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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Tough for freshman guys, especially if not on a club or sports team

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Typical undergrad institution. Frat houses frequently host parties, although the administration has started coming down pretty hard on them.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: The athletic teams typically host parties at their "houses" and that is where many people go to party. Bars are less frequented but do exist in downtown Easton and off-campus "Milo's" and often have specials nights because they're in a college towns (those typically generate the highest crowds on those nights). There aren't clubs, but I find that there's enough fun right on The Hill that it's not really necessary to leave.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Most of the athletic teams host parties and there arent that many bars

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Freshman year boys are not allowed into greek parties during the first semester but after that it is all free game. Wednesdays are a big night to go out along with the weekends. People pretty much stay on campus- all off campus options are 21+ and are fairly difficult to get to. Overall the scene is pretty bumping.

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  • 224th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 735th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1153rd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shehtaz Huq
Dhaka, Bangladesh
English, Film and Media Studies
Grad Year
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Because Lafayette's campus has a strong policy on underage drinking, a lot of freshmen and sophomores cannot frequent the bars and clubs in and around the Easton area. However, on-campus nighttime activities are not lacking. Campus-sponsored events take place almost any given week. The Lafayette Activities Forum (LAF) frequently sponsors events, inviting stand-up comedians to perform in Lower Farinon and guest speakers to deliver lectures (admission being free). Students also have the option of going to theater and/or musical events, performed by both outside groups and student organizations.

On the weekends, students can usually find a couple of parties on campus. Some of these events can be exclusive, while others are open to students of all years. Usually the sports teams and Greek life host these parties, and it is not uncommon for students to follow up with “after parties” of their own. Despite the administration’s strong stance on underage drinking, most students do not have a hard time procuring alcohol. The College also has a "Good Samaritan" policy, where students can report friends and peers who they believe are in trouble without the fear of repercussions. Students who live in wellness (also known as “substance-free”) dorms and/or do not prefer to attend rowdy social events can do things on their own, like organize movie nights. Resident advisers also plan weeknight events throughout the week, so there usually isn’t a dearth of things to do around campus.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Cattell Street
  • Easton’s Center Square
Other Places to Check Out
  • Banana Joe's
  • Big Woody's
  • Crocodile Rock CafĂ©
  • Ocean
  • Pearly Baker's Alehouse
  • Tally-Ho Tavern
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Beirut
  • Card games (Circle of Death)
  • Power hour
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
A fraternity party (drinks are free )
Organization Parties
Fraternities and sororities are known to rent out areas on and off campus to throw their own formals or date parties. Campus Pizza is usually shut down until midnight for a private affair at least twice a month. Other organizations throw random, nonalcoholic parties on campus in Farinon, as well, and dance parties in the atrium are also common.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Milo's Place

217 Cattell St.


(610) 258-4390

Mother's Bar & Grille

Mother's is packed with Lafayette students and Easton townies alike. Mother's is most popular on Wednesday nights for karaoke, when almost all juniors and seniors are down in the circle. On those nights, the place is packed to capacity, and getting a drink is relatively difficult. On weekend nights, there are guest DJs, and the dance floor in the back is hopping. The College even provides a free bus/van service down to the circle beginning at 10 p.m. on weekend nights.

3 Lehn's Ct.


(610) 559-1700

Drinky Drinkerson's

Formerly known as Bar 5, Drinky Drinkerson's location is perfect for students to switch up their routine and try something different than Mother's. The bar is always crowded, and drinks are somewhat expensive; it is always really dark and really smoky in Drinky Drinkerson's, and the dance floor is always busy. Lafayette students tend to frequent the club on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

5 Centre Sq.


(610) 252-3800

Campus Pizza House

There are always fraternities or sororities renting out Campus Pizza for private parties, but when it is open to the public, there is almost no problem for a student to get in, although you do have to show an ID. The beer is cheap, and the place is packed and smoky.

133 McCartney St.


(610) 253-7541

College Hill Tavern

CHT, as it's affectionately known, has done less business recently than in past years because of its location. It is a little bit of a walk, and students tend to stay within a one-mile radius of campus so they can get back to their dorm room safely. CHT is always quiet, and drink specials are available.

420 Cattell St.


(610) 252-9456

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

The Spot

The Spot is Lafayette's on-campus nightclub, featuring a dance floor, game rooms, a bar area with a big-screen TV, and a kitchen that serves free food.

Fraternity parties

Go to a fraternity party-there are only a few bars and clubs in the area, and they are all relatively strict with partying. Lafayette also sponsors a number of weekend events for those who don't, or can't, drink, including comedians and movies.

On campus


Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 21 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 23 responses

  • 78% Walk.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 13% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 9% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 8% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 50% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 25% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 17% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 0% Parties? What parties?


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