Norfolk isn’t too terribly dull, but at the same time, it doesn’t have an outstanding number of clubs and places for young college students to frequent—unless of course they are 21. There’s the Have a Nice Day Café that offers college night and places like Jillian’s, too—but if you’re underage, you might just want to try and find a cool club like the Wave, which every single person at Old Dominion knows of and probably frequents. At any rate, most of the better clubs require a car to get to, as no club is within walking distance from the campus. This might alienate half of the freshman population. But don’t despair—Fair Grounds, as well as a lot of other hotspots that don’t involve alcohol or cramped dance floors, are available for you on Colley Avenue.
Norfolk’s night scene would be greatly improved if there were closer clubs or a better variety. Most of them don’t play anything really underground—so a lot of times scenesters and club kids are stuck in the tedium of the ‘80s, ‘90s, or today. And most of the time, the clubs keep playing the same songs (the Wave is notorious for this, and so after a couple of visits it gets blasé). As for bars, they all close at 2 a.m., and that’s kind of dreary. But freshmen and sophomores should just stick in there for a couple more years—once they turn of-age, the activities they can engage in won’t be so limited to the haze of fraternity parties and ennui-inducing coffeehouse chats.