Best Clemson, SC Nightlife

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    9. The Spot

    This popular gathering place on Ram Cat Alley sports a casual, laid-back vibe that's perfect for chilling out with friends, watching games on the tube, and sampling a bit of grub. The restored building that's home to...

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    8. Tiger Town Tavern

    One of Clemson's longest running and most popular bars, Tiger Town Tavern has been a College Avenue staple since 1977, when it took over the spot once occupied by the Red Carpet Lounge. For several years, TTT got by...

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    7. Wingin' It

    Just when town and gown thought Clemson'd lost all its good wing joints, Wingin' It swept in like fearsome fowl to ply downtown appetites with half and pound-size portions of superb specialty wings. From Carolina BBQ...

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    6. Nick's Tavern & Deli

    There's been a bar at this Sloan Street spot since the earliest days of disco, and for grad students, faculty, and over three decades of graduates, this is the closest thing to neighborhood pub Clemson has. The walls...

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    5. Sloan Street Tap-Room

    If you're looking for a bar with a pedigree, the Sloan Street Tap-Room may be right up your alley — after all, the owner's dad is none is other than the Legend himself, Coach Frank Howard, and another coaching...

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    4. 356

    Artsy and eclectic on the inside, this downtown bar offers cozy, upscale digs that are perfect for a date or gathering with a small group of friends. If a bite to eat is in order, their kitchen serves up a decent...

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    3. TD's Food & Drink

    Coming from central campus to downtown, TD's is the first bar you see because it occupies one of the most visible pieces of real estate in town. That said, TD's has been a popular gathering place for students since...

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    2. Backstreets Pub & Deli

    Located less than a block from College Avenue, Backstreets has always sported a rough-around-the-edges vibe that's made (and kept) it a popular gathering spot for Clemson's non-Greeks. Indeed, on any given night, you...

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    1. Esso Club

    Across from campus, this old service station has been serving beer "cents" before WWII. Once upon a time, it was the only place in town that sold beer, and its ingenious owners decided to build a bar area so regulars...

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About Clemson, SC Nightlife

The nightlife scene in Clemson, as you might expect, revolves around the ubiquitous college bar. Of course, where those going out in Clemson have an advantage over their peers in larger cities is that a large portion of the town's bar scene is clustered in the downtown area, particularly along College Avenue. Once, beer was the standard rate of fare at most bars – still is at the Sloan Street Tap Room – but today, most places like Tigertown Tavern and TD's offer the full monty. Because they cater to folks who live on student budgets, most of Clemson's watering holes fall into the laidback and casual category, and their prices reflect this as well. You can pick up a pitcher of brew at most places for less than $10, and covers to see live bands are rarely ever more than that. A bit outside of downtown but definitely worth the trip is the world-famous Esso Club, a converted gas station that seems to be everybody's favorite game day meeting place.

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