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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: They are all really fun and all over the place.

College Student

Nightlife: I haven't been to any bars or clubs.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: I'm not 21, but I hear the downtown scene is great!

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: VT is not a bar school but the big bar on campus is Tots.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: there are many bars downtown, but most undergraduates go to house parties


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  • 26th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 53rd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1320th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Heather Priestley
Toano, VA
Wildlife Science
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Virginia Tech and the town of Blacksburg provide various nightlife choices for students. Downtown Blacksburg consists mainly of bars, most of which have strict carding policies. Bring two ID's if you're over 21, even if you look (or are) 35. There are always apartment and house parties going on, many thrown by fraternities in Oak Lane. Be careful when heading out to Oak Lane though, the police tend to hang around there a lot and break up parties. Going to fraternity parties does mean a free ride, though. Greek parties send out designated drivers to pick up party-going students on campus. Also, Blacksburg Transit, Blacksburg's bus system, has routes going out to all major apartment complexes, so getting to a party safely is usually easy to do, as long as you remember to catch the bus before 2 a.m.

Throughout the year, Tech brings all kinds of entertainment to campus, including comedians, bands, plays, hypnotists, and classical music. Sometimes student organizations have weekend events, like the dances on the weekends put together by the Swing Club. Students who want to get out of Blacksburg can take weekend trips to go camping or to spend some time in Roanoke. Blacksburg has a number of bars, dance clubs, and coffee shops to hang out in on the weekends. Tech brings in entertainment in various forms and provides them on campus, making it accessible for all students. Unfortunately, since Blacksburg is so small and downtown is only two blocks long, it doesn't take too much time to check out all the bars and clubs. Even so, most students spend their time in Blacksburg and find something to do rather than leaving for the weekend.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown
  • Oak Lane
  • On campus
Student Favorites
  • The Cellar
  • Champs Sports Bar
  • Hokie House
  • Rivermill Map Company
  • Top of the Stairs
Other Places to Check Out
  • Abby's
  • Attitudes
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Macado's
  • Maxwell's
Local Specialties
  • Blacksburg Oatmeal Stout:
  • Chateau Morrissette wine:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole, Kings)
  • Quarters
  • School Bus
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Hokie House happy hour
Organization Parties
Greek organizations are always ready to party, and usually everyone’s invited to the fraternity house. Sororities aren’t allowed to have parties, but they do have socials downtown. Student organizations sometimes put on events at bars downtown, usually having a band or DJ involved. Greek parties are well attended, but other organizations don’t get the word out as well.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Oge Chi Restaurant & Lounge

Known by students as the OC, Oge Chi has a bar, pool tables, and some good food. Its main attraction, though, is the dance floor. The OC often hosts parties for various student organizations. It's good for a fun night out, but can be a little sketchy. It's best to go in groups.

204 Draper Rd. NW

(540) 961-1488

Nerv Restaurant & Lounge

The Nerv is not only known for its dance music, but also for its food. Almost every night has its own theme, so there's always a reason to go. You must be 21 or older to get into the Nerv most nights. Friday nights 18-and-older girls are allowed, but all guys must be 21-and-older.

221 Progress St.

(540) 961-3004

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Big Al's Grille & Sports Bar

Big Al's sits above Poor Billy's seafood restaurant on Main Street in downtown. This bar has happy hour everyday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and it has 16 TVs plus a big screen.

201 N. Main St.


(540) 951-3300

The Cellar

The Cellar is a great place to both eat and drink. They have a nice selection of beer and wine, plus yummy appetizers like their spinach artichoke dip. During happy hour, large pitchers run between six and ten dollars, depending on what beer you choose.

302 N. Main St.

(540) 953-0651

Champs Sports Bar

Champs is a popular sports bar downtown. The upstairs is devoted to watching the game, playing pool, shooting darts, and drinking. Downstairs at Champs, you'll find live local bands rocking out every night, except for karaoke nights.

111 N. Main St.


(540) 951-2222

Hokie House Restaurant

Hokie House gets packed for happy hour. They have some of the cheapest drink specials of downtown. Hokie House is also known for bringing comedians in for their Comedy Club nights. If you're hungry for wings, go on Tuesdays when wings are only 29 cents apiece.

322 N. Main St.


(540) 552-0280

London Underground Pub Limited

The Underground draws an older crowd of locals and grad students. It's also usually less packed than the other bars, so it's a good place to go for a more chill night of hanging out and shooting darts.

112 N. Main St.


(540) 552-9044

PK's Restaurant & Bar

PK's is a more spacious setting than other bars in Blacksburg. There is room to move around and plenty of tables to sit at. They also have a number of pool tables, and a patio in the back for warmer nights.

432 N. Main St.

(540) 552-3278

Rivermill Map Company

The Rivermill offers a more laid-back atmosphere for students going downtown. Pool tables are in the back, along with darts and arcade games, but mostly the Rivermill is just a chill place to hang out with friends. They do have a strict carding policy, so make sure that you have two IDs handy when you show up.

212 Draper Rd. NW


(540) 951-0279


This town is all about pool, so Sharkey's meets the demand. They just moved to a new location, but still have pool tables and great specials.

220 N. Main St.


(540) 552-2030

Top of the Stairs (TOTS)

Known as TOTS by students on campus, this bar is very popular in the Greek scene. This is the place to be if you're a fraternity or sorority member partying the night away. Non-Greeks can be found here, too, especially for karaoke night, or if they're out to drink a "rail," one of TOTS' drink concoctions. A rail is a combination of all the liquor on the "rail" and has six different shots.

217 W. College Ave.


(540) 953-2837

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

The Lyric Theater

This local theater in the heart of downtown is a great spot to catch a movie. Tickets are only four dollars, and the popcorn is cheap, too. The Lyric also often brings in live music.

135 College Ave.

(540) 951-0604

She-Sha Hookah Bar

Smoke a hookah (flavored tobacco), drink a chai, or treat yourself to some baklava. She-Sha offers a relaxed atmosphere, and it often features local live music. They also have a number of board games (Techopoly, Scrabble, chess). If you're spending your weekend doing school work, She-Sha offers free wireless Internet to customers.

211 Draper Rd. SW

(540) 961-9100

The BreakZone

Located in Squires Student Center, the BreakZONE is a great place to go for bowling, billiards, and arcade games. Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-1 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

117 Squires Student Center

(540) 231-6906

Easy Chair Coffee Shop

This coffee shop is a nice alternative to the downtown scene. Their cozy back room has sofas and low lighting, and it provides a nice spot to just hang out with friends. Hours: Monday-Thursday 6 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-12 a.m.

801 University City Blvd.

(540) 951-1628

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 125 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 115 responses

  • 2% There are no good options.
  • 12% Use a designated driver.
  • 44% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 22% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 20% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 119 responses

  • 3% Parties? What parties?
  • 3% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 31% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 60% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 3% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 20 responses

  • 31% Off campus at friends' houses
  • 22% Apartments
  • 18% Downtown
  • 18% Fraternities (if you know someone)
  • 11% Fraternities if you are in one

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 29 responses

  • 86% Football game weekends
  • 14% Halloween


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