Nightlife

Location
Kalamazoo, MI
Undergrads
16,303
Tuition (in-state)
$23,262 ($9,982)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Junior

Nightlife: WMU to me is not really a party school but may be to some. Dont get me wrong they do have certain events or times of the year where its really live, but as far as clubs or bars they are just ok in my eyes. Usually you just have friends over and hang out! I dont think WMU is negative but cant quite say everything is positive when it comes to the party scene

4 College Senior

Nightlife: It's pretty nice to get out and about and walk the campus, I wouldn't do so alone. College students are really silly when it comes to the party scene. Be aware of your surroundings at all times because this is the time, cops are issuing citations like crazy

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Not much of a partier, but a lot of them are in fratville. Not much to do on the weekends other than party though.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Good places to go downtown and lots of house parties around campus to go to

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It all depends on who you know. Nightlife can be great or a disaster :)

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 74th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 77th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1297th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eric DiManno
Hometown
Sterling Heights
Major
Creative Writing
Grad Year
2012
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Kalamazoo has a very active bar scene for students 21-and-up. Some of the best bars include The Grotto, Y-Bar, Shakespeare's Pub, the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, Waldo's, University Roadhouse, Wayside West, Monaco Bay, Wild Bull, and The Union. There are often tons of students spread out all across the area looking to have a good time, and they find it, too. There are also local movie theaters and a number of restaurants that offer specials and discounts for students.

Nightlife at Western is something special. On the weekends, there are parties all across the area. Fraternity Village and other streets around the area are filled with outgoing party-goers. If you're under 21, there's still plenty to do. A lot of underage students like to hang out at Wild Bull (until 9 p.m., when underagers are no longer allowed to frequent the establishment). Plus, there are often parties on campus where under-21 students can socialize and mingle.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • "Student Ghetto"
  • Downtown Kalamazoo
  • Frat Ville Apartments
  • Neighborhoods outside of campus
Other Places to Check Out
  • Big Deal's Sports Bar
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Gallagher's Eatery
  • Main Street Pub
  • Metro Nightclub
  • Old Burdick's Bar & Grill
  • Rugger's Up & Under
  • The Union
  • Y Bar
Local Specialties
Bell's Brewery: This is a brewery located in Kalamazoo. This beer is sold by many retailers in the area and across the country.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Flip cup
Useful Resources for Nightlife
The Kalamazoo Gazette (www.mlive.com/kzgazette)
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Depending on the night, there are different specials at bars all across town. Specials range from 50-cent beers to $1.25 shots and $3 you-call-its.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Wild Bull Saloon

There's frequently live entertainment at this venue. Plus, Thursday is "College Night."

139 S. Edwards St.

Kalamazoo

(269) 978-8451

www.wildbull.biz

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

University Roadhouse

The Roadhouse has late-night munchie specials, like Bell's battered corn dogs for $3.

1332 W. Michigan Ave.

Kalamazoo

(269) 345-7990

www.universityroadhouse.com

SkyDeck

This is a downtown rooftop destination that's closed during the winter. But when it's open, it's pretty sweet.

310 E. Michigan Ave.

Kalamazoo

(269) 384-6044

www.skydeck.biz

Wayside West

On Fridays, there are $1 pints and live music.

3406 Stadium Drive

Kalamazoo

(269) 375-1930

www.waysidewest.com

Waldo's Campus Tavern

"Study Hall" (e.g., happy hour) is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with $1 PBRs and $2.50 well drinks.

1408 W. Michigan Ave.

Kalamazoo

(269) 349-8674

www.waldoscampustavern.com

Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

The Beer Exchange features a variety of bottled beers from Arbor to Tri City.

211 E. Water St.

Kalamazoo

(269) 532-1188

kalamazoobeerexchange.com

The Grotto at Capone's

In addition to delicious pizza, the Grotto has daily specials, including $2.50 you-call-its on Saturday nights.

2636 W. Michigan Ave.

Kalamazoo

(269) 276-7000

www.thegrottoatcapones.com

Shakespeare's Pub

Every Monday, from 6 p.m. to close, there are $1.50 well drinks, $2.50 pints, $3 calls/top shelf, $4 specialty drinks/bombs, and $3 wings/$3 hot dogs with fries.

241 E. Kalamazoo Ave.

Kalamazoo

(269) 488-7782

www.shakespearespub.com

Monaco Bay Piano Bar & Grill

This is a cool piano bar and grill.

300 E. Michigan Ave.

Kalamazoo

(269) 384-6044

monacobay.biz

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

Wild Bull

Under-21 students are welcome until 9 p.m.

139 S. Edwards St.

Kalamazoo

(269) 978-8451

www.wildbull.biz

Rave Cinemas

180 Portage St.

Kalamazoo

(269) 381-5732

www.ravemotionpictures.com

Goodrich Kalamazoo 10

820 Maple Hill Drive

Kalamazoo

(269) 345-7469

www.gqti.com

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 85 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 79 responses

  • 1% There are no good options.
  • 33% Use a designated driver.
  • 10% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 19% Public transportation.
  • 5% Taxis.
  • 32% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 85 responses

  • 4% Parties? What parties?
  • 9% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 25% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 52% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 11% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 23 responses

  • 56% Off Campus housing areas
  • 26% I don't like the party scene very much.
  • 11% Fratville
  • 7% Lafaette st.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 28 responses

  • 46% St. Patrick's Day
  • 46% Western Central weekend
  • 4% Weekends after Finals and Midterms
  • 4% Homecoming
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