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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: it's really easy to get around at western. The nightlife is okay, it can be great if you know the right people.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: fratville is the place to go for a party. Campus court as well, anything smaller you would have to know someone, that's why it's important to get to know people.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Everyone is accepting of your choices when it comes to parties.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are a variety of parties to go to.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is always a party somehwere near or on campus. Anything on campus is usually small due to campus PD, but fratville and houses near there and off Lafayette are great areas to walk to if you live on campus or near campus.

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Kalamazoo has a very active bar scene for students 21-and-up. Some of the best bars include The Grotto, Y-Bar, Shakespeare's Pub, the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, Waldo's, University Roadhouse, Wayside West, Monaco Bay, Wild Bull, and The Union. There are often tons of students spread out all across the area looking to have a good time, and they find it, too. There are also local movie theaters and a number of restaurants that offer specials and discounts for students.

Nightlife at Western is something special. On the weekends, there are parties all across the area. Fraternity Village and other streets around the area are filled with outgoing party-goers. If you're under 21, there's still plenty to do. A lot of underage students like to hang out at Wild Bull (until 9 p.m., when underagers are no longer allowed to frequent the establishment). Plus, there are often parties on campus where under-21 students can socialize and mingle.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • "Student Ghetto"
  • Downtown Kalamazoo
  • Frat Ville Apartments
  • Neighborhoods outside of campus
Other Places to Check Out
  • Big Deal's Sports Bar
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Gallagher's Eatery
  • Main Street Pub
  • Metro Nightclub
  • Old Burdick's Bar & Grill
  • Rugger's Up & Under
  • The Union
  • Y Bar
Local Specialties
Bell's Brewery: This is a brewery located in Kalamazoo. This beer is sold by many retailers in the area and across the country.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Flip cup
Useful Resources for Nightlife
The Kalamazoo Gazette (www.mlive.com/kzgazette)
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Depending on the night, there are different specials at bars all across town. Specials range from 50-cent beers to $1.25 shots and $3 you-call-its.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Wild Bull Saloon

There's frequently live entertainment at this venue. Plus, Thursday is "College Night."

139 S. Edwards St.

Kalamazoo

(269) 978-8451

www.wildbull.biz

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

University Roadhouse

The Roadhouse has late-night munchie specials, like Bell's battered corn dogs for $3.

1332 W. Michigan Ave.

Kalamazoo

(269) 345-7990

www.universityroadhouse.com

SkyDeck

This is a downtown rooftop destination that's closed during the winter. But when it's open, it's pretty sweet.

310 E. Michigan Ave.

Kalamazoo

(269) 384-6044

www.skydeck.biz

Wayside West

On Fridays, there are $1 pints and live music.

3406 Stadium Drive

Kalamazoo

(269) 375-1930

www.waysidewest.com

Waldo's Campus Tavern

"Study Hall" (e.g., happy hour) is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with $1 PBRs and $2.50 well drinks.

1408 W. Michigan Ave.

Kalamazoo

(269) 349-8674

www.waldoscampustavern.com

Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

The Beer Exchange features a variety of bottled beers from Arbor to Tri City.

211 E. Water St.

Kalamazoo

(269) 532-1188

kalamazoobeerexchange.com

The Grotto at Capone's

In addition to delicious pizza, the Grotto has daily specials, including $2.50 you-call-its on Saturday nights.

2636 W. Michigan Ave.

Kalamazoo

(269) 276-7000

www.thegrottoatcapones.com

Shakespeare's Pub

Every Monday, from 6 p.m. to close, there are $1.50 well drinks, $2.50 pints, $3 calls/top shelf, $4 specialty drinks/bombs, and $3 wings/$3 hot dogs with fries.

241 E. Kalamazoo Ave.

Kalamazoo

(269) 488-7782

www.shakespearespub.com

Monaco Bay Piano Bar & Grill

This is a cool piano bar and grill.

300 E. Michigan Ave.

Kalamazoo

(269) 384-6044

monacobay.biz

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

Wild Bull

Under-21 students are welcome until 9 p.m.

139 S. Edwards St.

Kalamazoo

(269) 978-8451

www.wildbull.biz

Rave Cinemas

180 Portage St.

Kalamazoo

(269) 381-5732

www.ravemotionpictures.com

Goodrich Kalamazoo 10

820 Maple Hill Drive

Kalamazoo

(269) 345-7469

www.gqti.com

Student Polls

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 99 responses

  • 39% Western Central weekend
  • 29% St. Patrick's Day
  • 9% Halloween weekend (thrusday thru sunday)
  • 8% Homecoming
  • 5% Weekends after Finals and Midterms
  • 5% House Crawl
  • 4% After any sporting event. Especially football

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 159 responses

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  • 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 160 responses

  • 8% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 46% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 26% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 12% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 8% Parties? What parties?
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