Nightlife at Purdue revolves almost entirely around that most proverbial of watering holes: the bar. With a handful of bars within walking distance of campus, students of legal age have their pick of places to go for socializing, drinking, and hanging out with their friends. Although there are no clubs in the Greater Lafayette area, several of the bars have dance floors that add a hint of variety to the bar scene. Students under the age of 21 who want to edge their way into the bar scene will have little luck, thanks to the bouncers who require two valid forms of ID. However, there are plenty of house parties in nearby apartments, and most can go to fraternity parties with a little finagling.
Those who are able to get into the bars and drink seem relatively pleased with the accommodations around campus. The Neon Cactus, with its huge drinks, dance floor, and piano bar, is the number one spot on Thursday nights, followed closely by Harry’s, the Egyptian Hookah Bar and Café, and Jake’s. Get to the bars early if you want a seat; otherwise, you’ll be squashed up against the wall by the mass of people pouring into the building. If you’re looking for clubs, you won’t find any at Purdue, except for some remotely located in the Lafayette area. Indianapolis, however, in only an hour's drive away and caters well to nightlife.