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2 College Student

Nightlife: There is no "downtown." Only as few bars, and nowhere for those underage to go at night.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: I just went to one party, GANZA. Hearing from people, the parties in Grove City are all good

College Sophomore

Nightlife: Grove City College is full of great activities but they are not the typical things one thinks of when describing nightlife. For the most part, students do not go out to bars or alcohol-filled gatherings. If you are looking for wild and crazy parties, Grove City is not the school for you.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: No clubs. Campus events are the best though!

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I'd rather hang out with 1 or 2 friends


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 27th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 1303rd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1348th
    Biggest Party Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

John Kloosterman
Kalamazoo, MI
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Other Places to Check Out
  • Howie's
  • The Mustang
  • The Shark
Local Specialties
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Benjamin’s on Thursday nights
Organization Parties
No campus or off-campus parties associated with Grove City College organizations are permitted to serve alcohol.
Did You Know?
Until 2008, Grove City was a dry county. Bars are beginning to come back in, but it is a slow process.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Ghost Riders Nightclub

Advertised as Pennsylvania's #1 Country Night Club. A BYOB establishment open to all ages, it is a 24,000-square foot complex with a 7,200-square foot dance floor used for country line dancing. It also features nine pool tables.

1805 N Main St.


(724) 283-4401

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Rachel's Roadhouse

1553 Perry Highway


(724) 748-3193


Offers $1 Yuenglings on Thursday nights. A favorite stop for a snack and a drink with friends.

787 Mercer-Grove City Rd.


(724) 662-4301

Blue Ribbon Tavern

131 S. Broad St.

Grove City

(724) 264-4227

Elephant & Castle

$2 bottles on Monday nights.

1923 Leesburg-Grove City Rd.


(724) 748-1010


Atmosphere is like a refinished basement. Locals may show up on snowmobiles.

1337 Franklin Rd.

Jackson Center

(724) 662-2007

My Brother's Place

12 drafts on the menu.

2058 Leesburg-Grove City Rd.


(724) 748-3840

North Country Brewing Co.

141 S. Main St.

Slippery Rock

(724) 794-2337

Tully's Pub and Grille

It features live music including rock, blues, and jazz, and great food.

101 Chestnut Ave.


(724) 981-3123

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

Campus activities often are a social outlet for students under 21. Also, Ghost Riders Nightclub offers general admission.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 35 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 35 responses

  • 31% There are no good options.
  • 37% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 3% Taxis.
  • 29% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 36 responses

  • 69% Parties? What parties?
  • 19% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 8% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 3% 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

  • 80% The GANZA
  • 20% The President's Gala


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