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2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The party scene is great for people who want to go out and drink three or four nights a week, but if you do not want to do that, you should pretty much avoid the parties. They start later than you should really be going to bed if you have an 8 a.m. the next morning, and frat row always sounds way too loud.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't know a lot about on-campus partying because i'm a grad student, married with a child. However, Nashville is an amazing city to live in if you're looking for night life.

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4 College Senior

Nightlife: It's city life with southern charm.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Best thing about going to Vanderbilt. You will never be bored.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Personally, the nightlife at Vanderbilt doesn't interest me overmuch. The bar scene is vibrant, including several 18 and up locations, and most taxis are payable via student accounts. However, for someone who prefers a quieter night with several friends, there is plenty to do as well.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 41st
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 428th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1332nd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher McDonald
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Whenever I mention to someone that I go to school in Nashville, I receive the same “I’m sorry” look and then am asked if I like line dancing. These people’s assumptions could not be further from the truth. There is a huge amount going on in Nashville, and it isn’t very hard to get plugged into the scene because Vanderbilt students take full advantage of it. Thursday nights are packed as usual at the fraternity houses, and cab after cab can be found leaving campus taking students to the various clubs and bars Nashville has to offer.

The only problem with the nightlife is that there isn’t a huge amount going on for the under-21 crowd. Every year, a “freshman club” will serve underage, but before long, they get shut down. As a result, a very large portion of the Vanderbilt student body has fake IDs. For the most part, the clubs in Nashville aren’t that strict. Age is really more or less a formality to them, since you’ll be dropping money into their pockets, regardless of how old you are.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Printer’s Alley
  • Third Street
Student Favorites
  • Buffalo Billiards
  • The Iguana
  • Sam's Place
Other Places to Check Out
  • The 5 Spot
  • Bound'ry
  • The Connection
  • The Stage
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Baseball
  • Beer Ball
  • Beer Pong
  • Dizzy Bat
  • Flip Cup
  • Power Hours
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Sam’s on Tuesday night

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Legends Corner

This is one of the best live country music nightclubs in the Nashville area.

428 Broadway

(615) 248-6334


Though at first glance it appears to be just another Irish Pub, on Thursday nights McFadden's becomes a hot spot for Vandy students looking to dance and have a good time.

134 2nd Ave. N.

(615) 256-9140

The Iguana

Iguana plays home to good jazz music, a laid-back atmosphere, and serves average-priced drinks and decent food.

1910 Belcourt Ave.

(615) 298-2112


There's normally great live music at Exit/In, and they sometimes hold after hours until 4 a.m.

2208 Elliston Pl.

(615) 321-4400

Hollywood Disco

Hollywood Disco is a total throwback to the age of funk and disco complete with a bright-lit, flashing dance floor! The club is opened Wednesday through Saturday until 3 a.m.

1907 Division St.

(615) 320-DISCO

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Lonnie's Western Room

At Lonnie's, you'll find low covers, cheap pitchers, country music, and karaoke.

208 Printers Alley

(615) 251-1122

Sam's Place

Sam's is a sports bar with good food and great "two for one" specials-especially on Tuesdays.

1803 21st Ave.

(615) 383-3601

Sportsman's Grille in the Village

Sportsman's has a lodge-style atmosphere and a healthy selection of beers, not to mention some pretty good fried food.

1601 21st Ave.

(615) 320-1633


Along with offering up fine, fireside dining, Jackson's is a classy nightspot, where drinks are only $1 on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

1800 21st Avenue S.

(615) 385-9968

Bailey's Pub & Grill

Bailey's hosts a young, relaxed and friendly scene with plenty of billiards action going on. There is also an upstairs deck where students can chill and hang out.

408 Broadway

(615) 254-5452

Buffalo Billiards

"BB's" is a high-class bar with several billiard tables and plenty of eye candy. They also have great drink specials on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

154 2nd Ave.

(615) 313-7665

Flying Saucer

The Flying Saucer offers a chill atmosphere and has the widest selection of beers on tap in Nashville.

111 10th Avenue

(615) 259-9684

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

Go to the frat parties on campus.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 49 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 47 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 6% Use a designated driver.
  • 11% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 2% Public transportation.
  • 68% Taxis.
  • 13% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 47 responses

  • 0% Parties? What parties?
  • 0% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 6% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 68% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 26% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 7 responses

  • 38% Downtown
  • 38% Fraternity Tailgates
  • 15% Off-campus houses
  • 8% On campus

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 9 responses

  • 100% Rites of spring
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