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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you are into that scene, you can find plenty of options.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: A night out never did any harm!!

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If your interested in parties there is always a party going on somewhere you just need to find it

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't really go to parties much, but when I do, they are pretty fun

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Fraternity parties are the best. Everything is free and there's a nice party atmosphere. Pretty safe. Not every weekend, but big during gig 'em week and recruitment time.


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During the day, you will see A&M students busy with classes and studying, but once the moon goes up, it’s a different story. Northgate, located just across University Drive on the north side of campus, is the most popular night-time hangout spot for Aggies—the area has plenty of bars and restaurants. Besides Northgate, there are some popular country western places, such as Harry’s and the Hall, but there are not many other types of clubs. At A&M, it’s all about the two-step, since the preferred type of music is country (remember, this is the Deep South!).

No matter how long you’ve been here, there’s always something new and fun to do, and there’s plenty of debauchery to participate in. If you do start to get bored, though, you can broaden your horizons and check out the nightlife in Houston or Austin. These cities aren’t too far away, and they offer a world of possibilities outside College Station. Regardless of where you prefer to go out, just do yourself a favor and don’t schedule an 8 a.m. class on Friday mornings because at A&M, the weekend starts on Thursday nights.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Student Favorites
  • Dixie Chicken
  • Fox & Hound
  • Hurricane Harry's
  • The Tap
Other Places to Check Out
  • Daisy Dukes
  • Dry Bean Saloon
  • Hookah Station
  • Murphy's Law
  • Schotzi's
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • Card games (A$$hole)
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Harry’s Salty Dog

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Hurricane Harry's

Harry's, a country western bar with nightly drink specials and dancing, is right next to campus, down the street from Northgate. The most popular night there is Thursdays. Harry's is close to IHOP, so a lot of people eat there after Harry's closes to sober up and wrap up their evening.

313 College Ave.

(979) 846-1724

Salty Dog

Salty Dog is one of the popular non-Northgate bars. It's just a normal bar with good drink specials-usually $1 wells and $1 Jello shots. There's an upstairs place to sit and chill, and the bar downstairs is cool, as well. Dress is casual.

4353 Welborn Rd.

(979) 268-4353

The Tap

A popular sorority/fraternity hangout, the Tap is a sports bar with nightly drink specials and occasional live entertainment. The Tap has hundreds of beers on tap and a patio that's a nice place to hang out if it gets too loud inside. Baseball hats are welcome.

815 Harvey Rd.

(979) 696-5570

Big Pauly's

A bar and music venue, Big Pauly's features weekly musical events, both live music and DJs. The place may seem small and somewhat cramped during bigger shows, but this just adds to the personal atmosphere. The cover charge varies depending upon the size of the event, so check beforehand.

317 University Dr.

(979) 846-2469

Dixie Chicken

Located in Northgate, Dixie Chicken is a popular bar and restaurant. Burgers are cheap, and the beer is always on tap. There are pool tables and a good atmosphere. Baseball and cowboy hats welcome.

307 University Dr.

(979) 846-2322

Fox and Hound

This pub has a restaurant, bar, pool tables, and several big-screen TVs. It also serves great wings and frozen drinks. Many people dress up to go here.

505 University Dr.

(979) 846-0211

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

Underage students can study, play pool, go to the park, participate in ice blocking, attend athletic events, go to Hurricane Harry's (it's 18-and-over), hang at Sweet Eugene's coffee shop, go to concerts at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater, chill at Lake Bryan, or go mountain biking. They can also go to the movies, check out an art gallery, take Aggie Wrangler lessons (country-western dance), drive or walk through Santa's Wonderland, knock down some pins at Wolf Pen Bowling Center, go mini-golfing, or, if they have absolutely nothing to do, cow-tipping.

Student Polls

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 135 responses

  • 31% Northgate
  • 22% House parties
  • 19% Sorority/Fraternity
  • 15% Not big into the party scene!
  • 5% Once a year Chili Fest in Snook, Texas in April
  • 2% Northgate and Chili Fest are the best!
  • 2% House parties
  • 1% In the dorms
  • 1% POOLS
  • 1% On the beach!
  • 1% Not a big party person but will prefer dorms

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 123 responses

  • 37% Chili Fest
  • 26% Ring weekends
  • 12% After the Alabama game
  • 10% After any home football games
  • 8% Midnight Yell
  • 5% Bonfire
  • 1% Crawfish Boil
  • 1% Crawfish Boil after any football game bonfire

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 107 responses

  • 0% Sunday
  • 1% Monday
  • 2% Tuesday
  • 1% Wednesday
  • 23% Thursday
  • 45% Friday
  • 28% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 255 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 185 responses

  • 37% Walk.
  • 1% Taxis.
  • 4% Public transportation.
  • 6% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 50% Use a designated driver.
  • 2% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 269 responses

  • 4% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 48% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 28% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 9% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 12% Parties? What parties?


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