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1 College Senior

Party Scene: I am 32 and have a five year old son, i do not party

3 College Senior

Party Scene: The Greeks usually have some sort of event every weekend. I don't party a lot so I do not know how these parties work.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I've heard students complain that the parties are not all that fun and that there are not enough. You will, however, have a weekend where a lot happens.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: A lot of people go home on the weekends so there isn't always a lot going on.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Most of the students at EKU party but I was never interested. Most of the parties were hosted by fraternities, who had really creepy or weird rules about getting in (you couldn't bring your boyfriend, had to bring X amount of girls with you per boys). A lot of people go home over the weekend.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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Students at EKU agree that there are lots of options for partying, particularly on Wednesday through Saturday. Most students stick to local spots but occasionally make the drive to Lexington. While some of the options for bars and clubs are limited in the Richmond area, students say they like the convenience. Most tend to walk to the bars or clubs, ride with a designated driver, or take a taxi cab. The cost of Richmond bars and clubs is affordable, and cover charges are waived on a lot of nights. Students find the price of a drink to be good, and many places sell drafts or cans for only a dollar. Many places have live music or contest nights to bring in more customers.

While the selections are average, students say the options in Richmond are fun. There are also house/apartment parties, as well as Greek-sponsored parties on campus. Students who do not drink or are underage also have different options for nightlife and are not discriminated against for not drinking. There are plenty of things to do sober, like the movies, bowling, dinner, or hanging out with friends. Basically, if you want to drink there are some places here to do it. However, if you don’t drink, you won’t feel shunned.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Madison Gardens
  • Main Street
  • Richmond Centre
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Bar & Grill
  • Casa Fiesta
  • Frontier Lounge
  • Hooters
  • Nutz
  • Ripetide
  • Woody's
Local Specialties
  • Bourbon: A type of American whiskey produced in Kentucky, especially around Bourbon County
  • Irish Car Bomb: Irish whiskey, Irish cream, and Guinness stout
  • Panty Droppers: Raspberry vodka, blueberry schnapps, and cranberry juice
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • Flip Cup
  • Kings
  • Ring of Fire
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Eastern Progress
  • Flyers around campus
Closing Time
1 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Madison Gardens
Organization Parties
Some Greek chapters throw organized parties. They are big on themes, so the traditional toga party is quite a hit. Other organizations, like the Student Activities Council, also throw events. Student groups around campus also organize bar crawls.
Did You Know?
Eastern was listed as one of America's Top Party Schools by Playboy Magazine in 1987.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Maverick Club

1507 E. Main St.


(859) 623-0421

Jerzees Cocktail Lounge & Comedy Club

122 E. Main St.


Club 110

110 S. Second St.


(859) 519-7817

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Paddy Wagon Irish Pub

The Paddy Wagon is an Irish pub located in downtown Richmond. Customers must be 21 years or older to enter. Inside, prepare for some authentic Irish entertainment and food. They're famous for the Irish Car Bomb.

150 E. Main St.


(859) 625-1054

Nikki's Tavern

This is a small bar, but the atmosphere is good. They have a well of shots.

206 E. Water St.


(859) 625-0007

Players Club

212 W. Water St.


(859) 624-8110

Tackett's Tavern & Grill

Tackett's offers good food, good prices, and a really neat atmosphere with brick walls and some classy decorations.

250 W. Main St.


(859) 624-0800

Saratoga Bar & Grill

1430 E. Main St.


(859) 624-9494

Champions Sports Bar & Grill

1025 Amberley Way


(859) 624-4444

Blue Moon

525 E. Irvine St.


(859) 623-5858

Double Deuce Bar & Grill

826 Heath St.


(859) 623-3377

Madison Garden

Live entertainment, good food, good beer, and a friendly atmosphere

152 N. Madison Ave.


(859) 623-9720

Gillum's Sports Lounge

Sports bar with a good variety of drinks and food at affordable prices.

830 Eastern Bypass


(859) 623-2335

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

Galaxy Bowling

Galaxy Bowling features glow-in-the-dark bowling.

1024 Amberley Way


(859) 624-4444

Events on campus

EKU hosts a lot of events for students to attend, such as the President's Ball, comedians, musicians, game nights, and more.


Catch a movie and enjoy some popcorn!

2103 Lantern Ridge Dr.


(859) 326-3264

Student Polls

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 4% Tuesday
  • 4% Wednesday
  • 38% Thursday
  • 38% Friday
  • 15% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 82 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 52 responses

  • 23% Walk.
  • 10% Taxis.
  • 4% Public transportation.
  • 2% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 52% Use a designated driver.
  • 10% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 78 responses

  • 4% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 41% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 23% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 5% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 27% Parties? What parties?

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 33 responses

  • 47% I don't party.
  • 47% Fraternities/Sororities
  • 3% Rugby team
  • 3% Sports teams

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 25 responses

  • 52% Homecoming
  • 24% GREEK WEEK
  • 24% Move in mania
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