Greensboro, NC
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College Senior

Nightlife: What is nightlife and who has time for it

College Junior

Nightlife: I have not yet participated in night life here at UNC-G.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I am not much of a party person.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I'm an adult/nontypical student with a part-time job and a home with animals to look after, so I don't partake of the "nightlife" lifestyle very often, but I know there are lots of interesting places to visit, and a favorite of mine in Greensboro is Natty Greene's Brewery. There are fun dessert spots and other special interest things to do all over the city as well.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I am not on campus at night and usually at the beginning of the school year,fall, they have many events at night to welcome and probably distract the new freshman from the large difference of being at home with the parents.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 498th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 874th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 885th
    Best Drink Prices

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brook Taylor
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If you find yourself at UNCG without something to do on Friday and Saturday nights, you're probably not looking hard enough. Greensboro has a very vivid and active nightlife made up of several colorful bars and clubs, all offering something different to the community. Some play the latest popular music and are stylish places to see and be seen. Old Town is a great place for younger and older students alike because, in addition to serving alcohol, they also serve up some pretty tasty food late into the night. The gay scene is also alive and kicking. Don't miss the drag shows each Sunday night—not only is it great entertainment, but you can get in for free with your college ID.

If you prefer to stay out of the smoky atmosphere of bars and clubs, parties are always another option. Several organizations host events for their members, and there is always a fraternity throwing a bash. Although most parties aren't widely advertised, you'll hear more about them as you meet more people and spend more time on campus. Networking can do wonders for your social life.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Downtown Greensboro
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • Card games
  • Never Have I Ever
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.–3 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Arizona Pete's on Thursday nights
Organization Parties
Clubs and organizations throw parties frequently, but they are usually only attended by members.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Idiot Box

The Idiot Box is a comedy club that includes improvisational comedy from some of the funniest individuals in the Greensboro area. It is the longest-running performance group in Greensboro, with more than 1,000 shows, and it is highly acclaimed by the community and college students alike. While they do serve a wide variety of beers for the guests that are 21-and-older, the Idiot Box is a non-smoking club.

348 S. Elm St.


(336) 274-2699

Warehouse 29

Warehouse 29 is the most popular gay bar in Greensboro. It is the area's leader in alternative nightlife. You must be 18 to enter, but you must also be signed in by a member who is 21 or older. The club is located past the downtown area from the UNCG campus. It has North Carolina's largest outdoor patio and a sand volleyball court for afternoon events. At night, the club lights up with drag shows, go-go boys, fan dancers, pageants, and contests.

1011 Arnold St.


(336) 333-9333

Greene Street Club

Opening in 2001, Greene Street Club is one of three entertainment venues downtown and features local and regional bands. This club can hold up to 770 people, consisting of two floors and a rooftop level. Greene Street Club is known for the bands that it brings in and its college night every Thursday. There are six bars, a huge dance floor, and a stage for all of the performers.

113 N. Greene St.


(336) 273-4111

Arizona Pete's

Arizona Pete's is a country western bar, complete with old wooden bar, line dancing, and a mechanical bull named "Jethro." The age restrictions are 18-and-up. On Thursday nights, they have college night and $.25 drafts. They also have two step classes for the Southern at heart. Many country artists and bands come and perform at Arizona Pete's on a nightly basis.

2900 Patterson St.


(336) 632-9889

Comedy Zone

The Comedy Zone, different from its comedy counterpart, the Idiot Box, is more of a stand-up comedy club. They have open mic nights and feature comedians to come in and do shows. Most of the time, the shows last up to 90 minutes. The age limit is 18-and-up, but exceptions for some shows can be made—as long as half of the party is over the age of 18, they are allowed in. After the show, attendees 21-and-up are allowed into Arizona Pete's free of charge and those that are 18-and-up can get half-price admission.

1126 S. Holden Rd.


(336) 333-1034

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Q Lounge

708 W. Market St.


(336) 272-2587

Stumble Stilskins

202 W. Market St.


(336) 691-1222

Old Town Draught House

1205 Spring Garden St.


(336) 379-1140

Blind Tiger

1819 Spring Garden St.


(336) 272-9888

Natty Greene's Brewery & Pub

345 S. Elm St.


(336) 274-1373

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

Tate Street Coffee

The majority of students still goes clubbing if they are underage, because most area clubs will let you in as long as you are 18—you may have to pay a little more for admission, but at least you can still enjoy the atmosphere and hang out with friends. However, other than getting into clubs, Tate Street Coffee is a popular hangout and a non-alcoholic alternative for students under the age of 21.

334 Tate St.


(336) 275-2754

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 61 responses

  • 3% There are no good options.
  • 33% Use a designated driver.
  • 15% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 13% Public transportation.
  • 13% Taxis.
  • 23% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 60 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 59 responses

  • 24% Parties? What parties?
  • 20% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 25% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 31% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 13 responses

  • 57% Downtown
  • 36% Depends on the date.
  • 7% Again: we have parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 8 responses

  • 50% Campus Block Party Event with free food
  • 38% The End of Exam Celebration
  • 12% We have parties?
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