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2 College Junior

Nightlife: It's a small town so you don't have many options unfortunately.

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2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Frats are crowded and dirty, you often wait outside for long periods of time. The music sucks for the most part. DONT go downtown in the winter, it's not worth it. Go for it in the summer though. Might find something worth while.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always something very fun happening

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: It's great if you don't mind lots of noise and alcohol. Parties are very biased because freshman guys need a ratio to get it. The importance of nightlife and the hook up culture can lead to awkward daytime run-ins but it also results in meeting a lot of new people all the time.

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  • 130th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 183rd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1245th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jen Adams
Washington, PA
Economics/Political Science
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Despite Bucknell’s isolated location, nobody can ever accuse Bucknellians of not knowing how to have a good time. Many weeks these “good times” happen every single night! Generally, though, the prime nights to go out at Bucknell are Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. There really is not much of a bar scene for students, except some upperclassmen who might be tired of the frat scene. The Bull Run Inn is where most students go when they say “the bar,” although there are a couple bars in downtown Lewisburg. As for clubs, there are a few sketchy ones in the area, but students don’t really take them seriously. The majority of a Bucknellian’s social life is spent attending registered parties at the fraternities or downtown parties at the houses owned by upperclassmen. The downtown parties are much more casual.

The party scene at Bucknell can sometimes be hit-or-miss for freshmen. The guys rarely get in anywhere, while the freshman girls can pretty much get in any guy's house, but usually not a girl’s house. At Bucknell, you can’t rush a fraternity or sorority until sophomore year. If you decide to go Greek, there will always be mixers and registers to attend. If Greek life is not for you, you can still attend any organization’s festivities. Occasionally, there might be a JUG (Just Us Girls) party or a brothers’ night, where nobody outside of that Greek organization will be let in. Overall, the Bucknell party scene is pretty intimate, and you’ll see a lot of people you know when you go out.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown area
  • Market Street
Student Favorites
Bull Run Inn
Other Places to Check Out
Highland Pub
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Flip cup
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Bar Web sites
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Fraternity houses—it's free!
Organization Parties
If you chose to live in a Residential College (see on-campus housing section) occasionally the college will rent out a restaurant and throw a party. Usually, though, the main organizations that throw parties at off-campus locations are fraternities and sororities. Often, there will be date parties at the bowling alley, and many Greek organizations choose to go off-campus (at a restaurant or bar) for their formals.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Towne Tavern

The Towne Tavern is conveniently located downtown. However, most of the time this bar is filled with locals and it attracts an older crowd.

600 Market St.


(570) 524-0821

Temperance House

Offers special LIT nights every Thursday. The bar was recently remodeled. The downside is that the Temperance House is pricier than most places.

50 N. 2nd St.


(570) 524-2558

Vic's Pub

Vic's is an English-style pub. It offers a wing special every Wednesday. On Thursdays, Quizzo, a popular game, is played. Vic's frequently has live music, and it even has its own beer!

2167 Old Turnpike Rd.


(570) 523-8090


Uptown is Bucknell's very own on-campus nightclub. It doesn't serve alcohol, even during private events, but it does bring in stellar bands, such as Howie Day, O.A.R., Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, Dispatch, the Clarks, Maroon 5, Sum 41, and Phantom Planet. The space fills 300 people max, and oh yeah, did I mention the karaoke machine? Good times.

Moore Avenue

On campus

(570) 577-2000

Bull Run Inn

Bull Run offers the largest selection of beers in the area, with over 80 varieties of domestic/import brews. Daily drink and pub food specials are available, so check out the Web site, as they change frequently. The place is happening every night of the week, and is open until 2 a.m. daily, except Sundays when it closes at midnight. There's also a pool table and video games.

605 Market St.


(570) 524-2572

Big Andy's Bar and Grill

One of the only places in the area that offers food, live bands, and a dance club all under one roof. Frats and sororities used to frequently rent out Big Andy's for formals or charity events until the school decided it would no longer allow student organizations to use Big Andy's as a venue for parties.

14 Front St.


Puirseil's Irish Pub

Every Thursday night, The Lowlander Highlanders perform. They bring a mix of traditional Celtic and Appalachian music to the pub. Also, Puirseil's Irish Pub is very close to campus, which is key when considering how you will be getting home after a night of drinking.

611 Market St.


(570) 523-6000

Lewisburg Hotel

Inside Lewisburg Hotel is Cameron Bar and Lounge. They stock about 20 varieties of domestic and imported beers, including 12 drafts. Nice wine list, if you're interested, and also the kind of place where you could order a glass of wine. The most popular time to go is during their wing nights.

136 Market St.


(570) 523-7800

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

Go downtown to the off-campus houses on Saint Catherine's Street, 6th Street, 7th Street, and St. Louis Street. Or head uphill to fraternity row if there is a big frat party going on, or if you know a brother.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 27 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 30 responses

  • 7% There are no good options.
  • 0% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 93% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 3% Parties? What parties?
  • 3% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 7% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 87% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 5 responses

  • 40% No where
  • 40% Downtown
  • 20% Registers

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% House Party
  • 20% None
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