This is a gay bar, but it's open to everyone. Diesel is a fun place to dance, no matter your sexual orientation. There is a screen that takes up the entire wall behind the bar that shows music videos of the songs that are playing. Some nights there are drag shows, which everyone should experience at least once.
629 Main St.
The Basket Case
This is a fun little bar a few blocks from campus in an alley that many students don't know about. There is karaoke every night and cheap drinks. However, it gets really crowded sometimes, so you can't always sit down at a table. You'll see a lot of townies here.
610 W. Main St.
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
There's another BWW in The Shoppes at Grand Prairie Mall, but the East Peoria location is closer to Bradley—it's just a five-minute jaunt across the bridge. This sports bar has great wings and decent drink specials. You'll see a good number of Bradley students here, especially if there's a big game on TV.
Crusens is another Bradley staple. The college crowd hangs out here almost every night of the week. There are good food and drink specials. You won't be able to graduate from Bradley without going to Crusens.
2117 W. Farmington Road
Hoops Pub & Pizza
Hoops has awesome pizza and affordable drinks. This is a nice spot to start your night on the town. It's a narrow bar, so it feels more claustrophobic than it really is, but it's a good place for pizza and a beer.
Jimmy's is split between an inside room and a semi-outside room. It's crowded with Bradley students on the weekends, and it's a fun stop if you're on Farmington Road, especially during the warmer months. But watch out: The drinks are strong.
2801 W. Farmington Road
Kelleher's Irish Pub & Eatery
Kelleher's is set in a quaint old building on Water Street. The Irish pub offers a huge number of beers. Bradley students don't crowd this place, so it's great for a quiet dinner and a drink.
Sully's Pub & Café
This place has a sports-bar feel, so it's a great place to come watch a game. It also has some good pub food, like wings and sandwiches. This is popular among the college crowd.
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Go to parties at your own risk or abstain from alcohol until you're legal. Almost every bar cards, and fake IDs don't fly. If you're not into drinking, all campus events are alcohol-free, and people actually go to them. As far as underage places go, there aren't a ton of options that aren't full of high school students, aside from restaurants, movie theaters, and bowling alleys (all of which are a good time).