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3 College Junior

Nightlife: Party Scene here is worse than my High School, but that is due to the size of the University. I am also native to San-Antonio, so I do not find it as fun as the students that do not live in the area.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: The clubs aren't always easy to get to, and sometimes there is difficulty to find parking. To get to parties, you generally just have to know the right people.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: San Antonio is such a great place to find things to do. We like going to the Riverwalk, sports events and local hangouts.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Not really a night-life person so I'm not all that aware.

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is nothing to do hardly ever except during rush season

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  • 360th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1011st
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 1045th
    Best Drink Prices

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Stephany Weaver
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The first year at Trinity can be so busy that many freshmen do not get the chance to fully appreciate everything that San Antonio has to offer. They spend a lot of time hopping around to the different frat parties and getting their bearings on campus. However, when the Trinity routine starts to become a little old, friendships will have formed, and students can start hitching rides with one another to get out and see what kind of nightlife the city has to offer. Most of the better clubs will allow minors in, although the cover charge will likely be higher for them. 

As far as bars, Bombay Bicycle Club and Tycoon Flats are Trinity staples. Bays, as it is know to Trinity students, has decor that features memorabilia from the college, pool tables in the rear, quiet booths, and clusters of mismatched chairs and couches surrounding coffee tables. The drinking age is strictly enforced. Tycoon Flats is really popular with Trinity students, as it has relatively cheap drinks and features local bands during the week. It’s pretty easy to find concerts featuring either big-name or local bands almost every night, and the White Rabbit, which is a block away from campus on North St. Mary's Street, often showcases the talents of many Trinity bands.

Anyone can go to a house party, regardless of age. However, these are not good places to go if you don’t know anyone there, since most of the people there will know each other, at least in some small degree, and it can be somewhat exclusive. Most of the students are not unfriendly, but they are not going to be as welcoming at a party until they get to know you in a different setting. However, because it is such a small school, before long, you will feel as though you know everyone. When you’ve been at school a while and start to meet more classmates, house parties can be the best places to have a good time, but until then, there are plenty of clubs and concerts where you can mix and mingle.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown
  • Main Street
  • River Walk
Student Favorites
  • Bombay Bicycle Club
  • Kingston Tycoon Flats
Other Places to Check Out
  • Arriba Bar & Grill
  • The Atrium
  • Blue Star Brewing Company
  • Broadway 50/50
  • Cappycino's
  • Cheesy Jane's
  • Communion
  • The Heat
  • La Tuna
  • Liberty Bar
  • Mad Dogs
  • The Mix
  • Petti Coat Junction
  • Stonewerks Caffe and Bar
Local Specialties
  • Ballantine:
  • Lone Star:
  • Pearl:
  • Shiner:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • Century Club
  • Kings
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
  • Strip poker
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • San Antonio Current
  • San Antonio Express-News Weekender
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Tycoon Flats
Organization Parties
If you want to go to a club party thrown by an organization at Trinity, either be a member of the club or date someone who is. Clubs rent out hotel lobbies and sometimes nightclubs, and throw great parties, but they're usually more fun when you know the people who are throwing it.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

The Saint

A great dance club, and the best place in San Antonio to catch a drag show. The Saint is one of the most popular clubs on a street that is the main drag for the gay and lesbian nightclubs in town. There are two dance floors and plenty of room at the bar, with specials randomly offered throughout the night. Along with the Bonham, although it is primarily a gay club, straight college kids and adults hit up the club because of the great dance music and atmosphere.

1430 N. Main Ave.

(210) 225-7330

Sin 13

Sin 13 sounds like the name of a cliché Goth rock band. While the name might be off-putting, don't let it fool you. This club houses some of the best live alternative shows in San Antonio, and people under 18 can get in, too. There's a casual dress code, and they have happy hour from 4-7 p.m., but the cover to shows can vary depending on who's playing and what they want to charge. If you love live music and a place to meet other people who like to rock, this is definitely a place to check out.

1902 McCullough

(210) 320-6859

Polly Esther's Danceplex

For people who never really got over their love of `80s music, this is a perfect club. It is three stories high, starting on the River Walk level. Each story features a different decade of music, from the `70s to the `80s, and finishing on the third floor with the `90s. Drink specials vary throughout the night, but since the club is located on the River Walk, the drinks are going to be expensive regardless.

212 College St.

(210) 220-1972

Bonham Exchange

The Bonham is a great place to go on a Friday night. While it is primarily a gay club, there is an amiable mix of gay and straight people who all want to dance to the music, which is anything from techno and hip-hop to house and R&B music. There are three bars in the building, two dance floors, and a few thong-clad dancers to boot. The drinks are not expensive, but prepare to want more than one; the more crowded it gets, the harder you're going to have to fight to get a drink. It's cheaper to get in when you're 21, but as long as you're over 18, you can go. They do check IDs pretty thoroughly at the door, so don't bother trying to sneak in if you're underage.

411 Bonham St.


(210) 271-3811

Cowboys Dance Hall

This is the place to be if you love to country dance, or even if the closest thing you've ever done a line dance to is the "Electric Slide." It gets packed, and Wednesdays are especially popular since students get in at a discounted rate on those nights. There's even a mechanical bull. And since you're in a country-western club, guys can get away with T-shirt and jeans, whereas girls might wear a nice shirt and jeans or a casual dress.

3030 NE Loop 410

(210) 646-9378

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Howl at the Moon

Howl at the Moon is a piano bar that encourages audience participation. Some pianists duel with music and insults, and almost all of them love to get rowdy attention from the audience, rather than quiet clapping and a few tips. This is the place to visit if you're a music lover or just like to make some noise.

111 W. Crockett St.

(210) 212-4695

Swig Martini Bar

This bar, also the largest humidor downtown, offers a view of the River Walk that you can enjoy while smoking, drinking, or listening to jazz music. This is definitely more upscale than an average college bar, so be prepared to tuck in your shirt or wear something with sleeves. Swig is also a fabulous date spot.

111 W. Crockett St.

(210) 476-0005

Tycoon Flats

Flats has live music of all kinds (jazz, blues, rock, reggae), and you rarely have to pay a cover to see the bands. There's also a giant sandbox out back for the kids to play in.

2926 N. St. Mary's

(210) 737-1929

Bermuda Triangle

This small lesbian bar is set in a somewhat unfriendly neighborhood, but inside the atmosphere is much friendlier than the one outside. There is a full bar, a small dance floor, and the usual bar amenities-a pool table, air hockey, and even darts. Far from usual, though, is the singing bartender. She paid for her own head microphone so that she could sing and serve drinks at the same time on Wednesday, which is karaoke night.

119 El Mio

(210) 342-2276

Bombay Bicycle Club

There are no bicycles involved with this bar, only great burgers and a fun atmosphere. Its proximity to Trinity and the inviting interior have made it a Trinity tradition. It is not the cheapest bar in the city, but it's still cheaper than drinking on the River Walk. Technically, this bar is within walking distance of Trinity, but since almost every student has his or her own car, you can see that the bar is hopping by simply looking at the parking lot.

3506 N. St. Mary's

(210) 737-2411

The Flying Saucer

Beer drinkers of the world, rejoice. If this bar does not have the drink that you seek, then that beer only ever existed in your own drunken mind. It's more of an upscale bar, but they have 80 beers on tap and over 150 brands from around the world. No aliens here, just the best chance in San Antonio of finding the perfect beer.

11255 Huebner Rd.

(210) 696-5080

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

Sunset Station

Housed in an old train station, Sunset Station is a converted nightclub that features four different bars. Club nights are 21 and up, but concerts are for all ages.

1174 E. Commerce St.

(210) 222-9481

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Rivercenter Comedy Club

This comedy club, located next to the Rivercenter Mall, admits those who are 18 and older or 17 with a parent. It's not difficult to get tickets to a show, but it's a good idea to call and reserve them in advance, since show times vary.

849 E. Commerce St.

(210) 229-9233

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 23 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 26 responses

  • 12% There are no good options.
  • 58% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 8% Public transportation.
  • 23% Taxis.
  • 0% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 4% Parties? What parties?
  • 8% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 62% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 21% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 4% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.


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