One thing the majority of college students have in common: they’re broke. Another thing: they tend to enjoy a lively nightlife party scene. With an assortment of universities and colleges in the Tampa Bay area, many bars and clubs cater to their needs with drink specials and live entertainment. When school’s in session, here some of the better deals out there for the thirsty undergrads. Just be sure to have your college ID on-hand.
World of Beer
402 S. Howard Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 251-6800

The place that has just about any beer readily available allows college kids to drink at half price on select draft brews every Wednesday, as long as they flash their college ID. And students don’t even have to sweat scrounging up money for a cover charge. As such, Wednesdays have been dubbed WOB University, and the bar will occasionally have a live musical act playing. Even college faculty can take advantage of the offer that runs from 9 p.m. to close at all their locations. With cheap beer and good music, this is a place where both teachers and students can have a good time and bond over some great beer.

Tabu Ultra Lounge
1611 E 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 486-5320

This wild college night adds some flavor with Jello fights. There’s no cover and guests are treated to $3 vodka drinks, $2 beers and young co-eds rolling around in a kiddie pool full of the jiggley stuff, just by showing up. VJ Hill and DJ Redness will pump some top 40, hip-hop and electronic sounds throughout the joint. Even if you’re not of legal drinking age, everyone ages 18 and up are welcomed to take-in the rowdy atmosphere taking place on Thursday nights.

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Double Decker
1721 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 248-2099

This self-proclaimed lone German bar in Tampa features a Thursday College Night that provides hard-working students with karaoke and 2-for-1 drafts all day and night. Plus, there’s no cover, so you can save your money for more drinks! All the typical bar staples can be found at Double Decker, including pool tables and dart games stuffed into this long-running watering hole in Ybor City. If you venture upstairs to the second bar, every now and then a flip cup or beer pong game will be going on, and the just-as-ready-to-party bartenders may even play with you.

Social Club
1909 N. 15th St.
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 242-2717

This hotspot hosts the area’s only gay collegiate night. You don’t need to pay a cover and Social Club serves up free drinks from 9–11 p.m.; followed by $1 drinks from 11–midnight. But that’s not all––$2 drinks run from midnight to close for those who like to close the club down. Beer pong is often played and there’s even an amateur drag contest at 11 p.m. Drinking games, drag queens and cheap drinks make Social Club the place to be on collegiate night.

Hyde Park Cafe
1801 W Platt St.
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 254-2233

Even though this particular college night technically only benefits the ladies, fellas––at least you’ll know where they’ll be, right? At Hyde Park Cafe, lady college students drink free on Thursday night from 10 p.m. to midnight on select draft brews, specialty cocktails and the Cruzan flavor of the month. As for the guys, there’s usually a $5 cover. Most people usually get dolled up to enter this venue in South Tampa, but don’t let that fool you; a decent amount of drink prices are college-friendly, and this place has three rooms that should be able to please both the clubbers and the chillers.

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