Lincoln, NE
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College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't party, so I have no idea.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: I'm not much of a partier but there are always ones that you can find. If you're like me though, there are usually campus sponsored free events going on or going downtown is always a good option.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: I don't go to too many college parties since I'm not 21 yet. I heard downtown is a pretty fun place especially with the new rail yard. Also, I've heard of some crazy party stories from the bottoms, not all good.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Parties are almost everywhere. Sometime you are not welcomed in most though

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you are into parties you can find one almost every single night.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 110th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 137th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1266th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mandi Pflasterer
Grand Island, NE
Animal Science
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UNL students don’t seem to have too much trouble having a good time on weekends—or any other night, for that matter. O Street is extremely popular for the 21-and-over crowd, but minors aren’t totally out of luck. Certain clubs are 19-plus on select nights and 20-year-olds can still get a drink (non-alcoholic) at a coffeeshop. Students appreciate O Street’s proximity to campus and the NU-On-Wheels (475-RIDE) Program for those nights that walking home three blocks is out of the question.

Dealing with the pervasive nightlife is a huge perk of living in a college town. There always seems to be enough to do to keep students out of (or sometimes into) trouble. Be warned: The Lincoln Police Department maintains a constant presence downtown. On busy nights, they line their cars in the middle of O Street to keep watch over the crowd. As long as you’re not puking on people or fighting, they’ll usually just look the other way. However, it is never wise to hang out much after midnight downtown, especially if you are female, beause this is when most of the fights and bad things happen.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown
  • O Street
Student Favorites
Anywhere on O Street
Other Places to Check Out
  • Chatterbox
  • Marz Intergalactic
  • Shrimp & Martini Bar
  • Starlite Lounge
Local Specialties
  • Elk Creek Water: At Sandy's
  • Fishbowls : At Duffy's
  • Iggy Juice: At Iguana's
  • Red Leprechaun: At Mickey's
  • Shark Water : At Cliff's
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games
  • Flip cup or tippy cup
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Flyers on bulletin boards
  • Ground Zero in Lincoln’s Friday paper
Closing Time
1 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
It really depends on what night people go. Friday and Saturday are bad nights for cheap drinks.
Organization Parties
The University Program Council (UPC) plans most events like talent shows, lectures, movies on the green, stand-up comedy, and concerts.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Q is Lincoln's one-and-only gay club. If you're in the mood to dance to pop or techno music, watch a drag show, play games, or hang out with a fun assortment of gay men, lesbians, straight girls and some heterosexual men, this is the place to go.

226 S. 9th St.

(402) 475-2269

Sur Tango Bar & Café

This bar is an alternative entertaining atmosphere that offers gourmet coffees, international wines, and special drinks; listen to Spanish and Latin American music or take tango lessons.

1228 P St.

(402) 438-1222


If you like to dance, this is your spot-theme nights, parties, drink specials, happy hour, and fun.

1427 O St.

(402) 476-4468


Knickerbockers is the place to go to hear live and local bands every day of the week.

901 O St.

(402) 476-6865

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Red Fox Steak House and Lounge

At midnight girls will set down their drinks (or not) and dance on the bar.

1339 W. O St.

(402) 438-3300


Elk Creek Water (a mixture of every liquor on the rail) is about the only reason to go but what a reason it is.

1401 O St.

(402) 475-2418

Mickey's Irish Pub

Mickey's added a cage. And throughout the night the DJ will yell over the mike, "No dudes in the cage!"

1409 O St.

(402) 438-3311

Old Chicago

Upstairs can get pretty crowded on the weekends as UNL students drink beer play pool and eat really good pizza.

826 P St.


(402) 477-2277

Yia Yia's Pizza, Beer & Wine

Yia Yia's is more known for it's pizza than its bar, but that doesn't stop UNL students from going there on Friday and Saturday nights. And no, the name has nothing to do with the Ya Ya Sisterhood.

1423 O St.

(402) 477-9166

Zen's Lounge

Zen's is the yuppie place where everybody really does know your name.

122 N. 11th St. #2

(402) 475-2929

Spigot Lounge

The Spigot is dingy and old, but it's also a classic so people keep going back.

1624 O St.

(402) 435-4582

Woody's Pub

If you're in the market for an athlete, go to Woody's.

101 N. 14th St. #6

(402) 438-8383

Main St. Café

Main St. Café is a hot Greek hangout. Sometimes, it is not quite as highly-regarded as the Peach Pit (90210).

1325 O St.

(402) 435-1717

Cliff's Smoke Shop/Lounge

Cliff's is not a hot-spot but its very intimate. It's been around for three decades, so it caters to an older crowd.

140 N. 12th St.

(402) 476-7997


Filled with preppy people, socialize or shake your groove thing on the dance floor.

1430 O St.

(402) 435-7442

Brass Rail

The Rail is the best place to be when the night's coming to an end. The line may be a little long, but it's worth the wait. The Rail was once voted the Top Bar by Playboy.

1436 O St.

(402) 474-5741

Buffalo Wild Wings

Half-restaurant, half-bar; BW3's is very popular for large groups, especially groups with underagers.

1328 P St.

(402) 475-2999


Fun drinks and a fun atmosphere right in the middle of all of the fun on O Street.

1426 O St.

(402) 476-8850


On a nice night, you can typically find about twenty students eating pizza and drinking beer on the patio in front of Lazarri's.

1434 O St.

(402) 475-5556

Duffy's Tavern

The entertainment here includes comedy workshops, karaoke, live bands, and nightly drink specials. Duffy's is also known for its fish bowls-a bowl that has different liquors in it, depending on what type you order.

1412 O St.

(402) 474-3543

Fat Nappys

Book your own party, watch a band, drink everything out of 16 oz. cups, or play in Lincoln's largest beer garden, which includes a stage and a volleyball court.

5100 N. 48th St.

(402) 466-6644

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

O Street-the actual street

Even if you aren't 21, go to O Street and listen to a starving artist play guitar. And you can always count on the vendor to give you the best $4 hotdog of your life.

The Loft at the Mill

This is a unique multi-disciplinary black-box stage that provides an arena for smart, edgy programming and a home for emerging artists and groups to grow and develop.

800 P St.


(402) 475-5522

The Coffee House

This place is "born to be wired;" listen to blues, jazz, or reggae, and live entertainment on the weekends.

1324 P St.

(402) 477-6611

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 71 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 44% Use a designated driver.
  • 3% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 1% Public transportation.
  • 1% Taxis.
  • 51% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 70 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 72 responses

  • 10% Parties? What parties?
  • 3% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 24% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 61% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 3% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 16 responses

  • 44% Down in the bottoms definitely.
  • 36% Knowing people in fraternities
  • 12% Being in a Fraternity
  • 8% Athlete Parties

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 18 responses

  • 89% Football Games
  • 11% Halloween



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