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2 College Senior

Nightlife: Nightlife? What nightlife? To be honest, I always have fun on the weekends, but if you want to find a party, you have to work for it. Chums is fun, plus parties are decent. There is no club scene though. You have to go into Boston for that... but the shuttles aren't great. Don't come here for the nightlife.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: I believe the nightlife is fine for the students who attend the university. However, it may seem insignificant to those who want to attend party schools.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Either party on campus, sharon street on in boston/cambridge.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife and Brandeis parties on campus is pretty lame. I'm not really part of the party-scene.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Boston is the epitome of college towns. There is literally something for everyone in the city and they are always accessible for everyone. Brandeis offers shuttles that transport students into the city every weekend, and even for those students who do seek something in the middle of the week, the conmuter rail a block away from campus is always a reliable option.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 537th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 835th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 887th
    Best Drink Prices

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shannon Ingram
Floral Park, NY
Sociology/Hispanic Studies minor
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Brandeis nightlife is truly what you make of it. If you’re an active and outgoing person, there are lots of parties and opportunities to take advantage of, but most people choose to sit around, complain about the lack of social options, and wait for a party to come to them. Truth be told, there is a good deal of nightlife to be had at Brandeis, if you are willing to go out and find it. The nice part about the University's location is that when nightlife on campus stinks, you can always go to another college in the area. Chances are either you or one of your close friends will know someone at Bentley, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, Tufts, Boston University, or Boston College, and there are always parties to attend there. The trouble is actually getting back since the MBTA stops running at 1 a.m., and the last shuttle leaves shortly after.

The other option is to go into Boston. Although the city is notorious for closing its doors early, there is still plenty to do before 2 a.m. There are many clubs and bars, and Harvard Square, Landsdowne Street, Kenmore Square, and Newbury Street always draw a lot of Brandeis students. For leisure activities, there are many sports teams to watch, and there’s a place called Jillian’s where you can go and play video games for prizes or shoot some pool. Not to beat a dead horse, but Brandeis is not a party school, but there is fun to be had if you look for it.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • All over Boston
  • Central Square
  • Harvard Square
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bison County BBQ & Grille
  • Casablanca
  • The Cellar
  • The Crimson Sports Bar & Grille
  • Fire & Ice
  • Mojitos Latin Lounge (Boston)
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Indian Poker
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Mad Raven
Organization Parties
Recently, the administration has been concerned about the level of mayhem at highly anticipated parties like the International Club's Pachanga and is currently renovating these parties and the alcohol policies.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Rise is Boston's most known after hours club. It operates from 9 p.m.-6 a.m., is 18+, and does not serve alcohol. However, it is not a public club. It requires a membership but may be worth checking into if you want to hang out in Boston if you're 18+ or after 2 a.m.

306 Stuart St


(617) 423-7473


For those looking to drop some serious cash on a fabulous night of clubbing, Roxy is the place to do it. Thursdays is college night, and they admit in those 18-and-up. The rest of the weekend is reserved for 21-and-up. The Roxy boasts the city's largest dance floor.

279 Tremont St.


(617) 338-7699

The Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub

With two restaurants and three performance rooms, the Middle East complex is one of the best clubs in Boston. They feature a huge variety of music, with a not outrageous cover charge.

472 Massachusetts Ave.


(617) 864-3278

The Big Easy

The Big Easy, while only open on weekends, is one of the hottest, craziest spots for Boston-area 20-somethings to let loose and enjoy a night of dancing and partying. For those who still enjoy the Bourbon Street-style atmosphere but want a quieter spot, there is the Cresent Club-a private room on the second floor.

1 Boylston Pl.


(617) 351-7000

Machine Nightclub

Boston's most known LGBTQ night club. It is 21+ but turns into a 18+ nightclub for two Fridays a month.

1254 Boylston Street


(617) 536-1950

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Skellig Irish Pub

One of Brandeis' local and popular bars

240 Moody St.


(781) 647-0679

The Purple Shamrock

The Purple Shamrock has nightly entertainment, including DJs, live music, and karaoke. They also have a menu consisting of many Irish and New England specialties.

1 Union St.


(617) 227-2060

Wonder Bar Nightclub

This is the perfect place to stop for a drink or two with friends, or to relax after a hard week of classes, the Wonder Bar has decent prices for beers and cocktails.

186 Harvard Ave.


(617) 351-2665

T.T. the Bear's Place

One of the few under-21 venues in Boston, it hosts many great local bands and plenty of indie acts seven nights a week.

10 Brookline St.


(617) 492-0082

Jillian's of Boston

Jillian's offers over 50,000 square feet of upscale entertainment, featuring over 50 pool tables, darts, blackjack, virtual games, table tennis, interactive video games, and more. Valet parking is available.

145 Ipswich St.


(617) 437-0300

The House of Blues

After the Avalon closed in 2008, The House of Blues took over as a larger, more impressive venue in the same location. It is now the stop in Boston for touring bands.

15 Landsdowne St.


(888) 693-2583

The Mad Raven

The Mad Raven is the most popular bar for Brandeis students, especially Wednesdays. They offer jazz nights, trivia nights, and private parties.

841 Main St.


(781) 894-8188

Joe Sent Me

This bar has a little bit of everything. With plasma TVs for sports fans, wireless Internet for the e-mail obsessed, good food, and a good beer selection, its no wonder it was voted one of the "Great Eight Pubs" in New England by the Phantom Gourmet.

849 Main St.


(781) 894-3153

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

Unfortunately, the Boston club scene is not very friendly to those under 21. It is probably best just to stick around campus, where there is usually some fun activity.

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 47 responses

  • 4% There are no good options.
  • 6% Use a designated driver.
  • 68% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 11% Public transportation.
  • 4% Taxis.
  • 6% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 45 responses

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

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 47 responses

  • 13% Parties? What parties?
  • 19% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 57% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 11% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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