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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Parties every week usually from wednesday to sunday. Multiple fraternities will be open on most nights to give you some options. Sometimes theme houses or off campus houses have parties too but you need to know people to go there.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: Fraternities Wednesday-Sunday. But bars are hopping wednesday and thursday.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Everything happens on campus--most commonly in the frat houses. Open parties run Wednesday through Sunday, but it's not hard to find something every night if that's what you're into. This doesn't mean everyone is out every night of the week, as many find days that better fit their schedule if they choose to weeknight. However, if partying isn't your thing there's many other options, mainly provided by the Campus Activities Board, or CAB. They host events Thursday-Saturday every weekend. This also does not mean that partying involves drinking, as many people enjoy going out but do not drink and do not feel pressure to. Since everything is located on campus and is so close, you don't have to deal with finding transportation to/from parties.

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are a lot of frat parties and there is a lot of nightlife and my school, but I do not like or participate in the kind of activities that occur.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I really don't know because i don't go to those stuff.


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  • 387th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1179th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Steven Moxley
Bakersfield, CA
Computer Science
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Perception is reality at Gettysburg, as Greeks and Greek-oriented events dominate the social scene on campus. Unless you don't mind toned-down get-togethers in dorm rooms, or have the organizational skills (and the cash) to make it to Baltimore or DC, it's very easy for students to come to rely on frat parties for your social stimulation, particularly early on in your college career. This is not to say that a good time cannot be had outside the bounds of the Greek system, but it does have to be sought out. Off-campus apartment parties are abundant at times (particularly in warmer weather), and tolling around the quads and housing complexes generally results in a good time, one way or another.

Between bars and off-campus housing, it is easier for upperclassmen to have a good time independent of the fraternities. A pub-crawl is not out of the question, due to the large number of bars within walking distance of campus, and since alcohol is permitted in apartments and suites where the residents are of age, a quiet drink and a movie can pass time quite well.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
The Square and its main spokes, the fraternities.
Student Favorites
  • Flying Bull Saloon
  • Mamma Ventura's
  • The Pub & Restaurant
Local Specialties
  • Natural Light:
  • Yuengling:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • A$$hole
  • Beirut
  • F%#* the Dealer
Closing Time
1 a.m.-2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Flying Bull Saloon
Organization Parties
One of the unique things about Gettysburg College is that it has its own student-run nightclub, the Attic. Most organizations host their parties at the Attic, and students over 21 always check the fine print of publicity flyers to see those magic words, Host Provider; which means that three free beers or glasses of wine will be served to each person.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

O'Rorke's Eatery & Spirits

Since O'Rorke's is on the south side of town, near the battlefield and away from campus, it tends to get overlooked by students looking to stumble in and out of a bar in short order. This is a shame, because it is managed well and offers a nice ambience for those looking for more of a quiet, laid-back bar experience.

44 Steinwehr Ave.

(717) 334-2333

The Pub & Restaurant

The Pub is where it's at on Tuesday nights with drink specials. Most other nights of the week, the place is generally quiet, as competing specials at other bars attract all of the attention. Still, the Pub remains a solid choice any night, and if you are looking to skip the crowds, check it out on a Wednesday or a Thursday, as you will likely have the place to yourself.

20-22 Lincoln Sq.

(717) 334-7100

Mamma Ventura's

Mama V's is the classic college bar hangout in Gettysburg. There's a pool table, darts, beer, and not much else. You get what you pay for, and nothing more.

13 Chambersburg St.

(717) 334-5548

The Blue Parrot

The Blue Parrot is one of the nicest bars in town, and certainly the most chic. Of course, the prices reflect this, but it can be worth the cost. If the Flying Bull is the Homer Simpson of the bar scene in Gettysburg, the Blue Parrot is Frasier Crane.

27 Chambersburg St.

(717) 337-3739

Flying Bull Saloon

The Bull has recently overcome its reputation as a dive, and with the help of cheap beer and live entertainment, has managed to turn itself into somewhat of a trendy hangout for the fraternity and independent crowds alike. Of course, in reality, it's still a dive, but it's harder to tell with so many beautiful people at the bar.

28 Carlisle St.

(717) 334-6202

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

If you're not 21, the fraternities are the obvious option at Gettysburg. They offer alcohol, close contact with people of the opposite sex, and the total lack of need for conversation-all within close walking distance of the freshman dorms. If you absolutely have to leave campus, there's always Wal-Mart. Seriously though, since all the bars in Gettysburg check IDs at the door, if you're under 21, you can't even come in and hang out after about 10 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 16 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

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 5% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 95% Walk.

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

  • 0% Parties? What parties?
  • 0% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 20% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 70% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 10% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

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

  • 60% Probably the frats
  • 40% Frats and Theme Houses

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 6 responses

  • 100% Springfest
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