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4 College Junior

Nightlife: If you have the right friends AKA the louisville natives they will know all the right places to go. I have only attended the university for a semester and have highly enjoyed myself for someone who does not go out often.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always something going on at UofL. And you don't have to be a part of Greek Life to find and enjoy parties.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: If you go to off campus venues, the clubs can be a bit sketchy, but when you reach 21, louisville has so many amazing bars!

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2 College Junior

Nightlife: Some parties and clubs can get out of hand.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Its good if you know where to go but you have to know people.


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  • 227th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 252nd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1147th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Annie Muller
LaGrange, Ky.
French and English
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Cardinal fans love to party, but you would be hard-pressed to find them partying every night of the week. For anyone who wants to go out to bars and clubs, there is no shortage of options. The Granville is very popular and right off campus, and students also go to places on Bardstown Road and Fourth Street Live. House parties are popular Thursday through Saturday, and fraternities often host themed parties at clubs off campus. Every year, partiers look forward to events like the naughty schoolgirl party, ‘80s party, and trash bash. Those under 21 can find their fun at parties hosted on campus, such as the annual foam party, and at off-campus venues like bowling alleys, ice-skating rinks, rollerblading rinks, and laser tag arenas. Check local publications like the Leo and Velocity to find listings of events for both drinking and non-drinking crowds.

There is definitely a range of experiences at UL, and one stereotype does not fit all Cards. Some people drink every night of the week and never hit the books, whereas others have never gone out on a Friday. A lot depends on personal priorities and social circles, but, overall, UL is neither a party school nor a study party. There are nightlife options here, and your experience is what you make it.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Bardstown Road
  • Baxter Avenue
  • Fourth Street Live!
Student Favorites
  • Fourth Street Live!
  • Headliner's Music Hall
  • Phoenix Hill Tavern
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar
  • Comedy Caravan
  • O'Shea's Irish Pub
  • Red Star Tavern
Local Specialties
Mint julep: Made with mint, bourbon, sugar, and water, this is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • 1,2,3, Go!
  • Beer Pong
  • Drunk Driver
  • Flip Cup
  • The Louisville Chugger
  • Quarters (and variations)
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Fliers posted on campus
  • Leo Weekly (
  • Sidewalk chalk announcements
  • Velocity (
  • Word of mouth
Closing Time
4 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Sully's Saloon
Organization Parties
Most of the parties on campus are held by Greek organizations. You can probably find at least one Greek party going on every weekend.
Did You Know?
The best parties all year are around Derby-it's a time to be proud of being from Louisville and a great excuse to party. Grab a fashionable, flower-draped hat and a mint julep and indulge in this Southern tradition!

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Petrus is a popular night club for people who love to dance. The club also hosts plenty of theme nights.

116 E. Main St.

(502) 583-3772


This gay-oriented club is known for its dance floor. It also has a theater that holds drag shows and a video bar with male dancers.

130 S. Floyd St.


(502) 585-5752

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Phoenix Hill Tavern

Phoenix Hill Tavern is a popular spot with students because of its music, drink specials, karaoke, and deck bar. Thursday is ladies' night, and Fridays and Saturdays are when the live bands come to play.

644 Baxter Ave.

(502) 589-4957

Molly Malone's Irish Pub & Restaurant

Molly's offers traditional Irish pub food (shepherd's pie, lamb stew) and international sporting events (soccer, rugby, and hurling). There's also a cool outdoor deck.

933 Baxter Ave.


(502) 473-1222

Maker's Mark Bourbon House and Lounge

Maker's Mark is in Fourth Street Live!, so it's a good place to grab a drink or some food before heading somewhere else. Considering you're in Kentucky, give the bar's bourbon flight a try-there's an extensive list to choose from here.

446 S. Fourth St.

(502) 568-9009


Zanzabar has a a great beer list, where you can get everything from the classics to imports like Strongbow Cider and Tecate.

2100 S. Preston St.

(502) 635-ZBAR

Sully's Saloon

Sully's often has events, like beer Olympics and ladies night, and hosts stars from MTV shows. It's open until 4 a.m. seven days a week.

434 S. Fourth St.

(502) 585-4100

Stooges Bar and Grill

Sports is the name of the game at Stooges. Come here to watch NFL Ticket, NCAA games, or shoot some pool. There's also an outdoor sand volleyball court and a league.

7123 Grade Ln.

(502) 363-9803

The Highlands Taproom

This place has a little bit of everything: live music, outdoor seating, pool and foosball tables, plenty of drink specials, and karaoke on some nights. The last Saturday of each month features great underground music spun by a DJ.

1279 Bardstown Rd.

(502) 459-2337

Baxter Station Bar and Grill

Come here for some good pub food, like sandwiches and wings, while enjoying one of the 24 beers on tap. If you're more into wine, then you'll enjoy Baxter's selection-there are 30!

1201 Payne St.

(502) 584-1635

The Back Door

The Back Door has a daily happy hour and an outdoor patio for when the weather is nice. There are several TVs, so this is a good place to watch the game, especially because there are plenty of game day specials here.

1250 Bardstown Rd.

(502) 451-0659

Air Devils Inn

This small bar is home to some cool live music, and there's an open mic night if you want to try your own hand at it.

2802 Taylorsville Rd.

(502) 454-4443

Headliners Music Hall

Well known for its live entertainment, Headliners features two floors with a large bar and seating for about 600 people.

1386 Lexington Rd.

(502) 584-8088

Granville Inn Bar and Grill

This bar is only blocks from campus, so it's a student favorite. It offers great pub food and a good, inexpensive beer list.

1601 S. Third St.

(502) 637-9128

Bluegrass Brewing Co.

There are two other BBC locations. There's an outdoor seating area and six beers always on tap, in addition to its seasonal ales. Give the Raspberry Meade a try!

660 S. Fourth St.

(502) 568-2224

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

Fourth Street Live!

With concerts, restaurants, and stores, Fourth Street Live is popular both day and night. You can hang out there until 10 p.m. if you're under 21.

400 S. 4th St.

(502) 584-7170

On-Campus Activities

Student organizations such as SAB, SGA, and RSA plan events throughout the year, including the Annual Foam Party, University of Louisville Dance Marathon, and the International Fashion Show. These events are generally either free or inexpensive and draw a large portion of the student body.

Champ's Hurstbourne Rollerdrom

Remember all the fun of rollerskating when you were a pre-teen? UL students relive it here.

9851 Old Lagrange Rd.

(502) 425-1717

Bardstown Road

While most of the stores close by the time nightlife starts happening, the bars and restaurants on Bardstown Road are usually full of students and Louisvillians. Those under 21 hang out at Qdoba, which is open 24 hours on the weekends, or any of the other venues that don't serve alcohol.

Campus Parties

Check out the campus parties. Yes, most of the parties involve alcohol, but you don't have to drink to have a good time.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 74 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 66 responses

  • 2% There are no good options.
  • 62% Use a designated driver.
  • 9% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 6% Public transportation.
  • 9% Taxis.
  • 12% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 70 responses

  • 10% Parties? What parties?
  • 11% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 37% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 37% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 4% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 11 responses

  • 36% Derby or St. Patrick's Day Parade
  • 18% The first tailgating party WOOOOOO
  • 18% 80's PArty
  • 18% RaiseRed
  • 9% Derby

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 14 responses

  • 47% Frat parties
  • 42% 4th Street Live
  • 11% Other nearby universities/colleges


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