Bryn Mawr, PA
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2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There's not enough night life around. But we study a lot anyway.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are very few parties on campus, which I like because I do not drink nor do drugs. There are a few bars on the main line, but not that many clubs. For real entertainment, people usually go into Philadelphia.

2 College Senior

Nightlife: Bryn Mawr's 'parties' really do consist of just hanging out in the dorm. The school doesn't really emphasize 'partying' as an acceptable destressing activity, so they encourage us to watch screened Disney films in one of the buildings or take us to King of Prussia mall on the weekends. However, this doesn't distress many students because this is what they want to partake in anyhow. Must go off campus to party.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Social Life was oncampus. You got to know your fellow students very well.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: To be honest I am a freshman and so far I am loving it. It is super easy to meet people in the tri-co and its awesome to have the option of going out in the city when you get bored. I love the small classes but the large variety that comes along with being in a consortium


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 605th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 769th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 830th
    Best Drink Prices

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kaitlin Menza
New Brunswick, NJ
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“Ain’t no party like a Bryn Mawr party cause a Bryn Mawr party don’t stop.” Well, not exactly. Typically parties refer to gatherings of friends, and though they tend to dry up before
2 a.m., they are considered a pretty good time. Parties at Perry House, where members of Sisterhood can choose to live, are held several times during the year and attract many guys from off campus. Students are quick to note that huge campus-wide parties are few, although when students can pull them off, such as at Radnor parties or Rhoads Halloween, they are talked about for weeks.

Less popular are the heavily accessorized Social Committee parties—dry parties financed by the dean’s office. When our campus is quiet on a Friday night, students looking for a party scene can take the Blue Bus and Swat Vans to Haverford and Swarthmore, and if you have friends at Penn or Villanova, you have two other options for the kind of parties rarely found at Bryn Mawr. In the past, SGA has had student van rental programs to enable small groups of students to get to Philly. This is helpful as bars on the Main Line are scattered and sparse. Everyone drinks mainly at the Grog, Brownie’s, or the Erin Pub, which is popular for its Ladies’ Night on Tuesdays.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Manayunk
  • Old City
  • South Street
  • University City
Student Favorites
  • Grog Restaurant and Bar
  • The Point
  • Roache and O'Brien's
  • Sisters
Other Places to Check Out
  • Alma de Cuba
  • Chrome
  • Cuba Libre
  • Denim
  • Filo's
  • Glam
  • Katmandu
  • Mako's
  • Marita's Cantina
  • North Star Bar
  • Pasion
  • Silk City
  • Soma
  • Tower Theatre
  • Trocadero Theater
  • Warmdaddy's
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Philadelphia Weekly
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Organization Parties
Look for parties thrown by cultural groups or sports team, especially the culture show after-parties or rugby socials. Social Committee generally no longer exists, but it's year to year.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Sisters is a Philly landmark. It caters to the lesbian community and boasts one of the only establishments of its kind on the East Coast to be open seven days a week. They have happy hours Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, but Thursday and Saturday are the hottest nights for dancing. It's 21 and over every day.

1320 Chancellor St.

(215) 735-0735


One of the city's biggest gay bars, Woody's is part restaurant, part bar, and part disco. Wednesdays the dance bar is 18 and over with a $5 cover. Saturday nights are the biggest party for those who are 21 and over, also with a $5 cover.

202 S. 13th St.

(215) 545-1893


Bash is one of the city's many posh nightclubs. It's a good place to sip a martini and just listen to music under crystal chandeliers or dance on the spacious dance floor. The club is 18-and-over to enter, and 21-and-over to drink. Doors open at 10 p.m.

450 N. 6th St.

(215) 232-2274


The dance floor isn't huge, but the overall ambiance is very stylish, and the club is always packed with devoted club-goers. With a different party every night of the week, and regular notable guest DJs, this is the club to go to if you want to hear the best dance music. Fluid brings talented DJs to Philly to spin everything from drum and bass to hip hop to rock and punk. Cover charges vary, but range from $5 to $12.

613 S. 4th St.

(215) 629-3686

Bar ListingsWhat's This?


Some come for the beer and stay for the music, others come for the music and stay for the beer. Either way, this is a great place to drink exotic lager and listen to great local, regional, and occasionally national rock bands. They are strict about age, so you have to be 21 to enter. Covers depend on the band, but are generally five to fifteen dollars.

56 S. 2nd St.


(215) 238-5888

Roache & O'Brien's

Roache's is something of an enigma: it is a bona fide dive in a town where expensive restaurants and upscale baby clothing stores are the norm. This is its charm. They make a great burger and serve good, cheap drinks. The selection isn't fantastic, but it's better than most would expect. The staff is usually very friendly and appreciative.

560 W. Lancaster Ave.


(610) 527-6308

Grog Restaurant and Bar

The Grog is an appealing pub that draws students for the drinks and the food. The inside is bright and brassy, and the prices are high for a pub in close proximity to four colleges. Mawrters still go here because it is a quick walk from campus.

863 W. Lancaster Ave.

Bryn Mawr

(610) 527-5870


Don't count on getting in if you are under 21, but it's possible. If you get in, you'll enjoy 10-cent wings, one dollar Bud Lites, and a Main Line band. Brownies can get packed and the bands have been known to get people dancing.

23 E. Lancaster Ave.

(610) 649-8389

Dave and Buster's

Thirty percent bar and 70 percent arcade, this establishment is one corporate chain that Philadelphia is lucky to have. If alternating drinking and skee-ball is the kind of excitement you seek, this is your place!

325 N. Columbus Blvd., Pier 19 North


(215) 413-1951

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


With its four themed dance floors, Shampoo is one of the nicest looking and most popular clubs in Philly. The smaller dance floor and several bars are downstairs, with the main floor above. Nocturne Wednesdays features `80's top 40, alternative `80s hits, classic, modern Goth, and even a little punk. You can count on the place being packed with well-dressed club-goers.

417 N. 8th St.

(215) 873-0222

Unitarian Church

This venue brings some very hip music at very affordable prices and is another great place to see a show. The setting is a stark church basement, and for less than 10 dollars, you can hang out with Philly kids and hear a few bands playing the coolest music around. See Web site for shows.

2125 Chestnut St.


(215) 925-6356

The Point

The Point brings in some well-known acts in a very intimate setting, complete with living room sofas and bookshelves. They also serve food and have weekly open-mic nights.

880 W. Lancaster Ave.

(610) 527- 0988

Club Egypt

Egypt is not a classy club, but it's popular because of its 17-and-over nights. For your $10 cover charge, you can dance to hip hop and house among the egyptian-themed d├ęcor.

520 N. Delaware Ave.


House Parties

Bryn Mawr's residence halls throw regular parties, particularly Radnor and either Pembroke East or West. Smaller houses like Perry and Batten also have parties a few times a year. Bryn Mawr's party policy allows students of all years to attend, and students are under the Honor Code when it comes to serving themselves alcohol if they are under 21.

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 19 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 0% Use a designated driver.
  • 26% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 63% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 11% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 16% Parties? What parties?
  • 42% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 21% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 11% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 11% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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