is known for its wings.

1109 E. Main St.


(863) 686-1731

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 37 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 33 responses

  • 6% There are no good options.
  • 76% Use a designated driver.
  • 3% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 9% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 6% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 32% Parties? What parties?
  • 6% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 32% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 26% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 3% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

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

  • 67% Winter Wonderland/ Fairwell Festival
  • 33% Halloween

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

  • 100% Frat houses
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