8 Things to Do in Tempe at Night for College Students

Summer is winding down and that means it’s time to start thinking about school again and there’s no doubt that Tempe, Arizona, is one of the hottest college towns in the U.S. (both literally and figuratively)!

Whether you’ll be starting your first year of college at Arizona State University (ASU) in late August, trying to stave off impending senioritis as a 4th year, or you’re still trying to decide why you should study in the US, Tempe doesn’t disappoint.

Let’s look at eight ideas for things to do in Tempe at night—including the best bars, great places to eat, where to dance the night away, as well as some low-key options for those who don’t crave the wild nightlife.

So, go on, take notes and surprise your friends with an itinerary of things to do in Tempe at night that’ll guarantee you the spot as “social chair” of your group!

1. Literally Never Miss Another Happy Hour Again at the “Wildest, Most Fun Bar in Tempe”


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There are absolutely ZERO excuses to miss another happy hour if you’re in search of fun things to do in Tempe at night. Monkey Pants Bar & Grill is conveniently located on Mill Avenue near ASU and is home to a happy hour for the books with a 7-day-a-week, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. HH (yes, you read that right). But that’s not all this quirky bar is known for! Monkey Pants also hosts an array of super fun events like karaoke every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; and trivia every Thursday night for all you brainiacs out there.

Let loose at this local favorite and enjoy some delicious happy hour grub, non-pretentious drinks, and activities galore post-class. Cheers!

2. It’s a Vibe at Casey Moore’s Oyster House


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This classy (and perhaps haunted) joint is located in a historic house built in 1910 and boasts the best seafood in Tempe. If you’re craving a classy dinner, then head upstairs to eat in the dining room, but if you’re okay sitting at the bar or out on the lush patio, stay downstairs for a genuine Irish pub setting where a good time is a guarantee.

Casey Moore’s is known for their hospitality and welcomes students with open arms. This is one place you must visit if you’re looking for things to do in Tempe at night after class since this restaurant and bar is just a hop, skip, and jump away from the ASU campus.

3. It’s Game-On at Culinary Dropout at the Yard


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Culinary Dropout at the Yard has the recipe down for a good time out if you’re looking for fun things to do in Tempe at night. If you’re into gastro pub-style food like soft pretzels, fried chicken, and craft cocktails, plenty of backyard games (ping-pong anyone?), and even some live music, then this place just might be your new favorite.

4. Sip & See at Four Peaks Brewing Company

There’s a reason why this Tempe brewery is a local fav and it’s because they have really good, award-winning beer. If you’re 21+, this spot offers a diverse mix of cold brews and food like poutine and Peaks nachos. And did we mention they offer brewery tours every Saturday? See the magic take place for yourself as you venture through a real working brewery.

This local jaunt is also an awesome place to host your, say, college graduation party, since they rent event spaces. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves—the school year hasn’t even begun. Just remember, you have options!

5. Get Your Groove on at AURA Nightclub

Tempe is home to the hottest 18+ dance club! If you’re looking for something fun to do in Tempe at night, this is the place to see and be seen. You and your squad can dance the night away to the top club bangers across a 5,000 sq. ft. main room. And if you really want to level up your social life and you’re of-age, then book a VIP table any Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

6. Live It Up With Live Music at Yucca Tap Room

This bar has been a Tempe staple for 45 years! This low-key spot not only has live music almost seven nights a week, but it also has an interesting array of Asian-inspired food items and a tap list featuring beers from all over the country (and even a few international brews) that are sure to impress any beer connoisseur.

Take in a live show with yummy eats and drinks at a bar with an ultra hip feel. If you’ve been searching for something new and different to do in Tempe at night, then do yourself a favor and become a regular at this joint.

7. LOL at Tempe Improv


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Laughter really is the best medicine and makes for a much more enjoyable and stress-free Uni experience! Over the years, Tempe Improv has played host to numerous big-name acts and brings the funny with several stand-up comedy shows each week.

Treat yourself to some delish food and drinks (don’t forget to try the jumbo brownie for dessert) and blow off a little post-exam steam with some laughter with good friends.

8. Looking for Low-Key Things to Do in Tempe at Night? Keep It Casual With Bowling at AMF Tempe Village Lanes


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Not into the crazy nightlife and prefer something a little more chill? Bowling at AMF Tempe is a great alternative to the bars and nightclub scene. Grab a group of friends and Uber over for a fun night of bowling, good eats, and good drinks. This idea for a night out is a total strike in our books!

Have You Locked Down Your Student Housing in Tempe?

Now that you have a list of eight things to do in Tempe at night, there’s no excuse to not go out there and have an absolute blast at college! But do you know where you’ll be living during the school year? Unilodgers is dedicated to making sure you find the perfect apartment near Arizona State University, so you can focus on academics and making memories to last a lifetime. Be sure to check out all our Tempe student apartments for a variety of living options. Oh, and if you’re new to the U.S., be sure to review our crash course for adjusting to student life in the states. Get out there and enjoy all that Tempe has to offer! 

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