Nightlife

Location
London, ON
Undergrads
20,056
Tuition (in-state)
$20,141 ($4,727)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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1 College Sophomore

Nightlife: JBRS is the worst... NEVER GO THERE

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Great Nightlife.
All bars all good except JBRs, NEVER GO TO JBRs, WORST BAR EVER, Bad Service, Ass**** Bouncers, and Overpriced drinks NEVER, I Repeat, Never go To JBRs.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: Nightlife in London is always a good time. Whether you head down Richmond for the night or attend the multitude of keggers and house parties near campus, you're bound to have an unforgettable night. Downtown is located a short distance down Richmond from the university and transportation is relied on either taxi or the bus system (LTC) which is relatively good.

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Always a party; great downtown party scene. Pretty lenient about fake ID's.

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2 College Senior

Nightlife: As an international student – As an international student who easily tires of Top 40 hits and techno, I find there is very little variety in Western nightlife. I have two options: go to a pub and be bored, or go to a bar and be smothered by drunken and underage students. Is there anywhere I can go to just dance and have a good time without being spilled or stepped on? There aren't many classy, upscale options either.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 70th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 343rd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1300th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren A. Moore
Hometown
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Major
BA in English Literature with a minor in Health Sciences
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Western is known as a party school, and its nightlife definitely adds to the reputation. Since the legal drinking age in Ontario is 19, most of UWO's student population is actively involved in the bar scene. London has a wide variety of nightlife venues, and there is definitely something for everyone. Western kids tend to gravitate towards casual venues like Jack's and the Ceeps, but numerous entertainment companies promote bottle service at the clubs, such as Mansion and the Barking Frog. Generally, your group of friends will dictate the types of bars you frequent. 

Bars of all types are generally concentrated on Richmond Street, or as the students call it, "Richmond Row." If a line is too long, the close proximity of bars ensures that you'll end up at another bar shortly. The rule of thumb with bar expenses is "the nicer the club, the more expensive the drink." Although the London Tap House and Barking Frog feature drink specials, they are usually on par with the regular drinks at more casual bars. Considering this, "pre-drinks" are extremely popular among Western students. House parties and keggers are common for holidays such as Homecoming and St. Patrick’s Day. They’re a fun alternative to expensive bars, and a great way to meet other Western students.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Richmond Row
Other Places to Check Out
The Spoke and Rim Tavern
Local Specialties
  • Black Fly Coolers: Located in the heart of downtown London, Black Fly Beverage Company is Ontario's first micro-distillery. Black Fly coolers can be purchased at LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) liquor stores around Ontario and come in interesting flavors like strawberry rhubarb and black currant blueberry.
  • Ceeps Platter: The Ceeps has a beer special on Saturdays that's a staple for a genuine Western student experience. Patrons get a platter of 25 beers for $50, with the infamous Ceeps brew. It's a fun novelty to share with friends on a wild night!
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • Flip Cup
  • Kings
  • Never Have I Ever
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • www.crownedent.com
  • www.entlondon.ca
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
On Saturdays, the Ceeps offers the Ceeps Platter: 25 beers for $50. On Tuesdays at Jack's, tequila shots are $2.
Organization Parties
The Purple Spur Society is UWO's go-to social club. They hold bar events, cottage weekends, and ski trips to give Western students social opportunities throughout the whole year!

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Lavish

Lavish is known to attract members of the GLBT community. As a reputable gay club (especially on Saturday nights), Lavish capitalizes upon its inclusive environment with a massive dance floor and fun music. It's a dressier venue with distinct areas for dancing and socializing.

238 Dundas St.

London

(519) 667-1222

www.clublavish.ca

The London Tap House

The London Tap House is hit or miss among Western students. There's a huge dance area that plays regular Top 40 songs, but it often becomes cramped as the night progresses, due to circulation issues. Students have free cover on Thursdays, just by showing their Western ONECard, which helps alleviate the cost of this generally pricey venue. Tap House has a strict dress code and is considered to be one of the classier clubs in London.

545.5 Richmond St. (Richmond and Kent)

London

(519) 936-0268

www.londontaphouse.com/london

Up on Carling

By spinning house and hip-hop music, Up on Carling offers music alternatives to the regular Top 40 hits of other clubs. The club's dress code coincides with an emphasis on VIP service, which includes limousine pickups and a private escalator entrance to the venue. With lots of space for dancing, plus a wine room and a patio, there are many places to keep occupied at Up on Carling. Since it's located further down the main hub of Richmond Row, it can sometimes attract a crowd outside of Western students.

153 Carling St.

London

(519) 434-6600

www.uponcarling.ca

Club Rouge

Newly opened in 2010, Club Rouge offers a massive space for students looking for a dressy night out. The venue was originally a strip club prior to its recent renovations, and one of the stripper poles remains in the bar for people to dance on. With a heavy emphasis on bottle service through its extensive VIP section, the club is pretty expensive for typical student budgets. Rouge's most popular night is Thursday, where hour-long lines begin for those who get there past 10:30 p.m. DJs vary from night to night, but there is a general favoritism towards Top 40 remixes.

50 Picadilly St.

London

(519) 433-3636

www.clubrouge.ca

29 Park

29 Park is located about two blocks off of the Richmond Row hustle, and it may not be worth the travel. A few years ago, 29 Park was the club to be at, but now with the opening of new clubs, it has gone downhill in popularity. 29 Park generally plays Top 40 remixes and other techno hits that encourage the use of its dance floor. The venue is spacious, and many campus group events will rent out 29 Park for semi-formals.

359 Talbot St.

London

(519) 672-7275

www.29park.com

The Barking Frog

Without a doubt, the Barking Frog is UWO's top choice for an upscale bar night. The Frog has four separate rooms (each with a bar) and a large dance floor that always plays top hits. The club always features drink specials, dependent on the night, and attracts a Western-heavy crowd almost every night of the week. The Barking Frog also has a massive patio that's popular in the summertime and also heated in the colder months.

209 John St.

London

(519) 850-3764

www.barkingfrog.ca

Club Mansion

Club Mansion has risen to be one of the most popular clubs among Western students. With a strict dress code, Mansion offers a true club experience. The club accents its special events section and is a great spot for getting bottle service with your friends. There is also a massive dance floor with consistently great tracks. For a classy night on the town with your buddies, Mansion is definitely the place to be.

89 King St.

London

(519) 434-2888

www.clubmansion.ca

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Molly Bloom's Irish Pub

Molly Bloom's is a rowdy pub that often features live music. The bar is especially busy on Saturdays and, of course, St. Patrick's Day. With an older crowd and lots of seating areas, it's a great place to go for a casual night with your buddies. Molly's also holds karaoke nights on Mondays.

700 Richmond St.

London

(519) 675-1212

www.mollyblooms.ca

Joe Kool's

Generally attracting an adult crowd, Joe Kool's has slowly been gaining popularity among students for the past few years. On weekends, the bar is known to have a long line. As a plus to your Joe Kool's experience, there are some great live music acts!

595 Richmond St.

London

(519) 663-5665

www.joekoolsrestaurant.ca

Winks Eatery

Winks' name is deceptive. Although the venue holds an awesome, cheap breakfast and a great menu, it's also a happening pub at night. Sunday karaoke nights and tons of television screens make Winks a nice alternative to a typical club.

551 Richmond St.

London

(519) 936-5079

www.winkseatery.com

The Runt Club

This gem of a club is a great place for watching sports games. The Runt Club is tucked away on Albert Street and generally attracts an older crowd. The bar is cozy and located inside of what was most likely an old house. Predominantly playing classic rock and alternative music, the Runt Club is a great destination for a casual date or a chill night sharing a pitcher with your friends. The place also has a popcorn machine going all night! Who doesn't love free snacks?

155 Albert St.

London

(519) 642-2300

www.theruntclub.com

Jim Bob Ray's

Affectionately nicknamed as "Rim Job's" by students, JBR's is a relatively seedy venue where Western kids go for a sloppy night. Jim Bob Ray's is known for attracting a younger crowd, many of whom can often be found dancing on a pole on stage or on one of the many tables scattered around the bar. The bar plays a conglomeration of hip-hop and Top 40.

585 Richmond St.

London

(519) 663-5665

www.jimbobrays.com

Call the Office

Operating since the late 1860s, Call the Office is the best place to catch up-and-coming indie bands perform live. As one of the few places in London that reputably attracts a hipster crowd, preppy Western students will seldom be found at Call the Office. Many underground bands stop at CTO while touring between Detroit and Toronto. Indie music fans will love Call the Office's intimate venue, which allows for interactions with musicians before and after the show. Along with its affordable drinks, Call the Office is a great spot for students who want a break from the Western bubble.

216 York St.

London

(519) 432-BAND

www.calltheoffice.com

Barney's

On the first sunny day of April, it's a sure bet that UWO students are heading to Barney's. As an affiliate bar of the Ceeps, Barney's offers a massive patio with many drink specials. The venue is the ultimate celebrator of the summer months, and it usually starts filling up around 3 p.m. The patio bar plays Top 40 music in the background, but real noise comes from socializing with the multitude of students basking in the sunshine.

671 Richmond St.

London

(519) 432-1425

Jack's

Jack's is one of the most popular bars among Western students. With nights like Tequila Tuesday and infamous Monday Funday night, Jack's always offers great specials with drinks costing around $2. The place is jam-packed on busy nights and often has a line starting around 10 p.m. Jack's is a casual atmosphere that offers a rowdy dance floor and a relaxed upstairs with live music, to bring patrons the best of both worlds.

539 Richmond St.

London

(519) 438-1876

Cowboys

As London's only country bar, Cowboys attracts a variety of people. The venue is massive and is often the destination for bachelorette and birthday parties. With a mechanical bull for a country western feel, Cowboys is known for balancing both country and Top 40 hits.

60 Wharncliffe Rd. N.

London

(519) 679-0101

www.partytown.ca/cowboys

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

Go to the bar! The legal drinking age in Canada is 19, so everyone can join in on the nighttime fun!

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 28 responses

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  • 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 22 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 0% Use a designated driver.
  • 9% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 14% Public transportation.
  • 73% Taxis.
  • 5% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% Parties? What parties?
  • 0% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 5% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 52% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 43% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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