If clubbing and bar life define the collegiate experience, most Grovers live undefined lives. The College encourages an environment where partying, drunkeness, and drug use are minimized. In a township without bars or clubs, partying students must make an effort to support their habit. Underage drinking is strictly prohibited, but many older students drive 15 minutes away to enjoy a responsible off-campus drink. Still, the average Grover doesn't play drinking games and has never gotten drunk. College policy does not allow alcohol at private off-campus parties, so determined partiers will drive about 30 minutes to an undisclosed location to escape notice. If the administration is alerted to an event and the partiers are Greeks, the sorority or fraternity will temporarily lose their charter. Even partiers hardly appreciate the local bar scene. They feel it lacks youth and class and appeals to "redneck" locals. Looking for a nightclub scene? A 60-mile drive to Pittsburgh presents several options. Just don't plan on faking an ID. Residential assistants are hired to enforce the rules, so if they overhear a conversation about "fakes," they are required to dissuade or report you.
Most Grovers find enough weekend good times without alcohol. Campus activities like dances, concerts, pizza parties, or ice cream socials offer a good excuse to leave the books behind. Students might invite friends up to their room during inter-visitation for a movie or games. Grove City College has a minimal nightlife scene, but most students enjoy finding other things to do to have a good time.