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3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: We're fairly close to the midtown bar scene, which varies widely in price/atmosphere; there should be something for everyone. The only clubs I know of are downtown, which is about 20 min away. Most places are average-priced there, but pretty fun. The only issue is that downtown can be dangerous. There is one midtown place that's popular for not carding--that's about the only place anyone goes before turning 21.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: The nightlife is mostly dominated by greeklife at Rhodes. Parties are thrown at the houses on campus almost every weekend (and if the houses are quiet there is definitely something happening off campus). All on-campus parties open up to the whole campus every night and everyone is encouraged to come (the more the merrier).

Some upperclassmen go to the bars and clubs on Beale Street, but that is significantly less common than staying on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Frat parties are okay- they are fun but can get old. Helps to have a car so you can get off campus every once in a while.

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3 College Senior

Nightlife: Nightlife pretty much consists of Greek parties. Downtown there are options. Beale Street is popular.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: It's in Memphis so there are plenty of options, just not my scene.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 174th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 569th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1199th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Julia Fawal
Birmingham, Alabama
Grad Year
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Whether they're technically legal to drink or not, Rhodes students always find ways to have fun. Greek life dominates the on-campus night scene on weekends. At least one fraternity hosts a party each night, and these are open to the entire campus. The parties aren't crazy, but they can still be a lot of fun, particularly while they're still new during your freshman and sophomore years. Plus, you don't have to worry about a DD (designated driver), and often the fraternities make a few pledges DD for students if the party moves to a house off campus. Rhodes Activities Board (RAB) also hosts bus parties at local clubs that are usually a blast, so that’s another thing to look forward to.

As students get older, many like to venture out into Memphis to explore the local bar/club scene. Beale Street is perfect if you're over 21, but if you want to avoid getting kicked out, you'll have to get there at around 8:50 p.m.—they start checking IDs at around 9 or 10, and using a fake is risky. Dance clubs like Senses, Atlas, and 152 can be a lot of fun if you go with a group of friends, and all you have to do is ask around to figure out which bars and clubs will "overlook" your birth year. Some places can get a little sketchy, particularly late at night, but talk to upperclassmen and it won't be long before you figure out where or where not to go. Students who want louder, bigger parties check out the night scenes at local universities like University of Memphis and Christian Brothers. And if drinking isn't your thing, Memphis is full of great live music venues and restaurants. Regardless of your age or party style, you'll never have a shortage of things to do at night, when you're ready to take a break from schoolwork.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Beale Street
  • Cooper-Young
  • Highland Strip
  • Overton Square
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Atlas Dance
  • Bayou Bar & Grill
  • The Beauty Shop
  • The Blue Monkey
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Celtic Crossing
  • Earnestine & Hazel's
  • Fat Tuesday
  • Happy Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
  • Hi-Tone Café
  • Huey's Midtown
  • Newby's
  • P & H Café
  • Raiford's Lounge
  • RP Tracks
  • Side Street Grill
  • Slow Motions
  • Wild Bill's
  • Zinnie's
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games
  • Circle of Death/Ring of Fire
  • TV/movie games ("'The OC' Drinking Game")
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Memphis Flyer magazine
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Alex's Tavern
Organization Parties
Sometimes clubs and organizations on campus rent out ballrooms or other spaces, and throw private parties for Rhodes students or members of their organizations. These parties usually bring out a big crowd and are generally a lot of fun. They are well advertised around campus, whether by word of mouth, posters, or emails.
Did You Know?
Despite the inability to (legally) purchase alcohol, students under 21 are at no disadvantage when it comes to interesting nightlife options. There are plenty of fun places with music and dancing, or quieter coffee shops with open mic nights and such, if that is more of your scene.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Senses is probably Memphis's best dance club. It has four different themed dance rooms, and the lighting and music are amazing. Happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

2866 Poplar Ave.


(901) 454-4081


Spectrum is the main gay club in Memphis. It has two different dance floors, features drag shows, and has various theme nights.

616 Marshall Ave.


Club 152 on Beale

Club 152 is located downtown on Beale and attracts a lot of different characters. The club usually has a number of different DJs each night, and they play mostly mainstream hip-hop tunes. On Fridays and Saturdays, the place is usually at its full capacity. The drinks are pretty expensive, though there are specials sometimes. If you're into it, the weekends can get pretty wild.

152 Beale St.


(901) 544-7011

Hollywood Disco

Also known as Raifords, Hollywood Disco is a popular place for Greek formals and parties hosted by Rhodes organizations. You have to be 21 to drink, but it's one of the best dance clubs in Memphis, so it's a fun club to check out, regardless of your age.

115 Vance Ave.


(901) 528-9313

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Rum Boogie Café

This is the place to go for killer music. Happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day. Many people go here for the laid-back atmosphere, the ribs, the rum selection, and the famous musicians that randomly show up and jam out on stage.

182 Beale St.


(901) 528-0150

Neil's Music Room

Going to Neil's while at Rhodes (or just in Memphis) is a must. This place is great; they usually have worthwhile drink specials, and the music is fantastic. Wednesday is "College Night."

1835 Madison Ave.


(901) 278-6345

Young Avenue Deli

Young Avenue Deli is a favorite among Rhodes students, who go there for the live music and pool tables. Bands play five nights out of the week, and happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. during the week. The cover charge depends on the band that's playing, and you have to be 21-and-up or have a guardian with you to see the show. The checking of IDs is lenient, however.

2119 Young Ave.


(901) 278-0034

Silky O'Sullivan's

Silky's has been on Beale since 1992 and is a very popular bar for the 21-and-up crowd. There's a cover charge on Fridays and Saturdays, and every weekend they have live music. The drinks are a bit expensive, but the dueling pianos and blues music make up for it.

183 Beale St.


(901) 522-9596


Frequent live music and beer specials, with a very cheap menu with appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, and fries. This dive bar is a great place to relax with friends.

1589 Madison Ave.


(901) 726-4193

Alfred's on Beale

Alfred's opened in the 1980s and has been going strong ever since. It's a favorite on Beale Street and is usually packed. Local bands play throughout the week, and Alfred's has a two-story patio.

197 Beale St. at Third


(901) 525-3711

Alex's Tavern

1445 Jackson Ave.


(901) 278-9086

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Right off of Beale, with frequent live music, Flying Saucer is a student favorite. This place serves a variety of domestic, import, and microbrew beers. Try the "fire sale beer of the day" and save a few bucks.

130 Peabody Place


(901) 523-8536

Dan McGuinness Pub

Authentic Irish food and atmosphere, with live Celtic music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. This place has a wide variety of draught beer and offers outdoor dining. Dan's also showcases English Premier League soccer matches on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

4698 Spottswood


(901) 761-3711

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


Great place to go if you want to dance! It can get a little sketchy sometimes, so go with a group, but Thursday night is "College Night."

2866 Poplar Ave.


(901) 454-4081

Paradiso Movie Theater

Both underage and "of age" students enjoy going to the movies.

584 South Mendenhall


(901) 682-1754

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 34 responses

Very poor
  • 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 33 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 79% Use a designated driver.
  • 15% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 3% Public transportation.
  • 3% Taxis.
  • 0% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% Parties? What parties?
  • 0% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 44% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 56% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Rites of Spring
  • 20% Dukes of Hazzard


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