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3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Parties are pretty much all frat or house parties. They get really boring after your freshman year. Bars are more fun once you turn 21, but even those become repetitive after a while. If you're looking to party, I would say another school is a better option. I've actually seen someone studying at a party before. That's Truman for you.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: You don't have a lot of variety. You end up reliving the same parties over and over but at least you have something to do if you're wanting to party?

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Lots of parties to go to but they are all medium sized. There are no clubs to go to, just bars and house parties.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Students drink a lot to relax on the weekends, but the parties aren't "wild" like they are at larger schools.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: I'm unsure of many parties, but many students enjoy going to Dukum Inn, a bar on the square, on Thursday nights for All You Can Drink (AYCD) for $7.


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Kirksville just doesn't have a nightlife. Townspeople close up shop by 10 p.m., and students are left to find their own entertainment. Check out the liquor section at Walmart on a weekend sometime after 10 p.m. and you'll understand. Since there isn't much else to do in Kirksville besides throw alcohol-dependent bashes, there never seems to be a shortage of parties. There is no pressure to drink, however, especially if you live in the dorms. Many people have a great time listening to music, playing games, and watching movies with friends.

The Dukum Inn is the one bar students frequent most often, with its budget-friendly specials, such as Drinkin' with Lincoln—$5 all-you-can-drink—and musical events. Best of all, it's within walking distance of campus, so there is no threat of drunks getting behind the wheel.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Elson Street
Student Favorites
Dukum Inn
Other Places to Check Out
House parties
Local Specialties
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer bonging (There's actually a house with a two-story beer bong that winds all the way down a spiral staircase)
  • Beer pong
  • Circle of death
  • Quarters
  • Shotgun races (Not nearly as dangerous as the name—stab open a beer with a knife and drink it from the side)
  • Up and down the river
Closing Time
1:30 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Dukum Inn
Organization Parties
Most active organizations on campus throw their own events, but these are rarely typical parties. There are notable exceptions, including the departmental frats, campus media groups, honor fraternities, and service organizations. Mostly these are private gatherings, but knowing someone will get you in just about everywhere.
Did You Know?
People chill at fraternities and house parties, where age is no object. Some just dance and have a good time, some sip a beer or two, and some get plastered. There are also plenty of University-sponsored events held on campus.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Wrong Daddy's

They have specials like "3-2-1 Fridays" and "Beat the Clock" on Saturdays.

301 W. McPherson


(660) 627-6666

Bar ListingsWhat's This?


A recent addition to The Wooden Nickel restaurant, Woody's features a full-service bar, as well as a large-screen TV, pool tables, and dart boards.

114 S. Elson St.


(660) 665-2760

Dukum Inn

The Dukum Inn is the main bar students frequent. According to its website, Dukum features the largest selection of beers in Northeast Missouri. There are also plenty of budget-friendly drink specials (Drinkin' with Lincoln) and musical events. There is karaoke on Wednesdays.

111 S. Elson St.


(660) 665-9764

Student Polls

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 0% Tuesday
  • 0% Wednesday
  • 11% Thursday
  • 89% Friday
  • 0% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 30 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 28 responses

  • 64% Walk.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 36% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 21% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 56% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 15% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 9% Parties? What parties?

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 9 responses

  • 54% It all depends on who you know.
  • 15% Bohemia, Phi Sig Chapter House
  • 15% Pi Kappa Phi Chapter House
  • 15% Delta Chi - Kimball's

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 10 responses

  • 80% Reading Day Eve
  • 10% Phi Sigma Kappa Homecoming
  • 10% Boys' Bid Night
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