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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are definitely party options at the frat houses on the weekend and at off campus houses, but there is no pressure to party if you don't want to. You can easily find other things to do on the weekends. The bar and club scene here is nonexistent -- it's really just parties within the campus.

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3 College Senior

Nightlife: Whitman College nightlife is limited to off-campus house parties and frat parties all within walking distance of campus. While there are a couple of restaurants and cafes in town as well as a few bars, Walla Walla is, for the most part, a sleepy place with 5 blocks of main street. If you're looking to party at a nightclub, and be out on the town late, Whitman College is not the place for you. But, If you like getting drunk in wheat fields, then give it a second look.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is a lot to do on campus at night. There are parties, hang outs, concerts and other such activities. But there are no bars/clubs for younger people (also, Walla Walla is a very small and closes down pretty early). There is also no restaurants close to campus that stay open late, so if you get hungry, it doesn't work out very well unless you have a car and can go to Taco Bell.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Frat life is the usual hang out spot, for the bar/club scene there is not a whole lot because the surrounding area has such a small population.


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  • 346th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 579th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1032nd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara Rasmussen
Salem, Ore.
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Since there isn’t much to do in Walla Walla, even if you are over 21, most nightlife happens right on Whitman’s campus. Nightlife could be defined as frat parties, house parties, dorm parties, concerts, or other Whitman-sponsored events. Almost every Friday night, there is a musical event called Coffeehouse in the basement of Reid that features students and occasionally a local band. There are also lectures or speakers, theatre and dance performances, screenings of movies, and the occasional sporting event. Parties are the main source of amusement and entertainment on campus.

Dorm parties are generally attended by first-years and are often hosted for the purpose of drinking before another event on campus. House parties are generally open to all of campus, although it may depend on where they are being hosted and whether they are intended for a specific campus group, The frats are often quite inviting, always open for girls, and very genial if you make an attempt to get to know their members in the light of day, too. They can be exclusive, however, if the party follows a Greek function. Other options for those over 21 include the Green or other Walla Walla bars. Students with cars will occasionally venture to the Tri-Cities to experience the few dance clubs there. There is always something happening in any of these options, and most students enjoy the accessibility and openness of the parties and events there.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown
  • Main Street
Student Favorites
  • Off-campus parties
  • TKE house parties
Other Places to Check Out
  • Coffee Bean
  • Coffee Perk
  • McFeely's Tavern
  • Starlight Bowling Alley
Local Specialties
Local Walla Walla wine:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beirut
  • Flip cup
  • Kings Cup
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Organization Parties
Reflecting the social groups formed, each clique often has its own parties, such as athletic teams or the theater kids. In fact, the drama crowd has been known to throw some pretty outrageous theme parties, where their specialty drink, known as the "grog," is readily available if you show up early.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


This is a good place to go for hip-hop music, and the DJs usually aren't too bad. Rosita's sponsors 18-and-older parties, as well as 21-and-older events.

201 E Main St.

(509) 525-6361


This is a great place for the 21-and-older crowd to go for drinks and dancing. It's the only place off campus that offers a really great dance floor, as well as drinks.

405 Wellington Ave.

(509) 525-7142

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Green Lantern (aka The Green)

The Green, beloved by students and professors alike, is about the only bar in Walla Walla that Whitties frequent. It is known for its selection of draft microbrews and fish tacos!

1606 E Isaacs Ave.

(509) 525-6303

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

Stay on campus-this is what most students do, even if they are over 21. Dances, concerts, lectures, frat parties, dorm parties, and house parties abound, making it easy for those under 21 to find something to do. It is a rarity that there aren't at least a couple of options on any given weekend night.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 15 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 16 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 12% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 88% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 0% Parties? What parties?
  • 6% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 67% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 28% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.


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