Bozeman, MT
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College Sophomore

Nightlife: I am underage and might be one of the few who choose not to drink or party anyways so I can't say much about this subject. I know there are Streamline buses that can take you home from bars in the early hours, but that's about it.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't go out much and i am not into the whole party scene. I enjoy a good movie every once in a while.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife is way better if your 21 but if your not its all good because there is never a shortage of house parties. Its no blue mountain state but we still manage to drink and party.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are a lot of house parties on the weekends, people are super clicky though. Feels a lot like highschool. Bars are cool though.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: House parties are generally the largest party areas on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 219th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 384th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1152nd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erica Aytes
Pocatello, Idaho
English Literature/Spanish
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There is always something going on around town, whether it is a concert, a theme party (`80s theme parties run rampant here), or a midnight hike up to the "M." The bars are a great place to scope out attractive Bozemanites and MSU students, and clubs such as The Zebra offer great musical entertainment most of the time. Do not expect the Bozeman party and club scene to be on the same level as a big city, though.

Montanans love to drink, and Bozeman boasts bars for all types of barhoppers. For the poor college student just looking for some alcohol and a pool table, a bar such as The American Legion is a safe bet. Any student who just got a fat paycheck may feel like splurging, in which case Plonk is a good choice. For those under 21 who want to try out the bar scene, make sure that fake ID is a good one; bars card here, for the most part, and won't accept a cheap Xerox of your older brother's license. Anyone trying to avoid alcohol can find solace in coffee shops around town where some decent musicians play. Spend a couple of bucks on a hot chocolate, and you can have free entertainment for hours. The Zebra, an 18-and-over club, is a great place to hear some of Bozeman's top bands and even some nationally-known groups. MSU tries to provide alcohol-free ways to have fun, including some good comedians. Climbing up to the "M" on the Bridgers offers a spectacular view of the city at night and is popular, especially with freshmen.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bar IX
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Cat's Paw
  • Filling Station VFW
  • Haufbrau
  • Montana Ale Works
  • Old Chicago
  • Pour House Bar & Grill
  • Spectators Sports Bar & Grill
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Dice
  • King’s Cup
  • Power hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
American Legion Club

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Zebra Cocktail Lounge

Located in the basement of the historic Bozeman Hotel, the Zebra is a dance club that also contains a billiard lounge and whiskey emporium called Colonel Blacks.

321 E. Main St.


(406) 585-8851

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Mixers Club

Mixers is popular with everyone, but the majority of regulars is students who love to listen to the live request DJ Wednesday through Friday.

515 W. Aspen St.


(406) 587-1652


Plonk is so great it doesn't have to offer specials. Attracting an artsy group, the bar is Bozeman's high-class hideaway. The feel is that of a Manhattan bar until you look out the window and see sky instead of tall buildings.

29 E. Main St.


(406) 587-2170

Rocking R. Bar

"The R" is a sports bar that has a small pickle barrel sandwich shop inside it. This gives it an interesting atmosphere during the day when it's full of families grabbing lunch and people drinking beer and yelling at the big-screen TVs. One of the nicer bars in Bozeman, it offers imported beer, mixed drinks, and occasionally some live music at night.

211 E. Main St.


(406) 587-9355

American Legion Club

The Legion has DJs on the weekends, a perk lots of college kids like to take advantage of. This usually leads to a lot of drunken dancing.

225 E. Main St.


(406) 586-8400


Crystal Bar

The Crystal Bar is always full with MSU people, whether they are students, staff, or alumni. Unlike most of the other older bars, it hasn't been remodeled in over 20 years, so it still has a familiar atmosphere for returning alumni. It's also the best place in town to have some whiskey and steak while observing the ever-growing bra collection from women who like to get onstage and add their lingerie to the conglomeration.

123 E. Main St.


(406) 587-2888

Korner Club

With its quiet, tranquil atmosphere, Korner Club bar and restaurant has continually added to its already lengthy list of regulars.

8191 Huffine Lane


(406) 587-8874

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

The Leaf and Bean

Check out the local bands playing at any of the coffeeshops around town, especially The Leaf and Bean.

35 W. Main St.


(406) 587-1580

Zebra Cocktail Lounge

For a wilder night, head over to The Zebra

321 E. Main St.


(406) 585-8851

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 66 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 45% Use a designated driver.
  • 11% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 9% Public transportation.
  • 3% Taxis.
  • 32% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 65 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 66 responses

  • 8% Parties? What parties?
  • 20% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 30% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 38% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 5% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% Houses
  • 17% Bars

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 13 responses

  • 100% CAT-GRIZ
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