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5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: The night life at SLU is amazing. Night life usually follows this trend:

Freshman year: large apartment parties in the lofts/Vandy or fraternity parties; if you had a fake you would get into Lacledes (RIP)

Sophomore year: still fraternity or sorority parties, smaller parties in the Village, Coronado, Lindell, or Moolah; using a fake at bars if you have a good one

Junior year: turning 21 and going to Humphrey's for penny pitchers every Wednesday and Great Grizzley Bear every Thursday; Friday and Saturday at other bars around campus; occasionally venturing out to Wash Ave or Soulard once everyone turns 21

Senior year: going to Soulard or Wash Ave when you feel like paying for cabs; nights usually end at Humphrey's

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: I always have fun and am able to find something to do on the weekends.

2 College Junior

Nightlife: SLU really isn't a party school compared to state schools, but if you are looking for fun you will find it. There are several bars near campus which get old quickly if you are trying to meet new people. SLU provides transportation around campus at night.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: I don't participate much in night life.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The night life really doesn't pick up until about Thursday or Friday. the transportation around campus to party is awesome. shuttles go to every spot for parties and bring you back to campus. for underage life, there is dorm parties and apartment parties to go to on campus. The only thing is you have to know the right people.


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  • 35th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 146th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1227th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Katie Kuemmel
Waukesha, WI
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With SLU located right in Midtown St. Louis, you will never get bored. There are hundreds of options for off-campus and on-campus nighttime entertainment. On SLU's campus, there are a variety of events to keep students busy. Billikens After Dark puts on alcohol-alternative programming, such as campus-wide capture the flag, glow party dances, mock game shows with prizes, spa nights, and carnivals in the Quad. The Billiken Club, a small concert venue located on campus in the student center, puts on free indie concerts multiple times a month. Student organizations also frequently sponsor free events on campus. Greek organizations have social events multiple times a semester, and because there are no Greek houses on campus, events are held off campus, and students are bused to and from events.

Off campus, the apartments located around campus are frequent weekend party stops for students. There is also a variety of bars throughout the city that are known for being easy to get into if you're underage. If you're 21 or older, there are bars within walking distance and a variety of neighborhoods that are a short cab ride away. Washington Avenue is especially popular with SLU students because of the nightlife options and its proximity to campus. Soulard, home of Mardi Gras and Oktoberfest, is another popular area. The Central West End is only about a mile from SLU and has karaoke, pubs, and clubs. St. Louis is also a stop on most music and comedy tours. With concert venues of many sizes, there are always shows in town. St. Louis also has great malls, movie theaters, restaurants, and the City Museum to occupy the college-age population.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Central West End
  • Laclede’s Landing
  • Midtown
  • Soulard
  • Washington Avenue
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bar Louie
  • Blueberry Hill
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Chuy Arzola's
  • Field House Pub & Grill
  • Fifteen Nightclub
  • The Jive & Wail Dueling Pianos
  • Maggie O'Brien's
  • Ozzie's Restaurant & Sports Bar
  • Rosalita's Cantina
  • Seamus McDaniel's
  • The Side Bar
  • Tin Can Tavern & Grille
  • Tom's Bar & Grill
Local Specialties
The Plunger: Found at Humphrey's, The Plunger is a mixed shot given to bar patrons in a small plunger on their birthday.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Circle of death
  • Flip cup
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • The U News
Closing Time
2 a.m.-3 a.m. (depending on the bar)
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Humphrey's Restaurant & Tavern, Pierre Laclede's Pub & Eatery
Organization Parties
SLU student organizations are constantly offering events that are open to the entire student body. The Student Activities Board organizes free concerts, comedians, speakers, and other fun events. Billikens After Dark is group that plans alcohol-alternative programing and sponsors "mocktail" parties, trivia nights, movies, and campus-wide games, such as capture the flag. Other student organizations, such as APO, plan themed and semi-formal dances that are open to everyone. Greek organizations also have events that are open to members and their guests.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Club Viva!

Club Viva! has been rated one of the best dance clubs in St. Louis several times. The club started out as a Latin dance club but has broadened its music to include everything from jungle to drums and bass. Be prepared to get sweaty-Club Viva! is located in a basement atmosphere with low ceilings and no windows.

408 N. Euclid Ave.

(314) 361-0322

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

John D. McGurk's Irish Pub

McGurk's is another Soulard bar popular with SLU students and the 20-30 crowd. It features a huge patio and live music on weekends. During the day, their food is also a big hit.

1200 Russell Blvd.


(314) 776-8309

Library Annex Restaurant & Sports Lounge

The Library is popular with the 21-and-up SLU crowd, as well as non-SLU students. The average weekend night ends at the Library on the dance floor, which tends to be packed from 12 a.m. to closing time. The Library's signature drink is the Billy Bucket, which is a blue mixed drink that comes in a white bucket made to share with friends.

3693 Forest Park Ave.

St. Louis

(314) 652-8484

Pierre Laclede's Pub & Eatery

Over the past year, Pierre Laclede's has had three ownership changes and three name changes. Formally known as Laclede Street Bar & Grill, this bar is still home to one of the most popular dance floors by SLU. On Wednesdays through Saturdays, you'll find a huge population of SLU students that frequent the bar.

3818 Laclede Ave.

St. Louis

(314) 652-3818

The Dubliner

The Dubliner is one of the most popular bars for of-age SLU students in the Washington Avenue downtown district. A big draw to The Dubliner is the live music on most weekend nights. A big turn off are drink prices-you won't find a drink special after 9 p.m., but that's the same in most bars on Washington Avenue.

1025 Washington Ave.

St. Louis

(314) 421-4300

The Great Grizzly Bear

The Great Grizz is popular with SLU students on Thursdays because they run a shuttle from Midtown to the bar. The Great Grizz has a dance floor that generally features a decent DJ or band, and it also has a huge patio. It's a popular destination during Mardi Gras because of its location in the Soulard neighborhood, where the Mardi Gras parade takes place.

1027 Geyer Ave.


(314) 231-0444

Humphrey's Restaurant & Tavern

Humphrey's has been, and always will be, the big bar for SLU students. Alumni still living in St. Louis come to meet up with friends or catch a Billiken basketball game, which is always televised in the bar. Especially popular on Wednesday evenings for Penny Pitchers, Humphrey's is the 21-and-up hangout Wednesday through Saturday nights.

3700 Laclede Ave.

St. Louis

(314) 535-0700

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

Moolah Theater & Lounge

The Moolah is located across the street from SLU's campus and features a bowling alley and a movie theater. The movie theater only has one screen but has large leather couches for spectators to sit on. The bowling alley also has a large bar for students 21 and up.

3821 Lindell Blvd.


(314) 446-6868

Saintt Louis Galleria

The Saint Louis Galleria is home to a large mall, a variety of chain restaurants, and STL Cinemas movie theater. With a weekend shuttle from SLU's campus to the Galleria, it's easy to access and offers a variety of options for underage students.

1155 Saint Louis Galleria

St. Louis

(314) 863-5500

Fabulous Fox Theater

The Fabulous Fox Theater is located one block north of SLU's campus and constantly hosts musicals, comedians, and concerts. It offers "Student Rush Tickets" for most shows, where students can purchase remaining orchestra seats for $20 two hours before the show starts.

527 N. Grand Blvd.


(314) 534-1678

City Museum

City Museum is an old warehouse that was converted into a gigantic playground for adults. Full of climbing tunnels, slides, indoor and outdoor areas, and a circus, City Museum has something for everyone. It's open until 1 a.m. on weekends, but the lights turn off at 9 p.m. and everyone carries around flashlights. It's a one-of-a-kind attraction that will keep you busy for hours.

701 N. 15th St.

St. Louis

(314) 231-2489

The Coffee Cartel

This coffeehouse is the major hangout for all the residents of the Central West End area, and it's a favorite among SLU students on the weekends and during finals, where overpriced coffee flows until late in the night. It's open 24 hours a day.

2 Maryland Plaza

Central West End

(314) 454-0000

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 63 responses

  • 3% There are no good options.
  • 21% Use a designated driver.
  • 16% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 8% Public transportation.
  • 5% Taxis.
  • 48% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 63 responses

Very poor
  • 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 63 responses

  • 6% Parties? What parties?
  • 11% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 35% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 43% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 5% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 7 responses

  • 75% Depends on party "standards". Greek life has a lot
  • 25% I'm too old for parties. I prefer the bars

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 8 responses

  • 100% Mardi Gras in Saint Louis


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