Middlebury, VT
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4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: It may be in the middle of nowhere, but you can always find some great parties.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is at least one thing going on at Midd per night, 3 nights a week, for almost every week of the semester. Depending on the time in the semester, there might be 4/5 different parties going on per night, in which case there will be something that appeals to most people, or there might be 1/none, where a lot of people will choose to just extend their pregames. The parties at Midd are very repetitive - a Palmer party is a Palmer party is a Palmer party - same thing every time. Bad parties are a rarity, but, the scene can get boring after a while. There are definitely nights where people enjoy their pregames more than they think they'd enjoy a party, and you end up with 30-40 people drinking and hanging out in a dorm room. All of this being said, going out can be a blast. Social houses here know how to throw down, and the Atwater Suites and the Mods go absolutely wild.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Its pretty solid but than again i am on a sports team here. If your not on a sports team or a pretty girl it can be hard to get into parties sometimes, but that being said they are a blast once you get there.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: While I almost always know of something happening Wednesday - Saturday, it's usually only one party a night. Most of the parties are pretty much the same, too. They're giant grind fests that are hot and sweaty, unless you go to an Atwater suite, in which case there is still grinding. However, Atwater parties are usually smaller and they have lots of free alcohol in the fridges. Regardless of the limitations, you can pretty much always find something to do and I've had plenty of fun in my short time at Midd. It's definitely a work hard, play hard kind of school.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Minimal, Sketchy – There's no real organized nightlife, just sketchy parties in the basements of "social houses."


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 184th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 333rd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1047th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bohree Kim
Weston, CT
History of Art and Architecture
Grad Year
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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. 

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Other Places to Check Out
  • 51 Main at the Bridge
  • The Grille on campus
  • Vermont Liquor Store
Local Specialties
  • Otter Creek : The microbrewery is located in Middlebury and produces all Otter Creek and Wolaver's beers.
  • Woodchuck Cider : Cider is made by a Middlebury-based company. The original flavor is amber, but other flavors such as Granny Smith and pear are popular, as well.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Anchorman
  • Beer pong
  • Beirut
  • Kings
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Quarters
  • Strip poker
  • Vortex
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Addison County Independent
Closing Time
12 a.m.-2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
"Pub Nights" (Thursdays) at the Grille A social house
Organization Parties
One of the most infamous college dance parties to hit the Middlebury campus is the "Sketchcullough" dance parties featuring mostly drunken underclassmen, sparkly tank tops, and trashy trance music. These are typically sponsored by different student groups on campus and are free. Men's sports teams-particularly the soccer, hockey, and lacrosse teams-host some of the rowdiest parties on campus, so freshman girls beware.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Two Brothers Tavern

Two Brothers Tavern is a favorite among locals, students, and visitors alike for its great food, live entertainment, and welcoming atmosphere. Students 21-and-up flock to the bar/lounge downstairs on Thursday nights.

86 Main St.


(802) 388-0002

Mister Up's

Mister Up's is a student favorite-casual dining by day, student and local hangout by night. In addition to its drink specials, Mister Up's serves a variety of good, greasy, bar food at reasonable prices.

Bakery Lane


(802) 388-6724

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

Marquis Theatre

Marquis shows first-run movies at reasonable prices. Perfect for students of all ages!

Main St.


(802) 388-4841

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 19 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 28 responses

  • 7% There are no good options.
  • 0% Use a designated driver.
  • 29% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 64% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% Parties? What parties?
  • 21% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 48% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 31% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.


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