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College Sophomore

Nightlife: I haven't experienced much of the nightlife at Gonzaga.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: It is kind of hard sometimes to find parties especially if you are a lower classman. However, once you become an upper classman there are a lot more things that you can find and it is very fun.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: I am not much into the party/night life seen. Spokane has a reputation for not having the greatest night clubs.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: There are a lot of bars in the area and we are within walking distance to downtown.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I do not drink, but throughout my 2 years so far, I have been able to have fun every weekend. On Friday and Saturday nights there is a shuttle from DeSmet Circle to downtown which is extremely nice to have. Crosby also has discounted movie tickets available and there is always something going on on campus, even if you don't want to party.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 53rd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 341st
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1023rd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Iain Bernhoft
Seattle, Wash.
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown
  • Hamilton Street (1000 block)
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bistango Martini Lounge
  • The Blue Spark
  • Caterina Winery
  • Elk Public House
  • Europa Restaurant & Bakery
  • Luna Restaurant
  • O'Doherty's Irish Grille
  • The Peacock Room (Davenport Hotel)
  • Red Lion BBQ & Pub
  • Ugly Betties Public House
  • University Bar & Grill
Local Specialties
  • Microbrews : Coeur d'Alene and Northern Lights breweries
  • Wineries: Arbor Crest, Barrister, and Caterina wineries
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Jack & Dan's Bar & Grill

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Star Restaurant & Lounge (The Star)

Gonzaga students have a love/hate relationship with this dark and seedy restaurant. They're suspicious of the mullet-sporting Spokanites who frequent it, but are drawn to its unabashed sleaziness and karaoke. The Star used to be the only bar in the "Gonzaga Triangle" to serve hard liquor.

1329 N. Hamilton St.


(509) 487-1530

Viking Bar & Grill

The Viking is seemingly in the middle of nowhere-a glorified aluminum-siding shed. Still, Gonzaga students are willing to hunt it down because of its fantastic selection of beers, its Free Pint Glass Wednesdays, and $5 Pitcher Thursdays. The crowd varies from quiet elderly couples to hair-metal screamers, depending on the night.

1221 N. Stevens St.


(509) 326-2942

Fast Eddie's

Fast Eddie's is perhaps the most popular downtown bar, drawing a big crowd of locals, seemingly around the clock. It advertises "Lousy Food, High Prices, Warm Beer!" and offers a strange mix of big-bar glitz with trashy-bar vibe. It's a must-visit for every Gonzaga student on birthdays-you can "Spin the Wheel" for a chance to win up to $100 in drinks.

1 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.


(509) 455-8752

Jack & Dan's Bar & Grill

Jack & Dan's is nothing short of the pride of Spokane. It was named the sixth best sports bar by Sports Illustrated. Much has to do with the fact that it's owned and operated by Jack Stockton, father of NBA Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton. It has pool tables, an award-winning lunch menu, and family seating. However, it still feels cozy when half of Gonzaga is packed into it on a weekend or game night.

1226 N. Hamilton St.


(509) 487-6546

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

Lindaman's Bistro

Lindaman's has it all: bistro-style restaurant, coffeeshop, and bar. With spacious indoor and patio seating, it's the perfect place to bring a laptop and spend time studying off campus.

1235 S. Grand Blvd.


(509) 838-3000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 38 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 39 responses

  • 74% Walk.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 3% Public transportation.
  • 5% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 18% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 30% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 46% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 19% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 5% Parties? What parties?

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

  • 50% Orientation Weekend
  • 33% Graduation
  • 17% Halloweekend

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 7 responses

  • 57% House parties off campus
  • 43% Actually the best are with close friends in dorms.
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