Tacoma, WA
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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Most of the time I stay on or near campus at nights, and most of the time I will hang out with friends rather than go to parties

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Hard to find anything if you are a freshman.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Parties are great and can get very wild, especially spring semester.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are few parties, that are moderately fun. However the school provides some night events occasionally that are very fun and an alternative if you don't want to party.

1 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The bars are not classy. Drinks are not cheap. Also get the stray tacoma locals coming in that roughen the atmosphere up. There really is no "college" bar around here unless you go all the way up to Seattle. Underage nightlife is horrendous. Greek life collectively has maybe 5 parties a semester, which they have to be scheduled with the school and there is no drinking allowed. Off campus parties start early and end early. You often time get obscure music that no one has heard of. There is not much drinking at these parties either, mostly drinking happens in a pre-game form where people drink at their houses or dorm rooms then head out in the rain hoping to find a party. Parties happen only on friday and saturday and there are only a few.


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  • 385th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 470th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 988th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Juliette Witous
Sonoma, CA
Grad Year
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The neighborhood surrounding the Puget Sound Campus is relativley quiet compared to what one may think of a college town, but this does not mean that we cannot have parties and play loud music. For the most part, students resort to house parties regardless of age. Even juniors and seniors will stick around to mingle with the familiar faces of their fellow students rather than explore the bars. If there are no house parties, then the bars are a second option.

The most popular bars in the area are not your stereotypical college bars. Magoo's is frequented by a number of students, mostly the freshly turned 21-year-olds. Sixth Avenue is about six blocks away from campus and features a variety of unique bars from the Dueling Piano Bar and Engine House 9 to Dirty Oscar's Annex to Masa and Jazzbones. The latter two have a dance floor but cannot be considered clubs exactly. The best clubs are in Seattle. It's just a matter of knowing where to go and getting someone to drive or finding a place to stay. Until students turn 21 or obtain a fake ID, it is difficult to explore the nightlife, but at least there is a lot happening on campus, so you won't be left out.

Apparently, Univeristy of Puget Sound's nickname used to be University of Parties and Sex, but most students agree it has calmed down since then. Despite the "lacking" nightlife, it is most likely that you will always have something to do every single weekend, whether it's Greek life dances, house parties, school work, exploration of the Pacific Northwest, student shows, student markets, or local bands. Any school is as fun as you make it. Really, in the end, it comes down to the friends you make along the way.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown
  • Pacific Avenue
  • Sixth Avenue
  • Surrounding neighborhood near campus
Other Places to Check Out
  • BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
  • Gruv
  • The HUB
  • Ram Restaurant & Brewery
  • West End Pub & Grill
Local Specialties
Red Hook: Locally brewed beer
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Moose
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Camp6
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Magoo's or Spar Tavern

Club ListingsWhat's This?


During the day, Masa is a nice restaurant and bar, and at night, they open up the dance floor for people to get freaky.

2811 Sixth Ave.


(253) 254-0560

Engine House No. 9

The Engine House, or "E-9," offers a variety of beers from its own brewery and menu of steaks, salads, soups, burgers, and pizzas.

611 N. Pine St.


(253) 272-3435

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

Great steaks, a casual ambiance, and a friendly, knowledgeable staff are the most notable trademarks of the Keg Steakhouse & Bar. There are Keg Steakhouses located in Ontario that are also a fun time.

2212 Mildred St. W


(253) 565-7300


Jazzbones is a popular spot that offers soups, salads, burgers, and pizzas. Several local bands and comedy acts perform there, and occasionally there is an open-mic night. People under 21 are not allowed in after 10 p.m., and at any other time, they are not allowed on the second floor or in the bar area. Check the website for event listings and specials.

2803 Sixth Ave.


(253) 396-9169


Popular destination for students

2710 N. 21st St.


(253) 759-0467

The Spar

The Spar is the oldest saloon in the city. On tap it has domestic, imported, and microbrew beers; the restaurant even has an espresso bar, too. The Spar offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, making it more than just a place for nightlife.

2121 N. 30th St.


(253) 272-2122

The Matador

A classy place with the best margaritas

721 Pacific Ave.


(253) 627-7100

Chopstix Dueling Piano Bar

2702 Sixth Ave.


(253) 627-7555

Big Whisky Saloon

Big Whisky is for those who are ready to kick their heels up and have a fun time. You can learn to two-step, and at the end of the night hopefully save a horse and ride a cowboy!

100 S. Ninth St.


(253) 272-0777

Crown Bar

The Crown is known for its specialty drinks, such as rosemary-infused margaritas and other unique twists.

2705 Sixth Ave.


(253) 272-4177


This pizza place is most hopping on Tuesday for its trivia night and cheap drink specialties.

3518 S. Sixth Ave.


(253) 759-1999

Dirty Oscar's Annex (DOA)

DOA is not a super fancy bar on purpose. It's simple and allows people to make the atmosphere.

2309 Sixth Ave.


(253) 572-0588

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

Metronome Coffee

A café that stays open until 12 a.m., usually hosting local bands and open-mic nights. Many students also go here to study.

3518 Sixth Ave.


(253) 301-2375

Kickstand Café

The Kickstand Café has a wide selection of vegan and vegetarian items, as well as a build-your-own-salad menu. The café is also an artist venue and hosts a variety of other events.

604 Fawcett Ave.


(253) 779-5425

Chalet Bowl & 26th Street Café

Bowling alley close to campus

3806 N. 26th St.


(253) 752-5200

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 36 responses

  • 3% There are no good options.
  • 17% Use a designated driver.
  • 3% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 78% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 31 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 37 responses

  • 8% Parties? What parties?
  • 14% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 62% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 16% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.


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