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3 College Junior

Party Scene: Tailgating for Saturday home games, going to dartys, and going to bars downtown are all pretty exciting!

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Frats won't let guys in unless you're on a list which sucks if you want to go to a party and one guy in your group isn't in a frat.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties can really be found on any day of the week if a person goes looking for them. Parties can be held between friends, fraternities, sports teams, and downtown at local bars. Football games are also a big time for parties and celebrations. Downtown Clemson is very strict and only allows 21 and up into the bars. The parties are very fun and can provide something fun for friends to do.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's about average. If you're looking for a party school this isn't the place for you

4 College Junior

Party Scene: I have not attended many parties but there are a lot of events going on.

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Students at Clemson love to party. The school was ranked as the number two party school by the Princeton Review, but with a school of only 13,000 undergraduates, a one street bar scene, and no fraternity/sorority row, some students wonder whether Clemson was deserving of the title. However, students find the atmosphere in downtown Clemson to be the best source of entertainment on the weekends because it is close to campus and there are a nice selection of bars and restaurants.

The most popular place to go for nightlife is downtown, no questions asked. Football season contributes significantly to the nightlife at Clemson, especially after big home-game wins. Although there are no clubs in the Clemson area, fraternities and apartment parties offer some alternatives to the dominating bar scene.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Cooper Library
  • Downtown , particularly College Avenue
Student Favorites
  • TD's
  • Tiger Town Tavern
Other Places to Check Out
  • Atlanta
  • Greenville
  • UGA
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer bongin’
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Flip Cup
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
12 a.m. Saturday 2 a.m. Monday-Friday
Organization Parties
Club sports teams and other organizations will sponsor parties fairly often, usually at a member's apartment or house. Also, fraternities and sororities always have something going on during the weekends.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?


See Off-Campus Dining

339 College Ave.


(864) 654-3656

Tiger Town Tavern

See Off-Campus Dining

368 College Ave.


(864) 654-5901

Wingin' It

Wingin' It is a great place to grab wings and drinks before shooting pool.

359 College Ave.

(864) 654-2444

Overtime Private Sports Bar

The Overtime Private Sports Bar is open for lunch and dinner, and serves a wide array of deli foods as well as offering a full bar with specialty drinks.

102 Earle St.


(864) 653-7581

The Bad Apple

The Bad Apple sponsors live bands every Monday. They have their own beer, called Bad Apple Brew, which is brewed at the Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville.

359 College Ave.


(864) 654-5414

The Esso Club

The Esso Club is world famous; it used to be a gas station, and it is where Spitoono originated. For a complete history of The Esso Club and Spitoono, visit

129 Old Greenville Hwy.


(864) 654-5120

Loose Change

Loose Change is a prime spot to catch college and local bands, as well as participate in open mic nights.

349 College Ave.


(864) 654-1090

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

Hang out in your dorm, go to a late night movie, or party in apartments.

Student Polls

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 62 responses

  • 29% Fraternity parties
  • 14% Friends Apartments
  • 12% Make friends
  • 10% Downtown
  • 8% FCA shags
  • 8% ClemsonLive
  • 6% Off-campus Nightclubs
  • 6% Chimney Ridge Parties
  • 5% Rugby parties
  • 2% I have not been to a party at Clemson

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 55 responses

  • 0% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 0% Tuesday
  • 0% Wednesday
  • 27% Thursday
  • 55% Friday
  • 18% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 118 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 80 responses

  • 25% Walk.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 12% Public transportation.
  • 28% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 31% Use a designated driver.
  • 4% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 124 responses

  • 6% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 54% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 31% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 6% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 4% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 48 responses

  • 69% Rush Blowout fraternity parties
  • 27% Rush Blowout Fraternity Parties & Farewell Parties
  • 4% Adult Swim
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