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Party Scene

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: If anything my friends and I go out to different stores for ideas.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Parties are one social option, other options are also easily available.

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: Downtown Grand Rapids has great breweries and lots of entertainment. There are some fun places in Allendale too.

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3 College Senior

Party Scene: The night lifes pretty good. I always have a good time when I go out and the transportation changes are helpful too.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Since I met the really good friends I have now at a party I think parties are great. I think I just got lucky but the party life is good. People are majorly friendly.

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Grand Rapids offers a wide range of pubs and nightclubs. Many are 21-and-up only or stop admitting people under 21 at a certain time of night, but the gay bars—Diversions, Rumors, and Throwbacks—generally admit anyone 18 and older (but have strict alcohol policies). Mojo's Dueling Piano Bar and Flanagan’s are popular pubs, while The B.O.B. offers a dance club and multiple restaurants. The B.O.B. (which stands for "Big Old Building") is one building with many different areas/venues, and each has its own age requirements. The Main St. Pub, Peppino's, and Uccello's are restaurants/bars that are close to campus and offer a range of beverages. Student parties are generally off campus and easy to find. On-campus parties are more rare and kept quiet, since police are more likely to find them.

While Downtown Grand Rapids and Allendale are relatively safe, it is still important to go out with trusted friends, and if you're underage, you should never attempt to order a drink anywhere. However, even for students who are underage or do not wish to drink, the local nightclubs and the occasional party can be fun. Although many students are hesitant to try the gay bars, these establishments are some of the better nightlife options in Grand Rapids and prove to be worth the trip.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Downtown Grand Rapids
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Diversions Night Club
  • J. Gardella's Tavern
  • McFadden's Restaurant-Saloon
  • Monte's Lounge
  • Rumors Night Club
  • S Nightclub
  • Sixx Nightclub
  • T.G.I. Friday's
  • Throwbacks
  • Uccello's Ristorante, Pizzeria & Sports Lounge
Local Specialties
  • Founders Brewing Company beer: Founders has a wide variety of brews, but the Kentucky Breakfast Stout is especially popular.
  • Pink Drink: In the Yellow Jacket Inn, one of the finest drinks ever concocted awaits you. Yes, my friends, the legendary Pink Drink is inside. Served in a mini-pitcher, there are no less than six shots of clear liquor and pink lemonade mixed together. It might sound gross, but it's great. Depending on who's working that night, you may or may not just get knocked right on your butt with the strength of your drink.
  • Pink Lady: Available at the Main St. Pub
  • Skittles: Available at the Main St. Pub
Favorite Drinking Games
Beer pong
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • www.experiencegr.com
  • www.grnow.com
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Main St. Pub or Peppino's Pizzeria & Sports Grille

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Crush Nightclub

Crush is a sleek club located inside The B.O.B.

20 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

(616) 356-2000

www.thebob.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Mulligan's Pub

Great drink specials until 8 p.m. every night!

1518 Wealthy St. SE

Grand Rapids

(616) 451-0775

mulligans-pub.com

Mojo's Dueling Piano Bar & Restaurant

In addition to dueling piano shows, Mojo's offers a full menu and drink specials.

180 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

(616) 776-9000

www.mojospianobar.com

Tavern on the Square

Located in the former Black Rose, Tavern on the Square has heated patios and a good beer list.

100 Ionia Ave. SW

Grand Rapids

(616) 456-7673

www.tavernonthesq.com

Peppino's Pizzeria & Sports Grille

Peppino's has nightly drink specials and two daily happy hours from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close.

5065 Lake Michigan Dr.

Allendale

(616) 895-1615

www.peppinospizza.com

Main St. Pub

Domestic bottled beer is $2 on Saturdays, and there are other great drink and food specials every other night, as well.

11240 University Parkway

Allendale

(616) 895-1234

www.mainstpub.com

Flanagan's Irish Pub

This Irish pub is a popular spot.

139 Pearl St.

Grand Rapids

(616) 454-7852

www.flanagansgr.com

The B.O.B.

B.O.B. stands for "Big Old Building," which is an accurate name for this 70,000-square-foot spot! There are different venues inside, including lounges, a brewery, and a comedy club.

20 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

(616) 356-2000

www.thebob.com

HopCat

HopCat is a beer-lover's dream. It focuses on Michigan beers, but it also offers a range of other brews. There's also an outdoor deck for when the weather is nice.

25 Ionia Ave. SW

Grand Rapids

(616) 451-4677

hopcatgr.com

Founders Brewing Co.

This brewery offers numerous selections on tap (check out the website to see what's currently being offered).

235 Grandville Ave. SW

Grand Rapids

(616) 776-1195

www.foundersbrewing.com

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

Eastown Hookah Lounge

This is a popular hangout for underage students and "of age" students alike.

1522 Wealthy St. SE

Grand Rapids

(616) 456-6664

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 202 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 198 responses

  • 2% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 25% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 33% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 17% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 23% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 105 responses

  • 50% Welcome week
  • 27% President's Ball
  • 19% Homecoming Game & Final Exam Week
  • 5% Welcome Week and football games and weekends

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