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Party Scene


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4 College Junior

Party Scene: There are plenty of decent bars and clubs nearby.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There's always numerous parties to attend, both on and off campus, any thursday-saturday night. There are some weeks(finals week, away football weekends) which are not as big

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The best parties are at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: You can definitely find yourself a party here

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Full of lively people that just want to have a good time

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This school is known for its party scene. Students party until the sun comes up. The bars usually close at 2 a.m., but on Fridays, they don't close at all. Don't expect to go home and go to bed once the bars close-the party doesn't end. The bars allow students in as young as 19, but drinking is still prohibited. Fake IDs are popular, but watch out because the police are cracking down. The Strip and downtown offer numerous bars within walking distance of each other. The most popular places are the ones with the best bands, but word travels fast. After the bars close, the house parties open. Loud music and a bunch of cars tell you are in the right place for a party.

Most of the fraternities get bands that are popular among the students. These parties are free, and they're a perfect opportunity to dance and listen to your favorite music. Other organizations throw parties as well. Most house parties are thrown by a specific group or organization. If the party scene isn't for you, then try some of the coffee shops. They usually have live music as well, but at a low-key level. If you are itching to dance, you will have to drive to Birmingham because Tuscaloosa has no dance clubs, but there are always people dancing in the bars.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
Anyplace on the Strip or downtown
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Back Porch
  • Bad Ass Coffee Company
  • Buffalo Phil's
  • Cancun Mexican Restaurant
  • Cheap Shots
  • Hale's Tavern
  • Nick's in the Sticks
  • No Name Bar and Grill
  • Pepito's
  • The Station
  • The Yard
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Box Head
  • Card games
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • City Magazine
  • Flyers all over campus and on the Strip
  • Planet Weekly
  • The Strip newspaper
Closing Time
2 a.m. on weeknights Open all night on Fridays
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Harry's Bar Venue 1215
Organization Parties
There are over 200 organizations at UA, and many of them will rent out a restaurant or bar and throw private parties. The SGA and some of the other large organizations rent out bars and throw open parties to raise money, and they are usually packed. It is easy to find these parties. Flyers are usually up all over campus, so you are sure to see them.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Jupiter Bar & Grill

They host large music acts and show movies. Every night is a different party, from karaoke night to $1 dance night, there's always something different to do.

1307 University Blvd.

(205) 248-6611

Jackie's Lounge

Jackie's is one of the oldest bars in Tuscaloosa. It has a comfortable atmosphere with a mix of people.

2112 Bryant Dr.

(205) 758-9179

Innisfree Pub

This is an Irish-style pub that has Guiness and a lot of other good beers on tap.

521 Greensboro Ave.

(205) 345-1199


Wilhagan's is the perfect sports bar with big-screen TVs, more than a dozen pool tables, a wide variety of draft beers, and tasty food. Dart and pool tournaments are popular.

2209 4th St.

(205) 366-0913

Venue 1215

The Venue has a stylish interior and is a upscale nightclub. It is one of the Strip's good meeting places and has cheap drink specials.

1215 University Blvd.

(205) 366-1215

Mellow Mushroom

Mellow Mushroom has a covered patio, spacious dining rooms, a long bar, and plenty of TVs. They are famous for their pizza.

2230 University Blvd.

(205) 758-0112

Copper Top

The Copper Top's signature drink is a car bomb. You shouldn't leave the bar without trying one.

2300 4th St.

(205) 343-6867

The Booth

They offer live local bands and plenty of pool tables. Rumor has it that they have the coldest beer in town.

1201 University Blvd.

(205) 758-2428

4th and 23rd

This bar is a brick warehouse with a sizeable area for bands and dancing.

Corner of 4th St. and 23rd Ave.

(205) 248-0255

The Houndstooth

Multiple rooms serving a lot of people are full of TVs, games, pool tables, and a big, wrap-around bar.

1300 University Blvd.

(205) 752-8444

Harry's Bar

Opened in 1972 by UA football star Harry Hammond, the walls are covered with memorabilia. Harry's has live music almost every night.

1330 Hargrove Rd.

(205) 758-9332


This is one of the Strip's oldest bars. All you see is a door, but inside, it's full of music. College students usually refer to this bar as the "G spot," but it also has a reputation as being Greek.

1225 University Blvd.

(205) 391-2777

Student Polls

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 141 responses

  • 33% There are too many to list.
  • 18% Football tailgates
  • 18% Football season = band parties. Spring = Dartys.
  • 14% Only greek parties
  • 5% I don't go to parties
  • 4% Concerts
  • 4% Band Parties are my personal Favorite
  • 1% Faded to Black
  • 1% Marching Band Parties
  • 1% Mallet had the best themed parties hands down.
  • 1% The parties are all wack

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 219 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 214 responses

  • 20% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 57% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 15% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 3% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 4% Parties? What parties?


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