Although Cleveland State, Case, John Carroll, and many other colleges can be found in and around the Sixth City, Cleveland isn’t necessarily thought of as a college town. While these metropolitan campuses mainly enroll students who commute, and many of the college students end up partying at clubs with college-aged non-students. The end result? A packed, diverse college nightlife that rocks the walls of many downtown clubs. Check out these hotspots where co-eds like to party the night away.
1204 Old River Road
Cleveland, OH 44113
The raging party that was Bar Room on Thursday nights has now moved to Earth Nightclub. DJ E-V hosts College Thursdays at this nightclub, which has hosted celebs like Jadakiss, Bone Thugs, Mike Epps and Fabolous. Earth has a capacity of nearly 1,000, but has known to go over that, so expect the place to be packed with people ready to party. Past college night themes have included Summer Rush, where bar goers came decked out in their finest swimwear, a “Rock of Ages” movie release party with 80s gear, and a “Men In Black 3” party with movie ticket giveaways. Earth Nightclub is 18 and up, but no college ID is necessary.
B-Side Liquor Lounge
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
“The Get Up!” is B-Side’s Sunday nighttime indie dance party featuring guest DJs and bands. It draws a large college crowd, especially for a Sunday. The drinks at B-Side are always affordable, making it the perfect place for budget-conscious co-eds, and the indie dance music keeps everyone bouncing. B-Side is also a great place to people watch––you’ll find a mix of people on the dance floor for an entertaining evening.
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City & East
2781 Euclid Heights Blvd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
This hookah bar can get extremely crowded on “International Friday.” City & East is always free cover for anyone over 21 and over, but Fridays are the one night 18 year olds are allowed in, making it a popular college night. If you can, get a table so the server can bring you your drinks. Otherwise, you will have a heck of a time getting to the bar.The DJs vary, but the music generally includes dance, house and some pop.
1 W Exchange St.
Akron, OH 44308
If you’re in Akron on a Thursday night, Lux is the place to be. Touted as Ohio’s biggest college party, thousands of co-eds come out to dance the night away weekly. The music includes top 40, hip-hop, and pop, and the dance floor is always crowded. Another bonus for the college kids? Lux houses Rubber City Grill, a pizza and sub joint that stays open until 4 a.m. Get there early to avoid long lines. All 18 and uppers are welcome, but there is a discount at the door if you present a college ID.
7200 Whipple Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44720
Sadie Rene’s provides a break from the usual suspects in downtown Cleveland. This bar features indie acts, DJs and cover bands, depending on the night of the week. Saturdays are popular due to the $1 jello shot and $1 test tube shot specials.Other specials include Live music Fridays, Electric Jam Wednesdays and Female Revue Thursdays. Every night is 18 and up.
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Brownie Marie is a freelance writer covering all things Cleveland. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.