Facts & Statistics
Primary Areas with Nightlife
- Kirkwood Avenue
- Town Square Area
- Kilroy's on Kirkwood
- Kilroy's Sports Bar
- Upland Brews:
- Wine from Oliver Winery:
Favorite Drinking Games
- Beer Pong
- Card games
- Century Club
- Flip Cup
- Power Hour
- Sink the Biz
Useful Resources for Nightlife
- The Indiana Daily Studen's weekend magazine
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Cue, has beer from around the world for $1
A lot of places have 15 cent drafts on Wednesdays
Many of the clubs and organizations at IU will rent out a space to have a party in, sometimes even on campus. These events are good fun and happen frequently. Check out on-campus sidewalk chalking, announcements left on chalkboards in classes, or one of the many flier-covered kiosks on campus for more information.
Club ListingsWhat's This?
Rhino's All Ages Music Club
Bloomington's only under-21 nightclub. The laid-back atmosphere and low cover charge makes Rhino's a great place to see local indie, rock, and punk bands perform. There's no food, no drinking (except from the Coke machine) and no smoking, but there's plenty of dancing.
A club-like atmosphere makes this home to a slightly older crowd-a lot of grad students or older undergrads frequent Second Story. The bar is cheap, and the dance floor is open. This is the place to see live music you may not see anywhere else.
201 S. College Ave.
Although you won't find much dancing here, you will find a cozy little spot to hear live music, much of it local. Drink, play pool, and groove. Cover charge applies (usually around $5).
123 S. Walnut St.
Axis features several local bands each week, and has "Nickel Nights" and "Hot Body Contests," as well as the occasional "Retro Night," karaoke, and ladies' nights.
This 21-and-over gay dance club is not a quiet place to get to know someone, but it is a great place to hear techno/dance music, play pool, and see the occasional drag show. The crowd tends to be mostly younger. Cover charge is typically $4.
201 S. College Ave.
Bar ListingsWhat's This?
Known as a good place to watch an IU game, get rid of the munchies, or play pool, Upstairs is conveniently located in the central vicinity of several other bars.
430 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Scotty's is a popular sports bar, featuring an extensive beer list (both on tap and bottled); patrons can join the "Round the World Club" by trying every beer Scotty's offers, and are rewarded with an engraved plaque along the bar.
Yogi's City Grille
Yogi's used to have dining available for all ages in the dining room separate from the bar, but recently changed their policy; now you must be 21 to enjoy the food. Most people go to Yogi's for the 26 beers on tap or the 25 televisions around the bar-it's a popular spot for a night out.
Big screen TVs and music dominate this bar. The Vid is a favorite of students trying to escape the familiar bar scene, thanks to its local flavor. This watering hole is more a hangout for townsfolk than for IU students.
105 W. 7th St.
Kilroy's on Kirkwood
Kilroy's on Kirkwood offers daily specials, and those under 21 can dine in before it turns exclusive at night. This bar has one of the largest shooter lists in the midwest; many shots are made up by the bartenders. Kilroy's on Kirkwood has a sister bar, Kilroy's Sports bar.
This bar is known primarily for its reputation as a fantastic live music venue and Wednesday night 15-cent drafts. Recently expanded to add a new bar and more seating, there's plenty of room near the stage for dancing. If you want to see a good show, chances are you should go to the Bird.
216 N. Walnut St.
Nick's English Hut
Nick's is a Bloomington tradition dating back to the 1920s. More laid-back than the average just-turned-21-bar-hopper-crowd may be used to, alumni and older students frequent this bar for the atmosphere and the tradition. Nick's is most well known for "Sink the Biz," a drinking game involving a bucket, two to ten players, and a whole lot of beer. If there was only one bar associated with Bloomington, Nick's would be it.
423 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Kilroy's Sports Bar
Both Kilroy's locations have something for the bar-hopper. With a pretty extensive menu and daily happy hours, Kilroy's Sports is a gathering place for many students to take in athletic events along with a couple beers or a game of pool.
319 N. Walnut St. (Corner of Walnut & Dunn)
What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?
Rhino's All Ages Music Club
Bloomington's only under-21 nightclub.
Musical Arts Center
Catch an opera, a ballet, or a symphony. Ticket prices are lower for students, and there are shows here throughout the year.
Watch for Union Board Late Night events, movies, bowling, billiards, and more. Added bonus: you never even have to leave campus.
900 E. 7th St.