Nightlife

Location
Macon, GA
Undergrads
3,677
Tuition
$32,466
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Senior

Nightlife: There are many different places depending on what you are into for fun. There are clubs catered to students, bars and restaurants for dates and casual drinking, and theatres showing some of the local talent living in Macon. Plus, the nightlife is great after sports events, especially football and basketball games.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: We only have two really popular clubs: Envy and The Wall, so the variety is not much unless you go to another school or area.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I am not much a person for partying, instead focusing upon my education.

College Freshman

Nightlife: Don't really know--haven't been to any clubs downtown, yet, and I'm not a big drinker. BearStock WAS pretty rad, though, but not too many Mercer students showed up there this year--it was mostly high schoolers from around Macon, for some inexplicable reason. Wat.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Mercer is not known for being a party school. Many students are not around on the weekends.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 236th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 675th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 698th
    Biggest Party Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Janelle Richardson
Hometown
Seattle, Wash.
Major
English
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There are only a handful of bars that are easily accessible to Mercer, but those that exist are frequented by students. Mercer’s trolley service provides a safe way for students to get to the downtown nightlife. Some bars are stricter than others at the door, and ID checking will always be enforced. Friday and Saturday nights are naturally the most crowded, while weeknights are almost always more affordable. The first Friday of every month is an extremely popular night to go downtown due to its open-container policy and live music performances. You should be advised, however, that it will probably be much more difficult to get a drink due to the high volume of locals and students.

If bars do not appeal to you or you are underage, there are regular fraternity parties on the weekends. Many are held in off-campus locations due to Mercer’s dry campus policy, but there are usually designated drivers to transport people to and from campus. There is a respectable amount of themed parties held throughout the year that usually have a very high attendance rate, especially among girls. Drinking does occur on campus, but Mercer’s current dry-campus policy forces students to contain and control their partying.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Cherry Street (the downtown area)
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Quarters
  • Ring of Fire or Ring of Death
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Facebook event invitations
  • Word of mouth
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Free drinks are usually easily obtained through Greek parties. As far as downtown goes, The Rookery or Bottoms Up are probably the best bets.
Organization Parties
There are many off-campus fraternity parties that usually extend open invitations to all Greek and non-Greek females and sometimes even to guys of different organizations. Athletes also have many off-campus parties.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Envy

Envy is a genuine nightclub in the downtown area, complete with a dress code and fairly heavy security that can seem a little daunting on the outside looking in. That being said, it has a very different and edgy feel to it, with two bars facing one another, a heavy mix of bricks and stainless steel, a DJ booth, and an upstairs poker lounge. It is a great environment for dancing, though the dance floor can get crowded quickly.

420 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Macon

(478) 755-1620

www.myspace.com/envyofmacon

Dirty Iguana

The Dirty Iguana is large dance club that seems to be more popular for big parties and events throughout the year.

543 Plum St.

Macon

(478) 257-6830

Club Synergy

Synergy is much bigger than it looks on the outside and is home to three bars, two dance floors, and lively drag shows. Though it is gay-friendly, Synergy is open to everyone looking to have a good time. It also has many, many themed parties throughout the year and even the occasional guest appearance.

425 Cherry St.

Macon

(478) 755-9383

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Powerstation

Becoming more popular among the younger college crowd, the Powerstation features more of a spacious night club atmosphere. Mercer students get a reduced cover charge and the trolley stops there on weekends, making its distance from the usual haunts on Cherry Street more accessible for students.

1015 Riverside Dr.

Macon

(478) 743-4000

www.nashvillestation.net

The Rookery

A popular bar on Cherry Street, The Rookery offers a full lunch menu during the day and is often frequented by college students on the weekends. It is under new management and recently toned down its reputation for catering to underage drinkers.

543 Cherry St.

Macon

(478) 746-8658

rookerymacon.com

The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom

Generally frequented by an older and more relaxed crowd, the Hummingbird is a local favorite. It frequently hosts live bands, in addition to featuring unique events such as Vinyl Mondays and Drag Queen Bingo. It also has a more private back patio to enjoy on warmer evenings.

430 Cherry St.

Macon

(478) 741-9130

www.hummingbirdmacon.com

BJ's Billiards

BJ's has a chilled-out atmosphere. Its clientele is mainly Maconites who are there to play some pool, as opposed to college students looking to party.

430 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Macon

(478) 254-2460

www.bjbilliards.com

Bottoms Up

Bottoms Up is a fairly new addition to the Cherry Street bar scene, complete with wide-screens, pool tables, and an additional back room with a stage open for special events. Currently, DSEL Promotions hosts many events here that are becoming increasingly popular with the college crowd. It also features live music on occasion.

566 Cherry St.

Macon

(478) 330-5575

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

El Sombero Mexican Grill

A local Mexican grill that is a favorite for birthday parties and get-togethers.

3555 Mercer University Dr.

Macon

(478) 471-6040

www.elsombrero.net

The 567 Café

The 567 is a great place to catch live music acts, and it's all-ages friendly.

533 Cherry St.

Macon

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 45 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 44 responses

  • 7% There are no good options.
  • 20% Use a designated driver.
  • 61% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 7% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 5% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 47 responses

  • 23% Parties? What parties?
  • 19% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 38% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 17% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 2% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 8 responses

  • 50% There are usually things going on at the club
  • 30% Greek Houses
  • 20% Downtown

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 9 responses

  • 56% BearStock
  • 33% Boys Bid Day
  • 11% I am not a party girl

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