Facts & Statistics
Primary Areas with Nightlife
- The C.I.
- The Junction
- Pigskin Bar & Grille
- The Pub
Other Places to Check Out
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- Front Room
- The Smiling Skull
- Black Widow : The Pigskin is famous for this potent, tart drink, but bartenders aren't keen on giving away the top-secret ingredients.
- Junction Punch : A sweet, fruity drink that's the equivalent of four shots at the Junction
Favorite Drinking Games
- Beer pong
- Card games (Connections, North Carolina)
- Drinking Jenga
- Power Hour
Useful Resources for Nightlife
The Athens News
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Tuesday nights at Pawpurr’s
Most clubs and organizations throw at least one party per quarter. Usually, it’s paid for out of the club’s funds and has one or two kegs. For freshmen, they are usually the hangouts for the night. If you’re over 21 and not into the party scene anymore, they are definitely worth dropping by for at least one beer before heading out to the bars.
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If you want to dance in Athens, head to Evolution, a dance club/bar that opened in 2001 to the 18-and-older crowd. Though it can be slow some nights, the weekends are pretty packed with students and townies. Drink prices are only so-so compared to other bar prices, but it's a pretty fun place to go and dance with a large group. Many sorority and fraternity socials are held there.
19 S. Court St.
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Pigskin Bar & Grille
The Pigskin is a pretty large bar with one and half levels and a full patio in the back. Drink specials vary from night to night, and the Pigskin is often host to different alcohol promotions. The majority of patrons are downing Black Widows, the bar's famous drink. Happy Hour is Monday-Friday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with $1 domestic drafts and 25-50 off all other beers.
38 N. Court St.
Pawpurr's is a pretty nice bar with a couple of pool tables in the back, a jukebox and a mini dance floor across from the bar. Tuesday nights are always packed thanks to their 50 cent drafts, while Wednesdays feature $1 domestics, and Thursdays are Ladies Nights.
37 N. Court St.
A favorite among rugby players, the Pub has some of the best drink specials on campus, making up for its dark, cramped atmosphere. Its popular Aquariums are only $2 during the Monday-Friday "Attitude Adjustment" hours (4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) and only $1.50 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
39 N. Court St.
Although most students view Tony's as a "townie bar," those who venture in usually have a great time. Fridays happy hour features 75 cent Killian's and free nachos.
7 W. State St.
Red Brick Tavern
One of the more reserved bars in Athens. it has a great karaoke night (Friday at 10 p.m.), a DJ (Saturday), and live music (Friday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.). Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., is their "1/2 Price Happy Hour" with all domestic and import bottles half price (as well as appetizers).
14 N. Court St.
O'Hooley's Irish Pub
O'Hooley's is a unique bar because it brews its own beer (cool, huh?), and it features live music acts, some famous and some amateurs. Either way, students love to head to O'Hooleys for the tasty beers, as well as good music. You only have to be 18 (with an ID) to get in.
24 W. Union St.
The Cat's Eye is a great place to hang out, thanks to its size and 50 cent pool games. They also have a great happy hour 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Friday happy hours are the best deal of the week with a glass of beer starting at 30 cents and increasing by 10 cents every half hour.
12 N. Court St.
The C.I is one of the most popular bars on campus. Although it's two levels, it can still get a little crowded, but no one seems to mind. Pool tables and a jukebox are available, as well as two bars. Drink specials vary, though a draft beer costs $1.75 and only $1 to refill (plus you get to keep the "Get High at the C.I." cup.
32 N. Court St.
The Crystal is the Greek bar on campus, where sorority girls and frat guys head for a night of fun. It's probably the biggest bar on campus and has a couple of pool tables, as well as booths. Drink prices vary.
34 N. Court St.
Lucky's Sports Tavern
Besides selling cases of beer and wine, Lucky's also serves food and has a nice bar. It's a great place to watch a game, especially for Steelers fans. Premium beers are just $1.50, and Thursday is "Pitcher Night" with pitchers for $4, and refills cost only $3.
11 N. Court St.
The Junction is another large bar on campus, and it has its own signature drink, the Junction Punch, as well as the famous Quad Night.
41 N. Court St.
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Go to parties, head to Evolution for some dancing, rent or go see a movie (the Athena shows midnight movies every Friday and Saturday night), head to Lancaster for shopping, join an intramural team, join a program board to help plan campus events, attend a lecture, or visit an art exhibit or go see a performance by the School of Theatre.