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Party Scene


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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Its all about the frats on campus

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Don't go to parties too much

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Albion isn't real close to any bars or clubs but we definitely know how to throw our own parties.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are parties nearly every weekend, but they aren't the greatest parties ever. It's just something to do in a small town that doesn't offer much else.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Frat parties are the main thing. There's usually something every weekend. There aren't any nearby clubs, and there's only a few bars.


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You might want to just skip ahead to the Greek life section on this one. Nightlife outside of frats doesn't really exist on campus due to how small the town of Albion is. There are three bars that students will go to occasionally, but drinking among friends at house parties and in dorm rooms or apartments is usually safer and more fun than walking or driving downtown.

Monday night is known as "senior bar night," so once you're old enough, joining friends for a night at the bar can be fun. None of the bars in Albion allow anyone under 21 in after around 10 p.m., so you can try, but few succeed. Wednesday is also a big party night at Albion. The faculty normally has their department meetings on Thursday mornings, so early classes are rare, which makes more time for partying the night before. Most of the time, if students want to really party, they will go to another college campus or a club in Lansing or Ann Arbor, both about 45 minutes away. Because of this trend, Albion is referred to as a "suitcase college" by those who believe no one can bear to stick around on the weekends. However, in recent years, Union Board has really made an effort to host events for students on the weekends. And there are always the frat parties.

Facts & Statistics

Other Places to Check Out
La Casa Mexicana
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games
  • Power hour
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Word of mouth, basically
Closing Time
As early as 11 p.m. and as late as 1:30 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Cascarelli's, Charlie's Tavern, or Phoenix Restaurant
Organization Parties
Fraternities often throw parties.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Country Lanes

Country Lanes is the local bowling alley. Wednesday is the best night to go to find at least one person you know belting out drunken karaoke by the bar. Union Board occasionally hosts events there, and Greek organizations will often host fundraisers or parties there, as well.

16653 E. Michigan Ave.


(517) 629-9153

Moonraker Lounge & Restaurant

The Marshall Moonraker has good food and good daily drink specials. There's karaoke every Friday and Saturday night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. It's inexpensive, but then again, so are the majority of the bars on this list.

11401 17 Mile Road


(269) 789-0058

Phoenix Restaurant & Lounge

Expect to be carded at the door if it's after 10 p.m. The Phoenix is perhaps the loudest of the three main bars in Albion. If you like to dance and don't want to go to a fraternity party to do it, the Phoenix is happy to accommodate, especially on the weekends. It can get crowded on busy nights, but there's more room to move than at Cascarelli's or Charlie's, which have more seating area.

207 N. Superior St.


(517) 629-3080

Cascarelli's of Albion

Cascarelli's is considered the classiest of the bars in Albion, but it's still a jeans-and-T-shirt kind of place.

116 S. Superior St.


(517) 629-3675

Charlie's Tavern

Tucked away on a side street off of Superior Street, Charlie's is the place to go when you want a quieter affair with friends. There is always a good mix of locals and Albion students there. If there is any type of Michigan sporting event going on, you can bet it will be on the big screen.

111 W. Porter St.


(517) 629-9582

Copper Bar

The Copper Bar is located in downtown Marshall, which is about a 20-minute drive from Albion. If you like peanuts, they roast their own and leave a basket of them on every table. The name comes from the bar itself, which is copper-topped.

133 W. Michigan Ave.


(269) 781-5400

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

Union Board events

Either hang out in your dorm with friends or hit the frats. It's sadly as simple as that. The Union Board typically tries to have events planned for at least every other weekend, and they do a good job of bringing a variety of acts and activities to the campus for students. Fraternities also throw the occasional alcohol-free party in the Kellogg Center for underage students. The coffeehouse on campus is a great place to go on weekend nights to either hang out or listen to the occasional live band or open mic night.

Student Polls

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 0% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 0% Tuesday
  • 0% Wednesday
  • 0% Thursday
  • 50% Friday
  • 50% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 16 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 11 responses

  • 73% Walk.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 18% Use a designated driver.
  • 9% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 29% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 65% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 6% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 0% Parties? What parties?
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