Baton Rouge, LA
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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There's always a club to find or some party going on...or a bar, or a glow-in-the-dark paint party. Lots of options.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: The party seen is always popping. On weekends and big events there is a great turn up of people. Everyone just want to have fun, except it can be bit dangerous with alcohol and drugs and all those people. I suggest being careful.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: The Nightlife is very fun! There are a variety of options to choose from. Usually, wherever your friends are you will have a good time!

College Junior

Nightlife: I don't party so I'm not sure

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Night life at Lsu is quiet but tigerland is loud and full of people, most people go to the Capitol or vibes to party after the games. Lsu is exciting when it comes to partying there is also bus transportation to and from the club .


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 33rd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 35th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1337th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kim Moreau
Baton Rouge, La
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Other Places to Check Out
  • 600 Main
  • Brightside Bar & Grill
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • The Bulldog
  • Chelsea's Café
  • Club Raggs
  • End Zone Daiquiri & Bar
  • Fox & Hound English Pub & Grill
  • Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • Game Day Daiquiris
  • Hooters
  • JL's Place
  • M Bar
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • North Gate Tavern
  • The Office Bar
  • Pastime Restaurant
  • Phil Brady's Bar & Grill
  • Pluckers Wing Bar
  • The Radio Bar
  • Serranos Salsa Company
  • Shady's
  • Swine Palace Theatre
  • T.J. Ribs
  • Texas Club
  • Triple A Bar
  • Vibes 2.0
  • Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar
Local Specialties
  • Abita Beer: Local brewing company in Abita Springs, La.
  • Hand Grenade: A cocktail drink exclusive to the French Quarter area
  • Hurricanes: Sweet alcoholic drink made with rum and fruit juice, syrup or grenadine
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole, Drunk Driver, Kings, Screw the Dealer)
  • Games centered around TV shows or movies (if this character does this, take a shot)
  • Power hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • The Daily Reveille
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Organization Parties
With more than 300 student organizations, the Greeks aren't the only ones throwing special parties. Oftentimes, clubs from Greeks to ambassadors to the College Republicans will rent out bars or reception halls to have a swinging shindig. For instance, the rugby team is far less recognized for their games than for their notorious house parties. It's almost as crucial for clubs to be known for their social events as their central purpose.
Did You Know?
  • Baton Rouge has a thriving underground comedy scene. Check out the Downtown Comedy District at
  • Most bars in Baton Rouge don't require patrons to be 21 to enter. This means there is a huge range of options to go out before you are 21. Most places won't let you order drinks if you aren't 21, but a lot of the bars are lax about letting you drink if someone else gets it for you once you're inside.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Splash Nightclub

Splash is Baton Rouge's premiere gay bar, but the bar also draws a sizable crowd of straight people looking for a great place to dance. The drag shows showcase talent, and the club offers a fresh alternative from the dreggy bar atmosphere most Baton Rouge night spots have to offer.

2183 Highland Road

Baton Rouge

(225) 242-9491

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Varsity Theatre

The Varsity hosts big-name music acts from across the nation.

3353 Highland Road

Baton Rouge

(225) 383-7018

Spanish Moon

Spanish Moon is one of the oldest buildings in Baton Rouge. However, the bar is fairly recent. The age of the building lends itself to rumors that the bar is haunted by ghosts from the 1800s when the building was used to store bodies from the Great Flood. The bars slightly macabre crowd and atmosphere adds to the aura. The biggest night is Thursday '80s night when students can get down to '80s classics and drink cheaply.

1109 Highland Road

Baton Rouge

(225) 383-6666

The Station Sports Bar & Grill

This unique bar features two old railroad cars as part of its more upscale and interesting atmosphere. The station tends to draw an older crowd, as well as some non-LSU students. The bar is a great place to catch a game because of the surplus of TVs and the cool atmosphere.

4608 Bennington Ave.

Baton Rouge

(225) 926-0631

The Roux House

The Roux House has an extensive menu of Louisiana food by day and an equally extensive menu of Louisiana drinks by night. The bar is one of the few in town to offer specials on hurricanes and cyclones, as well as several other signature drinks. The downstairs is a piano bar, and the upstairs is a martini lounge. The brick interior and slightly mismatched furniture add to the older allure of the bar.

143 Third St.

Baton Rouge

(225) 344-2583

Fred's Bar & Grill

Fred's signature moose logo has been reigning over the area since 1982, and the bar is legendary for its invitational and tent parties. Live music usually roars outside on the patio, while the inside is reserved for rap and Top 40 music for dancing and drinking. Drink a Fred's bomb (Jager and Red Bull). Dress code is rather stringent and has been debated as being discriminatory to some students.

1184 Bob Pettit Blvd.

Baton Rouge

(225) 766-3909


The bar is open to anyone 18 and older and draws a steady stream of freshmen, and on some occasions, Baton Rouge high school students. But its cheap drinks and laid-back atmosphere bring in the upperclassmen once in a while, and it is not to be discounted for a good time.

1176 Bob Petit Blvd.

Baton Rouge

(225) 757-9555

The Chimes

The Chimes has been an LSU tradition for many, many years.

3357 Highland Road

Baton Rouge

(225) 383-1754

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 98 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 91 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 31% Use a designated driver.
  • 57% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 7% Public transportation.
  • 1% Taxis.
  • 4% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 96 responses

  • 3% Parties? What parties?
  • 8% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 14% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 49% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 26% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 17 responses

  • 42% Wherever you have good friends and time to kill
  • 33% Tigerland
  • 17% House parties
  • 8% Frat houses

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 23 responses

  • 57% Tailgating during football season
  • 26% Mardi Gras
  • 13% Spring Break
  • 4% Greek Week


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