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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is not always much exciting things offered at night. The school does a great job at offering day time activities. Off campus places are not open to many people and so it is difficult to find a convenient off campus location.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Frat Partys – The nightlife is purely reflected on the Fraternity houses. The houses will have different themed parties and different event that can be very exciting for the whole campus. If you happen to be at Millsaps durning Spring Party's you are guaranteed to see a wonderful time.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: During the week, Millsaps students devote countless hours to their schoolwork. So, once the weekend arrives, they are certainly in need of some stress-relieving fun. The fraternities host theme parties mainly at the beginning of the year, and those tend to go on all weekend long. Throughout the year, they will have other small parties. Most houses are usually pretty packed with people. Once you reach your junior year and are 21, most people go to the bars around Jackson.

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Nightlife: Few students go to clubs. When my friends go out, there's always some much older guy in a suit that thinks they're interested in him.

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Nightlife: It takes a while, but you should really do your research the fun way. There are a dozen really good clubs. It depends on your crowd. Some places used to be for `special-interest groups' or the `indie crowd,' but they all get taken over by the teenage crowd. It's strange when you go to a club and find yourself dancing with high schoolers.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 670th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 705th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 828th
    Best Drink Prices

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bryan Dupree
Plaquemine, LA
Political Science and French
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Until students have spent a few years in Jackson, they usually aren’t eager to go exploring a downtown area that has a reputation for crime. Before this, students dive into the Greek scene, which hosts about three parties a week. Students later venture out into a bar scene that supplies a variety of neat entertainment options, but few bars have a discriminating ‘type’ and welcome, for better or worse, a mixed bag of customers. A few downbeat clubs exist around campus, but their regulars are very irregular.

Any student will have to put forth real effort to find the places in Jackson that suit them, but that’s the fun part. Fake IDs are not thoroughly checked, and law enforcement is exceptionally lax around downtown and campus. George Street, Fenian’s, and Hal and Mal’s are the most popular bars for the Millsaps crowds, with Hal and Mal’s being the first choice for most off-campus celebrations. Within an hour’s drive is the Mississippi Delta, an infamously poor region of the country. The Delta does, however, maintain numerous “juke joints,” alcohol-serving shacks that preserve the blues in an almost prehistoric period. Every year, several students make trips to the Delta to witness some of the skilled musicians of the juke joints and the powerful humanity of the Delta.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Downtown Jackson
Student Favorites
  • Fenian's Pub
  • George Street Grocery
  • Hal and Mal's
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Minute on the Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Jackson Free Press
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
George Street Grocery
Organization Parties
The frat houses host a few parties every weekend. For Homecoming, Major Productions rents Hal and Mal’s for a night, inviting mid-bill acts. For formals, some sororities host similar events with live music.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


5200 Lynch Street Exit

(601) 922-5622

Pop's Around the Corner

2636 S. Gallatin St.

(601) 355-3853

Sylvia Restaurant & Lounge

3060 Medgar Evers Blvd.

(601) 366-5809


2560 Terry Rd.

(601) 371-7332

Club City Lights

220 W. Amite St.

(601) 353-0059

Jay's Lounge

3622 Medgar Evers Blvd.

(601) 366-4705

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Rio Grande

Rio Grande is the place for the self-proclaimed "happiest hour in town." Its location on the west side of town and its over-30 clientele usually does not appeal strongly to the student crowd.

400 Greymont Ave.

(601) 969-2141

William's Lounge

William's is located on the west side as well. A self-professed "dimly-lit water hole," it is a throwback to the days "when roadhouses and juke joints ruled the social scene" and offers a wide variety of obscure microbrewed ales.

3730 Delta Dr.

(601) 982-5318

Hal and Mal's

Receiving a distinct ambience from its industrial lighting and graffitied walls, Hal and Mal's is the most notable of Jackson's nightlife spots. It claims to have the "best live music in the state," as well as a brewpub and Southern cuisine. Its walls are adorned with the performers who have taken the stage here. Every Tuesday is pub quiz night.

200 S. Commerce St.

(601) 948-0888

Fenian's Pub

Fenian's has a lunch menu, as well as a full-service bar featuring Irish malt whiskeys and stouts. It's a "cozy" bar, occupying the second floor of an old building on Fortification a few blocks from campus. As patrons enjoy their drinks and live acts take the stage, a model train circles overhead.

901 E. Fortification St.

(601) 948-0055

George Street Grocery

"George Street," a popular bar and excellent restaurant, was built as a grocery in 1910 and later bought by the McNelis brothers. When a fight between the brothers ended in the murder of one of the them, the Con Manley family purchased it from the incarcerated brother. Finally, in 1973, it was turned into a bar and restaurant. During this period, Joseph A. Mitchell introduced a live music platform upstairs and subsequently invited such greats as BB King and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown to play here. The top floor of the building has been used variously as a dance studio, the headquarters of Alcoholics Anonymous, and a brothel.

416 George St.

(601) 969-7733

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

Being under 21 does not mean you cannot enjoy the club scene in Jackson. It just means you will have to enjoy it sober!

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 5 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 80% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 20% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 6 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 0% Parties? What parties?
  • 50% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 33% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 17% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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