Here We Are Now, Entertain Us: Menlo’s Tavern Nights

-Maya Mogensen-

Tavern Night is an event hosted by the Student Union every other Thursday. Some may say that Tavern Night is a waste of time and resources. I, along with many others, believe that Tavern Night is truly beneficial to the Menlo Community because it provides free alcohol for those 21 and older, gives a venue for the socialization of the Menlo student body by having cool themed events and food, and sometimes even has spectacular attractions.

Bryce Etzler, a senior softball player, says that “tavern night is the best! I love the free alcohol and how it teaches smart drinking! Everyone has a great time.” The Student Union provides up to four beers, allowing students that are 21 and over to have one beer every 30 minutes, making drinking less about getting drunk and rapid consumption and more about developing smart drinking habits.

One notable event in the past was Western Night. Ashley Becker, a senior, says that her “favorite tavern night was the western themed event because they had a mechanical bull.” On that night, students dressed in plaid and boots and even had a line dancing section where students could learn how to line dance. They also brought in a mechanical bull where students, if they were brave enough, would try and stay on it for as long as possible.

Student leaders such as Student Government Association (SGA) and Resident Assistants (RAs) can coordinate with the Student Union in order to form bigger and more incredible Tavern Nights. There was a 90’s themed night where students brought back 90’s fashion trends like chokers and platforms for a night of fun. Regina Hernandez, Kratt 1st floor RA, who collaborated with the Student Union for this event, says that she “loves putting on events where people can dress up. It’s always fun to engage and have everyone have a good time while seeing people bond.”

Most recently, the Student Union and RAs hosted Casino Night, a traditional Tavern Night where students come and participate in games like Blackjack and Roulette and attempt to win as many chips as possible. Another one has been Mocktail night, an event where there are nonalcoholic drinks offered to students, and Sports Night where people donned their Bryant and Curry jerseys and played arcade games like Half Court Hoops. Idalis Rodriguez, a freshman soccer player, said that she “loves tavern night, especially Sports night, because it’s a way to get to know people.”

Tavern night is a great way to create or maintain relationships among upperclassmen and lower-classmen, as well as residents and nonresidents. It also provides a place for students to relax from the pressures of academic life while having fun.