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2 College Senior

Nightlife: 2 bars; The Gingerbread Man and Alibis. No clubs. The bars have slightly different scenes though and most students prefer one of the other. Always lots of townies and sometimes proessors which can be fun or embarassing

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Not that much great, but if you know people your good

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Typical nightlife. Gets a little boring because you see the same people every weekend.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I'm not big on parties but I hear they're good some days and not others. Everyone is big on drinking and you can find people partying basically any night of the week but sometimes they'll get busted early or just turn out to be boring.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not much going around except during weekends when there are lots of parties and programs going on.


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  • 634th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1045th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Warzala
Somerset, NJ
English/Political Science
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There is no club scene for anyone under 21 in the town of Carlisle. The neighboring areas of Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg have a few underage dance clubs, but these are not popular destinations for Dickinson students, especially since freshmen cannot have cars on campus. Instead, underclassmen normally stay on campus on weekend nights and go to parties or find rides to local movie theaters and shopping centers. For most students, nightlife revolves around the campus social scene. Most parties are hosted by Greek organizations or sports teams and are held off campus since on-campus residences are not permitted to have kegs. It is quite common for word of off-campus parties to spread quickly, and they are usually very crowded with kids looking to have a good time.

In addition, there is a large selection of fun and inexpensive bars within walking distance of campus for those who are legal. The Gingerbread Man and Alibis are the bars most commonly frequented by Dickinson students. Though there are no clubs per se, students interested in this scene can check out Second Street in Harrisburg, an area known for its wild nightlife. For students not interested in partying or drinking, the college sponsors a wide array of weekend events, from dance competitions to movies to concerts to the ever-popular HUB All-Night, in which the HUB is open late with entertainment and activities for students.


Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Student Favorites
  • Alibis
  • The Gingerbread Man Bar and Grill
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole, Kings)
  • Flip cup
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
The Compass
Closing Time
12 a.m. on weekdays 2 a.m. on weekends
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Organization Parties
Most organizations on campus throw at least a few parties at some point in the academic year. Typically these parties are open to everyone and held at places like the Depot or the Quarry basement. MOB (Multi-Organizational Board) dance parties normally include a variety of free food, including pizza, and are very popular, as are the dances (like the All-College Formal, sponsored by a class or the student senate) that are held in the HUB.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Gingerbread Man Bar and Grill ("The G-Man")

The "G-Man" is one of the most popular bars for Dickinson students. It not only offers a bus service that will take you to and from home on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, but it has everyday Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Interestingly, the Guinness World Record for the fastest liter of beer ever drunk was recorded by a Penn State Law student at the Carlisle Gingerbread Man in 1977, with a time of 1.3 seconds! The G-Man also features Monday and Tuesday night Rolling Rock specials.

5 S. Courthouse Ave.


(717) 245-2500

Market Cross Pub

This place is loved for its "Glass Night," where people can buy a pint of a different beer from around the world and keep the glass. This happens every other Tuesday.

113 N. Hanover St.



Fast Eddie's Saloon

Fast Eddie's is recently renovated and remodeled. It features a dance floor, six pool tables and weekend live entertainment. Happy Hour starts at 8 p.m., and there is a $1 cover on Thursday nights for D.J. Joe George. They also have a Thursday night drink special for Dickinson students that includes $1 mixed drinks and $4 pitchers.

37 West High St.


(717) 245-9889

Alibis Eatery & Spirits

Currently the bar of choice, students love Alibis for its inexpensive specials.

10 N. Pitt St.


(717) 243-4151


Blondie's has a great menu as well as a stocked-bar, including house wines and domestic and imported beer. It's a relaxed atmosphere and a good place for students to go to have a drink. Happy Hour is every Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

49 West High St.


(717) 249-8132

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

Those who are under-21 typically stay on campus and party or hangout with friends, or go to the movies and shopping on the weekends. There are no under-twenty-one dance clubs in Carlisle, but the neighboring town of Mechanicsburg, about a fifteen minute drive from Dickinson, has a few. These are not terribly popular among Dickinson students however.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 19 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

  • 11% There are no good options.
  • 11% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 5% Public transportation.
  • 5% Taxis.
  • 68% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% Parties? What parties?
  • 10% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 45% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 45% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

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

  • 40% Blacklight Freshmen Year
  • 40% Treehouse throwdowns
  • 20% Winter Formal
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