Nightlife

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Providence, RI
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$42,206
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3 College Junior

Nightlife: There is always some party, event, or bar scene to take in. However, many underage people partake in these activities, which can ruin it for the upperclassmen.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: PC's nightlife has to be some of the best in the country.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't really go out that much, but PC is a pretty big party school, with most students going out Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. There's a couple popular bars and there are almost always house parties. A school shuttle is available.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Underage nightlife is heavily present.There are 18+ bars with cover charges and house parties on the weekends and for major events. St. Patrick's Day is a major event as well as the Golf Party, Beach Party, and Civ Scream. Nightlife is lively from Wednesday night to Sunday morning but it's up to you to decide on whether to take full advantage of those nights.

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College Freshman

Nightlife: I am not a partier. I have never drank before, and prefer to focus on schoolwork. That being said, the nightlife is distracting for me. Girls are running around dorms with shorts so short their ass hangs out, boobs falling out of their tops, and heels so tall they can barely walk -- all this on a Wednesday night. It's shockingly stupid to me, especially when I am awoken from a peaceful slumber at 2 am on a Thursday morning by drunken shouts. Because it is a city, most students will take cabs, but there are also bars and clubs and house parties within walking distance of the school. There is a lot of underage drinking. If you like to party, this may be a good aspect of PC for you. For me, a hardworking, underage student who does not drink, it is obnoxious.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 22nd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 139th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1232nd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Mathieu
Hometown
Groton, CT
Major
English/Business
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Nightlife at PC consists mainly of drinking at any of the nearby off-campus bars. For a laid-back social night, Brad’s or Louie’s are the places to be. If getting your groove on is more your speed, Clubbies or Danny’s is where it’s at. Karaoke at Pat’s Pub or the Abbey is always a fun time. Although these are the most frequented bars around campus, early in the year, freshmen often trek downtown to Chad’s for an 18-and-over experience. Students who are 21-and-over will migrate downtown for a classier bar experience at Trinity Brewery or Fish Co. Many 21-year-old students also make their way to the on-campus bar, McPhails, around 11 for two hours of dancing and casual drinking. There is always a band playing on Friday and Saturday nights, so even the underage and students who don’t drink come to dance the night away. If you don’t like to drink, there is always some event occurring on campus sponsored by the Board of Programmers or the SAIL office.

Prices at the bars aren’t as steep as in cities like Boston or New York. Mixed drinks run about $4, shots up to $3, and beers for $3 and under. Even so, most students choose to pre-game before the bars to save on spending. There are enough bars that you can always change things up if the usual routine starts feeling repetitive. PC is a party school whether you choose to drink or not, so be prepared for some late nights and rough mornings.

 

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown
  • The streets right off campus
Student Favorites
  • Louie's Tap
  • Oldes
  • Patrick's Pub
  • Whiskey's Pub
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Complex
  • RIRA
  • Trinity Brewhouse
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong/Beirut
  • Card games (A$$hole, Kings)
  • Flip cup
  • Power Hour
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • www.digitalcity.com/providence/bars
  • www.frommers.com/destinations/providence
Closing Time
12 a.m.-2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Brad's on Tuesdays and Thursdays has cheap pitchers Louie’s Tap
Organization Parties
Many clubs on campus will host parties, be they on or off campus. The African American Club hosts glow parties in `64 Hall, while the lacrosse team may host an off-campus ticket party. Some parties involve alcohol, while others don't, but either way, they are usually a great time.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Roxy

The legendary Boston nightclub has now brought the next level of nightlife to Providence. There are amazing visual effects and even a CO2 machine to make for a unique dancing experience. Beautiful people fill the VIP rooms and hot and steamy dancing fills the dance floor. You must be 21 to get in, but they aren't very strict with IDs.

79 Washington St.

(401) 831-7699

www.roxyri.com

Liquid Lounge

This booze fueled basement party is a hit for college kids looking to enjoy a chill night of drinking with friends. The DJ, consisting of a man playing music off of his computer, plays the best of the 90's, but will play most things by request. A night at Liquid doesn't get better than when the night ends with Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" and the entire crowd sings along.

165 Angell St.

(401) 454-3434

Club Eagle's/Clubbies

Club Eagle's is the middle ground of local hot spots. It allows for both dancing and conversation and ranges from very casual to dressy in attire. It's a popular hot spot to hit up after Louie's on a Friday night. The cover is normally $3, and you must be 21 to get in. But they aren't too strict on IDs.

363 Admiral St.

(401) 421-1447

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Louie's Tap

Louie's is the epitome of a hole in the wall bar, but PC students love it. It comes complete with swinging saloon doors for the men's bathroom and a trough to urinate in. Louie's is also popular on Friday nights before heading two doors down to Club E's. You're supposed to be 21 to get in, but Louie's can be pretty relaxed about IDs. Cover is $3.

597 Douglas Ave.

Patrick's Pub

Pat's Pub is a nice local hangout that is more of a sophomore and junior bar. Pat's features tables to order food and drinks, a pool table, and occasionally they host live bands. While there's scarcely room for dancing, people will attempt it anyway. There is no cover charge, and you must be 21 to enter.

381 Smith St.

(401) 751-1553

The Whiskey Pub

PC students enjoy Whiskeys because they can drink from real glass glasses and have plenty of room to get their groove on. It is also enjoyable because you will not be surrounded by forty-year-old locals or non-PC students.

286 Academy Ave.

(401) 331-1111

Fish Co. Bar and Grill

Fish and Co. is another senior hot spot located downtown. Classier than the usual PC spots, ladies get in free on Thursdays. Fridays and Saturdays, cover charge is $5 and you must be 21 to get in.

515 S. Water St.

Downtown

(401) 421-5796

The Abbey

Great for karaoke and for food, the Abbey tends to be an upperclassman bar. It is a relaxed and laid-back environment. You must be 21 to enter.

686 Admiral St.

(401) 351-4346

Bradley Café

Brad's is a hangout bar great for conversing or playing a little Beirut. The mixed drinks tend to be bigger here than other bars and twice as strong. Thursdays are $2 mixed drinks and they can pretty get crowded. You need to be 21 to get in and cover varies, but usually does not exceed $5.

571 Admiral St.

(401) 621-2891

Danny's Place

When Louie's and Clubbies are being strict with IDs, students head to Danny's Place where they know they will be let in, as long as they haven't yet reached capacity. Known as the new "freshmen bar," Danny's leaves much to be desired for any other grade, most importantly people their own age.

176 Douglas Ave.

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

Chad's

Chad's is a karaoke bar downtown. It can be a great time for the new freshmen that want to go out, as it is 18 and over. The place is tiny, but it's a total blast if you're into singing.

172 Dorrence St.

Downtown

(401) 421-7200

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 29 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 26 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 4% Use a designated driver.
  • 46% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 23% Public transportation.
  • 4% Taxis.
  • 23% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 4% Parties? What parties?
  • 4% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 18% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 54% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 21% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 8 responses

  • 57% House parties
  • 43% Bars

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 12 responses

  • 100% Golf Party

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