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Local nightlife for college students

Local nightlife for college students

Red Brick is a good place for 21 and older students looking for a place to dance until they need Gatorade.


POSTED August 19, 2013 12:00 p.m.

When one thinks of a hopping nightlife, Turlock isn’t exactly the city that comes to mind. Rooted deep in a tradition of agriculture and suburban lifestyles, the almond capital of the world hasn’t been traditionally known for a good place to paint the town red.

However, this dynamic is changing. Downtown is getting busier, music seems a little louder and a youthful sense of carelessness tends to take over the town when Friday night rolls around.

And who are the people fueling this new wave of nightlife shenanigans? Mostly, the town’s 7,000 university students.

So, where exactly do these adventure seeking students head when they’re looking for a good time? Well, here are a few places that made our list of nightlife hotspots in Turlock:

1.)  Red Brick Cafe, 153 S. Broadway, open 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday and 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Saturday:  A good place for 21 and older students looking for a place to dance until they’ll need Gatorade. This is the place to be. Coupled with gourmet food and music all night, the Red Brick Cafe has quickly emerged as the go to destination for dozens of college students every night.

Kanwar Dhaliwal, a senior at CSU Stanislaus, is a frequent visitor of Red Brick, and plans on keep going back.

“It's not your run-of-the-mill bar,” said Dhaliwal. “With new renovations, it really opens up the space to dance and move freely amongst the crowd.”

2.) X hale Hookah Lounge, 121 W. Main St., open 7 p.m. to 12:20 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and Sunday, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday: Although hookah may not be everyone's cup of tea, Xhale Hookah Lounge in Turlock has proven to be a smoking hot spot for college students looking for a more relaxed style of fun. The Main Street lounge offers a variety of different hookah flavors and is right next to other eateries and bars. Shiva Niakan, a senior at CSU Stanislaus said the relaxed environment and overall chilled out vibe make Xhale the place to be for any wandering college student looking for something to do.

“It’s more of a social place,” he said. “There is a chilled out vibe where people can share conversations instead of having your voice drowned by distracting music."

3.) Staley's, 426 E. Main St., open 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Sunday: Staley's Bar and Grill is another serious contender for one of the best bar scenes in Turlock. Being one of the oldest bars in the area, Staley's offers all you can hope for in a small town dive bar — cheap beer, heavy pours, friendly regulars, and no pretense. The bar has a dedicated following. Come  Saturday night you can find the bar filled with college students looking for a night memories. If it is anything, this small town bar screams good times. 

“Staley's provides a place for young adults to go out with their friends and have a good time in a controlled and safe environment where they can enjoy their nights not feeling like they live in the middle of nowhere,” said Alyssa Aqueche, senior at CSU Stanislaus. 

The list doesn't just end there. There are plenty of other nightlife spots in Turlock  including the Grizzly Rock Cafe, Vintage Lounge, Dust Bowl Brewery and 10 East are all great places to head out on any on any given weekend night. So, if you’re a wide eyed freshmen or a seasoned senior, Turlock nightlife is probably for you.

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