Nightlife

Location
College Station, TX
Undergrads
36,219
Tuition (in-state)
$25,035 ($8,506)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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College Junior

Nightlife: I don't party or go out for drinks. So my review wouldn't be accurate.

Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: I did not party near or on campus during law school. I do not know much about the part scene.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Because College Station is a student college, night life is thriving and versatile. Similarly, for those who aren't social, night life hosts a number of options to suit the needs of any student.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Nightlife: The nightlife does not compare to the nightlife in a city. On the other hand, it is not terrible.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Nightlife: I don't party too much, but Northgate is fun and close by.

1 person found this useful Report
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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 25th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 80th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1295th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Isuey Asuzena Iraheta
Hometown
Houston, Texas
Major
Psychology
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During the day, you will see A&M students busy with classes and studying, but once the moon goes up, it’s a different story. Northgate, located just across University Drive on the north side of campus, is the most popular night-time hangout spot for Aggies—the area has plenty of bars and restaurants. Besides Northgate, there are some popular country western places, such as Harry’s and the Hall, but there are not many other types of clubs. At A&M, it’s all about the two-step, since the preferred type of music is country (remember, this is the Deep South!).

No matter how long you’ve been here, there’s always something new and fun to do, and there’s plenty of debauchery to participate in. If you do start to get bored, though, you can broaden your horizons and check out the nightlife in Houston or Austin. These cities aren’t too far away, and they offer a world of possibilities outside College Station. Regardless of where you prefer to go out, just do yourself a favor and don’t schedule an 8 a.m. class on Friday mornings because at A&M, the weekend starts on Thursday nights.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Northgate
Student Favorites
  • Dixie Chicken
  • Fox & Hound
  • Hurricane Harry's
  • The Tap
Other Places to Check Out
  • Daisy Dukes
  • Dry Bean Saloon
  • Hookah Station
  • Murphy's Law
  • Schotzi's
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • Card games (A$$hole)
Useful Resources for Nightlife
www.visitaggieland.com/Things-to-Do/Entertainment/Nightlife-and-Bars
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Harry’s Salty Dog

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Hurricane Harry's

Harry's, a country western bar with nightly drink specials and dancing, is right next to campus, down the street from Northgate. The most popular night there is Thursdays. Harry's is close to IHOP, so a lot of people eat there after Harry's closes to sober up and wrap up their evening.

313 College Ave.

(979) 846-1724

harrys.bcsclubs.com

Salty Dog

Salty Dog is one of the popular non-Northgate bars. It's just a normal bar with good drink specials-usually $1 wells and $1 Jello shots. There's an upstairs place to sit and chill, and the bar downstairs is cool, as well. Dress is casual.

4353 Welborn Rd.

(979) 268-4353

www.bcsclubs.com/Salty/events.html

The Tap

A popular sorority/fraternity hangout, the Tap is a sports bar with nightly drink specials and occasional live entertainment. The Tap has hundreds of beers on tap and a patio that's a nice place to hang out if it gets too loud inside. Baseball hats are welcome.

815 Harvey Rd.

(979) 696-5570

www.tapbcs.com

Big Pauly's

A bar and music venue, Big Pauly's features weekly musical events, both live music and DJs. The place may seem small and somewhat cramped during bigger shows, but this just adds to the personal atmosphere. The cover charge varies depending upon the size of the event, so check beforehand.

317 University Dr.

(979) 846-2469

Dixie Chicken

Located in Northgate, Dixie Chicken is a popular bar and restaurant. Burgers are cheap, and the beer is always on tap. There are pool tables and a good atmosphere. Baseball and cowboy hats welcome.

307 University Dr.

(979) 846-2322

www.dixiechicken.com

Fox and Hound

This pub has a restaurant, bar, pool tables, and several big-screen TVs. It also serves great wings and frozen drinks. Many people dress up to go here.

505 University Dr.

(979) 846-0211

www.fhrg.com

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

Underage students can study, play pool, go to the park, participate in ice blocking, attend athletic events, go to Hurricane Harry's (it's 18-and-over), hang at Sweet Eugene's coffee shop, go to concerts at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater, chill at Lake Bryan, or go mountain biking. They can also go to the movies, check out an art gallery, take Aggie Wrangler lessons (country-western dance), drive or walk through Santa's Wonderland, knock down some pins at Wolf Pen Bowling Center, go mini-golfing, or, if they have absolutely nothing to do, cow-tipping.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 195 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 185 responses

  • 2% There are no good options.
  • 50% Use a designated driver.
  • 6% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 4% Public transportation.
  • 1% Taxis.
  • 37% Walk.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 47 responses

  • 36% Chili Fest
  • 30% Ring weekends
  • 26% After the Alabama game
  • 4% Bonfire
  • 2% Crawfish Boil
  • 2% Midnight Yell

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 194 responses

  • 8% Parties? What parties?
  • 8% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 28% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 51% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 6% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 45 responses

  • 38% Northgate
  • 31% House parties
  • 29% Sorority/Fraternity
  • 1% In the dorms
  • 1% Not big into the party scene!

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