Nightlife

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2 College Junior

Nightlife: There aren't really parties on campus, you usually have to go off campus for that.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I'm not into partying, so honestly I wouldn't know where to go or how the parties are on campus.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: You can find then if you want to find them.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Fairly large city, fair amount of things to do.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The college is a short distance to downtown Dallas which has great nightlife, concerts and clubs. I don't think that there is a lot of party life on campus though.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 132nd
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 942nd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1238th
    Biggest Party Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tue Tran
Hometown
Hanoi, Vietnam
Major
Accounting, MIS
Grad Year
2015
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The Metroplex’s way of geographically distributing bars and clubs is a little peculiar: Some streets in Addison, downtown Dallas, and Plano are packed with bars, while the Richardson area lacks both quality and quantity when it comes to drinking locations. Nonetheless, if you have someone drive you 15 minutes to a decent bar, you probably won’t regret it. The bars usually cook good food, mix interesting drinks, and house attractive crowds, while the clubs and dance halls can really liven up your night with their music. Prices vary per location, and there are places for a cheap drink, but most of the time, you will spend more than you would normally—meaning, soberly—do. Students, thus, prefer going to house parties to crawling bars, since these parties are more affordable, more fun, and much less risky if you personally know the hosting individual or group.

Underage students do drink, but mostly only with people they trust and rarely too much. Various nightlife options exist for those not reliant on alcohol. Staying in to study is one of them, albeit not a very good one. One can also explore fun places around the Metroplex, from the whirlyball court to the malls and amusement centers. In the end, taking your date to race at SpeedZone or ice skate in Galleria can make a more fun and meaningful night out than swallowing glasses of alcohol in a loud, crowded apartment—not to mention the hangover that follows.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Addison
  • Downtown Dallas: Uptown, Greenville
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Chaucer's
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Ghost Bar
  • The Ginger Man
  • Humperdink's
  • Logan's Roadhouse
  • RA Sushi Bar Restaurant
  • Scruffy Duffies
  • Sports City CafĂ©
  • Station 4
  • Urban Crust
  • Wild Turkey
  • Zouk
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Flip cup
  • Kings
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Word of mouth
  • www.yelp.com
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Sherlock's Baker Street Pub & Grill
Organization Parties
Fraternities and sororities throw most of the parties that students go to. Residential Life and University Village attempt to organize parties for campus residents, usually after exam periods or before breaks, but these are not too popular.
Did You Know?
While being underage does make it harder to crawl bars and clubs, it's by no means the end of the world. Many locations allow 18-and-up students to enter, and some won't even mark you if you are underage. If all else fails, find your way to a Greek party, or throw an intimate gathering with some friends at your apartment. Most underage kids play it safe by not drinking themselves to unconsciousness or store a lot of alcohol in their homes.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Pete's Dueling Piano Bar

Many a bar-goer has tried to resist the urge to sing along with the performers and crowds at Pete's-and failed. The atmosphere is said to be incredible-always packed, upbeat, lively-and the music is beautiful without excluding any genres. A big minus to Pete's, however, is the bill after the party. The cover charge is a high $9, and drinks are pricey. Still, Pete's can give you a blasting time, especially for occasions when you don't mind spending a little over budget.

4980 Belt Line Road

Addison

(972) 726-7383

www.petesduelingpianobar.com

The Flying Saucer

At The Flying Saucer, it's all about beer. The bar fields a huge beer menu, the quality of which matches its quantity beautifully. This alone can make you come back for more, and the bar prepares for this with its UFO membership, which allows you to track your beer consumption "progress" and win prizes along the way.

14999 Montfort Drive

Addison

(972) 991-7093

www.beerknurd.com/stores/addison

Cowboys Dancehall

A very popular place among Texans, the Cowboys Dancehall lets you eat, drink, and, of course, dance. The club's country music is usually very loud, and the atmosphere is great. This place is one of the few clubs where you don't have to be 21 to actually enjoy yourself.

10310 Technology Blvd.

Dallas

(214) 352-1796

www.cowboysdancehall.com/Dallas

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Fillmore Pub

With its Irish appearance and style, this downtown Plano bar makes a fitting location for St. Patrick's Day celebrations. The food and beer selections are good, and the atmosphere is warm and just dimly lit.

1004 E. 15th St.

Plano

(972) 423-2400

www.thefillmorepub.com

Fox & Hound English Pub & Grille

This bar is especially popular among sports fans. People usually go to Fox & Hound to watch Dallas teams' games, but there are also pool tournaments and UFC fights-with ring girls-going on. The food and drinks are good, but not special.

112 W. Campbell Road

Dallas

(972) 437-4225

www.foxandhound.com

Sherlock's Baker Street Pub & Grill

Food and drinks at Sherlock's are very reasonably priced, and its live music is usually appreciated. A good place to enjoy a fun yet quite relaxing and not too hectic night with your friends.

5100 Belt Line Road

Addison

(972) 726-6100

www.sherlockspubco.com

BlackFinn American Saloon

Another popular bar among students, BlackFinn is both a restaurant and a bar where you need proper clothing-jean shorts don't count-to be let in. Foods and drinks are neither cheap nor very good, but the music is good enough to give you a decent night out.

4440 Belt Line Road

Addison

(469) 374-7667

www.blackfinndallas.com

Cairo Hookah Lounge

While it's not the cheapest bar for a student budget, Cairo Hookah Lounge still claims its place as a student favorite. One of the nearest bars around campus, the lounge offers well-flavored hookahs of a wide variety. The foods and drinks are not outstanding, but the staff is really friendly, and the general atmosphere is relaxing.

581 W. Campbell Road

Richardson

(972) 238-5100

www.cairohookahlounge.com

Duke's Original Roadhouse

Duke's is a well-known old-school bar in Addison that offers decent bar food and drinks. What sets Duke's apart is probably the large outdoor seating area and the events/special offers the managers mix in to attract customers.

4180 Belt Line Road

Addison

(972) 503-2337

www.dukesoriginalroadhouse.com

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

Cowboys Dancehall

This is a venue where you don't have to be 21 to have fun.

10310 Technology Blvd.

Dallas

(214) 352-1796

www.cowboysdancehall.com/Dallas

Cairo Hookah Lounge

For those who don't need alcohol to enjoy themselves, the Hookah Lounge is worth checking out. For cheaper alternatives, go to a local movie theater, play some whirleyball, or indulge yourself in arts and history at the museums.

581 W. Campbell Rd. #113

Richardson

(972) 238-5100

www.cairohookahlounge.com

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 61 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 59 responses

  • 3% Walk.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 19% Public transportation.
  • 2% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 59% Use a designated driver.
  • 17% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 62 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 13% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 13% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 35% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 39% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 5 responses

  • 40% Silent Disco
  • 40% Welcome Week
  • 20% October bash

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 6 responses

  • 86% I suppose Off campus.
  • 14% On Campus

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