Nightlife

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Athens, OH
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2 College Freshman

Nightlife: I am not a fan of the night life here at OU. It is actually a really popular thing. Underage drinking is a big problem and people rarely are punished for it. There are a lot of bars uptown and a lot if side street parties every weekend and even during the week.

5 College Student

Nightlife: If you're looking to party, OU is basically Mecca. We've got fest season, HallOUween, and one of the highest densities of bars on one strip of road. If partying isn't your scene though, Athens also has tons of great restaurants and an awesome movie theatre that plays mostly indie films. No one is ever bored in Athens.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Harder to find parties if you don't have a fake id, bars are fun and when you hear of house parties they are fun, fest season is the best season.

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: Way too many parties. At least two a week. The clubs let minors in with fake ID's, the parties get crazy, and mostly everyone is drunk. It's is not a very positive nightlife.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always a party or seven every Friday and Saturday night so there is no want for party options. It just depends on what type of party scene you are looking for, you can always manage to find a good time.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 11th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 19th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1354th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nash Bober
Hometown
Berlin Heights, Ohio
Major
Management information systems/Marketing
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Whether any of the administrators want to admit it or not, OU is a party school. Once a regular on Playboy's top-10 party school lists, OU is known for its nightlife. Drinking is the most popular student activity, thanks in part to the sheer number of bars that line Court Street. Each bar has its own personality and atmosphere, and most students usually have a favorite spot or two. But everyone agrees that the nightlife at OU is one of the best things about being a student here. The drinks are cheap, the atmosphere is energized, and the people are outgoing. When I say drinks are cheap, I mean drinks are really cheap and there are some great specials throughout the week. Also, there are various promotions for different beers and alcohol throughout the year with games and free stuff. While there is only one dance club, most people don't have a problem with busting a move in the middle of the bar floor or on nearby tables. The parties have pretty much the same vibe: people drinking a lot, dancing, laughing, and having a great time.

If bonging beer and doing shots at the bar isn't your thing, there are other nighttime options, but keep in mind that it's hard to avoid the craziness that comes with Court Street. It can get pretty loud and crowded on weekends, which can be annoying when leaving a coffee shop or the Athena. But for those people who enjoy a good, drunken time with great people in an alcohol-soaked atmosphere, OU's nightlife is a dream come true.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Uptown
Student Favorites
  • The C.I.
  • The Junction
  • Pigskin Bar & Grille
  • The Pub
Other Places to Check Out
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Front Room
  • Skipper's
  • The Smiling Skull
Local Specialties
  • 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)
  • Chandelier
  • Drinking Jenga
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
The Athens News
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Tuesday nights at Pawpurr’s
Organization Parties
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.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Evolution

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.

(740) 589-6062

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

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.

(740) 594-5002

Pawpurr's Bar

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.

(740) 592-9890

The Pub

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.

(740) 592-2699

Tony's Tavern

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.

(740) 592-9853

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.

(740) 594-2077

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.

(740) 594-BREW

Cat's Eye

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.

(740) 592-9676

The C.I.

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.

(740) 593-5709

The Crystal

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.

(740) 593-3679

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.

(740) 594-5825

The Junction

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.

(740) 592-9968

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

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.

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 95 responses

  • 1% There are no good options.
  • 4% Use a designated driver.
  • 1% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 1% Public transportation.
  • 1% Taxis.
  • 92% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 95 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 96 responses

  • 3% Parties? What parties?
  • 1% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 14% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 53% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 29% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 15 responses

  • 40% Mill street
  • 20% The bars!
  • 15% Palmer st
  • 15% I'm not a fan of the parties here.
  • 10% Palmer Place

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 17 responses

  • 71% Halloween
  • 24% #Fest
  • 6% Mill Fest

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