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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is no nightlife scene in the town. Most nightlife occurs at Greek houses, with the occasional school-sponsored event in Collis or Hop Garage. The Greek scene is fun, but some variety would be nice.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Hanover is a very small town and the nightlife is centered around the Greek houses.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If fraternities are your scene, you're in luck! We have lots of frats with varying personalities, but there is definitely a place for everyone. Also, the frat system in general is very open, unlike many other schools. If you're a brother in one house, you can just as easily walk into another house and chill there with no problems. The town has no bars or nightclubs/ nightlife, so that's a downside.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Frats are great and more alternative social spaces are coming online every day.

1 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: I hated the frat scene, didn't find it safe, found it very uncomfortable; Did not like how much drinking was apart of the social fabric on campus; Very hard to leave campus financially and time-wise

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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

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 31 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 31 responses

  • 6% There are no good options.
  • 0% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 3% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 90% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 6% Parties? What parties?
  • 0% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 6% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 42% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 45% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

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

  • 67% Frat row
  • 17% AD Fraternity (Animal House)
  • 17% Or big dorm party

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 7 responses

  • 100% Green key
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