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1 College Senior

Nightlife: The social life here is truly awful.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife on weekends at Amherst for people under 21 pretty much consists of choosing whether or not to go to a party in the Socials (the suite-style dorms on east campus where most of the parties are held). For 21+, there are a few nice venues in the town of Amherst with good drinks/bar food/music etc. There are monthly school-sponsored dances, but other than that there's not a huge amount of variety in terms of the party scene.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's pretty tame around here, and parties get a little repetitive. There are 21+ bars and clubs, particularly in Northampton, but for most of your undergrad life you won't be able to get into the fun ones. School-wide parties thrown by student organizations are generally the best, since everyone comes and there's great music. UMass is really easy to get to and has large parties, but it's only easy to go if you know someone there. A lot of parties take place in the socials, but honestly these are not great. A lot of really drunk kids in a very small space with bad music- if this is your scene, perfect. If not, and you love to party, you probably want to go somewhere else.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 487th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 886th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 971st
    Best Drink Prices

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lem Atanga McCormick
Chicago, IL
Pre-Med (Biology and French)
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Amherst students have to fend for themselves as far as partying and drinking are concerned. Having realized, somewhere in the 19th century probably, that the unstylish town of Amherst will not bring salvation to hedonistic and fun-loving hearts, students have taken it upon themselves to learn the much sought-after skill of party-throwing. Over the generations, alumni have passed it on to current students, seniors to freshmen, until we got to where we are today. Amherst nightlife is becoming quite fashionable. During weekends and some weekdays, parties happen all over the school, and all you have to do is get the weekly lowdown from friends and start hiking from dorm to dorm. So-Co (the Social Council) organizes theme parties, all of which seem to involve crazy dancing and no alcohol.

Outside of the College, however, things are bleak. There are several bars in the town of Amherst, which some seniors and upperclassmen frequent. The bars offer a place to chill in peace. Dance clubs do exist in Northampton, but very few Amherst students ever go due to the distance, students’ laziness, and the fact that large parts of the Amherst student population hang out close to home. Students at Smith and Holyoke usually get bored pretty fast with their parties, and many of them come to Amherst College for a good time. Even UMassers, who live in the loudest and raunchiest place in the area, sometimes choose Amherst on weekends. In short, if you come to Amherst, you’ll be partying mostly close to home.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Student Favorites
  • McMurphy's
  • Monkey Bar
Other Places to Check Out
  • 5 College parties
  • UMass frats
Favorite Drinking Games
  • 7-11 Doubles
  • Flip Cup
  • Kings #1
  • Power Hour
Useful Resources for Nightlife
The Daily Jolt (
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Drinks are free at almost all parties at Amherst College.
Organization Parties
The Social Council is a committee of students entrusted with Amherst College funds for the purpose of organizing awesome parties, and they usually succeed amazingly in that. The only drawback is that these are college-sponsored, and so no alcohol is served. Amherst students also keep their weekend interesting by organizing their own parties. Sports teams, a cappella groups, the debate team, and virtually all student clubs host parties. The student club hosting the party will usually supply the alcohol. Sorm residents often join to organize a party in their dorms. Theme house and social dorm residents (see the Campus Housing section) excel in this. These parties, too, have plenty of alcohol.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Mc Murphy's Uptown Tavern

There are live acts, including good Amherst student bands.

37 N. Pleasant St.

(413) 253-0170

Monkey Bar & Grill

Popular among students and faculty.

63 N. Pleasant St.

(413) 259-1600

Amherst Brewing Co.

There's live entertainment on Friday and Saturday.

24 N. Pleasant St.

(413) 253-4400

The Harp

There's an Irish atmosphere with 16 beers on tap and live bands.

163 Sunderland Rd.

(413) 548-6900

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Go to a college party and drink all you want.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 11 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 12 responses

  • 17% There are no good options.
  • 0% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 17% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 67% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 0% Parties? What parties?
  • 23% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 46% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 31% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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