Nightlife

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't do a lot of partying, but many students take time to have some fun on the weekends. Many fraternities and sororities have parties and many students choose to go the bars and clubs close to campus. A lot of students have fun at said bars and clubs.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: FSU is a big party school, but I am not really into that. For people that are, though, there's always going to be a party for you to go to.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: While the parties are fun, people also take drinking seriously. The bouncers help keep everyone in line and remove people when they get too drunk.

College Junior

Nightlife: I don't attend parties, so I have no idea.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: There are a variety of places to go to and there is a school bus for night rides.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 4th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 15th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1369th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cheryl Justis
Hometown
Daytona Beach, Fla.
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New arrivals to Florida State may be fooled into thinking that Tallahassee is a sleepy, Southern town, but the truth of the matter is that the nightlife here is alive and well. On any given night, you can have your choice of live music, dancing, and drink specials. The Greeks on campus have a reputation of throwing some of the best bashes, and the off-campus parties often wind up being large and loud. Most students will hang out on the Tennessee Street Strip, but bars and clubs surround the campus. Remember that this is a two-college town, so there are going to be some crazy parties to attend almost every weekend, whether they are FSU parties or not, and whether they on campus or off.

However, all this partying does bring some unwanted attention. The local police department recently established a "Party Patrol" that responds to complaints about off-campus parties and underage drinking, and the FSU police are fairly strict, as well. Because the students at FSU are so friendly and outgoing, you won't have to worry about being bored. There's always a good time to be found around every corner, just use common sense to stay safe and to not get caught.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown
  • Gaines Street
  • Railroad Avenue
  • Tennessee Street Strip
Student Favorites
  • Bullwinkle's
  • Floyd's Music Store
Other Places to Check Out
  • 4th Quarter Bar & Grille
  • A.J.'s Sports Bar
  • Café Cabernet
  • Calico Jack's Seafood House & Oyster Bar
  • Club Jade
  • Down Below
  • Ken's
  • Leon Pub
  • Paradise Grill & Bar
  • Poor Paul's Pourhouse
  • Posy's
  • Potbelly's
  • Snooker's
  • Stetson's
  • Waterworks
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Card games
  • Century Club
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/entertainment
  • www.tallystudents.com
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Bullwinkle’s
Organization Parties
The organizations and clubs on campus are always active and ready for a good time. In addition to regular events, some hold private or invitation-only parties. They may not always be as big or as loud as some of the Greek parties, but they are always fun.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Potbelly's

Description: This is one of the most popular hangouts in Tallahassee, with a bar, dance floor, and outside patio if you want to get away from the noise. However, don't get caught there on a weekend; this is the place to go on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

459 W. College Ave.

Tallahassee

(850) 224-2233

www.potbellys.net

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Beta Bar

This is arguably one of the best places in town to catch live music from both local and national bands. Live music is offered throughout the week, giving you the chance to hear everything from reggae to hardcore punk. The Beta Bar also has pinball, pool, and foosball.

809 Railroad Ave.

Tallahassee

(850) 425-2697

www.thebetabar.com

Brothers

Brothers is said to be one of the funkiest nightclubs in town. They offer entertainment ranging from drag shows to Old Wave parties. Definitely not to be missed.

926 W. Tharpe St.

Tallahassee

(850) 386-2399

Bullwinkle's

Ranked by Playboy magazine as one of the best college bars in the country, it features an indoor dance club, live music in the Jamaican Beer Garden, and offers a Thirsty Moose VIP Club.

620 W. Tennessee St.

Tallahassee

(850) 224-0651

www.bullwinklessaloon.net

Club Downunder

This is an on-campus nightspot that offers live music and comedy, as well other various performance opportunities throughout the week.

FSU Student Union

On campus

(850)644-6710

union.fsu.edu/cdu

Floyd's Music Store

Another hot place to catch live music on the weekend, Floyd's also offers a variety of drink specials and 18-and-over shows.

666 W. Tennessee St.

Tallahassee

(850) 222-3506

www.floydsmusicstore.com

Gordo's

Cuban restaurant by day and student hangout by night, Gordo's is one of the cheaper places in Tallahassee to get a drink. Friday is Latin night, and Thursdays feature cheap pitchers all day long.

1907 W. Pensacola St.

Tallahassee

(850) 576-5767

www.gordoscubanfood.com

The Grove

The Grove is small, but it's still very popular. The dress code is fairly strict-it's more of a Miami kind of lounge than Tallahassee's other nightspots.

111 W. College Ave.

Tallahassee

(850) 577-0700

Late Night Library

One of Tallahassee's more unique spots, the Library is divided into three rooms-two of which are outside-and concentrates much more on music and dancing than most other local bars.

809 Gay St.

Tallahassee

(850) 224-2429

The Moon

Wednesdays are college nights at the Moon, a bar and music venue which adopts a completely different vibe for each night of the week.

1105 E. Lafayette St.

Tallahassee

(850) 878.6900

www.moonevents.com

Po'Boys Creole Café

As the name implies, Po'Boys specializes in Creole food and exhibits a lively Baton Rouge atmosphere. Great jambalaya, authentic gumbo, and a free-beer-for-ladies Tuesday make this place a popular hangout for FSU students.

1944 W. Pensacola St.

Tallahassee

(850) 574-4144

www.poboys.com

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

You can get in to some bars, like Floyd's, Late Night Library, and the Beta Bar. They often have 18-and-over nights

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 261 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 56 responses

  • 27% Home sports game days
  • 18% ESPN College Game Day
  • 18% National Championship Game
  • 18% The 2013 National Championship Game
  • 12% Homecoming
  • 7% I'm Shmacked

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 245 responses

  • 22% Walk.
  • 9% Taxis.
  • 3% Public transportation.
  • 30% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 33% Use a designated driver.
  • 2% There are no good options.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 43 responses

  • 53% Off Campus
  • 27% Heritage Grove
  • 8% Fraternity houses
  • 5% Pool parties
  • 3% The Backyard
  • 3% I don't party

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 250 responses

  • 34% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 49% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 9% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 2% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 7% Parties? What parties?

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