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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The parties take place at the frats.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I have only heard of them, and not actually been to them.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: In campus, very safety because there are CA on the housings.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: It would be better for campus safety that police be more present at weekend nights in front of campus facilities.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I do not go out so I am not aware of what the party scene is like.


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Nightlife doesn't really come alive for ISU students until the magical day when they turn 21. Until then, Iowa State students just don't have a lot to do, in terms of clubbing and bar-hopping, unless they go to Iowa City or Des Moines. But there are plenty of parties around, and the social scene is definitely alive. There are things to do if you are not 21—you just have to look a little harder for them.

For students who aren't as comfortable with the bar scene, activities and concerts in the Memorial Union are available, and there are always movies to see at one of the movie theaters. The dorms clear out a lot on weekend nights, with students either going home or going to parties. So, if you don't party, find others who don't either, and get together and watch movies or play games. Otherwise, weekends can get really lonely. For most students, though, nightlife is just fine. Students who are 21 seem to be very satisfied with the nightlife in Ames. If you enjoy rowdy parties, Iowa State is right up your alley!

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Clyde's Sports Club
  • Cy's Roost
  • Deano's 119 Main
  • Della Viti
  • London Underground
  • Okoboji Grill
  • Old Chicago
  • Olde Main Brewing Company
  • Paddy's Irish Pub
  • Thumbs
  • Wallaby's Bar & Grill
  • West Towne Pub
  • Whiskey River
  • Zeke's
Favorite Drinking Games
  • "Screw" the dealer
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Power hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • The Datebook, printed Thursdays in the Des Moines Register
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
A lot of the places in Ames have awesome specials.
Organization Parties
Many of the campus clubs and organizations sponsor parties and dances. You just need to poke around to find out which ones, because they are not usually very widely publicized. Since ISU is so large, most of the parties rely on word-of-mouth advertising.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Project 20/20

2424 Lincoln Way


(515) 292-7719

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Welch Avenue Station

Great food and fun. Prices are a little high, but there is never a cover charge.

207 Welch Ave.


(515) 292-2334


This is a popular Greek hangout. Prices are said to be a bit higher here, but they play dance music at this bar.

124 Welch Ave.


(515) 292-6887

Mickey's Irish Pub

109 Welch Ave.


(515) 292-7378

Student Polls

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 97 responses

  • 38% Used to be VEISHA, not anymore though
  • 22% VEISHEA
  • 14% VEISHA
  • 9% Used to be VEISHA but VEISHA is canceled forever
  • 6% Used to be VEISHEA, Now it's Greek Week
  • 4% Greek Week
  • 3% Used to be VEISHEA
  • 3% VEISHEA is no longer an event.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 173 responses

Very poor
  • 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 171 responses

  • 2% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 46% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 38% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 4% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 11% Parties? What parties?


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