Nashville has a thriving nightlife scene, whether you’re looking to dance, drink, or just hang out, and Belmont students take part in it all. You’ll get invited to house parties on Facebook, and these can range from your typical college party to a themed "Great Gatsby" night (it’s Belmont—students are artsy). If you’re looking for more traditional nightlife, head downtown to Broadway. There are tons of bars and clubs there, and while many of them are 21-and-up, some will allow students who are 18 to come in and hang out—though, they’ll mark your hands with a big black "X." Underage drinking is taken very seriously in downtown Nashville; you’d be hard-pressed to find a bartender who would serve you with one of those Xs on your hands.
Dress codes are casual at most of the clubs, but drinks can be expensive. If you’re on a budget, check out the Wildhorse Saloon; there are people who drink, of course, but it’s a family-friendly atmosphere, so you and your friends won’t be alone if you’re not drinking. Hillsboro Village is another fantastic option for students who want to experience nightlife without the partying scene. Though it’s not open as late as downtown, venues like San Antonio Taco Company (SATCO, for short) and Sweet CeCe’s are usually packed with college students from all of the local schools on any given night. The proprietors of these places love it—SATCO even offers a free soft drink to any customer with a Belmont student ID.