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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't party, wouldn't know too much. Seems pretty alive and well though

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I've only been to 2 parties the entire time that I have been going to this school and they were just awkward for me. In addition I am not really the partying type which contributes to my lack of knowledge on the subject

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: it's a small, private, residential college so there really aren't many ragers, but I found that there are a lot of good options for getting out still!

3 College Senior

Party Scene: It's a small town so there aren't many places but it's still fun!

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's relatively easy to find a party any weekend.


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Being that Luther is a small town in the Midwest made up of primarily students, you shouldn’t expect to find much nightlife. There are always plenty of people with lots of alcohol looking for a party, but the locations are few and far between. Drinking in the dorms can be fun for a while, but after a few semesters of it, students go batty. Off-campus parties are a lot of fun but are rarely held with an open invitation.

On-campus dances and parties are rare for Luther, so students have to find their own fun. This comes from creativity for the most part: theme parties are held nearly every weekend, and range from hobby- or profession-related ideas like sports players or doctors, all the way to utter madness like the '80s Rocker party. Many students also break up the lack of nightclubs by holding their own entertainment—beer pong, flip cup, and DDR/Guitar Hero tournaments take place as often as theme parties, sometimes even at the same get-together. But for students who need a large group of people to get down, look to Roscoe’s. And if that doesn’t work, you’ll need a car to find other options.



Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Americana Grille
  • Roscoe's
  • T-Bocks
Local Specialties
T-Bock's seasonal taps:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Circle of Death
  • F— the dealer
  • Family Guy/Big Lebowski drinking game
  • Flip cup
  • Kings
  • Presidents and a—holes
  • Quarters
Closing Time
12 a.m. on weekdays 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Americana T-Bocks

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

LaRana Bistro

A favorite among women and GLBTs, this intimate restaurant/ bar has an excellent wine and mixed drink selection, along with imported beer. Lit by candles and featuring tables built for privacy, LaRana is a great place for a relaxing date or a 21st birthday.

120 Washington St.

(563) 382-3067


Roscoe's is by far the most popular choice on the weekends for students. Roscoe's features a dance floor, drink specials, and is the most common answer to "what's your plan for tonight?" Almost all students will end up there on a Saturday, looking for a drink, a hookup, or maybe both. It's centrally located for the campus and has a $3 cover, and is a must-stop for any Luther student during their four years.

300 College Dr.

(563) 382-8530

T-Bock's Sports Bar & Grill

The most "adult" choice in nighttime drinking, T-Bock's is a brewery-oriented bar, specializing in seasonal beers and great drink specials (Dollar Pint Night, $3 pitchers, etc.). Featuring good seating, a popular jukebox, and a great menu, T-Bock's is a great place to watch a football game or have a reflective drink after a hard day (or night) of hitting the books.

206 W. Water St.

(563) 382-5970

Americana Bar & Grille

This next-door neighbor to Roscoe's often serves as a pre-party stop for students, thanks to dollar "crappy cans" nights and a more pleasant atmosphere. Americana also doubles as a full-service restaurant, so some students will start their night with dinner and continue with drinks. Karaoke nights and Greek parties are often held here, along with a wide variety of live bands.

308 College Dr.

(563) 382-3662

Corner Bar

This bar, often filled with "townies," is a quaint, hole-in-the-wall bar. It's not built for parties or people, but more for the loner or for a night of thoughtful conversation. It's laid-back atmosphere and homey decoration, along with its wide variety of drinks (it boasts the biggest menu in Decorah of beer and mixed beverages) make for an unpredictable night.

121 E. Water St.

(563) 382-3891

The Hay Market

Consistently voted a favorite among the "hippie" culture at Luther, the Hay Market is a run-down, old-school bar with gruff bartenders, poor lighting, horrible smells, and just enough drinks to forget about most of that. If you love the environment or don't mind feeling like you're sticking to the floor, this is the bar for you.

201 Washington St.

(563) 382-8005

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

Nearly every bar in Decorah shuts out minors at 9 p.m., leaving them no choice but to return to the dorms and attempt to have a party there without getting busted.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 36 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 32 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 16% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 50% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 22% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 12% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 21 responses

  • 48% SAC concerts
  • 29% Beauty and The Geek put on by sigma chi theta
  • 24% Trout fry


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