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Bryant students love to party and often start their weekend early by heading to bars and clubs in the area. Parente's (which students refer to as "'Rente's") is located just off campus and is most popular on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Another area bar/club, Effin's, offering more of a club and bar scene, is most popular on Thursday nights. On weekends, many students head to Providence for its variety of different bars and clubs. However, this can get expensive with cover charges and drink prices. Students also have to worry about getting a ride back to campus, because the RIPTA (the local bus that runs between campus and Providence) only operates until around midnight.
On weekends, there is always some type of party on campus. However, campus parties can be a little hit or miss because DPS breaks them up pretty fast so students often move from one party to another. Townhouses have the most parties because they are less likely to get broken up by an RA, but the suites keep up pretty well most weekends. It's difficult to have parties in the freshman halls, so most freshmen stick to roaming around or calling up their upperclassman friends to find something fun to do.
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Primary Areas with Nightlife
Other Places to Check Out
- Asia Grille
- Box Seats Restaurant
- Chili's Grill & Bar
- Colosseum Improv
- Federal Hill
- J. Gray's Family Tavern
- Pearl Restaurant & Lounge
- Whiskey Republic
Grateful Dead: Made with tequila, vodka, light rum, gin, and Chambord, a Grateful Dead is a popular drink among Bryant students at Parente's.
Favorite Drinking Games
- Beirut or beer pong
- Flip cup
Useful Resources for Nightlife
1 a.m.–2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Greek organizations and athletic teams sometimes throw parties that are usually open to everyone during the fall semester. After recruitment ends, parties are typically for members and friends only, though.
Did You Know?
There used to be a bar on campus before Bryant moved to its Smithfield location.
Club ListingsWhat's This?
Suite 600 is a student hot spot on Tuesday and Thursday nights. With $1 shots and $2 beers and mixed drinks on Tuesdays, Suite 600 is packed with Bryant students.
Ultra is one of Providence's hot spots for college students. Hip-hop and dance music is played throughout the night. With four bars and three dance floors, there is plenty of space for fun.
Lupo's Heart Break Hotel
From music to comedy events, Lupo's is often packed. This famous concert venue brings in a variety of artists such as Citizen Cope and Dashboard Confessional.
State Ultra Lounge
Mostly popular with the international crowd, State is a small lounge/club with a nice vibe and an exclusive feel. The music isn't amazing, but since it's usually packed with Bryant students, you'll be too busy hanging out with your friends to care.
Bar ListingsWhat's This?
Parente's, often called "Rente's," has a warm pub-like atmosphere that is very popular with the students. The food comes in large portions, so it's a good value.
Effin's Last Resort
With scheduled events and live music, college students flock to Effin's for a good time. College night is on Thursdays, when there's a live DJ.
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From May to October, this award-winning sculpture installed on the three rivers in downtown Providence is lit with bonfires. Accompanied by music, performances, and food, it is similar to a festival.