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College Junior

Nightlife: I don't go out to clubs or bars so I would not know a lot.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: From my limited experience there are enough bars and clubs in town to cater to whichever "scene" a person might wish to be on.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: I'm not a huge partier so the night life is more than enough for me. I prefer to stay indoors and watch a movie, but I know that Roscoes really appeals to a lot of people and there are some great bands that play all over town.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: A lot of people either go to Pyramid, the club, or 'Scoe's, the near-by bar, but I don't really hit those scenes, so I can only tell about what I've heard.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are usually parties every weekend on campus. Roscoe's is always busy every weekend sometimes both Friday and Saturday night. Transportation is walking unless you can find a sober friend to drive you.


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  • 432nd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 574th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 936th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

William Morris
Wausau, WI
English (with minor in Secondary Education)
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Being that Luther is a small town in the Midwest made up of primarily students, you shouldn’t expect to find much nightlife. There are always plenty of people with lots of alcohol looking for a party, but the locations are few and far between. Drinking in the dorms can be fun for a while, but after a few semesters of it, students go batty. Off-campus parties are a lot of fun but are rarely held with an open invitation.

On-campus dances and parties are rare for Luther, so students have to find their own fun. This comes from creativity for the most part: theme parties are held nearly every weekend, and range from hobby- or profession-related ideas like sports players or doctors, all the way to utter madness like the '80s Rocker party. Many students also break up the lack of nightclubs by holding their own entertainment—beer pong, flip cup, and DDR/Guitar Hero tournaments take place as often as theme parties, sometimes even at the same get-together. But for students who need a large group of people to get down, look to Roscoe’s. And if that doesn’t work, you’ll need a car to find other options.



Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Americana Grille
  • Roscoe's
  • T-Bocks
Local Specialties
T-Bock's seasonal taps:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Circle of Death
  • F— the dealer
  • Family Guy/Big Lebowski drinking game
  • Flip cup
  • Kings
  • Presidents and a—holes
  • Quarters
Closing Time
12 a.m. on weekdays 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Americana T-Bocks

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

LaRana Bistro

A favorite among women and GLBTs, this intimate restaurant/ bar has an excellent wine and mixed drink selection, along with imported beer. Lit by candles and featuring tables built for privacy, LaRana is a great place for a relaxing date or a 21st birthday.

120 Washington St.

(563) 382-3067


Roscoe's is by far the most popular choice on the weekends for students. Roscoe's features a dance floor, drink specials, and is the most common answer to "what's your plan for tonight?" Almost all students will end up there on a Saturday, looking for a drink, a hookup, or maybe both. It's centrally located for the campus and has a $3 cover, and is a must-stop for any Luther student during their four years.

300 College Dr.

(563) 382-8530

T-Bock's Sports Bar & Grill

The most "adult" choice in nighttime drinking, T-Bock's is a brewery-oriented bar, specializing in seasonal beers and great drink specials (Dollar Pint Night, $3 pitchers, etc.). Featuring good seating, a popular jukebox, and a great menu, T-Bock's is a great place to watch a football game or have a reflective drink after a hard day (or night) of hitting the books.

206 W. Water St.

(563) 382-5970

Americana Bar & Grille

This next-door neighbor to Roscoe's often serves as a pre-party stop for students, thanks to dollar "crappy cans" nights and a more pleasant atmosphere. Americana also doubles as a full-service restaurant, so some students will start their night with dinner and continue with drinks. Karaoke nights and Greek parties are often held here, along with a wide variety of live bands.

308 College Dr.

(563) 382-3662

Corner Bar

This bar, often filled with "townies," is a quaint, hole-in-the-wall bar. It's not built for parties or people, but more for the loner or for a night of thoughtful conversation. It's laid-back atmosphere and homey decoration, along with its wide variety of drinks (it boasts the biggest menu in Decorah of beer and mixed beverages) make for an unpredictable night.

121 E. Water St.

(563) 382-3891

The Hay Market

Consistently voted a favorite among the "hippie" culture at Luther, the Hay Market is a run-down, old-school bar with gruff bartenders, poor lighting, horrible smells, and just enough drinks to forget about most of that. If you love the environment or don't mind feeling like you're sticking to the floor, this is the bar for you.

201 Washington St.

(563) 382-8005

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

Nearly every bar in Decorah shuts out minors at 9 p.m., leaving them no choice but to return to the dorms and attempt to have a party there without getting busted.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 22 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 19 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 5% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 95% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 5% Parties? What parties?
  • 20% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 50% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 25% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 10 responses

  • 50% SAC concerts
  • 30% Trout fry
  • 20% Beauty and The Geek put on by sigma chi theta

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% House parties such as Jon house, etc.


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