Morgantown, WV
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4 College Student

Nightlife: There is a variety of things to do.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I am not a partier.

College Junior

Nightlife: Not sure as I don't live anywhere near campus nor partake in the nightlife at school.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you are a person who likes to party this school is for you

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5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: 18 or 21 there is no problem finding something fun to do with or without alcohol


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  • 2nd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 7th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1366th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jessica Murphy
Parkersburg, WV
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The nightlife at WVU comes with such a large variety that students never have to do the same thing twice. For starters, there is the University-sponsored "Up All Night" at the Mountainlair. They offer programs like casino night, movies, crafts, karaoke, free food, and other fun stuff to do on weekend nights. There are also University-sponsored concerts. A lot of the nightlife takes place downtown, where it is more commercialized. There are many shops along the downtown strip, and a mall about 15 minutes away with a movie theater is popular with students. Downtown is also filled with several dance clubs; these are extremely popular with the female population because of great drink specials and large dance floors.

For those students who want to drink, there is a good selection of bars with great drink specials nearby. Some students would rather go to house parties instead of bars and clubs, and WVU will not disappoint in that area. There is always a party somewhere on campus every night of the week. Even for those students who do not want to drink, house parties are great places to meet new people and have some fun being out with friends. Unless a party becomes over-crowded or runs into the street, the police pretty much let them go and just make sure they stay under control. The Student Rec Center also rents out camping equipment at low prices to students, and there are a several great campgrounds in the area. Weekends also provide an opportune time to go to club sporting events.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Grant Street for house parties
  • High Street for bars and clubs
Student Favorites
  • Elements
  • Lazy Lizard
  • Pulse
Other Places to Check Out
  • Club Z
  • Frat Row
  • Keglers Sports Bar & Lounge
  • Levels High Street Grill
Local Specialties
Creek Water: Vodka, grain alcohol, lemonade, and Sprite mixed together. It is usually made in large quantities as a party drink and is preferred by females because of the softer taste.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Flip cup
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Almost every bar has a Friday night “Drink Til You Drown” special Club Z Pulse
Organization Parties
Certain organizations will throw parties for their members. Usually different majors, like the law school or the forensics students, participate in organizational parties. Sometimes, University organizations throw game-watching parties for the Super Bowl or WVU football games at the Mountainlair with free food and big-screen TVs. Students can always find out about these events through fliers and e-mails.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


This nightclub is 18 to enter, 21 to drink. It's open until 3 a.m. Tuesday-Friday, and charges a $5 cover. There's a dance floor and $1 drinks on Friday from 11 p.m. until midnight.

444 Chestut St.

(304) 225-3900

Vice Versa

Hottest gay club around, Vice Versa has karaoke on Sunday nights, no cover Thursdays, and a drag show on Fridays. Open after 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday.

335 High St.

(304) 292-2010


This 18-and-over nightclub is open until 3 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday. There's a $5 cover charge, a DJ, dance floor, food, and a sound and light show.

2 Wall St.

(304) 292-9593

Chasers & Dreams

Located between Fayette Street and Wall Street, this club is 18 to enter, 21 to drink. It has a large dance floor, and is deemed a private club.

376 1/2 High St.

(304) 284-9969

Chic-n-Bones Rhythm Cafe

Open from Monday-Saturday. DJ on Thursdays-Saturdays. It's a 21-and-over rhythm club with a dance floor and a full dining menu. Daily specials such as 2 for 1 drinks and half-price appetizers on Wednesday, 25 cent drafts on Thursday, and $2.50 Coronas on Friday nights. Saturday is karaoke night, starting at 10 p.m.

444 Chestnut St.

(304) 291-5060

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Lazy Lizard

Motto is they're "Always pouring with a heavy hand." They feature local bands, as well as DJs, and have a large dance floor. They also have a full menu. Over 21 club.

345 High St/

(304) 296-0004

Shooters Lounge

Open 365 days a year, Shooters has a dance floor, live DJs, and pool tables. 18 and over to enter, 21 to drink. This is a place students like to frequent during the week, as well as the weekend.

233 Walnut St.

(304) 292-9052

The Sports Page

The Sports Page has food, a Long Island iced tea menu, 23 TVs (including seven big screens), and pool tables. Ladies nights is every Thursday, and there's karaoke on Friday.

325 High St.

(304) 284-0996

The Backdoor Bar & Tavern

Slogan is "When it rains, we pour!" Open Monday-Saturday. Daily specials, including Thursday no cover for the ladies until midnight, and bring any cup up to 32 ounce and get $1 drafts. Friday has an all-you-can-eat buffet, and Wednesday is karaoke night.

485 High St.

(304) 292-5936

Big Times

Big Times has a sports bar atmosphere complete with pool tables and poker machines. Must be 21 or over to enter. Daily specials in addition to $4 Jager bombs and $2 domestic bottles.

327 High St.

(304) 296-2666

Fins Beach Bar

Open Tuesday-Saturday, this bar has a beach atmosphere. Great specials, including 50 cent select drinks on Tuesdays, and a 2 for 1 deal on Wednesdays from 9 p.m.-11 p.m. On Thursday's, ladies have no cover, and $3.50 bomb drinks on the weekend.

491 High St.

(304) 225-3900

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

There are plenty of activities to take part in if students are not 21. They can still go to dance clubs and bars and just hang out and meet new people. There is also "Up All Night" at the Mountainlair, which provides free food and fun activities on weekends for students that do not wish to go out to other places. The bowling alley and pool hall in the Mountainlair offer specials to students on the weekends.

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 66 responses

  • 5% There are no good options.
  • 3% Use a designated driver.
  • 33% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 17% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 42% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 70 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 63 responses

  • 2% Parties? What parties?
  • 0% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 5% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 37% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 57% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 9 responses

  • 70% High street
  • 20% Sunnyside
  • 10% Grant

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 11 responses

  • 82% Fall fest
  • 18% St. Patty's Day


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