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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Theres a lot to do at night but im not one to go out much

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I hear its good again dont go out too much

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is a good party atmosphere here.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: there are a lot of parties on the weekends

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: If you know the right people then the party scene can be great. There are still parties that randoms can show up to but it's all about who you know. Its a great way to make friends and relieve the stress of class.

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There are so many bars in the greater Mankato area that it's no wonder the locals look down on the student nightlife scene. The 21-and-over scene is pretty rowdy with many bars, but surprisingly, there are no nightclubs here. If students want to go "clubbing," they have to head up to the metro area. Popular bars in Mankato include The Haze, Pub 500, and Blue Bricks. For the under-21 crowd, house parties are not hard to find. Popular places to look include fraternity houses (specifically Sigma Nu), The Summit apartment buildings where a lot of students live, and quite possibly the dorm room right next to yours. However, just remember that since the Sigma Nu house is a popular spot for parties, it also means it’s more likely to get busted.

While most students at Minnesota State do drink, there really is no pressure to do so at a party. Someone might try for a little bit, but if a non-drinker stands his or her ground, then the antagonizer will usually forget about it.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Centennial Student Union bulletin boards
Closing Time
1 a.m.-2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
House parties

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Mum's the Word

Mum's doesn't have great drink specials like many other local bars, but there are pool tables.

12 Civic Center Plaza


(507) 625-5565

Pub 500

Pub 500 has a patio and outdoor fireplace. There's also an indoor fireplace for those cold Minnesota days. Pub 500 has more than 20 beers on tap and 40 by the bottle.

500 S. Front St.


(507) 625-6500

Wow! Zone

Wow! Zone is an entertainment center with bowling, laser tag, mini golf, and a sports bar.

2030 Adams St.


(507) 625-2695

Blue Bricks

Blue Bricks has pool tables and darts, as well as a full menu and nightly drink specials.

424 S. Front St.


(507) 386-1700

Buffalo Wild Wings

BW3 is a great place to watch sports and share some wings and beer with friends.

12 Civic Center Plaza


(507) 625-9464

The Haze

The Haze has the largest dance floor in southern Minnesota. Nightly drink specials include two-for-one drinks from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

12 Civic Center Plaza


(507) 625-4293

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

Wow! Zone

With an arcade, bowling, laser tag, mini golf, and food, Wow! Zone is a fun place to go, regardless of your age.

2030 Adams St.


(507) 625-2695

What's Up Lounge

This music venue brings in local and national acts.

701 N. Riverfront Dr.


(507) 625-9911

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 51 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 27 responses

  • 56% Homecoming
  • 22% Welcome Week
  • 7% Latino Night
  • 7% Drag Show
  • 4% Every event is the biggest of all. no comparison.
  • 4% Halloween

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 53 responses

  • 6% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 43% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 30% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 11% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 9% Parties? What parties?


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