Facts & Statistics
Primary Areas with Nightlife
- Downtown Wilmington
- Off-campus houses/apartments (Rainbow Road, Azalea Trace, beach houses)
- Wrightsville Beach beach bars
Other Places to Check Out
- Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
- Carolina Ale House
- Copper Penny
- Fox & Hound Pub & Grille
- Hell's Kitchen
- Katy's Grill & Bar
- Kickback Jack's Restaurant
- Lighthouse Beer & Wine
- The Loft
- North End Bistro
- Olive or Twist
- Palm Room
- The River Rat Hole in the Wall
- Satellite Bar and Lounge
- Trebenzio's Restaurant & Lounge
- Two Guys Grille
- Wild Wing Café
Fishbowl: For $12, you get a half gallon-sized fishbowl full of tequila
flavored with blue punch. It's a good thing to share with a few friends.
Favorite Drinking Games
- Beer pong
- Circle of Death
Useful Resources for Nightlife
- Facebook pages
- Posters/fliers on bulletin boards
- Word of mouth/friends
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
All of the beach bars (22 North, Jerry Allen's, Lagerheads, etc.) have cheap drinks and drink specials, depending on the day of the week. They always have $2 domestic beers. Sand Bar also has cheap drinks.
Greek life organizations throw parties at on-campus houses, and some of the athletes host parties off campus, as well.
Club ListingsWhat's This?
Light shows and live DJs Tuesday through Saturday make for an electric environment. With the largest vodka selection in Wilmington and two high-volume bars plus the availability of its sister bar Sputnik, Pravda is a hot spot, voted the "Best Nightclub" in 2011 and 2012.
Wednesday through Saturday nights, Red Dogs is one of the most popular beach bars. The lights can be seen flashing from the street. Though quite a small space inside, it can definitely hold a fun night. The bar is on the first floor, dance floor on the second. It's the only beach bar with a focus on dancing.
5 N. Lumina Ave.
Sand Bar is a popular place for under-21 students and is close to campus. There's a large dance area with club music and sometimes bands. Sand Bar is a place that a lot of students include in their nights out.
417 S. College Road
"A club and a pub," The Liquid Room is popular among all students. The pub part is downstairs, and upstairs is the club/dance area with a second bar. There's a lot of energy Thursday through Saturday nights.
23 Market St.
Charley Brownz Lounge
A nightclub with DJs that play Top 40, and from time to time, offers live music inside. There's also a patio with a bar that caters to those who want to step outside for a bit.
21 S. Front St.
City Limits Saloon
At this country-style bar and club, there's a mechanical bull, pool tables, and outdoor seating. Line dancing takes place on Fridays along with free bull rides that night only! Ladies 21 and up get in free on Thursdays; those 18 and up are welcome, too.
Ibiza is the Wilmington gay bar and nightclub, and is a lot of fun, with various themed nights depending on the night of the week. Karaoke is on Wednesdays, with Throwback Thursdays the following day, must-see drag queen shows on Fridays, and dance parties on Saturdays. Ibiza is a modern club that not only plays house music, but hip-hop and Top 40, too. People 18 and up can enter.
Bar ListingsWhat's This?
More of a hipster, casual, chill bar, this joint along the beach bar strip has a nice, long outdoor patio that gets crowded quickly.
35 N. Lumina Ave.
Jerry Allen's Sports Bar
A small, laid-back sports bar, Jerry Allen's is a chill spot to include in the weekend beach bar crawl.
38 N. Lumina Ave.
Fun atmosphere where ladies get in free every night and the drink specials are always great.
18 S. Front St.
A popular and trendy bar, Level 5 is roomy, and the dance floor overlooks picturesque downtown Wilmington for spectacular sunsets, cold drinks, great conversation, and live music. With the installation of the awning, heaters, and removable plastic walls, patrons can enjoy the view and rooftop nightlife year-round.
21 N. Front St.
A cool half hot dog joint, half bar. Good beer selections and good prices.
31 S. Front St.
Blue Post Billiards
This is such a cool hangout bar. There are pool tables, games to play, and such a neat, eclectic atmosphere. Random couches and a hidden "cave" area with mood lighting fill the space. Definitely a great place to go grab a drink.
15 S. Water St.
22 North is definitely the most popular beach bar, where students can see a lot of familiar faces. An upper and a lower bar make for a lot of space and a lot of fun to be had. It's a restaurant during the day, then the chairs are pushed to the side for spirits continuing on into the night.
One of downtown's favorite local and tourist attractions, Firebelly is loved because of its unique location, friendly staff, casual atmosphere, and relaxing outdoor patio and lounge.
The Dirty Martini
A classier, higher-scale location, the Dirty Martini is kind of small inside and a bit more expensive for a night out, but it can be a nice change of pace.
2130 Bay Colony Lane
What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?
Sand Bar is an under-21 club.
417 S. College Road
The Soapbox Laundro Lounge
The Soapbox is part laundromat, part live-music venue.
Fibber McGee's Irish Restaurant & Pub
Fibber's features a sports bar with 20 flat-screen TVs, pool tables, and a jukebox. The lounge features a DJ for dancing with more of an upscale, swanky feel. Popular nights are Thursday through Saturday.
1610 Pavilion Place
The Liquid Room
The Liquid Room is popular with students of all ages.
23 Market St.