The bar scene in and around Hanover is virtually nonexistent and pretty much a nonfactor for most students. The same goes for clubs—the only nearby club is in West Lebanon, and it is such a haul that few of the 21-and-over crowd bother to frequent it. The vast majority of partying is fraternity-sponsored and takes place in fraternity basements. It is worth noting that Dartmouth is probably one of the few colleges in the country where possessing a fake ID as an underclass student is totally unnecessary. Anyone who wants to drink can go to the fraternities, where there is an extremely lax dispensary policy regarding booze. If you want to buy it yourseld, hard liquor is sold in state-owned stores in New Hampshire, and beer and wine is sold in most grocery and convenience stores.
While Dartmouth has a reputation as a party school, Hanover is definitely not a party town—most businesses close by 10 p.m. on the weekends and even earlier on weeknights. Even though it can sometimes be fun to chill in the dorms with your close friends, be prepared to swill gallons of cheap beer in frat basements if you’re of a mind to venture out in search of entertainment.