I live a few miles from an area with a cluster of restaurants and bars where friends frequently like to meet up. If I'm planning to go out drinking there with friends, I'll often Uber or just jump on the city bus line (this also saves me from dealing with the annoying parking situation in that area). It's like an $8 Uber ride, or a buck for the bus. It's a busy enough area that it's always easy to catch a cab home at the end of the evening if I don't catch a ride with someone else.
Of course, to gome's point, it's also nice to have a couple of bars within walking distance of home as well.