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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Belmont is a Christian campus so they are strict on alcohol which means no parties. However, Vanderbilt is a few blocks away and they always have parties. But it's important to remember that you at college to get a degree, not to party.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Vanderbilt knows how to turnup

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Stereotypical college parties do not exist at Belmont. There are house shows though that showcase talented djs and bands at the school.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I mean, it's Belmont. But we definitely have Vanderbilt and all of Nashville for partying.

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Party Scene: It's Belmont, we are a pretty strict Christian university. Yeah some people drink, but they aren't stupid enough to do it on campus. If your looking for a party scene and kids who party every night, Belmont is not the place for you.

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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.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Demonbreun Street
  • Downtown (Broadway)
Other Places to Check Out
  • The 5 Spot
  • B.B. King's Blues Club
  • Boscos Nashville Brewing Co.
  • The Corner Pub
  • Coyote Ugly
  • Graham Central Station
  • Hollywood Disco
  • Luau Louie's Hula Hut
  • McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon
  • The Parthenon
  • Sam's Sports Bar & Grill
  • Sir Pizza
  • Sportsman's Grille
Local Specialties
Jack Daniel's: Sour mash Tennessee whiskey
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Flip cup
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Speed drinking
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Facebook event invitations
  • Nashville Scene (alternative newsweekly)
  • Posters around campus
Closing Time
3 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Drinks are pretty expensive, unless you go to back-alley seedy bars. However, some bars and clubs, like Flying Saucer and Decades, have discount nights when drink prices can go as low as $2.
Organization Parties
Belmont's events are always alcohol-free, but that's never been a problem for the students. The Black Student Association (BSA) throws an annual cookout at the beginning of the academic year on the Grassy Knoll with food, drinks, and live music. The University Ministries' Harvest Party is a way for the campus to kick off the fall season and is usually held in October at a farm in Franklin, Tenn. Alpha Tau Omega fraternity hosts "Disco is Dead," a '70s disco-themed party at the Curb Café; it costs $1 at the door, and the money goes to the Red Cross. Program Board, the student organization that brings entertainment to students, hosts all sorts of events throughout the year-you'll start to see posters around campus and Facebook invitations to movie nights and themed parties starting the first week of classes!

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Play Dance Bar

This popular gay bar/dance club attracts mostly gay guys, lesbians, and straight girls with its cheap prices, outstanding drag shows, popular music with a techno twist, and everyone-on-board atmosphere. Wednesdays are free for students, Thursday nights are free for women, and Friday and Saturday nights are their biggest nights. Don't go on Sundays, though; it has that feeling of a failed junior high prom, with the empty dance floor except for a few loiterers who are tired of dancing by themselves.

1519 Church St.

Nashville

(615) 322-9627

www.playdancebar.com

Wildhorse Saloon

This is an old Western-style "entertainment destination" with line dancing and occasional concerts. There are also line dancing lessons between DJ sets throughout the evening.

120 2nd Ave. N

Nasvhille

(615) 902-8200

www.wildhorsesaloon.com

Limelight

Limelight is right next to LP Field, the home of the Tennessee Titans. It's a great place to hang out on game day, and it considers itself the headquarters for pre- and post-game fun!

201 Woodland St.

Nashville

(615) 780-3099

limelightnashville.com

Buck Wild Saloon

Buck Wild has four entertainment venues: a dance hall, a karaoke bar, live music, and a banquet hall for private parties!

131 Second Ave. N

Nashville

(615) 736-2811

buckwildnashville.com

Fuse

Fuse is an exclusive club in the Opryland Hotel that has a Vegas feel. It's 21-and-up and has a relatively strict dress code. It will also cost you $20 to get in, and one drink can run as high as $15. There is a lounge that you can sit at for free, and a VIP section that costs $100 per person.

2800 Opryland Drive

Nashville

(615) 458-3873

www.fusenashville.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Red Door Saloon

A casual bar downtown with great food and drinks!

1816 Division St.

Nashville

(615) 320-6525

thereddoorsaloon.com

PM

This restaurant/bar has a Thai feel to it and serves great food and drinks. Because it's on Belmont Boulevard, the crowd mostly consists of 20- and 30-somethings. But it's very laid-back, a bit Bohemian, and a bit beatnik.

2017 Belmont Blvd.

Nashville

(615) 297-2070

www.pmnashville.com

Tin Roof

This is one of the popular bars on Demonbreun Street close to Belmont. The atmosphere is relaxed and great for the end of the week. There's live music and an extra-long happy hour.

1516 Demonbreun St.

Nasvhille

(615) 313-7103

www.tinroofbars.com

Winners Bar & Grill

Just across the street from Losers, Winners Bar & Grill offers karaoke and a full-service restaurant.

1913 Division St.

Nashville

(615) 340-0004

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge

Tootsie's is one of those places you have to visit in Nashville just so you can say you've been. They have incredible live music, and anybody can audition to play their stage-just submit your information on their website!

422 Broadway

Nashville

(615) 726-0463

tootsies.net

Flying Saucer

This is a great hangout spot. There's a lounge with sofas and pool tables, and as a cherry on top, there are 70 kinds of beers on draft and more than 100 bottled varieties. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the crowd is made up of 20- and 30-somethings.

111 10th Ave. S

Nashville

(615) 259-3039

www.beerknurd.com

Dan McGuinness Pub

As the "only authentic Irish pub in town," Dan McGuinness offers hearty food, drinks, and live music in a friendly atmosphere.

1538 Demonbreun St.

Nashville

(615) 252-1991

danmcguinnesspub.com

Legends Corner

Legends Corner has some of the best live music in town, and it's a great place to get a taste of Nashville's honky-tonk culture.

428 Broadway

Nashville

(615) 248-6334

legendscorner.com

Losers

Losers is right across the street from Winners! This is another popular spot for college students and recent grads.

1911 Division St.

Nashville

(615) 327-3115

Lipstick Lounge

Though Lipstick Lounge is in East Nashville and not exactly in the heart of downtown, many college students go there for the vibrant atmosphere. They host trivia nights, dancing, and karaoke-and since it's Nashville, the karaoke is pretty incredible!

1400 Woodland St.

Nashville

(615) 226-6343

thelipsticklounge.com

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

Wildhorse Saloon

The Wildhorse has a fun, family-friendly atmosphere-you'll see people of all ages there! They do serve alcohol to those over 21, but even if you're not of age, it's still a blast. They're known for fantastic live music and line dancing lessons, so grab your cowboy boots and head to Wildhorse for a great time!

120 Second Ave. N

Nashville

(615) 902-8200

www.wildhorsesaloon.com

Play Dance Bar

If you like good techno and a good drag show or just like to dance, try Play. Nonalcoholic drinks are about $2, and the environment is fun-loving. It's a gay club, but it's welcoming to everyone.

1519 Church St.

Nashville

(615) 322-9627

www.playdancebar.com

The Parthenon

An exact replica of the Greek Parthenon, this is a fun place to take a tour with your friends and then hang out on the massive front lawn.

25th at West End Ave.

Nashville

(615) 862-8431

nashville.gov/parthenon

Student Polls

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 0% Tuesday
  • 0% Wednesday
  • 0% Thursday
  • 71% Friday
  • 29% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 68 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 49 responses

  • 10% Walk.
  • 14% Taxis.
  • 2% Public transportation.
  • 2% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 71% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% There are no good options.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 31 responses

  • 36% Vanderbilt
  • 31% House parties
  • 25% There are no parties. Its Belmont.
  • 5% If your looking for the party life, keep looking.
  • 2% House Shows

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 70 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 6% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 30% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 26% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 39% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 26 responses

  • 46% There isn't one, it's a Christian school
  • 27% There are house parties every weekend.
  • 23% Christmas at Belmont
  • 4% March Madness

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