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3 College Junior

Nightlife: On campus parties are popular for underclassmen. Off campus housing has better scene. Only two bars nearby really but Boston is close.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Parties are a normal part of college life. But there are also great sports events to take part in if you don't want to party. Bars off campus such as Mary Anne's are a part of campus culture. Transportation is great BC has buses, Uber is accessible, and taxis are always available.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: I don't really party a lot, but it's very easy to find a part on campus and off-campus.

2 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: If you are under 21 it sucks - Boston is a tough town for under 21 nightlife and they are really strict about fake IDs.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 136th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 923rd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1235th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samantha Durant
Cheshire, CT
Communications with Women's Studies minor
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Freshmen and sophomores can have a hard time finding quality parties at BC. The BCPD cracks down pretty hard on underage drinking, so dorm parties don’t really happen. Once you’re 21, though, a new world can open up to you. Mary Ann’s is the local watering hole where everyone goes for a beer, and CitySide and Roggie’s come up as close contenders. Harvard Avenue is only a $10 cab ride or a cheap T ride away and boasts six or seven mediocre to fairly great bars for the average Joe.

Big spenders can hit up downtown, where a cab can cost you anywhere between 20 and 30 bucks. Definitely fill up the cab with all of your pals, so you can split the costs. Fanieul Hall has literally hundreds of great spots, but you probably won’t run into anyone you know other than the people you came with—which can be refreshing some nights! No matter what you are looking to do, you’ll be able to find it somewhere.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Harvard Avenue
Student Favorites
  • Mary Ann's
  • Roggie's
Other Places to Check Out
  • CitySide Bar & Grille
  • The Green Briar
  • Joey's
  • The Kells
  • The Last Drop
  • Roggie's
  • Who's on First
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beirut
  • Century Club
  • Flip cup
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
1 a.m.–2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Mary Ann’s
Organization Parties
There aren't many organization parties on campus, although there are a few school-sponsored dances that often offer a bar to those who are 21+. If you are looking for some nightlife activities that don't revolve around drinking, check out Boston College's Nights on the Heights website ( for a listing of campus-sponsored events.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Mary Ann's

Mary Ann's is a college dive in the best sense of the word. All of the finances not wasted on decor or keeping the place clean are instead funneled into keeping the beer cheap, making Mary Ann's not only the most popular BC hangout, but also the cheapest place around to get a drink.

1937 Beacon St.


T's Pub

T's is more of a Boston University hangout than a BC one, which makes sense, given that it's dead in the middle of BU's west campus. It's a typical college bar; it's crowded, inexpensive, and offers a decent beer selection.

973 Commonwealth Ave.


(617) 254-0807


Wonderbar is a trendy, upscale lounge and restaurant. It's certainly more expensive than a lot of other local bars, but it's a nice change of scenery from the more college-oriented establishments.

186 Harvard Ave.


(617) 351-COOL

Joshua Tree

This American restaurant/sports bar is a popular place for BC students to gather in the evenings. Whether you want to watch the big game with your friends, have some drinks, or dance the night away, Joshua Tree is the place for you. There is also pool and darts.

1316 Commonwealth Ave.

(617) 566-6699

(617) 566-6699

The Avenue Bar & Grill

The Avenue is a bar and restaurant; it's not too trendy and upscale, but the food, though good, can get expensive. The beer selection is considerable, with a few imports and microbews you're not likely to find elsewhere.

1249 Commonwealth Ave.


(617) 782-9508

Big City

Big City is a bar and pool hall decked out to resemble a 1950s police station. The bar offers a very respectable beer selection, and pool is free from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

138 Brighton Ave.


(617) 728-2020

Great Scott's

A popular college bar, Great Scott's has a dance floor, though dancing isn't as much the focus here as it is at some of Boston's clubs. Wednesday nights, which are ladies' nights, are big at Scott's.

1222 Commonwealth Ave.


(617) 734-4502

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

Go to the 18+ clubs or check out the Mods-you can usually just walk into a party. There are always a lot of off campus parties if you know where to look.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 51 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 53 responses

  • 19% Walk.
  • 9% Taxis.
  • 43% Public transportation.
  • 26% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 2% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% There are no good options.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 15 responses

  • 38% Off campus housing where the juniors live.
  • 31% Mods
  • 14% Bars
  • 10% Foster Street
  • 3% Strathmore
  • 3% No where

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 56 responses

  • 2% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 50% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 30% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 14% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 4% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 15 responses

  • 80% Marathon Monday
  • 13% Halloween
  • 7% Beanpot championship


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