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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are pretty much the same thing at the same places with the same people. Greek life dominates the party scene, so usually there is either a frat lounge party or off campus house party every Friday and Saturday night. Some students also go out for what we call Wake Wednesday's, but honestly not that many people seem to go out on the weekdays. If you're into this type of party, then Wake is great! However if you don't enjoy these frat parties, other parties are near impossible to find unless there is a Barn party going on, which you have to pay around $7 for. I personally don't consider Wake to be a party school because parties are hard to find on the weekdays. People study hardcore on the weekdays, and then party hardcore on the weekends. Work Forest life: work hard, play hard!

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Wake is definitely a party school, which somehow isn't always the impression it gives off. Students here work really hard during the week, and then get hammered on the weekend. You don't necessarily have to get involved in this lifestyle, but finding other things to do on the weekends can sometimes be tough. However, I haven't really made the effort to find different things to do. If a student wants to go to parties and not drink, other students will not pressure that student into drinking. Greek life completely dominates the party scene, which is mostly fine, but non-Greek guys can have trouble getting into some parties. As a non-Greek guy myself, I have only ever had trouble getting into a party a couple of times at a maximum. The administration tries to keep parties on campus, but most students prefer to go to off campus house parties, which are typically more fun.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Lots of parties, very repetitive though

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Again...I am a divinity student so...

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Freshmen year, parties are an awesome way to meet people in a laid-back setting. It's fun and also feels like college.

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For freshmen and sophomores, Greek life dominates the nightlife, but once students turn 21, the options expand. Winston-Salem has made great strides in the past few years and has a decent downtown scene. Wake Forest has certainly helped by instituting downtown shuttles that go from campus to popular downtown bars. Aside from the bar and frat scene, there are some great art galleries and coffee shops to visit also. If you include all of the different activities and events on campus (as well as studying), you will be hard-pressed to be bored.

Probably the biggest complaint among students is that downtown Winston-Salem is not within walking distance. In fact, there is very little to walk to once you leave Wake's campus. Shuttles and the opening of Shorty's on campus has helped to improve the nightlife even with the absence of a true college town atmosphere like Chapel Hill or Charlottesville.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Burke Street
  • Deacon Boulevard
  • Fourth Street
  • Trade Street
  • University Parkway
Other Places to Check Out
  • Brew Nerds Coffee House
  • Deac 'N Dive
  • First Street Draught House
  • Sixth & Vine
  • West End Tap House
Local Specialties
  • Foothills Sexual Chocolate : This beer has its own release event in February each year when Foothills releases it for a limited time. This chocolate stout packs a punch but is well worth it.
  • Red Oak Beer: Red Oak Beer is a local beer, and it is delicious. The brewery is about 45 minutes east on Interstate 40, but it's well worth the trip.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Flip cup
  • Kings
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • www.dwsp.org
  • www.smittysnotes.com
  • www.triadnightlife.com
  • www.wakestudent.com
  • www.yelp.com
  • www.yesweekly.com
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
West End Opera House
Organization Parties
Organizations will sometimes rent out a bar or restaurant for a social event. This will be much easier with the creation of "the Barn" which will be an venue, on campus, to host events. Wake Forest also hosts different social events throughout the year. Some of the most popular ones are Shag on the Mag, Seize the Quad, and aWake All Night. Every two years, there is the President's Ball, which is hosted at LJVM Coliseum.
Did You Know?
  • Students who are under 21 can stay and participate in trivia at Foothills Brewing if they arrive before 9 p.m. and eat dinner.
  • If you are interested in artwork, Winston-Salem hosts many gallery hops. It is the North Carolina City of the Arts after all.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Therapy

411 N. Cherry St.

Winston-Salem

(336) 725.8818

therapyws.com

Platinum Nightlife

Platinum is a club that is gaining popularity and offers a refreshing departure from the bars that are popular with Wake students.

875 W. Northwest Blvd.

Winston-Salem

(336) 722-9023

www.platinumnc.net

Noma

Noma is a departure from other bars in Winston-Salem as it features a more trendy and modern decor. On the weekends, there is a DJ and offers one of the more "club-like" atmospheres in Winston-Salem.

321 W. Fourth St.

Winston-Salem

(336) 703-5112

www.noma-ws.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Recreation Billiards

Rec Billiards is a solid bar with (as its name implies) billiards. They have a good selection of beer on tap as well as a pretty cool "basement" area.

412 W. Fourth St.

Winston-Salem

(336) 725-6006

www.recreationbilliards.com

The Last Resort

The Last Resort is located on Deacon Boulevard near Wake's campus. It is a beach-themed bar and is a popular venue for student/Greek groups to host parties.

513 Deacon Blvd.

Winston-Salem

(336) 682-6332

www.thelastresortnc.com

West End Opera House

West End Opera House makes up for its shoddy appearance with strong, cheap drinks. On Thursday nights, Opera House is usually filled with Wake Forest students looking to start their weekend earlier. However, the crowd is usually an interesting mix of Wake Forest students and townies. They also have several dart boards and pool tables available.

853 Reynolda Road NW

Winston-Salem

(336) 721-0083

Shorty's Restaurant

Shorty's is a great place to get a beer (they have local beer and wine) or some food with friends after class. They have a great outdoor patio, which is great when the weather warms up in the spring.

Benson University Center (WFU)

Winston-Salem

(336) 758-4141

Finnegan's Wake

Finnegan's Wake is a favorite of Wake Forest students. Located on North Trade Street, Finnegan's offers a cozy bar, with a really nice patio in the back. The patio is great in the summer where you can grab a drink outside with friends.

620 N. Trade St.

Winston-Salem

(336) 723-0322

finniganswake.net

Burke Street Pub

Burke Street Pub is another popular bar with Wake Forest students. They have some pretty decent drink specials and an outdoor bar. Best of all, it is located right next to Burke Street Pizza where you can grab a great late-night bite to eat.

110 Burke St.

Winston-Salem

(336) 750-0097

Fox & Hound

Fox and Hound has $2 "pint night" on Tuesdays, but it is more of a generic sports bar that is not frequented by many Wake students.

367 Lower Mall Drive

Winston-Salem

(336) 722-6000

www.foxandhound.com

Foothills Brewing

Foothills Brewing, which is also a restaurant, is a popular spot for its Trivia Nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Be warned: While their local beers are delicious, the restaurant and drinks are quite expensive. Foothills can also be great for under-21 students who can participate in Trivia Night.

638 W. Fourth St.

Winston-Salem

(336) 777-3348

www.foothillsbrewing.com

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

Krankies Coffee

Krankies is a really interesting independent coffee house located downtown. It is a great place to study or hang out with free Wi-Fi and amazing coffee.

211 E. Third St.

Winston-Salem

(336) 722-3016

www.krankiescoffee.com

Grand Theatre 18

"The Grand" is the best movie theater in Winston-Salem. It has a wide array of movie offerings and really comfy seats. They do have student prices, so make sure to have your Wake ID.

5601 University Parkway

Winston-Salem

(336) 767-1310

www.thegrandtheatre.com

Carmike 10

Carmike is not as nice as The Grand, but is plenty affordable. They have special deals on Tuesdays, which can be great for a study break!

3640 Reynolda Road

Winston-Salem

(336) 922-1301

www.carmike.com

Student Polls

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 12 responses

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

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 46 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 36 responses

  • 17% Walk.
  • 3% Taxis.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 19% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 58% Use a designated driver.
  • 3% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 49 responses

  • 10% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 57% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 27% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 4% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 2% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 8 responses

  • 38% DKE beach party
  • 38% The President's Ball
  • 12% Shag on the Mag
  • 12% Whenever Greeks have their formals

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 15 responses

  • 58% Off campus frat parties
  • 26% House parties
  • 16% Lounge parties
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