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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: On campus, the party scene is pitiful. No parties take place on campus, unless you count hanging in someone's dorm drinking wine out of a box and smoking weed while a pillow guards the door as a party. People go to surrounding colleges to party; Harvard is popular with the girls here for parties but guys usually aren't allowed it. Students with off-campus housing host parties occasionally but they get crowded and are generally BYO, and aren't that fun. There are lots of bars/clubs for 21+, but it's hard to find 18+ clubs. There are good all ages/18+ music venues in the area. The T runs till 1, but there are (expensive) cabs if you are going out later.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: With Cambridge and Boston surrounding the school, there is a ton to do and a great nightlife scene. The T (as of now) only runs until 12:30, however, which can sometimes be an issue. Otherwise, great restaurants, bars, and venues are within walking distance.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: You have the option of staying in Cambridge or "shipping off" to Boston for nightlife. The variety is totally sprawled, and the prices are usually around $10-$25.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Go Outside of the University to Party – Not a lot of parties at the school, but there are plenty of parties at neighboring schools and there are some good bars and clubs in Boston.

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3 College Senior

Nightlife: Get Off Campus – The nightlife within the school is virtually non-existant. That being said, there is a great community at the University. There are great people and may different venues you can go with your fellow students so you will enjoy the night!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 126th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 1161st
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1247th
    Biggest Party Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Roxanne Griffith
Amesbury, MA
Secondary Eduction, Literature, Creative Writing
Grad Year
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Being in the city on the weekends, most students find other things to do besides drink on campus, though small in-dorm get-togethers do occur. Those students looking for a good party tend to venture off campus to someone’s apartment or to a nearby fraternity. There are also a ton of bars and nightclubs in the area, which cater to many different crowds and offer a great time any night of the week. A lot of the bars on Massachusetts Avenue, where Lesley is located, offer reasonably priced drinks, though they do tend to get crowded on the weekends. Also nearby are clubs that host dance parties for the 18-and-up crowd; Machine Nightclub and Throwed are the most popular, and can offer a fun night of dancing for underage students.

There are also many other options for off-campus fun for those under 21, including comedy clubs, concerts, and sporting events. No matter what you are into, there is always something to do; you can catch a Red Sox game at Fenway, visit one of more than 40 museums in the area, or go see your favorite band at the House of Blues in Boston. Lesley gives away and sells discounted tickets to many great events in the Boston and Cambridge areas, and also hosts amazing magicians, comedians, and other performers right on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Boylston Street in Boston
  • Central Square
  • Harvard Square
Other Places to Check Out
  • Lucky's Lounge
  • Paradise Lounge
  • River Gods
  • West Side Lounge
Local Specialties
  • Beer Punch: Beer, vodka, and lemonade combined
  • Sam Adams Beer: A great beer brewed by the Boston Beer Company
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Beirut
  • Kings
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Information desk
  • Posters around campus
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Cambridge Common
Organization Parties
No on-campus organizations throw parties, though many put on events, such as "Casino Night" and Rollerblading.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Middlesex Lounge

Before 9 p.m., the Middlesex Lounge runs as a restaurant, but then transforms into a sleek dance lounge featuring both local and international DJs.

315 Massachusetts Ave.


(617) 868-6739

The Middle East

The Middle East Club has four separate venues within it: the Upstairs, which hosts live music; ZuZu, a fully-stocked bar; the Corner, a restaurant; and Downstairs, a dance club. One night a week, Downstairs is turned into an 18-and-up dance party called "Throwed."

472-480 Massachusetts Ave.


(617) 864-3278

Mojitos Latin Lounge

Mojitos has both a public lounge level, as well as a club level available for private events. This club tends to play a lot of fast-paced, Latin music.

48 Winter St.


(617) 834-0552


This club specializes in music variety, playing everything from Latin to old school hip-hop. On a busy night, getting in can be tough, so it's important to dress up.

100 Warrenton St.


(617) 338-8061


In order to get into this after-hours club, you need a membership, which is very pricey. Often features well-known artists, and has a huge dance floor.

306 Stuart St.



Gypsy Bar

Gypsy Bar offers a mix of high-style decor and luxurious amenities, and offers great drinks and dancing. It is known for the celebrities that often visit, and also has rooms for private functions. In order to get into Gypsy Bar, you need to be dressed nicely; those wearing sneakers, T-shirts, or shorts are not allowed in.

116 Boylston St.


(617) 482-7799

Felt Boston

Felt offers a restaurant, billiards, lounge, and nightclub, and also features four levels of entertainment.

533 Washington St.


(617) 350-5555

The Hong Kong

Home of "the Scorpion Bowl," The Hong Kong offers food, dancing, and fun, with a first-floor bar and a second-floor dance club. The club also offers monthly events, such as speed dating and sports.

65 Chatham St.


(617) 227-2226

Machine Nightclub

A gay bar/club that offers great music and dancing, as well as special events like drag shows and karaoke.

1254 Boylston St.


(617) 536-1950

Liquor Store

Featuring a mechanical bull, this nightclub is also known for being a bit on the "naughty" side. Great drinks and great dancing, and especially known for hosting bachelorette parties.

25 Boylston Place


(617) 357-6800

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Mr. Dooley's Boston Tavern

An Irish bar hosting live entertainment that also offers a full lunch and dinner menu.

77 Broad St.


(617) 367.2114

Green Street Grill

Green Street has fast and friendly bar service as well as awesome appetizers.

280 Green St.


(617) 876-1655

People's Republik

A popular dive that serves inexpensive but good drinks.

878 Massachusetts Ave.


(617) 491-6969

Shay's Pub & Wine Bar

Shay's offers a wide variety of drinks, as well as a laid-back atmosphere and vegetarian-friendly menu.

58 John F. Kennedy St.


(617) 864-9161

Rafiki Bistro

This bar/bistro offers both great food and a number of locally made microbrews.

1682 Massachusetts Ave.


(617) 661-7810

Biddy Early's

A little hole-in-the wall dive with cheap beer and good company.

141 Pearl St.


(617) 654-9944


While a bit on the expensive side, Backbar is known for its great service and loyal customers.

9 Sanborn Court


(617) 718-0249

Cambridge Common

Cambridge Common is located right next to Lesley's main campus and has a very wide selection of beer, as well as a fully-stocked bar.

1667 Massachusetts Ave.


(617) 547-1228

The Druid

This Irish pub offers traditional music and trivia nights, as well as really good burgers.

1357 Cambridge St.


(617) 497-0965

City Bar

A casual cocktail bar located in Boston's historic Back Bay.

65 Exeter St.


(617) 933-4800

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


An 18-and-up indie/techno dance party.

472 - 480 Massachusetts Ave.


(617) 864-3278

Lanes & Games

Lanes & Games offers bowling, arcade games, and pool, and also your average fried fare: chicken, fries, pizza, etc.

195 Concord Tpke.


(617) 876-5533

The Comedy Studio

A well-known comedy club that sells out almost every night.

1238 Massachusetts Ave.


(617) 661-6507

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 23 responses

  • 4% There are no good options.
  • 4% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 65% Public transportation.
  • 4% Taxis.
  • 22% Walk.

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 is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 43% Parties? What parties?
  • 43% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 9% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 4% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.


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