Nightlife

Location
Columbia, MO
Undergrads
25,178
Tuition (in-state)
$23,366 ($9,257)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't really party so I would not know. Students enjoy going downtown.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always something going on!

4 College Student

Nightlife: It is amazing when you go to the right place, it is much fun

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I didn't go here for undergrad so I don't know anything about campus events really. I do know there are quite a few bars though and it can be really fun to go to those.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I do not drink of party, so I do not really know what the good parties are. I know a lot of under aged students drink and go without consequences.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 34th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 96th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1339th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alex Kojadinovic
Hometown
Saint Louis, Missouri
Major
English
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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.  

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Bearfield
  • Downtown Columbia
  • East Campus
  • The Falls
Other Places to Check Out
  • Big 12 Bar & Grill
  • Black & Gold
  • La Siesta
  • McGinty's Pub
  • McNally's
  • Shiloh Bar & Grill
  • Soco Club
  • Splashers
  • Truman's Bar & Grill
  • Willie's
Favorite Drinking Games
Beer pong
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Columbia Missourian
  • The Maneater City Guide
  • MOVE magazine
Closing Time
1:30 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
A keg party
Organization Parties
Fraternities throw a lot of parties.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Déjà Vu

Déjà Vu is a dance club and a comedy club, all rolled into one. The club holds 350 bar hoppers and attracts comedians from all over the country. It also has an enlarged hardwood dance floor of 750 square feet, with terrific sound and lighting, and there's a separate sit-down sports bar with a fenced-in outdoor patio.

405 Cherry St.

Columbia

(573) 443-3216

www.dejavucomedy.com

Mojo's

Another music venue that caters to the Columbia music scene and serves relatively cheap drinks, Mojo's has kind of a skuzzy atmosphere, and at times, it can seem dark and dreary. Sometimes, it's hard to hear what the band is trying to sing.

1013 Park Ave.

Columbia

(573) 875-0588

www.mojoscolumbia.com

The Blue Fugue

This bar right outside of campus showcases Columbia's music scene. Monday is open mic night, while Tuesday through Saturday has everything from folk music to Hispanic dance. This place offers a huge variety of beers-21 of them to be exact. The café also sells a ton of used CDs outside. There's usually a $5 cover charge to get in, but that can vary from act to act.

120 S. Ninth St.

Columbia

(573) 815-9995

The Blue Note

Probably the best place in Columbia to catch live music, the Blue Note combines acts from Columbia's local music scene with big-name groups from around the country and world. Doors open around when the show starts. Club hours vary by when each show starts and ends. You can check out what bands are playing by going to the Blue Note's website.

17 N. Ninth St.

Columbia

(573) 874-1944

www.thebluenote.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Quinton's & Tonic

Quinton's & Tonic is part bar and deli, part night club.

124 S. Ninth St.

Columbia

(573) 268-3011

www.quintonsandtonic.com

Penguin Piano Bar

Professional piano players are students' personal jukebox for the night.

1025 E. Broadway

Columbia

(573) 449-8005

www.penguinpianobar.com

On the Rocks

This place has drink prices that are pretty reasonable.

1011 E. Broadway

Columbia

(573) 874-0680

Sideshow

This is a concert venue that books all types of bands, singers, songwriters, and musicians.

1201 E. Broadway

Columbia

(573) 777-7737

Tropical Liqueurs

For more than 20 years, Tropical Liquers has been serving the Columbia area with the best frozen cocktails.

515 E. Broadway

Columbia

(573) 442-8098

www.2trops.com

Southside Pizza & Pub

As a locally-owned-and-operated bar, Southside Pizza & Pub has a great sports atmosphere and can seat up to 100 people.

3911 Peachtree Dr., Suite H

Columbia

(866) 465-1787

southsidepizzaandpub.com

Sky Hi

This bar and grill was named after the former Sky High Drive-In Theater that was located in Columbia from 1965 to 1985.

2513 Old Highway 63 S

Columbia

(573) 442-8080

www.skyhibarandgrill.com

The Deuce

This place has great daily specials.

3700 Monterey Dr. #G

Columbia

(573) 443-4350

deucepub.com

Campus Bar and Grill

This is a popular sports bar among students.

304 S. Ninth St., Suite 100

Columbia

(573) 817-0996

www.campusbarandgrill.com

Boone Tavern

This eatery has a fabulous breakfast buffet and is also a great place to kick back and have a beer.

811 E. Walnut St.

Columbia

(573) 442-5123

www.boonetavern.com

The Field House

This place has various drink specials and a patio to boot.

1109 E. Broadway

Columbia

(573) 442-5213

www.williesfieldhouse.com

The Heidelberg

A grand tradition at Mizzou involves drinking late into the night at this 40-year-old college eating-and-drinking establishment. This is the place you go for those "fond college memories" of getting sloshed amidst your comrades in an old beer-hall type of setting.

410 S. Ninth St.

Columbia

(573) 449-6927

www.theheidelberg.com

Harpo's

Harpo's is a student favorite where you can find almost everyone on game days. You can grab a beer and relax on the rooftop patio.

29 S. 10th St.

Columbia

(573) 443-5418

www.harposcomo.com

Galactic Fun Zone

This place includes an arcade, laser tag, and bowling.

2412 Grindstone Parkway

Columbia

(573) 777-3861

www.thegalacticfunzone.com

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

Galactic Fun Zone

This place is great for underagers because there's so much to do. Even the "of age" students like to hang out here.

2412 Grindstone Parkway

Columbia

(573) 777-3861

www.thegalacticfunzone.com

Student Polls

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 26 responses

  • 42% Homecoming
  • 31% Syllabus week
  • 8% The day after sorority recruitment
  • 8% After a big football game near the end of season
  • 4% AEPi's Christmas Party
  • 4% Chi Alpha's Halloween party
  • 4% Family Weekend

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 104 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 106 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 41% Use a designated driver.
  • 11% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 4% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 44% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 108 responses

  • 3% Parties? What parties?
  • 5% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 16% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 61% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 16% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 21 responses

  • 61% Greek Town
  • 18% House Parties
  • 14% Bars
  • 4% Chi alpha
  • 4% Venue parties (NPHC)

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