Nightlife

Location
Chapel Hill, NC
Undergrads
17,437
Tuition (in-state)
$24,954 ($5,128)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife is great and is conveniently located to campus.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: People really love to go out on weekends and hang with friends.

2 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Drinks are relatively cheap, and there are a lot of clubs to choose from on Franklin Street. Still, it gets boring after a while because it's always the same thing. Transportation back is a real hassle, especially at 3am on the p2p when it's crowded full of drunk people and you can potentially get thrown up on. Plus, there's a law in north carolina that alcohol can't be served after 2am, so that's when most bars and clubs close. House parties and frat parties aren't much better. I like to go out to dance, but the music is awful pretty much everywhere (Clubs will often play Taylor Swift or Blink-182. It's like a middle school dance). Overall, there's an abundance of nightlife if that's your thing, but it's sub par.

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College Sophomore

Nightlife: I am not at all into night life; I live in the Substance Free dorm and parties are just loud music I hear walking on the edge of campus Friday nights. There are definitely close options with bars on Franklin St. and frat houses on Cameron, but it's also good to know that you don't feel pressured in to going out if you're like me :)

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Beating DOOK and running to Franklin Street....best party ever!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 77th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 85th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1292nd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kavita Gupta
Hometown
Austin, Texas
Major
Biology
Grad Year
2013
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There is always a lot going on on the weekends in Chapel Hill, whether it be frat parties or a late night at one of the many clubs and bars on Franklin Street. The main clubs that students frequent are Pulse, East End, and Players. Players is often regarded as a sketchy club by some students, and most prefer to go to Pulse or East End. All of these are 18+ and also cater to those who are 21+ in the form of full-service bars. There are a lot of bars on Franklin Street that lend their services in the best nights that collegiates will never remember. From Thursday to Monday, most of these places are open until 2 a.m. and can be a great way to let off some steam and meet a lot of new people. The clubs in Chapel Hill are always fun, but many students flock to fraternity and house parties because of the smaller atmosphere and less regulation of alcohol.

Most students can always find something going on at night in the surrounding areas, and if you are willing to travel to Raleigh, there is no shortage of nightlife. A lot of parties are advertised by word of mouth or Facebook, so be on the lookout, and it can lead to a fun semester. However, many students find it prudent to invest in an alarm clock and limit the number of times they go out each week. Because of the abundance of things going on, it is often easy to fall behind on schoolwork!

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Durham
  • Franklin Street
  • Raleigh
Other Places to Check Out
  • 23 Steps
  • Bub O'Malley's
  • The Edge
  • Four Corners Restaurant
  • Kildare's Irish Pub
  • The Library
  • Mansion 462
  • Pantana Bob's
  • R&R Grill Restaurant & Bar
  • Spanky's Restaurant
  • Speak Easy at Tyler's
  • Tom Cat's
  • Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
  • Ye Old Tavern
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Century Club
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Barstar.com
  • Facebook
  • Flyers
  • Newspaper advertisements
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
He's Not Here
Organization Parties
Many organizations on campus will rent out restaurants or nightclubs and advertise their parties on campus through flyers and word-of-mouth. These are some of the best parties to go to if you want to hang out with a predominantly UNC crowd. Fraternities and sororities often rent out nightclubs after rush or initiation.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Players Nightclub

If you are looking for a dance floor, drinks, and lots of grinding, this is your place.

159 E. Franklin St.

Chapel Hill

(919) 929-0101

The Thrill at Hectors

A new club with great drink specials!

157 E. Rosemary St.

Chapel Hill

(919) 960-5145

www.facebook.com/ThrillatHectors

East End Oyster & Martini Bar

A restaurant in the early hours and a nightclub and bar in the later hours, this is a great place for dancing and drinks.

201 E. Franklin St.

Chapel Hill

(919) 929-0024

eastendchapelhill.com

Carolina Coffee Shop

This coffeeshop has one of the coziest atmospheres of any coffee shop on Franklin Street. During the day, breakfast is served until 2 p.m. At 9 p.m., all the elderly people are heaved out into the street, and the restaurant turns into a bar with live music and large, rowdy crowds. Because of the delicious mixed drinks and imported beers, students often come here to dance and chat the night away.

138 E. Franklin St.

Chapel Hill

(919) 942-6875

www.thecarolinacoffeeshop.com

Club Pulse

A great place for upscale drinks and dancing. The owner can be seen many nights bartending, and based on his skills, it is to be believed that Russians really do know what they are doing.

136 E. Rosemary St.

Chapel Hill

(919) 630-5778

www.clubpulse.net

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

He's Not Here

He's Not Here is unique because most of it is outdoors, which is great for those warm summer nights, but not so cool on those wet and rainy days. This place is great for serving cheap drinks-the 32-ounce Big Blue Cup, refillable for $3, is about the cheapest you'll pay for a drink in Chapel Hill. The only drink served here is beer, and kegs are placed outside to diminish the long lines on the inside. There's always live local music on the weekends.

112½ W. Franklin St.

Chapel Hill

(919) 942-7939

Rum Runners

Rum Runners has two bars: dueling pianos in the main bar and live entertainment in the back bar. College students can partake in the ultimate fight song challenge. There are nightly drink specials. Make reservations because there is limited seating available.

208 E. Martin St.

Raleigh

(919) 755-6436

www.rumrunnersusa.com

West End Wine Bar

This is the place to go if you're trying to get away from the undergrad-filled nightclubs and bars. The West End Wine Bar has a romantic atmosphere. After 9:30 p.m., a local jazz or acoustic act plays light music on the rooftop terrace. Pick from more than 50 wine selections, and swirl your drink all night long.

450 W. Franklin St.

Chapel Hill

(919) 967-7599

www.westendwinebar.com

Goodfellows Bar

Goodfellows is a restaurant by day and a bar by night. During the day, Goodfellows serves Italian food-pizza, pasta, calzones, strombolis, and hoagies. During the night, Goodfellows serves some of the most delicious and reasonably priced drinks.

149½ E. Franklin St.

Chapel Hill

(919) 960-8688

www.goodfellowsbar.com

Carolina Brewery

Voted "Best Brewpub in the Southeast" by Brewpub magazine.

460 W. Franklin St.

Chapel Hill

(919) 942-1800

www.carolinabrewery.com

Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle is known for its good music, with appearances by Nirvana, the Smashing Pumpkins, and John Mayer. Tickets are available at the door, at www.etix.com, or at Schoolkids Records. Try your talent at open-mic night.

300 E. Main St.

Carrboro

(919) 967-0953

www.catscradle.com

The Cave

The Cave is known for its laid-back atmosphere-the crowd's fashion consists of jeans and T-shirts. Local bands perform nightly. There's a pool table and a bar with a wide selection of beers, and you're more than welcome to bring your dog. Make sure to be ready for clean-up, though!

452½ W. Franklin St.

Chapel Hill

(919) 968-9308

www.caverntavern.com

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

Pulse Nightclub

136 E. Rosemary St.

Chapel Hill

(919) 240-5699

www.clubpulse.net

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 87 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 87 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 7% Use a designated driver.
  • 40% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 8% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 45% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 84 responses

  • 6% Parties? What parties?
  • 2% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 30% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 60% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 2% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 16 responses

  • 44% Beating Duke
  • 31% Last Day of Classes
  • 19% If we beat Duke
  • 6% Halloween

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 12 responses

  • 44% Franklin street
  • 39% Fraternities or Bars
  • 17% A student's house party

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