Nightlife

Location
Tallahassee, FL
Undergrads
28,733
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Nightlife: I'm not really a big partier, but from the stories I hear the night life around school is pretty awesome.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are always parties going on, and there is always something to do.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Parties help students unwind and have some fun

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: The most parties that take place are usually those that the Fraternities throw. There are various house parties that take place but they're usually little known about. Most people tend to just go out to the clubs or the bars. The party scene has an average impact on the student experience. Just like most places, it gets people out of their shell and let's them meet tons of new people, but it also doesn't affect too much of how well people do in classes.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are a good variety of clubs and bars around campus. Some are walkable, and some are a short drive away. They are cheap in admission and drinks compared to bars and clubs in big cities.

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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 255 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 245 responses

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

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 biggest party event of the year?    Based on 51 responses

  • 25% Home sports game days
  • 20% ESPN College Game Day
  • 18% National Championship Game
  • 16% The 2013 National Championship Game
  • 14% Homecoming
  • 8% I'm Shmacked

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

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

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