Party, party, party—but remember that partying is NOT why you came to college! Mizzou is not considered to be one of the top party schools in the country, but that doesn't mean that partying doesn't happen. The weekends start on Thursday nights, with many of the downtown Columbia businesses having insane drink specials for those 21-and-up. Students can find a deal for any night of the week that will suit their budget. For those not yet of legal drinking age, there are always house parties. The house parties range anywhere from the mellow 20 to 30 people to the crazy 300-plus people. The party scene also depends on whether there are students in town. Over summer and winter vacations, parties are less frequent because of the lack of people in Columbia. Football games, especially after wins, are pretty crazy times. If Mizzou wins a big game, everyone and their mom is throwing a big bash in celebration.
The prospects for under-21ers in downtown Columbia are slim. Déjà Vu and Generic allow 18-and-up entry, and Whiskey Wild does on some nights. A newer addition is Galactic Fun Zone; this place allows 18-and-up entry, but it is still 21-and-up to drink. GFZ offers bowling and laser tag. Other than these places, students either have to make friends with doormen/bartenders or have a fake ID to get in to bars and drink. This can also be dangerous because there are hefty fines associated with fake IDs. Most places will just take your fake and tell you not to come back; others will detain you and call the police.