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.