LSU has long been heralded as a party school, rumored to be near the top of the Playboy magazine rankings. The nightlife really and truly has something to offer anyone. The nearby Tigerland bars are the go-to for students simply because of their proximity to campus. The bars at North Gate draw a crowd looking to hear some great local music, from big-name acts at the Varsity to local music within the Baton Rouge entertainment scene. The bars downtown offer just about everything, from dancing to more live music to comedy; downtown is well worth the drive for students looking for something different to do.
LSU is a wonderful place to go out because of the range of options open for students under 21. Many of the bars admit students at 18, if not every night, than almost definitely on slower nights. Though underage patrons still can't buy alcohol once inside, they always manage to have a good time. Baton Rouge tends to have a mellow crowd when going out. Most of the places are bars as opposed to clubs, and it's difficult to find a "club." Students looking for great places to dance might be best served to make the trek to New Orleans or to try out bars on specific nights. Live music tends to be at the center of most bars, and students would be missing out if they avoided some of the great local acts the town has to offer. Even the cover bands develop loyal followings, and Mellow Mushroom's open mic night is a great chance to hear students rip through some of your favorite songs.