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2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Not a whole lot to do unless you go to Harrisburg. Most people just make their own fun. It's pretty laid-back, sometimes boring, but you get used to it.

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is none, in that sense.

Weekends mean hanging with friends in the Union or in someone's dorm. We have game night (yes, we play board games and card games... that Jungle Speed gets intense!) or movie night most weeks... there are also "Lost Films" offered every weekend (a movie that is in the void between theaters and out on DVD) that are really nice and only $2 and often the Student Activities Board has events- dances, concerts, theme nights, etc)

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: So far, I haven't come across anything crazy.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I am not a party-er, and neither are most people at this school. It makes no difference to me. If I have any nightlife, I'm practicing in the music building.

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: People don't really party but just enjoy hanging out with people which I think is great.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 5th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 1313rd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1368th
    Biggest Party Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ashley Offenback
Yardley, Pa.
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“Messiah nightlife” is almost an oxymoron. Typical late-night hotspots include 24-hour Wal-Marts and Sheetz. The party scene on campus is very limited because drinking alcohol is prohibited by the Community Covenant for all students. On-campus house parties are nonexistent, and off-campus house parties have been known to take place but are few and far between. Luckily, most students are able to find other stuff to do on the weekends, such as go to the movies, attend concerts, explore the campus, or play games in the dorms. Anyone underage who really wants to drink must do it quietly and behind closed doors. Students who are 21 and over sometimes visit the bars on 2nd Street in Harrisburg, but they risk being caught by tattletales and facing the consequences. The majority of students, however, either hold personal convictions against alcohol or are content refraining from drinking while at Messiah.

The occasional dances thrown by the Student Activities Board are insanely popular with students. Sporadic spur-of-the-moment dance parties are also put together throughout the year in dorm lounges and are always well-attended. Over-21 and under-21 clubs do exist in Harrisburg but are not well-frequented by students. Hookah bars are an up-and-coming trend that seem to become more wildly popular and attended by the minute. Even students who refuse to drink often will devote the night to a hookah bar with friends.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
2nd Street in Harrisburg
Other Places to Check Out
Appalachian Brewing Company
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Hardware Bar at Eclipse
Organization Parties
The Student Activities Board (SAB) organizes three dance parties throughout the year: the Homecoming Dance, Christmas Tradition, and Spring Fling.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Three separate dance floors offer guests their choice of music. The cover charge is reasonable, and the Hardware Bar serves cheap drinks. Dress code is "sexy and sleek."

236 N. 2nd St.


(717) 221-0530

Dragonfly Club

Level One is the largest room and offers local and national DJ acts. Level Two is strictly a hip-hop dance club. The Spy Club plays live rock 'n' roll music.

234 N. 2nd St.


(717) 232-6940

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Molly Brannigans

This bar features Irish specialties, interiors, and entertainment.

2nd and Walnut streets


(717) 260-9242

T.J. Rockwell's

Cozy seating and fireplaces warm the mood. The outdoor deck seats more than 200 and offers two tiki bars.

896 W. Grantham Rd.


(717) 766-4200

Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar

This sports bar offers homemade and inexpensive food. Arooga's is a certified green restaurant with tons of flat-screens and free Wi-Fi.

1300 Camp Hill Bypass

Camp Hill

(7170 730-WING

Gingerbread Man Downtown

Dress code is casual. Beer, liquor, and wine is served. There's great food, but it is a little expensive.

312 Market St.


(717) 221-8400

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

Zodiac Dance Club

Zodiac is for the 15-to-20 crowd and Harrisburg's only under-21 dance club. Open Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Zodiac has a strict dress code and offers a soda and juice bar.

706 N. Third St.

Harrrisburg, PA

(717) 236-2435


Trampoline complex for all ages!

15 Stetler Ave.

Shamokin Dam

(570) 743-0920

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 72 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 63 responses

  • 41% There are no good options.
  • 35% Use a designated driver.
  • 8% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 2% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 14% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 64 responses

  • 75% Parties? What parties?
  • 17% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 2% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 6% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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