Davis, CA
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4 College Junior

Nightlife: There are parties if you want to find them. There are also bars and pubs downtown. The craziest party events of the year have to be Picnic Day and House Boats. On the former, be careful when you go outside during the nighttime...

4 College Junior

Nightlife: If you want to experience the typical college party, go to one of the many frat parties in the beginning of the quarter (before midterms hit). The older you get, the chiller your social life gets. After you move out of the dorms, it's more about house parties. After you turn 21, it's more about the bars.

3 College Student

Nightlife: I haven't really been to any parties, but my friend always seems to be able to find one. If you're looking you'll find something to do. I know the first week of school everyone was getting invited to tons of parties. If you go to those you'll meet the people you need to know to keep hearing about parties.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I have never gone out partying at Davis, but I do see a lot of friends that are a part of Greek life constantly at parties on social media websites.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Great bars in the middle of downtown, and salsa dancing at The Grad on Tuesday nights

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  • 166th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 418th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1206th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amy Knowland
Irvine, CA
Grad Year
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There is definitely not a thriving nightlife in this small college town. Most students acknowledge that the town can be pretty dull, and there is definitely more room for “partying” on the weekends. For students over 21, there are a handful of bars downtown that have proven to be entertaining and fun. However, the suburban setting of this city leaves many students feeling antsy for more social opportunities. There are little to no dancing and club options, so bars become the main area to hang out on the weekends. 

For those students that are too young to drink, the nightlife consists mostly of house and frat parties, which are fun to begin with, but can get a little repetitive week after week, with the same location and same people. Greek life opens up the doors for a few more social opportunities to those who are involved. The lack of a thriving social scene causes students to get creative on the weekends in order to unwind and have some fun. Smaller kickbacks, where groups of people hang out and play drinking games, are popular. Even though there is some dissatisfaction with the nightlife, there is no doubt about it that students still enjoy their time at Davis and can always find something exciting to do. The nightlife may not be presented on a silver platter, but when students search around and get creative, they will definitely have their fair share of partying and fun. And fortunately, Sacramento and San Francisco are a close drive away, which can fulfill the need for a crazier party atmosphere that clubs and bars provide.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown Davis
  • Frat houses
  • Second Street
Student Favorites
  • The Davis Graduate
  • G Street Pub
  • The Grill @ Froggy's
Other Places to Check Out
  • 3rd & U Café
  • Bistro 33
  • Burgers & Brew
  • G Street Pub
  • Little Prague
  • Uncle Vito's
  • Woodstock's Pizza
Local Specialties
WickyWackyWoo: It was created after a worker in Café Bernardo tried to create the cheapest and strongest alcoholic beverage to give his friends. He came up with the WickyWackyWoo. It contains vodka, gin, tequila, triple sec, pineapple juice, orange juice, cranberry juice, amaretto, and Bacardi. This drink is a rite of passage for those turning 21.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Flip cup
  • Kings cup
  • Rage cage
  • Snappa
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Sudwerk Restaurant & Brewery
Organization Parties
Frat parties are popular on the weekends. Other clubs on campus will occasionally throw parties on the weekends as fundraisers and will charge a $5 cover fee to enter.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

KetMoRee Thai Restaurant & Bar

This is a popular Thai food restaurant located in downtown Davis. On the weekends, it turns into a popular club that spins live music and has a bar and dance floor.

238 G. St.


(530) 759-2255

Bar ListingsWhat's This?


This is a Thai food restaurant that turns into a popular bar on the weekends. It has great food and sometimes live music. There is occasional dancing at the bar when there is live music.

129 E St.


(530) 758-4333

Sudwerk Restaurant & Brewery

Sudwerk brews its own German-style beers. They offer pilsner, lager, and wheat beers, many of which have won awards throughout the state. They also offer a lunch buffet and late-night happy hour.

2001 Second St.


(530) 758-8700

The Davis Graduate (The Grad)

The Grad is a staple of Davis life. There's always a drink special, like "Power Hour" when everything is half off, or nightly entertainment like salsa dancing or DJs. You'll always find an outgoing crowd here.

805 Russell Blvd.


(530) 758-4723

Froggy's Grill

Froggy's is laid-back and boasts some great menu items. No dancing here, but students frequent the spot for happy hour.

726 Second St.


(530) 758-7550

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

Frat parties or local house parties

House parties and frat parties are your main options. The Grad has some 18-and-over nights, but if you are underage, options are pretty limited.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 146 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 135 responses

  • 3% There are no good options.
  • 30% Use a designated driver.
  • 14% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 5% Public transportation.
  • 3% Taxis.
  • 44% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 142 responses

  • 9% Parties? What parties?
  • 8% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 49% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 32% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 2% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 28 responses

  • 71% Picnic Day
  • 21% House Boat party
  • 7% The CoHo parties

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 20 responses

  • 67% Frat houses
  • 33% Apartments


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