Huntsville, TX
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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't really do much for nightlife. Mainly in school or at work. But if I do go out a lot of people are all over the place mainly bar hopping.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife is pretty cool. There is alot to do such as carpooling to different bars with friends.

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are about four gross bars here that all the frat boys and sorority girls hang out at. The cops circulate the places all night trying to bust people for underage drinking and the night seems more based around how you can get away with having fun than actually having fun.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are dance places and always something to do!

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College Freshman

Nightlife: I am not involved in the nightlife of Sam Houston State University, so I would not know what it is like.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 8th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 95th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1277th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Roberautrice Eddie
Hanau, Germany
Broadcast Journalism
Grad Year
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College is often seen as a last chance to have fun before the “real world,” which comes in the blink of an eye, so for those looking for a good time at school, Sam Houston State definitely fits the bill. Every Tuesday and Thursday, students know a party is waiting for them and that a good time is ahead. While there aren’t too many places to choose from with regards to nightlife, the options around town are enjoyable. The two clubs in town—the Jolly Fox and Shenanigans—both have very cheap covers, affordable drink prices, and are relatively close to campus.

While identification and underage drinking are strictly monitored, the clubs are 18-and-up, so they’re still popular for students under 21 years old. The same can be said about the many bars—the underage set can still enjoy the billiards, quality food, and access to televised sporting events. House parties are very popular and the cornerstone of nightlife at SHSU; just about every day, except for maybe Mondays and Sundays, there are tons of house parties to choose from that are full of people. Despite a lack of overall options, the nightlife at SHSU is very present and enjoyable. This is definitely a school where students have a lot of fun.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • 11th Street
  • Sam Houston Avenue
Local Specialties
  • Purple Hooter: This drink can be found at Zach's Bar & Grill and is made of vodka, lime juice, and a dash of raspberry liqueur.
  • Red Rocket: This drink from The Draft Bar is composed of apple cranberry/cranberry juice and orange liqueur.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • 3 man
  • Beer pong
  • Flip cup
  • King's cup
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Club and bar websites
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Draft Bar has many good deals on drinks, and on certain nights, many Mexican restaurants, including Margarita's, offer cheap margaritas. Also, the Jolly Fox and Shenanigans have "Quarter Night," where drinks are a quarter.
Organization Parties
Some of the fraternities and sororities hold mixers, but these are usually only available to members or by invite only. The volunteer organizations and honor societies hold events to raise money or awareness and usually extend invitations to anyone willing to attend the events.
Did You Know?
The movie "Dazed and Confused" was loosely based on the director's time at Huntsville High and visits to the Jolly Fox.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Shenanigans is the most popular club in Huntsville. It has two parts: Shenanigans, which predominantly plays country music, and Confetti's, which predominantly plays hip-hop music. Thursday is the best night to visit Shenanigans.

1548 11th St.


(936) 438-8300

The Jolly Fox Club

The Jolly Fox is a club/bar that plays a variety of country and hip-hop music. Every now and then, it will feature live music from different bands. The Fox is the other big club in Huntsville, and it features mainly an older crowd of people (more upperclassmen than underclassmen). Nevertheless, the Jolly Fox is a lively place to hang out on Thursdays and weekends.

2504 Sam Houston Ave.


(936) 293-1411

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Margarita's Mexican Restaurant

630 Interstate 45 Frontage Road


(936) 293-8966

The Stardust Room

The Stardust Room is a small bar located in the downtown square of Huntsville. It is often overlooked because of its location, but it has good food and features live music every now and then.

1115 University Ave.


(936) 293-1295

Zach's Bar & Grill

Zach's is a bar and grill that has a lot of good food and pool tables.

2707 Sam Houston Ave.


(936) 295-0938

Lizard's Billiards, Bar & Grill

Lizard's is a sports bar and grill, mostly popular as the town's pool hall. There is karaoke, open mic nights, and billiards every night. This is a good place to play pool and hang out.

1231 Josey St.


(936) 295-8141

DoubleDave's Pizzaworks

This pizza place is a great place to eat and drink for cheap.

3011 11th St.


(936) 295-5400

The Draft Bar

The Draft Bar (formerly known as "Tops and Bottoms") is a sports bar with pool tables, lots of TVs, and a patio with even more TVs. The Draft Bar has 40 different beers on tap!

2002 Sam Houston Ave.


(936) 293-8565

Humphrey's Bar & Grill

Humphrey's is a popular bar and grill in Huntsville. It has a wide variety of tasty food on the menu, as well as many drinks available at the bar. It is located near Fatboy's and is a popular venue for sporting events.

1930 Sam Houston Ave.


(936) 439-0664

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

Huntsville Lanes

The bowling alley is a very popular place to spend time any day of the week. It gets crowded and is a fun place for anyone to hang out.

663 I-45 Frontage Road


(936) 295-3267

Cinestar of Huntsville

This movie theater is another place for people to hang out if they don't want to go out. It shows all the newest movies at unbelievably low prices: $3 matinees and $5 primetime showings.

3 Financial Plaza


(936) 291-0248

Student Polls

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 12 responses

  • 27% Theta Chi Fraternity
  • 20% Friends
  • 13% Chi Alpha
  • 13% The Fox!
  • 13% Phi Gamma Delta
  • 7% Zeta Tau Alpha
  • 7% Nasty's

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 99 responses

  • 5% There are no good options.
  • 81% Use a designated driver.
  • 1% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 3% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 10% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 97 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 98 responses

  • 11% Parties? What parties?
  • 11% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 16% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 48% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 13% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 13 responses

  • 100% Sammypalooza
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