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Party Scene

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5 College Junior

Party Scene: Crushing it every weekend. and winesdays.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: If frat parties aren't your thing, you can find a chiller experience in Hillside or a middle ground at the Brockmans. And if those types of parties aren't your thing at all, there is a significant number of people that simply get together every weekend and hang out without alcohol or drugs, which is an encouraging thought.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The parties are all safe, and the school doesn't overdo it with rules. There are even a mixture of types of parties that are thrown.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Parties are kept mostly to the weekends (and those few students who "party" during the week are usually freshmen and always resented). But we do have them. Every weekend. And they're big.

As somebody who partakes very regularly, I wish the drinking scene were a little healthier. It's pretty easy to stay out of the scene entirely, but once you start, there's definitely an attitude of "if you're going to drink, you might as well drink a lot, because you're going to end up in a fraternity house and nobody wants to do that sober." This is especially true for underclassmen, I think; as you get older and move into apartments, the drinking does tend to become more healthy and laidback.

On fraternity parties -- the rules aren't very well-enforced, and I know a lot of girls feel uncomfortable there. IFC is trying to reform the rules so that sober monitors will actually have to be kinda sober and there are places for people to go if they don't want to hang out in the dark grinding room. For now, though, it's a very typical fraternity experience, in the worst kind of way. It is nice of them to open parties to everybody, though, 'cause I think it keeps the atmosphere a little friendlier than it would otherwise be.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's not overwhelmingly large, alcohol is not a necessity, and parties rarely get out of hand.

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The nightlife tends to be what you make it. Pre-parties are very popular, followed by a night on fraternity row. Pre-parties sometimes start at happy hour in Danville and then move back to campus, but for those 21 and under, they start on campus. The pre-parties tend to center around drinking games, while happy-hour excursions focus more on cocktails and gossip. Weekends and Wednesday nights are usually the big party nights, but there are ample opportunities throughout the week, like karaoke or birthdays. Fraternity parties are popular because anyone is welcome at any house. The five fraternities have very different vibes, and each one caters to a different crowd or mood. Depending on your taste, you can usually find a place that fits your scene. There is loud dancing on pool tables, poker games, or `80s mania, and parties can often last until 3 or 4 a.m.

Different cliques at Centre also throw different types of parties-the drama kids usually have their own parties, and seniors are more apt to host theme parties or loud pre-parties at their on-campus apartments. Off-campus parties tend to be wilder but never last as long as the parties on campus. Most of Centre tends to stay on campus, at least late into the night, because everyone else is there. The downside is that the fraternity parties can get old, especially by your senior year, but usually either you or a couple of your friends have apartments or houses. Date parties and theme parties are always good entertainment, and it's just fun to dress up.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Campus
Student Favorites
The Winner's Circle
Local Specialties
Chateau du Vieux Corbeau wine:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole, Kings, Kentucky Derby, Circle of Death, High/Low)
  • Cardinal Puff
  • Century Club
  • Flip cup
  • The Hour of Power
  • Quarters
Closing Time
11:30 p.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Guad

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Pizza Hut (The Winners Circle)

A Pizza Hut that serves alcohol-although a weird combination-does have a bucket of four beers for $9. The bar is set off from the restaurant, and it's worth going to at least to see the local atmosphere once or twice.

1565 Hustonville Rd.

(859) 236-2622

Reno's Roadhouse

Reno's has karaoke Monday through Saturday nights, and happy hour starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 7 p.m. Appetizers are half-off, but the best deal is domestic bottled beer for $1.25. Large groups of students go here on Wednesdays to mix with the locals, watch some line dancing, and sing country music.

1641 Hustonville Rd.

(859) 936-1385

Applebee's

A well-known restaurant, Applebee's is a popular hangout spot because it serves good food and happy hour starts at 3 p.m., ends at 7 p.m., and then starts again at 10 p.m. and goes until close. If strapped for cash, during happy hour their appetizers are half-off along with most drinks and beers.

300 Skywatch Dr.

(859) 936-7400

Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant

The Guad is one of the most popular restaurants for Centre students. The food can be expensive, order á la carte, but the drinks are huge. Try the jumbo beer during happy hour, 32 ounces for $2.50. Margaritas are their specialty.

275 Jane Tr.

(859) 236-8300

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

Three Babes and a Monkey

Three Babes is within walking distance from campus, and unlike the other coffeeshops in town, they offer food also. The staff is incredibly friendly, but their food is a lot like what's offered on campus at the Café. They do offer a Centre discount, and it's a great place to go to get off campus or meet for lunch.

127 N. 4th St.

(859) 236-6642

Eclectic Coffee

Eclectic has good coffee, a great atmosphere, and the nicest employees. They have many board games available to play, some couches and chairs for studying, and they offer a Centre discount. This is a great place to go to relax, hang out, or study.

400 Finn Hill

(859) 936-9815

Big Valley

Big Valley has the best coffee in town and offers many specialty treats and snacks. They don't, however, offer any seating, so your best bet is to grab a good cup of java while you're running errands or before class.

975 Hustonville Rd.

(859) 236-2270

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 20 responses

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  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 40% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 50% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 0% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 10% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 14 responses

  • 79% Air Guitar
  • 21% Carnival
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