Nightlife

Location
Athens, GA
Undergrads
24,496
Tuition (in-state)
$28,052 ($9,842)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Nightlife: A lot of people come from out of town to party up here, but I also know a lot of people leave to party in Atlanta. Partying is a big deal, but it's mostly just drinking.

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College Senior

Nightlife: I don't really do the party scene.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: the nightlife is unreal. it is amazing. it is where some of my best memories are made.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I think that UGA is a top party school for a reason!!!!!! Go Dawgs!!!

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Variety and lots of options. Short walk from campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 2nd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 3rd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1371st
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher Joshua Benton
Hometown
Norfolk, VA
Major
English/Magzine Print Journalism/New Media
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The nightlife in Athens is wonderful. The bars have loud music, drink specials, and lots of people. It's like spring break every weekend, but with more clothes. There is always something going on downtown. There are great concerts and shows, as well. Students flock downtown almost every night of the week, particularly on Thursday through Saturday nights. There are specials every night of the week at different places, and these are usually written on chalkboards outside each bar. You will run into all kinds of people at bars and clubs, and it's always easier to meet people with a little alcohol running through your system, so chances are, you will probably make friends every time you go.

Last call is around 2 a.m., but people linger for another hour or so outside before they stumble home. Restaurants such as the Grill and Little Italy have great late-night drunk food. The nightlife is so good that more and more apartments are being built in proximity to the downtown area, so students can walk and not worry about having a driver or getting a taxi. If you do need a taxi, you can probably just flag one down on the street. It usually costs around $3 to $5 to get home. Parking can be a little tricky, but usually there are spaces in the decks available. There are bike cops out and about looking for minors in possession, so be careful not to put yourself in a bad position.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Downtown
Student Favorites
  • Boar's Head
  • Buddha Bar
  • City Bar
  • El Centro
  • Georgia Theater
  • Sandbar
Other Places to Check Out
  • El Centro
  • General Beauregard
  • The Globe
  • Toppers International Showbar
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Facebook
  • www.athensmusic.net
  • www.barsmart.com
  • www.flagpole.com
  • www.redandblack.com
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Firehouse Molly O’Shea’s Washington Street Pub
Organization Parties
Many clubs and Greek organizations will host events downtown. These events can range from disco dances to classy formal events. Because there are so many restaurants dispersed among the bars, it is very convenient to do dinner and drinks with groups.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Insomnia

Insomnia is a popular place for dancing. They play a lot of techno and dance music, and you can get in if you're 18. There are long lines to get in. Every week, there are different theme nights: including Flash back, hip hop night, and Drinkin' with Lincoln Night with one cent drinks all night. Cover: Ranges, usually around $10

131 E Broad St.

(706) 316-1000

The Georgia Theatre

The GT is a large theatre that is great for bands and other shows. Athens' own The Damn Show, a local comedy act, often performs at GT. There is a large stage in front with standing room extending all the way back to the club entrance. You have to be 18 to get in, 21 to drink. Cover: Range from $5-$25, depending on concert

215 N. Lumpkin St.

(706) 549-9918

www.georgiatheatre.com

40Watt Club

This is a great club for concerts; it has standing room only. They are tough on fake IDs, but you only need to be 18+ to get in. Bars run along all sides of the dance floor. Tickets are usually $5-$10. Doors usually open at 10 p.m.

285 W Washington St.

(706) 549-7871

www.40watt.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Boar's Head

This bar has a great outdoor deck area that is always crowded because they cook cheeseburgers and fries outside, and people like to watch other drunk people walking around downtown. There is a Ping- Pong table downstairs and a big-screen HDTV. Cover: None

260 E. Washington St.

Athens

(706) 369-3040

Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street is a larger bar with a New Orleans theme that seems to be really popular with the ladies. It is always pretty crowded, and is fairly large compared to other bars. Cover: None

333 E Broad St.

Athens

(706) 369-1313

Buddha Bar

Full bar, couches to lounge on, outdoor patio.

431 E. Broad St.

Athens

(706) 208-7017

City Bar

City Bar is a classic bar with a slightly more sophisticated feeling. It is very popular with students, and is a popular place with Athens adults as well. There is a more intimate seating arrangement in City Bar than in other bars, and the d├ęcor is slightly more sophisticated, complimented by really high ceilings. Cover: None

220 College Ave.

Athens

(706) 546-7612

Classic City Saloon

Classic City Saloon has a unique western theme, and a full bar for you to enjoy. Classic City Saloon offers two floors of great music, sometimes scandalous dancing, and of course, drinking. Cover: None

335 E. Clayton St.

Athens

(706) 227-6030

El Centro

Pool tables and a full bar

175 N. Lumpkin St.

Athens

(706) 548-5700

The Firehouse

The Firehouse is one of the most popular bars in Athens. There are lots of drink specials, including "power hour:"one-dollar well drinks from 9 p.m.-10 p.m. every Friday. There is a big open space in the middle of the bar, instead of tables, so there are usually a lot of people dancing here. Cover: None

321 E. Clayton St.

Athens

(706) 227-2007

Flanagan's Bar & Grill

Flanigan's is known for its St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Flanigan's also has a wide variety of drinks, including many beers on tap. Flanigan's Friday happy hour is very popular with students. Cover: None

301 E. Clayton St.

Athens

(706) 208-9711

Last Call

Last Call is one of the largest of all the bars in Athens. There are weekly live music performances. There are also several pool tables, as well as darts and billiards. Cover: None

420 E. Clayton St.

Athens

(706) 353-8869

Molly O'Shea's

Molly O'Shea's resembles the atmosphere of a traditional Irish pub. Molly's offers a variety of drinks and beers, and is also known for its food, especially wings. Tuesday nights are ladies night with 50 cent well drinks. Thursday nights, you can get a free T-shirt with the purchase of a car- or Jaeger-bomb. Cover: Only on St. Patrick's day

430 E. Clayton St.

Athens

(706) 227-2127

Sandbar Athens

220 College Ave.

Athens

(706) 548-1988

Washington Street Tavern

Washington Street is a great place to watch the Twilight bike race, or just to hang out anytime. The $1 PBR's on Thursday at last call are very popular, and the bar plays a variety of music that everyone seems to know, and often people will be singing aloud together by the end of the night. Cover: None

318 E. Washington St.

Athens

(706) 613-7817

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

House Parties

House parties are usually very crowded, and the keg will often be floated before you get there, so arrive early. Most parties offer at least one keg, Jello shots, and some sort of "hunch punch"--that is, generally, 180-proof grain alcohol and Kool-aide mix. The easiest way to find out what house parties are going on on any given night is to check Facebook.

Off Campus

Festivals and Events

There is always a festival or craft market going on in Athens. In the spring, there is an internationally recognized bike race called the Twilight Criterium. During this time, the open container law is suspended, allowing locals to drink alcohol in the streets while watching professional cyclists zoom by. AthFest, one of the largest local festivals, is an annual music and arts festival held downtown in June. The event mostly consists of a series of outdoor concerts and a local artist market.

Dawgs After Dark

The Dawgs After Dark program offers games, movies, guest speakers, and arcade games for students who are under 21, or who choose not to go downtown.

Student Polls

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 31 responses

  • 35% Joining the greek system
  • 29% Through friends and social media
  • 12% Concerts.
  • 12% Find house parties
  • 6% Marching band
  • 4% Through clubs
  • 4% Bars and downtown

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 29 responses

  • 55% Depends if you are greek or not.
  • 21% Phi Slam
  • 7% Pretty Nasty, Pajama Jam, Shower Cap
  • 7% Pretty Nasty, Juice Jam, Phi Slam, Pajama Jam
  • 3% Pretty Nasty
  • 3% International Noise Festival
  • 3% Twilight

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 162 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 150 responses

  • 1% There are no good options.
  • 24% Use a designated driver.
  • 16% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 2% Public transportation.
  • 8% Taxis.
  • 49% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 157 responses

  • 1% Parties? What parties?
  • 1% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 8% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 53% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 37% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

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