Hidden Gems of the PMU

The Purdue Memorial Union serves as the proverbial crossroads of campus. As students, we pass through it to save time, study in it to get good grades, and dine in the basement to stave off hunger. But there are other things to do in the Union that have nothing to do with food or studying at all. 

One such thing is bowling. Some students do not know about the Union Rack and Roll in the sub-basement. You can get to the bowling alley by going downstairs near the Purdue Shop and turning left. They’re open until midnight on weeknights and 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 

Another engaging activity offered at the Union is the 1869 Tap Room. The Tap Room is a traditional-style pub named for the year Purdue was founded. It serves as a nod to Indiana’s history with fermentation. In 1806 a settler in Indiana actually set up the first vineyard and brewery in the United States. The Tap Room is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

There are other activities offered that do not require payment. One such example is the Union South Tower. Unless there is an event scheduled, students actually have access to the tower and can spend time up there. The room itself is rustic, spacious, quiet, and the view is breathtaking. To access the tower, go to the second floor and find the door labeled “SOUTH TOWER.” 

The Union is a valuable resource that should be taken advantage of.