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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are many things to do on campus, but you have to know the right people to go to different houses. Normally the best option is to make a lot of friends at different fraternity houses to get invited to all of their parties and events.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: You can definitely find places to party if you want to, but if that's not your thing, there are also lots of options for you.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's definitely not a state school party scene, but at Valpo wherever you go (and whatever you do) it's safe. We are a tight community and we take sexual abuse very seriously. Where I have been has not been too scary or intimidating, upperclassman like to have a good time with all Valpo students.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Most are pretty low key. Not a lot happens at them. There have been a few that were kind of crazy, but nothing too major.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The parties at Valparaiso University are a great way to spend time with friends and relax after a stressful week of school. The drinking is kept to a minimum and students seem to enjoy just being around each other and dancing. Most of the parties take place at frats and are really fun!


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Nightlife at Valpo mostly revolves around the house parties and frat parties that are held throughout the week. A limited number of students go to the bars on a regular basis, but once you reach that golden age of 21, you will go... at least once. There are not a lot of options for bars around Valpo, but they are frequently visited by some Valpo students. They are sometimes smokey and crowded, so most people drink at home or at house parties.

Frat parties, on the other hand, are held often for students at campus. The most popular are the non-alcoholic dance parties that many students attend. There's a small cover charge that goes towards a philanthropy. Otherwise, there are the typical small gatherings at frats or off-campus houses that entertain many Valpo students. Most of the frat parties are overrun with freshmen and Greeks. Few non-Greek or non-freshmen take the time to head to the frat houses for a party.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown Valpo
  • In town
Student Favorites
  • Brewski's
  • Northside Tap
  • Pastimes
Other Places to Check Out
  • Buddy and Pal's
  • El Salto
  • Martini's
  • Pepe's
Local Specialties
  • Goose Island:
  • Old Style:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beirut/Beer Pong
  • Flip Cup
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
3 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Pepe's on Tuesdays
Organization Parties
Many campus groups throw the occasional party, but campus rules about alcohol make this tricky. VISA holds dance parties on a regular basis, but as far as off-campus parties are concerned, you’d most likely have to hit up the frats.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Northside Tap Bar & Grill

Northside is often referred to as the `townie bar,' meaning that most of its patrons tend to be locals, but many VU students head to Northside because it has great prices. You must be 21 to get in, and the carding policy is pretty strict. Northside also has live music from time to time, and they do serve good bar food and appetizers. There is no cover and parking is free.

712 Calumet Ave.

(219) 465-0885


Probably the best bar food for miles! Pastimes is more like your average Irish pub than a bar. This is the choice for students who want to go out and drink with friends but also have some quality food and conversation. It's quieter and more sophisticated than the other places.

175 Lincolnway

(219) 462-3786

Bin Willy's

Bin Willy's serves food, as well as being a local student bar. They host a DJ, as well as live bands on the weekends, and offer great specials.

3530 Calumet Ave.

(219) 477-6778

Duffy's Place

Duffy's is not the first choice for students on a regular basis, but it has a large beer garden area open in the spring that is often used for Senior Week activities or welcome-back bashes.

1154 Axe Ave.

(219) 462-1057

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

Frat parties

Best thing to do when you're under 21 is to go to the frats.

Mound or nearby



There's always a movie on, and it's a popular place to go for those who don't want to partake in drinking festivities.

700 Porter Vale's Rd



Student Polls

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 0% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 0% Tuesday
  • 0% Wednesday
  • 0% Thursday
  • 25% Friday
  • 75% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 52 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 38 responses

  • 45% Walk.
  • 3% Taxis.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 13% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 34% Use a designated driver.
  • 5% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 48 responses

  • 2% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 6% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 65% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 12% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 15% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 16 responses

  • 62% Homecoming
  • 19% Greek formals
  • 12% None
  • 6% Holidays

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 14 responses

  • 100% Fraternity Houses
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