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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Until you get in a social group it can be hard to find things to do, but just get out there and you'll find something

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: You have to know people because all of the parties are in someone's apartment. There are a lot of neighboring schools that throw nice parties though. (Harvard, BU)

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: I like parties where I know most of the people there so at Emerson I have a great time. I don't care for "college parties," but if you're looking for them they will be in Alston, at Harvard, and MIT. ... but you take risks at these parties, the cops often bust Alston and take IDs (where as they don't take IDs in Revere), and I've had friends get drugged at MIT.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Great night life, but stuff in Boston closes early

1 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nothing nearby. You have to work for it.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 616th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 758th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 1054th
    Best Drink Prices

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vanessa Willoughby
Waterford, CT
Writing, Literature and Publishing
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In Boston, there are lots of places to go and things to do at night. Parties are not usually thrown on campus, and the few that are held are usually low-key to avoid getting broken up. Most Emerson parties are held at students' apartments and aren’t attended only by Emerson students. The nightclub scene in Boston is pretty good, though almost every bar and club is very strict about carding, even for students who don’t want to drink. Luckily, the places that are the most fun are 18-and-over and offer live music. These venues also serve booze, so underclassmen can still hang out with the big kids who want to drink when they go out. The students will tell you to avoid Lansdowne Street because it is mobbed with college students and late-20-somethings looking to relive their college days, but the area can be fun according to other students.

Until you hit 21, the bars are out of reach. Don’t even try flashing a fake ID at big clubs or popular bars—you will be humiliated. Plus, the police don’t take fraudulent IDs lightly. Boston’s early curfew is another thing that students usually complain about.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Central Square
  • Harvard Square
  • Lansdowne Street
Student Favorites
  • The Enormous Room
  • The Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub
  • T.T. the Bear's Place
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bill's Bar
  • Blackout Bar
  • The Burren
  • Model Café
  • The Paradise Rock Club & Lounge
  • Phoenix Landing
  • Pravda 116
  • Silhouette Lounge
  • Zuzu
Local Specialties
  • Harpoon:
  • Sam Adams:
  • Tremont Ale:
  • UFO:
Favorite Drinking Games
Power Hour
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • The Boston Phoenix
  • Facebook
  • The Improper Bostonian
  • The Weekly Dig
Closing Time
1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday 2 a.m. Friday-Saturday
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Head away from downtown. Areas like Union Square in Somerville, Jamaica Plain, and even Allston and Brighton are usually less expensive than bars downtown.
Organization Parties
Organizations on campus occasionally throw good parties. Gauge magazine rented the Modern Club for its first launch party and packed the place. The senior class also rents bars and clubs during the countdown to graduation and senior week.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Milky Way Lounge & Lanes

The Milky Way Lounge is great for live music on Friday nights. The lounge hosts shows ranging from indie rock to Latin jazz. There are also candlepin bowling lanes available to rent by the hour. Though it's a little steep for just a date, it's affordable and fun for a group of friends.

403-405 Center St.

Jamaica Plain

(617) 524-3740

T.T. the Bear's Place

T.T. the Bear's is right next to The Middle East and operates similarly. The club presents indie, punk, and hip-hop shows seven nights a week. The club is only open until midnight, however, because of a local curfew for live music. There is no dress code. Cover charges are usually collected, and they average about $10

10 Brookline St.,


(617) 492-2327

The Enormous Room

The Enormous Room isn't exactly a club, but feels like one when things get going. It's upstairs from the Central Kitchen in Central Square. Ironically, the Enormous Room is rather small, but is amazing fun. The place plays world music and reggae in the evening, and usually features DJs at night. IDs are checked.

567 Massachusetts Ave.


(617) 491-5599

The Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub

The Middle East is the most popular spot for Emerson students to go on the weekends, or even during the week. The space has two rooms for shows; the upstairs is cozier, while the downstairs is large, but still intimate enough to see your favorite band pretty well. Both upstairs and downstairs have bars. The club is really anal about checking IDs, so don't even bother if you don't have a driver's license. The shows are 18-and-over, but they still card if you aren't planning on drinking. Most shows cost between $8 and $12. On Sundays and Wednesdays, there is belly dancing in the "Corner," which is in part of the restaurant.

472 Massachusetts Ave.


(617) 492-9181

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Triple D's

Triple D's is kind of a dive bar in Jamaica Plain that can be difficult to get to, unless you know the buses, or want to drop cash for a cab. But the place is definitely worth the hike. With cheap drinks and amazing karaoke, the bar is popular with Emerson students looking for a good time.

435 S Huntington Ave.

Jamaica Plain

(617) 522-4966

Bukowski's Tavern

This bar is known for its 99 bottles of beer on the wall, and awesome grilled cheese sandwiches. Some students think it's a bit too pricy, and others gag at the lame Charles Bukowski theme that would make the poet roll in his grave. Others enjoy the atmosphere and brit-pop and `80s music that they play.

1281 Cambridge St.


(617) 497-7077

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

Students under 21 can always catch a good show at one of the many venues in Boston, such as the Orpheum Theater, The Middle East, The Paradise Rock Club, or the Hard Rock Café. The theater district is known to have some great Broadway shows, and students can often get student rush discount tickets.

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 36 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 0% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 75% Public transportation.
  • 6% Taxis.
  • 19% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 33 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 36 responses

  • 14% Parties? What parties?
  • 33% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 28% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 25% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

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

  • 67% Alston
  • 17% Revere
  • 17% Other campuses

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

  • 80% Depends on your social circle
  • 20% None


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