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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Most people go to the bars at Fells Point (I'm talking about grad students) for fun. A number of students also have house parties, which is different compared to the undergrad scene. I'm also not a partier so I have only been to a few parties.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Frat parties and house parties abound, of varying quality depending on the openness of the party, the frat/house in question, and what time of the semester it is.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The bar scene is good downtown but while around campus frats are your best bet.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: If there are no frat parties/they get broken up, it's pretty dead.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's no bar scene after loyola cops busted maxie's. Frats are okay as long as you know brothers there.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 204th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 301st
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1077th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dan White
Glen Rock, NJ
International Studies and Economics
Grad Year
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Johns Hopkins’ students have many options when it comes to nightlife—some just don’t take advantage of them. The students who complain about the social scene at JHU need to open their eyes. There are three bars within walking distance of campus—two sports bars and a pub. Students from Towson and Loyola frequently take cabs to party at the Hopkins bars. For a small charge, students get transportation, club entry, and sometimes even drinks. Some of these nights are open only to Hopkins students, while others give students a chance to meet individuals from other schools. If students are willing to look around Baltimore, they will likely find a club that matches their interests. In addition, many students go to house parties with their friends. 

Johns Hopkins students work hard throughout the week, but the campus comes to life on Friday and Saturday. The three bars near campus (PJ’s, Charles Village Pub, and Maxie's) are relatively small, so that is the main downside, but outgoing students venture outside the confines of these bars. Going to Towson or Loyola bars is usually a blast because this gives you a chance to meet new people. If you are not a fan of going to the bars, there are other fun activities on campus, such as student plays, concerts, and movies. Some students are ambitious enough to travel to the Inner Harbor or Fell's Point area, both of which are known for their nightlife. These areas provide a much different social scene, and it is only about a $10 cab ride. For the few individuals who are unsatisfied with the nightlife in Baltimore, D.C. is only a short train or car ride away.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Canton
  • Charles Village
  • Federal Hill
  • Fell's Point
  • Inner Harbor
  • Mount Vernon
  • Towson
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bourbon Street CafĂ©
  • Club Orpheus
  • Frazier's on the Avenue
  • Grand Central Club
  • Hopkins Deli
  • The Horse You Came In On Saloon
  • Mad River Bar & Grill
  • MaGerk's Pub
  • Max's Taphouse
  • The Owl Bar
  • Red Maple
  • Woody's Rum Bar & Island Grill
Local Specialties
  • Mind Erasers: A popular drink available at CVP. It is and tastes exactly as it sounds.
  • Natty Boh: Natural Bohemian is a Baltimore beer.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong (Beiruit)
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Charles Village Pub happy hour Maxie's has two-for-one deals during happy hour, Monday-Friday 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Organization Parties
Many student organizations throw house parties. These parties are sponsored by individual upperclassman members. These house parties offer an opportunity for students to get to know each other in a more social setting. Parties vary in size from a few students to approximately 100 students.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Power Plant Live!

The downtown club district has a slew of bars.

34 Market Place


(410) 752-5444

The Get Down

There are theme nights throughout the week.

701 S. Bond St.


(443) 708-3564

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Howl at the Moon

Howl at the Moon is a bar with a unique theme. They have dueling pianos set up center stage, between the tables and the bar. A dance floor covers the space between the entrance and pianos. Early on, they can play some annoying stuff, but as the night progresses, they get a full band going and play some good stuff. They are also more than willing to take requests if the price is right.

22 Market Place


(410) 783-5111

Maxie's Pizza & Bar

Top floor (ground floor) is the "grille" part of Maxie's where you can get delicious pizza, burgers, and other food until 2 a.m. The basement is a nice bar with TVs, loud music, and a door leading outside to a courtyard that is awesome in nice weather.

3003 N. Charles St.


(410) 889-1113

PJ's Pub

A hole-in-the-wall sort of place located right next to Wolman Hall, across the street from campus. Students who don't like Charles Village Pub often go to PJ's. Many students also order PJ's pizza. It's not great, but it's cheap, and since it's right next door, it's easy to do pickup and not have to tip for delivery. The TVs generally have sporting events on.

3333 N. Charles St.


(410) 243-8844

The Brewer's Art

The Brewer's Art is located in a large Mount Vernon townhouse where they brew their own beer and provide a variety of very good, but highly-priced, dishes. The entire first floor is occupied by the upscale restaurant. Downstairs is the somewhat sketchier bar area, at least compared to the nice restaurant upstairs. Their homemade beers are pretty good.

1106 N. Charles St.


(410) 547-6925

Charles Village Pub

One of the most popular hangouts at Hopkins. It's one block from campus, has reasonable prices, and generally is showing a sports game or two on TV. The food is greasy, and exactly what someone would expect from a bar, especially one right next to a college campus. Many students go here for the appetizers as well as the drinks.

3107 Saint Paul St.


(410) 243-1611

The Greene Turtle

The Greene Turtle is a bar and eatery with multiple televisions and a pub-type atmosphere. The food is actually one of the focuses, and it's better than you'd normally expect from a bar. This is the type of place that kind of has two sections-one for diners and one for bar patrons. It's not a place where you generally see a whole lot of Hopkins students, though.

722 S. Broadway


(410) 342-4222

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 52 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 43 responses

  • 35% Walk.
  • 30% Taxis.
  • 14% Public transportation.
  • 9% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 7% Use a designated driver.
  • 5% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 41 responses

  • 5% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 15% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 61% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 12% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 7% Parties? What parties?

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 8 responses

  • 56% Fraternities
  • 44% Your friends' apartments

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 8 responses

  • 100% Spring Fair
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