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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Everything in San Antonio closes at 9pm.

4 College Student

Nightlife: The bars and clubs here are very lenient on who they let in, if you're into that, and there are a great variety of bars to choose from. If you're more into parties it will usually be thrown by the many athletic men's teams at their houses, but don't expect to be able to connect with people.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's a lot to do in San Antonio

College Freshman

Nightlife: I personally haven't experienced night life on campus because I'm a commuter, but I would imagine it's not too crazy.

College Senior

Nightlife: I am focused on academics this year. Not parties or night life.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 352nd
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 411st
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1022nd
    Biggest Party Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Paola Cardenas
El Paso, TX
Bilingual Communications
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Whether you are over 21, barely legal, or still underage, San Antonio has a lot of night life to offer. You will never be bored because there is always something to do. During your freshman year at UIW, you will come across different types of people who have different interests who like to drink, smoke, party, club—you name it. Downtown San Antonio has a lot of nightlife. It is especially fun for those who are 21 and older, since there are so many bars to go to.

When freshmen first start school, the majority of them want to go out and see what fun San Antonio has to offer. Many students who are still underage enjoy going to hookah bars since they do not serve alcohol yet they have a very vibrant environment. Since UIW is not a huge party school, you will not always find dorm parties on campus. You will find a lot of parties at the bigger schools, such as UTSA, or if you go a little further, Texas State University in San Marcos. Either way, let's be real—you are going to college, so it is assured that there will be parties all the time!

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown
  • Riverwalk
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bombay Bicycle Club
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Chacho's
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • The Falls
  • The Hangar
  • The Heat
  • Kona Grill
  • Maroc Bar
  • Sultan CafĂ© and Grill
Local Specialties
Dos Rita: A Dos Equis in a margarita
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • Waterfall
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Friends' Facebook pages
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Pearl Brewery

Club ListingsWhat's This?


One of the best features of this club: Never pay a cover!

8134 Broadway St.

Alamo Heights

(210) 320-4091

The Saint

Although it is one of the most popular gay clubs in town, it is also fun for those who are straight. Check out their great drag show.

1430 N. Main Ave

San Antonio

(210) 225-7330

Posh Ultra Lounge

The best day to go is Thursday for college night, which features hip-hop and dance music all night.

7959 Broadway St.

Alamo Heights

(210) 804-7674

Bonham Exchange

It is mostly a gay club but also very entertaining for straight people.

411 Bonham St.


(210) 271-3811

Club Rio

This is a must-go in San Antonio. It features Latin music as well as electronic music.

13307 San Pedro Ave.

North Central

(210) 403-2582

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Mulligans Sports Pub & Grub

A sports bar that offers pizza, sandwiches, and wings; happy hour starts at 4:30pm.

19314 US 281 N

San Antonio

(210) 277-1800

Pearl Brewery

Offers great food, drinks and entertainment.

200 E. Grayson St.

San Antonio

(210) 212-7260

Broadway 5050

Great place for burgers and cocktails, offers a wide variety of music entertainers.

5050 Broadway St.

San Antonio

(210) 826-0069

Clicks Billiards

Top of the line amenities for billiard players

903 E. Bitters Road

San Antonio

(210) 496-5113

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

Sea World San Antonio

10500 Sea World Drive

San Antonio

(210) 523-3000

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

17000 W IH-10

San Antonio

(210) 697-5050

Cowboys DanceHall

This place is for all those who love country music. The most popular day to go is Wednesday because students receive a discount.

3030 NE Loop 410

San Antonio

(210) 646-9378

Dave & Buster's

Giant arcade for all ages!

440 Crossroads Blvd.

San Antonio

(210) 515-1515

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 55 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 55 responses

  • 2% There are no good options.
  • 69% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 7% Public transportation.
  • 7% Taxis.
  • 15% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 56 responses

  • 38% Parties? What parties?
  • 27% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 11% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 25% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 8 responses

  • 62% Cardinal Crawl
  • 25% Alamohieghts night
  • 12% Light the Way

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 11 responses

  • 64% The Clubs in San Antonio
  • 18% On-campus sponsored by Campus Life
  • 18% Off-campus
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