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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I no longer party but when I did it was often hit and miss. Most of the clubs are the same and they could use a lot of improvement.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There's practically something to do every night. The most popular places to go to are: The Hawk, the Jackpot, the Grenada, Ice House, and Wilde's Chateau. KU is a party campus. There's always clubs, bars, or fraternity parties to go to. The'yr all pretty much a convenient distance from the campus. If you don't have a car then there's the SafeBus or NightLine.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There really is always something going on in Lawrence, and we really do have such a wide variety of bars and things that there really is no reason to not be able to find some place you enjoy, unless you just seriously aren't looking.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is always something going on in Lawrence, Kansas! Whether it's a party or a bar, students always come out to have a great time. The Hawk is especially popular on Wednesdays, also known as dollar night.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Night life here is pretty great. Thursday nights are the best because there are so many drink specials and that's when everyone tends to go out. Mass is the place to be on Thursday nights.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 43rd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 44th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1330th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Thompson
Overland Park, KS
Journalism/Environmental Studies
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Nightlife is a big part of the college experience, and KU offers many options for students. Bars are abundant in Lawrence, and students enjoy heading out during the week or on the weekend to take advantage of some downtime. Students usually head to Massachusetts Street because many of the popular bars are within walking distance of one another. The under-21 crowd can experience house parties that are easy to find within the neighborhoods around campus.

The mentality for parties depends on your age or Greek affiliation. As a freshman living in the dorms, the best choice would be the house party scene, and there are usually parties at houses in close proximity to the dorms. House parties are normally not too complicated—students usually pay for a cup and drink beer from a keg. After students turn 21, they usually hit up the bars, which is a huge part of the social scene at KU. Some hotspots are the Hawk, Brother’s, Quinton’s, the Jazzhaus, and Abe and Jake’s. These are all on or around Mass Street, which is home to most of the nightlife in Lawrence. Whatever you’re looking for, the choices are pretty endless in Lawrence.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Massachusetts Street
  • Ohio Street
Student Favorites
  • Brother's
  • The Hawk
  • Jazzhaus
Other Places to Check Out
  • Harbour Lights
  • Henry's Upstairs
  • The Phoggy Dog
  • The Pool Room
  • Quinton's Downtown
  • Red Lyon Tavern
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games
  • Flip cup
  • Power hour
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • The University Daily Kansan
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Louise’s Downtown
Did You Know?
There are more than 80 bars in Lawrence, including stand-alone ones and bar/restaurants.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Abe and Jake's Landing

Abe and Jake's is the largest club in Lawrence. It has two levels with two bars, a large dance floor, a fountain, pool tables, and private party rooms that can be rented out. It's located at the end of the downtown area in Lawrence and is 18-and-over every night. Friday is the biggest night for Abe and Jake's, with a smaller crowd on Saturdays.

8 E. 6th St.


(785) 841-5855


Brothers always has a big crowd and is often frequented by fraternity and sorority members. Brothers is the first bar at the beginning of downtown Lawrence and is in close proximity to other bars. It is known for its cheap drink specials, but charges a $5 cover at the door. Music and dancing are guaranteed.

1105 Massachusetts St.


(785) 830-9281

Cadillac Ranch

The Ranch isn't close to campus, but students still flock to this bar for its music and dancing. It is a smaller bar than others such as Abe and Jake's, but crowds are big on Wednesdays for dollar anything night.

2515 W. 6th St.


(785) 842-9845

The Hawk

The Hawk is one of the most popular student bars. It's conveniently located between campus and Mass Street. It has a porch, pool tables, and a dance floor in the basement called "The Boom Boom Room." It's a popular place to dance.

1340 Ohio St.


(785) 843-9273

Wilde's Chateau 24

The Chateau is new to Lawrence and has a different atmosphere than other places around town. It's more upscale than your typical bar here and features the largest dance floor in Lawrence. The Chateau includes a fountain, heated and screened-in patio, and VIP booths available for reservation.

2412 Iowa St.


(785) 856-1514

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Bottleneck

The Bottleneck is a popular place to see live music. It's smaller than the Granada and is home to smaller, local bands. It features pinball, pool tables, a bar, and a casual atmosphere.

737 New Hampshire St.


(785) 842-5483


Located in the middle of Mass Street, Fatso's is popular among the frat guys. It is a smaller bar that offers a substantial amount of booths and two pool tables. The best part is the in-house pizza joint.

1016 Massachusetts St.


(785) 865-4055

The Granada

The Granada is one of Lawrence's biggest concert venues. It attracts all kinds of musical acts and is a favorite for the underage crowd because most shows are 18-and-over. It has a bar and a good mix of older and younger students.

1020 Massachusetts St.


(785) 842-1390

Jack Flanigans Bar & Grill

Flanigans offers a large menu of food and daily drink specials. A TV accompanies each booth, which is great for watching sporting events. Flanigans also gives students the chance to play pool, video games, and darts. Another advantage is that the grill stays open until 1:15 a.m. when late-night hunger pains hit.

806 W 24th St.


(785) 749-4295

The Jazzhaus

Jazzhaus is a great spot for a laid-back, more sophisticated feel. It's 21-and-over only and features live music most nights. It has a patio smoking porch out back and is on the second floor above a store on Mass St.

926 Massachusetts St.


(785) 749-1387

The Jackpot

The Jackpot is another staple in the music scene in Lawrence. It's 18-and-over on nights when bands play, and it usually has cheap drink specials.

943 Massachusetts St.


(785) 832-1085

Louise's Downtown

Louise's is a great place for cheap drinks and easy access. A two-level bar, Louise's gives students a more relaxed atmosphere with booths that seat eight people.

1009 Massachusetts St.


(785) 843-9032

The Sandbar

The Sandbar is tropical-themed, with unique decorations that attract students. It has large tanks of tropical fish, and a few times a night there is a special-effects "hurricane." Watch out for wind, rain, and sirens.

117 E 8th St.


(785) 842-0111

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

House parties are a favorite of those under 21. For students who want to go out, Abe and Jake's Landing is 18 and over and has a huge dance floor.

Student Polls

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 25 responses

  • 23% The hawk
  • 19% The cave
  • 19% On Mass Street.
  • 18% Fraternity houses
  • 11% Tennessee street, Ice House, House parties
  • 5% Baseball house
  • 4% The Bull
  • 2% Dorm

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 110 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 97 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 22% Use a designated driver.
  • 44% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 9% Public transportation.
  • 1% Taxis.
  • 24% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 104 responses

  • 7% Parties? What parties?
  • 3% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 12% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 70% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 9% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 35 responses

  • 51% If we go to Final 2 during march madness
  • 34% Any March Madness - this is KU, come on.
  • 14% Stop Day & anything BASKETBALL... It's KU


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