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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't know much about this. I'm a homebody so...

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: On-campus parties are a hit or miss. They can be fun, or they can be a typical night out on the weekend. However, nightlife is often repetitive and the campus security tends shuts down parties before midnight. Off-campus parties can be fun as well. There are a few bars in town.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Bates doesn't have fraternities or sororities, but really that doesn't slow Batesies down. We do have somewhat of a frat culture in that teams have houses that act just like frats in their party culture. I have never had to pay to get into a party or to have a drink, and parties are extremely inclusive. The only time I have ever been turned away is once because there was literally no more room in the house for more people. Batesies drink a lot and party a lot, but it's limited mostly to weekends and Thursdays, sometimes Wednesdays too. You have to want to Bates party scene to enjoy it... it's not too intense but still a lot of fun.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Bates is inclusive and fun! If you're a partier, there are parties. If you're not, there's plenty to do for you too and shouldn't be afraid of the nightlife scene. School events like dances and shows are huge, and can get pretty rowdy.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife at Bates is what you make of it. Because of our isolation and lack of nightlife in Lewiston and lack of Greek Life, it's not your typical college scene. That said, Frye street, our campus houses, is alive and loud Thursday-Saturday, as are many of the dorms, and parties are incredibly inclusive to everyone. If partying's not your scene, there are always concerts, shows, and other activities put on by the school, as well as plenty of students who prefer to stay in at night. Plus, since Bates is so small, when school committees put on events, EVERYONE goes and the atmosphere is nuts! As lame as it may sound to non-Batesies, school dances are the place to be, these aint your high school homecomings!


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  • 405th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 431st
    Best Drink Prices
  • 966th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jessie Sawyer
Farmington, CT
English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a Spanish minor
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Bates students have a number of different options when they want to get wild and crazy. By far, the most popular choice is on-campus parties. Because of Bates’ relaxed alcohol policy and the absence of frats or sororities, most parties take place in dorms, usually in the hallway, and involve a lot of beer pong and card playing. Off-campus parties are popular among upperclassmen because they grow tired of typical drunken freshman parties. Off-campus parties usually involve a number of different rooms in one apartment, which gives partiers the chance to move around and hang out with different groups of people. Carding tends to be strict in Maine, so only students who are over 21 can go into bars. Even people who are of-age tend to stay on campus when they’re drinking because the bars and pubs in Lewiston aren’t all that great. A few people will go to Portland on the weekends, where the bars are much better, and there are quite a few clubs worth going to, as well.

It’s safe to say that drinking dominates the social scene at Bates. The school organizes a number of chemical-free activities on the weekends, but these are usually sparsely attended. Alcohol is easy to get, and there’s never any trouble finding a party. Off-campus parties are better, but Batesies still show the same unhealthy attitude toward alcohol no matter where they are: it’s not worth drinking unless you’re going to get so plastered that you can’t count your toes. Many Batesies would rather sit in the hallway and drink a case of Milwaukee’s Best than go to a pub, have a few pints of Bud, and play some pool. Dorm damage on campus is high, and, in the past, students have been hospitalized for alcohol-related causes. Not all parties on campus send students to the hospital, but the trend on campus leans toward funnels, keg stands, and beer pong. Students who wish to avoid the party scene, however, are capable of doing so with little to no trouble.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Sabattus Street
Student Favorites
  • The Blue Goose Tavern
  • Gritty's
  • Guthrie's
  • Pub 33
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's
  • Del's Bar and Grille
Local Specialties
  • Allagash White Beer: Bates alumni Jason Perkins '97 is a 10-year veteran brewmaster at the Allagash brewery
  • Coffe Brandy: It's the most popular drink in Maine!
  • Gritty's Original Pub-style Beer:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong/Beirut
  • Card games (Kings, A$$hole)
  • Century Club
  • Flip cup
  • Newman Day
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
  • Thumper
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • The Bates Daily
  • The Daily Jolt
  • The Student
Closing Time
1 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Pub 33 on discount nights.
Organization Parties
Some organizations sponsor “unofficial” parties, advertised by word of mouth; plenty of students will show up, even those who have only the vaguest connections to the organization involved. Organizations often blue-slip lounges and register kegs for parties, usually charging students a minimal fee for a cup.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Pub 33

A few doors down from the Blue Goose, and about the same walking distance from campus, Pub 33 is a medium-sized bar with three pool tables and limited seating space. No dance floor here; Pub 33 is a favorite place to go to catch a game on TV and have a brewski! Wednesdays are karaoke nights and the occasional band will play on weekends. Batesies go on Thursday nights, when the pub sells Miller High Life for 75 cents. There are plenty of specials and a good selection on tap, though the Pub could certainly do better with their selection of mixed drinks. Batesies usually take up Pub 33 on weekdays for a lazy drink and good conversation. Food is also offered until closing-the jalapeño poppers are a must and aren't too spicy. On weekends, it's more of a pit-stop bar; you stop at Pub 33 before going to a Bates party.

33 Sabattus St.


(207) 786-4808

She Doesn't Like Guthries

More commonly known as Guthries, many Bates students will come to listen to live music, while eating a burrito or Panini and sipping a glass of wine or beer. Guthries is about a 20-minute walk from campus and is usually frequented earlier in the evening before going to the bars or Bates parties. Students have rented out the space in the past for birthday parties and live performances by Bates' student bands. Guthries is where you come for a relaxed evening with good friends, or to pre-game for a late-night party.

115 Middle St.


(207) 376-3344

The Blue Goose Tavern

Bates students have been frequenting the Blue Goose since the 1930s and it is a popular bar for Batesies to go to on Thursday nights. "The Goose," as it is known to all students, has been in the vocabulary of Batesies for almost four decades. It is a favorite venue for students who have just come of drinking age, seniors looking to find a nice place to hang out with fellow classmates, and visiting alumni. The Goose is a very tiny dive bar within walking distance of campus. The Goose offers ample discounts for college students on selected nights. There is no dance floor (just have a seat and enjoy the extremely cheap brew). There are two arcade machines and a foosball table. The Goose has been a Bates favorite for years; names of alumni from as far back as '86 can be found on the walls of the bathroom!

69 Sabattus St.


(207) 783-3287


Located over the bridge across the Lewiston-Auburn line, Gritty's is the place to go for a casual pint and dinner while watching a game or listening to a local band play. You can walk there in 40 minutes, though it is more convenient to drive there, especially at night. The pub brews its own beer, such as Original Pub Style, Best Brown Ale, Scottish Ale and Halloween and Christmas Ales around the holidays. Discounts are offered for food on certain nights, such as the Wednesday $5.99 burger special. Bates favorites include the sweet potato fries, spinach-artichoke dip, chicken wings and burgers. The macaroni and cheese is delicious, but order it without the jalapeño peppers if you don't like spice and be wary that "half" could fill two people.

68 Main St.


(207) 376-2739

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

Under-21s pretty much stay on campus, where there is no lack of free beer, especially for girls. Bars in Lewiston are really strict about carding people, since so many of the students at Bates are underage. However, occasionally The Goose doesn't card on weeknights if you look old enough. There aren't really any under-21 clubs in Lewiston, but if people are willing to go to Portland, the Industry is a decent nightclub for you youngsters.

Chase Hall Committee

The Chase Hall Committee offers several non-drinking activities for students, bringing musicians, hypnotists and comedians to campus. If you want to see a movie, but can't get off campus, the Filmboard shows recent movies for $1that may not even be on DVD yet; past films have included "The Dark Knight," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Superbad." A cappella concerts are popular, especially during Parent's Weekend and Winter Carnival; other than that, performances are limited. Bates also has a strong theater department that puts on main stage productions, one-acts, limited musicals and smaller productions that are all well-worth checking out.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 10 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 10 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 10% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 90% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% Parties? What parties?
  • 9% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 36% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 55% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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