Mankato, MN
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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is something going on, wether is a cultural night on campus or just a regular party downtown.

College Junior

Nightlife: I don't not go out to parties or to bars, so I would not be able to say what the nightlife is like.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't like the people at the parties and they're too crowded

4 College Student

Nightlife: Lots of places to go out on the weekends including a number of bars in downtown Mankato. Underage nightlife typically includes visits to college town.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: It is safe . As long as your 21 (of age), you can be responsible and still have fun


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 261st
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 725th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1115th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Britt Johnson
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There are so many bars in the greater Mankato area that it's no wonder the locals look down on the student nightlife scene. The 21-and-over scene is pretty rowdy with many bars, but surprisingly, there are no nightclubs here. If students want to go "clubbing," they have to head up to the metro area. Popular bars in Mankato include The Haze, Pub 500, and Blue Bricks. For the under-21 crowd, house parties are not hard to find. Popular places to look include fraternity houses (specifically Sigma Nu), The Summit apartment buildings where a lot of students live, and quite possibly the dorm room right next to yours. However, just remember that since the Sigma Nu house is a popular spot for parties, it also means it’s more likely to get busted.

While most students at Minnesota State do drink, there really is no pressure to do so at a party. Someone might try for a little bit, but if a non-drinker stands his or her ground, then the antagonizer will usually forget about it.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Centennial Student Union bulletin boards
Closing Time
1 a.m.-2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
House parties

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Mum's the Word

Mum's doesn't have great drink specials like many other local bars, but there are pool tables.

12 Civic Center Plaza


(507) 625-5565

Pub 500

Pub 500 has a patio and outdoor fireplace. There's also an indoor fireplace for those cold Minnesota days. Pub 500 has more than 20 beers on tap and 40 by the bottle.

500 S. Front St.


(507) 625-6500

Wow! Zone

Wow! Zone is an entertainment center with bowling, laser tag, mini golf, and a sports bar.

2030 Adams St.


(507) 625-2695

Blue Bricks

Blue Bricks has pool tables and darts, as well as a full menu and nightly drink specials.

424 S. Front St.


(507) 386-1700

Buffalo Wild Wings

BW3 is a great place to watch sports and share some wings and beer with friends.

12 Civic Center Plaza


(507) 625-9464

The Haze

The Haze has the largest dance floor in southern Minnesota. Nightly drink specials include two-for-one drinks from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

12 Civic Center Plaza


(507) 625-4293

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

Wow! Zone

With an arcade, bowling, laser tag, mini golf, and food, Wow! Zone is a fun place to go, regardless of your age.

2030 Adams St.


(507) 625-2695

What's Up Lounge

This music venue brings in local and national acts.

701 N. Riverfront Dr.


(507) 625-9911

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 32 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 33 responses

  • 6% There are no good options.
  • 36% Use a designated driver.
  • 3% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 9% Public transportation.
  • 18% Taxis.
  • 27% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 33 responses

  • 9% Parties? What parties?
  • 12% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 30% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 39% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 9% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Welcome Week
  • 40% Latino Night


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