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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Very few bars that are really close.

3 College Student

Nightlife: There aren't really any on campus parties, but you can go to a house and they have parties. The only problem is getting there.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is nothing to do around here

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are no frats, so parties are usually held by sports teams and such. For the 21+ student, its a pretty fun place, but under 21, you can go to the Woodlands which is a close club.

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: Practically nonexistent. Unless you have a "cliche" here, you'll spend most nights trying to find something to do.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 279th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 1069th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1090th
    Biggest Party Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Michele Drago
Larksville, Pa
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Going out on the weekends is definitely something students at Misericordia look forward to. Since there is only one decent student bar near campus, students have to drive 20 minutes to access the popular bars in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The Public Square has two of the hottest spots, and the nice part is that the bars are within walking distance from each other—actually, they're right next door. Students choose to go to Rodano's or the Hardware bar because of the cheap drink specials. Metro is only a five-minute drive from campus, and most students go there for the close proximity, but the drinks are known to be expensive after happy hour.

Students that are under 21 literally have to make up their own fun at Misericordia. Parties are hardly ever thrown because both on-campus and off-campus parties get busted. Uh-oh. Usually, the under-21 crowd hits up the movies or just hangs out with friends. Underagers are even known for trying to get upperclassmen to buy alcohol for them; if they drink quietly in the dorms, they most likely won't get caught. If the rare house party is thrown, underagers are encouraged not to attend, just because the police will probably show up. Rumor has it that in 2009, a house party was about to be busted, and some sophomore jumped off a balcony onto a concrete sidewalk because she was under 21 and didn't want to get caught. Luckily, the party didn't get busted, but she did end up with a broken back.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Public Square in Wilkes-Barre
Other Places to Check Out
  • Breakers (at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs)
  • Whiskey Business
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Flip cup
  • Kings/Circle of death
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Woodlands and Metro Bar and Grill

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Twist is an alternative-lifestyle bar. It has a very welcoming environment, and it's the only club that still remains open in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area.

1170 Highway 315 Blvd.


(570) 825-7300

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Metro Bar and Grill

Metro is only five minutes away from campus and is definitely a student's first choice when going out on the weekends. Happy hour is every day from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., and mixed drinks are only $2. They offer a great drink selection, too.

1174 Memorial Highway


(570) 674-3663


Rodano's has become the newest student hot spot on the weekends. Students from Misericordia, King's, and Wilkes are always occupying Rodano's. There is a cover fee to get in, but there's always a live band or DJ on the front stage.

53 Public Square


(570) 829-6444

The Woodlands Inn

The Woodlands is a very relaxing environment that offers all types of dollar drinks during happy hour.

1073 Pennsylvania 315


(570) 824-9831

Arena Bar and Grill

Arena has the best drinks in the Valley-by far. They are known for having the largest selection of beers on tap and awesome margaritas for $5. Besides the great drinks, students like to come here for the delicious food.

380 Coal St.


(570) 970-8829

Checkerboard Inn

Checkerboard is a small local favorite. It's a good place to just hang out with friends and eat a nice gourmet dinner while having a few drinks.

385 Carverton Rd.


(570) 696-1648

Hardware Bar

Located in downtown Wilkes-Barre, the Hardware Bar is actually three bars interconnected. Walking into the bar, you'll see stripper poles, barber chair shots, some type of local band, and a great drink (some of which are only $1 on Fridays and Saturdays).

12 S. Main St.


(570) 763-9249

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

R/C Wilkes Barre Movies 14

Movies 14 is the closest movie theater to campus. It's always crowded and definitely a favorite spot for all Misericordia students.

24 E. North Hampton St.


(570) 825-4444

Evolution at the Woodlands

Evolution is the nightclub inside the Woodlands, open on Thursday nights for the 18-and-over crowd.

1073 Pennsylvania 315


(570) 762-2222

Chacko's Bowling

Chacko's is a great place for the under-21 crowd. They have midnight bowling, so it's a safe alternative instead of going to parties.

195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd.


(570) 208-2695

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 24 responses

  • 8% There are no good options.
  • 71% Use a designated driver.
  • 21% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 0% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 24 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 24 responses

  • 21% Parties? What parties?
  • 58% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 12% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 8% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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