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Primary Areas with Nightlife
Other Places to Check Out
The Spoke and Rim Tavern
- Black Fly Coolers: Located in the heart of downtown London, Black Fly Beverage Company is Ontario's first micro-distillery. Black Fly coolers can be purchased at LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) liquor stores around Ontario and come in interesting flavors like strawberry rhubarb and black currant blueberry.
- Ceeps Platter: The Ceeps has a beer special on Saturdays that's a staple for a genuine Western student experience. Patrons get a platter of 25 beers for $50, with the infamous Ceeps brew. It's a fun novelty to share with friends on a wild night!
Favorite Drinking Games
- Beer Pong
- Flip Cup
- Never Have I Ever
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
On Saturdays, the Ceeps offers the Ceeps Platter: 25 beers for $50. On Tuesdays at Jack's, tequila shots are $2.
The Purple Spur Society is UWO's go-to social club. They hold bar events, cottage weekends, and ski trips to give Western students social opportunities throughout the whole year!
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Lavish is known to attract members of the GLBT community. As a reputable gay club (especially on Saturday nights), Lavish capitalizes upon its inclusive environment with a massive dance floor and fun music. It's a dressier venue with distinct areas for dancing and socializing.
The London Tap House
The London Tap House is hit or miss among Western students. There's a huge dance area that plays regular Top 40 songs, but it often becomes cramped as the night progresses, due to circulation issues. Students have free cover on Thursdays, just by showing their Western ONECard, which helps alleviate the cost of this generally pricey venue. Tap House has a strict dress code and is considered to be one of the classier clubs in London.
Up on Carling
By spinning house and hip-hop music, Up on Carling offers music alternatives to the regular Top 40 hits of other clubs. The club's dress code coincides with an emphasis on VIP service, which includes limousine pickups and a private escalator entrance to the venue. With lots of space for dancing, plus a wine room and a patio, there are many places to keep occupied at Up on Carling. Since it's located further down the main hub of Richmond Row, it can sometimes attract a crowd outside of Western students.
Newly opened in 2010, Club Rouge offers a massive space for students looking for a dressy night out. The venue was originally a strip club prior to its recent renovations, and one of the stripper poles remains in the bar for people to dance on. With a heavy emphasis on bottle service through its extensive VIP section, the club is pretty expensive for typical student budgets. Rouge's most popular night is Thursday, where hour-long lines begin for those who get there past 10:30 p.m. DJs vary from night to night, but there is a general favoritism towards Top 40 remixes.
29 Park is located about two blocks off of the Richmond Row hustle, and it may not be worth the travel. A few years ago, 29 Park was the club to be at, but now with the opening of new clubs, it has gone downhill in popularity. 29 Park generally plays Top 40 remixes and other techno hits that encourage the use of its dance floor. The venue is spacious, and many campus group events will rent out 29 Park for semi-formals.
The Barking Frog
Without a doubt, the Barking Frog is UWO's top choice for an upscale bar night. The Frog has four separate rooms (each with a bar) and a large dance floor that always plays top hits. The club always features drink specials, dependent on the night, and attracts a Western-heavy crowd almost every night of the week. The Barking Frog also has a massive patio that's popular in the summertime and also heated in the colder months.
Club Mansion has risen to be one of the most popular clubs among Western students. With a strict dress code, Mansion offers a true club experience. The club accents its special events section and is a great spot for getting bottle service with your friends. There is also a massive dance floor with consistently great tracks. For a classy night on the town with your buddies, Mansion is definitely the place to be.
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Molly Bloom's Irish Pub
Molly Bloom's is a rowdy pub that often features live music. The bar is especially busy on Saturdays and, of course, St. Patrick's Day. With an older crowd and lots of seating areas, it's a great place to go for a casual night with your buddies. Molly's also holds karaoke nights on Mondays.
Generally attracting an adult crowd, Joe Kool's has slowly been gaining popularity among students for the past few years. On weekends, the bar is known to have a long line. As a plus to your Joe Kool's experience, there are some great live music acts!
Winks' name is deceptive. Although the venue holds an awesome, cheap breakfast and a great menu, it's also a happening pub at night. Sunday karaoke nights and tons of television screens make Winks a nice alternative to a typical club.
The Runt Club
This gem of a club is a great place for watching sports games. The Runt Club is tucked away on Albert Street and generally attracts an older crowd. The bar is cozy and located inside of what was most likely an old house. Predominantly playing classic rock and alternative music, the Runt Club is a great destination for a casual date or a chill night sharing a pitcher with your friends. The place also has a popcorn machine going all night! Who doesn't love free snacks?
Jim Bob Ray's
Affectionately nicknamed as "Rim Job's" by students, JBR's is a relatively seedy venue where Western kids go for a sloppy night. Jim Bob Ray's is known for attracting a younger crowd, many of whom can often be found dancing on a pole on stage or on one of the many tables scattered around the bar. The bar plays a conglomeration of hip-hop and Top 40.
Call the Office
Operating since the late 1860s, Call the Office is the best place to catch up-and-coming indie bands perform live. As one of the few places in London that reputably attracts a hipster crowd, preppy Western students will seldom be found at Call the Office. Many underground bands stop at CTO while touring between Detroit and Toronto. Indie music fans will love Call the Office's intimate venue, which allows for interactions with musicians before and after the show. Along with its affordable drinks, Call the Office is a great spot for students who want a break from the Western bubble.
On the first sunny day of April, it's a sure bet that UWO students are heading to Barney's. As an affiliate bar of the Ceeps, Barney's offers a massive patio with many drink specials. The venue is the ultimate celebrator of the summer months, and it usually starts filling up around 3 p.m. The patio bar plays Top 40 music in the background, but real noise comes from socializing with the multitude of students basking in the sunshine.
671 Richmond St.
Jack's is one of the most popular bars among Western students. With nights like Tequila Tuesday and infamous Monday Funday night, Jack's always offers great specials with drinks costing around $2. The place is jam-packed on busy nights and often has a line starting around 10 p.m. Jack's is a casual atmosphere that offers a rowdy dance floor and a relaxed upstairs with live music, to bring patrons the best of both worlds.
539 Richmond St.
As London's only country bar, Cowboys attracts a variety of people. The venue is massive and is often the destination for bachelorette and birthday parties. With a mechanical bull for a country western feel, Cowboys is known for balancing both country and Top 40 hits.
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Go to the bar! The legal drinking age in Canada is 19, so everyone can join in on the nighttime fun!