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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: People might be surprised to know that Notre Dame's party scene is actually pretty good. Sure, it isn't on the same scale of the big state schools, but there are still lots of dorm parties, house parties, several fun bars, and even a nightclub (Club Feve ftw). Don't worry, we might study like maniacs during the week, but the Fighting Irish get pretty rowdy once the weekend rolls around!

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: To be honest, you wouldn't expect South Bend to be as bar heavy as it is; so, you never really have to go to the same bar every night unless you want to. Three Quarters of the school will go to Feve on at least one Thursday and the place gets live.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Despite being academically challenging, Notre Dame students know how to have fun!

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Off-campus parties and bars are popular for all students, especially upperclassmen

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: A few parties are hit and miss but the work hard play hard mindset reigns very true here.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 262nd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 278th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1111st
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alex Barker
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Although the majority of students who attend Notre Dame aren't Irish, by two or three in the morning the influence of Natty Light and other choice beverages will give most students a red face and a slur so thick it sounds like an authentic Gaelic accent. The student consensus is that campus parties are the way to go during your first year. Once they lose their appeal-as they certainly will-parties at apartment complexes and student houses take preference. The club scene is relatively weak, leaving students to choose from a limited variety of bars.

At Notre Dame, students study hard and party hard. The allowance of alcohol in student rooms enables students to make any night a party night. However, the relatively small number of bars combined with the lack of a good club scene is a drawback of Notre Dame nightlife. Overall, the party scene here is the same as most places-there are plenty of good times available if you know where to go. And students advise knowing where to go. A few years ago, there were rumors of a group of freshmen who, looking quite pimped out, wandered into their first off-campus party-it turned out to be a high-school party! Oh, the horror! Yes, I'd say that knowing where to go is a definite plus around here.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Castle Point Apartments
  • Clover Village
  • College Park Apartments
  • Corby Street
Student Favorites
  • CJ's
  • Heartland Club
Local Specialties
  • "Papa Smurf" at Between the Buns Sports Bar & Grille:
  • Long Island Iced Teas at Club 23:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole, Ride the Bus)
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Cabbies usually know which hot spots are scorching on a particular evening
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Organization Parties
ND Flip Side usually sponsors alcohol-free events every weekend. These events can range from board game nights to Halloween parties, dances, bowling, and even a few concerts.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Club Fever

Students say that Heartland is the closest thing to a real dance club that South Bend has to offer.

222 S. Michigan St.

(574) 234-5200

Club 23

Great local DJs often frequent this local hotspot on weekends.

744 N. Notre Dame Ave.

(574) 234-4015

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

McCormick's Coney Island

MCI is arguably the cheapest bar in America-$1 well drinks on Wednesday, $1 Bacardi and Cokes on Friday, and the world famous $1 import night on Thursday.

125 N. Michigan St.

(574) 289-8031

Linebacker Lounge

The Linebacker is a great hangout during-what else-football games!

1631 South Bend Ave.

(574) 289-0186

Simeri's Old Town Tap

Students love spending summer nights outside on Simeri's patio.

1505 W. Indiana Ave.

(574) 289-1361

Mishawaka Brewing Company

MBC is the area's only micro-brewery and restaurant. They offer award-winning beer at reasonable prices.

3703 N. Main St.

(574) 256-9993

Cheers Lounge

See top local and regional acts at Cheers three nights a week. All genres of music are represented here.

103 S. Dixie Way

(574) 277-8407


The chill, relaxed atmosphere makes Bookmaker's a perfect spot to grab a drink after a long day's work.

2046 South Bend Ave.

(574) 272-1766

Corby's Irish Pub

Corby's is a great live music venue and is normally packed Thursday-Sunday.

441 E. LaSalle Ave.

(574) 233-5326

CJ's Pub

Great beer selection and great burgers are what make CJ's a traditional hangout for ND students.

417 N. Michigan St.

(574) 233-5981

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

f you're not 21, there are always dorm parties and off-campus house parties to go to. For those who are not too fond of drinking, the Student Union Board usually sponsors weekend movies, and there is an alcohol-free group called Flip Side that has weekly events.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 38 responses

Very poor
  • 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 38 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 11% Use a designated driver.
  • 3% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 3% Public transportation.
  • 74% Taxis.
  • 11% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 43 responses

  • 5% Parties? What parties?
  • 23% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 21% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 49% 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 13 responses

  • 38% Pig Tostal
  • 23% Off-Campus Parties are the best
  • 23% Not just one, parties/events all year
  • 15% Antostal

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

  • 100% Off-Campus; "Houses"
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