Hanover, NH
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I thought I would enjoy the night scene more than I actually do. Don't get me wrong, the frats can be fun and all, but it is the same thing every weekend. Plus the frat basements smell like piss.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: a lot on frat row

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3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There really isn't a "nightlife" at school, with the exception of frat parties. Most students walk to these because the campus is so small, and you never have to pay to get in or drink (unless the event is a fundraiser).

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5 College Senior

Nightlife: Five stars for those who like one option--frat parties. Something is going on in one of the several frats on campus Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Inclusive, open-door policy and no charge for drinks

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: We study hard and party hard. During exams, there are no parties to be found. Every other night, there will be SOMETHING happening- it also goes without saying that every frat will have some pong in its basement or at least some guys chilling. Frat dues cover drinks, so you will never be shelling out any money, unless you pledge.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 73rd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1199th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1304th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kirk Greenwood
Warrington, PA
Comparative Literature
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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.


Facts & Statistics

Other Places to Check Out
  • Molly's
  • Murphy's
  • Ramunto's Brick & Brew Pizzeria
  • Seven Barrel Brewery
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong (played with handleless ping-pong paddles)
  • Dice (7/11 or Doubles)
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
5 Olde Nugget Alley
Organization Parties
While most campus parties are thoroughly lame, a campus event in Collis Commonground or elsewhere can be a decent kickoff to a long and exciting night.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Jesse's Restaurant & Tavern

Jesse's specials include $4 pitchers on Tuesdays.

Lebanon Road


(603) 643-4111

5 Olde Nugget Alley

There are $1 drink specials on various weekdays throughout the school year.

5 Olde Nugget Alley


(603) 643-5081

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

Catch a movie, hit the frats, or find some wholesome campus fun-Dartmouth provides much of it, such as Fuel Nightclub in Collis Center, which invites independent performers from across the country to campus as part of the Friday Night Rock program.

Student Polls

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.
  • 3% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 90% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 28 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 30 responses

  • 7% Parties? What parties?
  • 0% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 7% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 43% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 43% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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