Now reading other reviews recomending that people go to Chicago for nightlife is a no brainer. If you are here visting friends or on buisness you can have a real good time here, the people here are very nice and to have a really good time it is very inexpensive. I live in South Beach, Miami Fl, lived in many metro cities around the US that are considered hot spots great for a party. P-town is a smaller town but you can't expect those cities to be Peoria, it's completely mad. There is some good bars my fav is the irish bar by the riverfront, it's basically what you make it when your here. Don't get me wrong you couldn't pay me to live here but the people are great and you can have a great time here if you choose to!
Dress Code: Jeans and a nice shirt
Hello! For people who live in Peoria and THINK that they have to go to Chicago to have a good time, I have one word of advice for you: Go. Personal opinion is that you take happiness to a place with you, a place cannot bring you happiness. So if you can't have a good time in Peoria, I don't see you having much more fun in Chicago. But I'd rather you let THOSE people down than us. For those of you who can stay here and have fun; read on. Peoria is a small town, but the amount of entertainment is big time. Bars ranging every style, 2 comedy clubs, restaurants galore, a beautifully restored riverfront, a symphony, opera troupe, too many theatrical companies to count...we've got it all! It's just a shame that some folks think they are too good to use it. GET OUT THERE, FOLKS! Turn off your Insight Cable and walk out your front door. You have a whole community waiting for you. If you tell yourself you'll have fun, you will. If you tell yourself Peoria is too small to have fun in, it is. It's up to you.
The bar scene in Peoria is quite good. You can go to a friendly neighborhood tap in jeans and a t-shirt, or you can go to a dance club in your latest get up. Or vice versa. I've done both, and more, and have had the time of my life in these bars. With the added bonus of NO traffic issues, cheap cab fare, way less chance of being mugged or raped, and a relaxed dress code no matter where you are, small town party scenes are the best. Ok, it's a little slower through the summer with the absence of our Bradley students, but that's even OK, cause you can get a drink faster. Whatever. I guess I'm saying that fun is a mindset. No one in my large group of friends would say that they could not have fun at this place or that. That's why we hang. I hope some of you "big city snobs" can see the error of your ways and get your butts out on the scene...
Dress Code: Even at the nicest restaurant in Peoria, or at the opera or symphony, jeans are allowed. Ok, it might be better if you didn't wear jeans, but they are allowed. I would suggest dressing for the occasion, but if you're more comfortable in jeans, wear them and be comfortable. As long as you're supporting Peoria, it's all good.
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I always thought of Peoria as some "small sleepy midwestern city", but after visiting it, I realize that I was quite mistaken.
Here are some of the places for entertainment, eating, drinking, listening to music available at night in this historic city:
Inplay at the Maxam at 316 W. Washington St. is a complex that includes an entertainment venue featuring the latest virtual reality games; Forte banquet and conference cent; ALOFT, a rooftop patio bar; and the MAXAM Grill restaurant.
Grand Prairie 18- Rave Motion Pictures is an 18-screen state-of-the-art movie theatre with party room and a variety of auditorium sizes for breakout groups!
Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane is a complex that features 12 GKC movie theaters, 50 fully automated bowling lanes, a racquet and health club, & a sports bar.
Brewster's Live is located at MAXAM, and it is Peoria's place for live comedy. They bring in some of the finest comics in the nation.
Par-A-Dice Hote and Casino at 21 Blackjack Blvd in East Peoria is a high-stakes casino with big six, craps, blackjack, roulette, multi-action blackjack, Caribbean stud poker, mini-baccarat, video poker and over 1,100 slots.
Peoria Civic Center at 201 S.W. Jefferson St. (see separate tip).
Corn Stock Theatre in Upper Bradley Park presents live theatre-in-the-round under a tent in Bradley Park
Opera Illinois produces three full-staged operas each year.
Peoria Ballet offers a season of dance performances.
Peoria Symphony Orchestra provides excellent performances of fine music in varied settings.
Dress Code: Sports include Peoria Chiefs Baseball, Class A, an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs; Peoria Pirates, United indoor Football League; and Peoria Rivermen professional Hockey Team.
Pubs are too numerous to mention. I know that I saw seven on Main street near our hotel.
Dress depends on the situation; use your common sense!
So, this "sleepy rivercity" is not so sleepy after all!
While the Peoria Symphony doesn't compare to those of larger cities, it's decent and puts on regular, well-priced performances. I went to several as a student. The orchestra also plays for the city's opera.
The Bradley University orchestra also plays regularly, is fairly good, and usually costs about $2. Check with the university for the schedule.
Dress Code: Semi-formal.
Nowhere. No one knows how to play music here and the selection of tunes is far worse than pathetic.
Pack your stuff and drive up to the Chicagoland area.
Let's see. A big sized city over-run by ego maniac police afraid to seize the true criminals in town. And not a single place to have fun dancing. Sad it is.
Dress Code: Who cares? There is no where fun to go out any way!
Night life is best enjoyed when hopping in to your car to go to Chicago. The police leave you alone up there, the disc jockeys there know how to do their job - - - playing music you can dance to and not screaming all night on the microphone and you can be rest assured of getting your money's worth in having a great time!
Like I said, go to Chicago.
Dress Code: Most places in Chicago are pretty relaxed and you can wear a nice pair of clean blue jeans. No t-shirts, though!