What Middlebury lacks in downtown nightlife it nearly makes up for in on-campus entertainment, and that’s saying something, considering the town is totally dead after 10 p.m. There are three bars in town, and no clubs to speak of. Bars typically begin closing around midnight, and the nearest entertainment alternatives are a 50-minute drive north. The town is extremely conservative when it comes to noise-making and all types of partying. On the other hand, the College is sympathetic to a student’s need to forget all of the weekdays’ cares on the weekend. In light of this, the Middlebury College Activities Board (MCAB) and other student organizations often sponsor bands, parties, and famous entertainers on Fridays and Saturdays. There are always plays, instrumental concerts, dance performances, and other such events held in the Center for the Arts (CFA) and in other venues around campus, as well. As for the after-party, dorm room debauchery and drinking is rampant, and social houses hold raucous, yet often lame, beer blowouts nearly every weekend.
If you don’t plan on bringing a car to campus during your time at Middlebury, you may begin to feel extremely claustrophobic by sophomore year. The excitement of beer and grinding with sweaty strangers tends to wear off rather quickly, and everyone’s ready to explore a more varied social scene after a while. Drinking in a 4-by-4 room with your friends never loses its charm, but eventually you’ll probably be itching to get away to Burlington or Montreal one weekend.