The nightlife of Gonzaga is of a limited scope—it lacks in a variety of options, but tends to bring people together to have fun. The bars adjacent to campus (Jack & Dan's and the Star) are the most popular destinations of the legal crowd. They don't offer much in variety, but there's absolutely no convenient way (barring a designated driver) of getting downtown. The big upside is that students find friends and familiar faces. This accentuates the small-college feel of Gonzaga and makes meeting up with people almost effortless. The club scene is underwhelming and not particularly popular. The local music scene has quite a bit going on in both rock and jazz, but not many students take advantage of it.
The under-21 crowd gravitates toward house parties because there is little going on downtown (for underagers) or on campus. Gonzaga is attempting to improve this by offering more on-campus events but hasn't had much luck in drawing students. Although the University and Spokane police don't take proactive measures to discourage house parties, occasionally one will be slapped with a fine for serving minors. This doesn't deter students from partying, though. If they wish to avoid the party scene, initiative is required to find their own activities.