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College Sophomore

Nightlife: All I know is that I constantly get woken up by (presumably) drunk people howling. I assume the parties go well.

2 College Junior

Nightlife: There haven't been many parties in the last couple years due to Res Life policies. Going out can be challenging and disappointing most of the time.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is limited to mostly non alcoholic parties and gatherings which is fine if you are under 21 or not a drinker.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: The night life does kind of suck because most places in town are closed. Roscoe's just opened up though and they're a cool little cafe/deli place open late. Unless you go to house parties or whatever there's not much to do. Sometimes there's student-sponsored activities like raves and movie nights and stuff but they can be lame. I guess it is what you make of it—if you have a fun group of people you can find something to do, it's just not going to be spelled out for you.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife at earlham is okay as well. if you are over 21, and can drive, Cincinnati is not far away.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 601st
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 771st
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 829th
    Best Drink Prices

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anna Benfield
Takoma Park, Md.
Women's Studies
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What some schools say about guys and girls really applies to parties at Earlham: The odds are good, but the goods are odd. If you want to shoot off bottle rockets in the cornfield or go to parties with themes like "Knitting and 40s," Earlham is for you. Kegs are around at the beginning and end of the year, and you can probably find a chill group of people and go up to the roof of the off-limits Joseph Moore House with you. But like most things at Earlham, the parties are a mix. A party that begins with spiced rum and streaking might end up as a conventional party scene with tequila shots and dancing. You'll probably know everyone there, which can make for more fun, but also more drama. Don't do anything you don't want everyone and their mother to know about by Sunday morning.

Keep in mind: Earlham wouldn't be Earlham if we had good clubs to go to. Part of the adventure, or part of the agony for some, is that you really have to make your own fun in this lonely Midwestern town. If you want your Saturday night to look like a frat party, you're going to be bumming most weekends. But if you survive the four years with a smile, you'll have learned a lot about how to make something out of nothing.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Earlham theme houses
  • Indianapolis
  • Ohio (Cincinnati, Dayton, Oxford)
Student Favorites
Mack's Place
Other Places to Check Out
Favorite Drinking Games
For the most part, except among a small population of heavy drinkers, drinking games are not very popular. The most commonly played, though, are beer pong and card games like spoons.
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Entertainment section of the Pal-Item (
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Organization Parties
Each campus theme house usually throws a big party every year to go along with their theme (e.g., Euro-trash at French House). Miller Farm also holds an annual Halloween party, with a band playing in the barn and a house and yard full of dancing, costumed people.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Southside Café

401 S. Fifth St.


(765) 935-9723

The Wheel

514 S. L St.


(765) 935-2445

Mack's Place

Thursday night, Mack's Place has its share of hardcore Earlham regulars.

806 S. 19th St.


(765) 935-9894

Coney Island Bar

750 S. Seventh St.


(765) 962-1356

El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant

3567 E. Main St.


(765) 965-1839

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 10 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 10 responses

  • 30% Walk.
  • 20% Taxis.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 20% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 20% Use a designated driver.
  • 10% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 18% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 36% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 27% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 18% Parties? What parties?
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