Nightlife

Location
Greenville, SC
Undergrads
2,623
Tuition
$41,532
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Junior

Nightlife: Compared to a lot of the larger state universities, it is not as good. But, it is definitely existent, although it isn't big enough to affect your school work.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The Furman party scene isn't raging on campus like it is at other schools. If you want to, however, it is very easy to become involved in the party scene here.

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2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is really lame, expect to be home by 1 am

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Not crazy but there. DT has lots of bars.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I'm not really much of one for the nightlife, but Furman seems to have a healthy amount of fun!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 474th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 679th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 899th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tenell Felder
Hometown
Columbia, SC
Major
Political Science/Communications
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Due to Furman's official status as a dry institution, parties on campus are virtually non-existent. There are a few rebellious students who smuggle beer into crowded dorm rooms. However, the louder parties end prematurely due to intervention by an RA or from lack of sufficient elbow room for chugging. Instead, most students attend parties at off-campus fraternity houses, or they convene in bars downtown. Students have plenty watering holes to choose from within walking distance. For pool and darts, go to Barley's, and for cheap drinks, go to the Bait Shack. This is the extent of weekend escapades because it's not a party school, but those looking for a good crowd can usually find it.

Students who enjoy the frat scene have little to complain about, but for the rest of the student body, options are limited. If your weekend isn't complete without a
late-night dancing and club-hopping, Furman is not the place to be. Furman students are just not a clubbing type. Many spend Friday and Saturday nights simply going out to eat downtown and hanging out with friends. It's not that Furman students are dull, they just have to get up for church in the morning!

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Downtown
Student Favorites
  • Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria
  • Blue Ridge Brewing Company
  • Wild Wing Café
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Corner Pocket
  • Downtown Underground
  • The Handle Bar
  • Leeg's
  • Sharkey's Pub
  • Sports City
  • The Watering Hole
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games
  • Century Club
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Metro Beat, a Greenville area publication
  • www.greenville.com/entertainment
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Bait Shack

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Connolly's Irish Pub

Connolly's is the closest you will get to an authentic Irish pub around here. Listen to live Irish music, eat great bar food, drink beer, and play darts. Tuesday night trivia contests are popular with Furman students.

24 E. Court St.

(864) 467-0300

City Tavern

This is a good place for pool and frozen drinks. They also have a wide variety of sandwiches and happy hour every night.

128 N. Main St.

(864) 239-2202

East Court Grille & Spirits

Located in the renovated Kent Building, East Court Grille has a great atmosphere. The large restaurant is sometimes rented out by fraternities, but even if there isn't a party going on, it's a great place to go if you want food with your alcohol.

25 E. Court St.

(864) 271-2744

Wild Wing Café

A great place for, well, wings. They also have lots of TVs for watching sports, live bands and nightly drink specials. There is usually a crowd of students hanging out here on weekend nights.

15 W. Washington St.

(864) 242-9453

www.wildwingcafe.com

Gathering Spot

The Gathering Spot is located in the middle of downtown Greenville, so it's a good place for bar hopping. They have live music and fried pickles, making it very crowded all the time.

103 N. Main St.

(864) 271-4972

The Bait Shack

The Bait Shack is a local dive frequented by Furman students looking for a cheap drink. On Thursdays, they have all-you-can-eat crab legs. They also have an endless supply of free peanuts!

109 N. Main St.

(864) 241-0826

Addy's Dutch Café and Restaurant

Addy's is a little more upscale, but it's an authentic Dutch "brown café." It is a fun place to have a good conversation, food, and drinks. Check out Addy's Jazz Festival and drink a good selection of hard-to-find import beers.

17 E. Coffee St.

(864) 232-2339

www.addys.net

Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria

Barley's Tap Room is a good place for pizza and beer, and they also have a nice upstairs bar with billiards and darts.

25 W. Washington St.

(864) 232-3706

www.barleystaproom.com

The Cazbah

The Cazbah is a tapas restaurant and wine bar. While not on the typical student's bar circuit, it's a great place to start or end an evening. The desserts are excellent, and its proximity to the Peace Center for Performing Arts makes it a perfect end after the show.

16 W. McBee Ave.

(864) 241-9909

www.thecazbah.com

Blue Ridge Brewing Company

Blue Ridge is a common place to see students any night of the week. They brew their own beer, have patio seating, and the food is good-try the Buffalo Burger.

217 N. Main St.

(864) 232-4677

www.blueridgebrewing.com

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

Coffee Underground

When you're underage, your best bet is to go to the frat parties. Or you can skip the alcohol altogether, and just hang out in coffeeshops. Check out the Coffee Underground (864) 298-0494. It has great coffee drinks, desserts, and is a fun place to socialize.

1 E. Coffee St.

Greenville

(864) 298-0494

www.coffeeunderground.biz

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 20 responses

  • 5% There are no good options.
  • 75% Use a designated driver.
  • 10% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 10% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 16 responses

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

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% Parties? What parties?
  • 21% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 58% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 21% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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