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3 College Junior

Nightlife: The parties are usually at the dorms or off campus. The parties can have a positive impact if students don't over due there drinking. I'm sure there have been times where students may have had too much to drink and things didn't turn out well.. Students should learn not to drink to the point that they aren't able to conduct themselves in an orderly fashion.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: It depends on the people you are with, the environment and the place.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The parties at SJU generally sucked. SJU is too far from most bars to walk to so you need to drive / taxi / train.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's solid-the bar scene in Manayunk I have heard from people is quite fun but the taxi ride back is a pain, unless you live there for off-campus housing.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Better if you can get into bars


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 263rd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 630th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1106th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tom Acox
Central Jersey
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The best advice is that the parties and bars get better as you get older. Students learn to throw better parties and where to go out at night. Philly's public transportation system is really good; the toughest part is figuring out which buses, trains, and trolleys go where. There is a subway, but it mostly runs toward South Philly, which is nowhere near St. Joe's. Students who make the best use of public transportation generally are the best partiers because there's a lot of very fun bars to discover that aren't proximal to St. Joe's.

There really isn't a lot to do for kids younger than 21 outside of house parties. Clubs such as Shampoo offer alternatives during the week, but most clubs and bars become extra tight on the weekends. There are a couple of good places in the city to catch concerts, shows, or festivals, but by the time most St. Joe's kids find out about these venues, they're not younger than 21 anymore. Drexel Arms Apartments is mostly dominated by frats and sororities, but it's not your typical frat scene, and most people won't be turned off by it. The only real significance is that those in the Greek organization having the party won't have to pay to get in while others will.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Center City
  • Main Street in Manayunk
  • Old City
  • South Street
Student Favorites
  • "Brew Pub"
  • 23 East
  • Kildare's
  • Maggie O'Neill's Irish Pub & Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bleu Martini
  • Cavanaugh's River Deck
  • Dave and Buster's
  • Great American Pub
  • New Deck Tavern
  • Woody's Bar
Local Specialties
  • Schuylkill Punch: From Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant
  • Yuengling: Headquartered in Pottsville
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • Case Race
  • Flip Cup
  • Power Hour
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • City Paper
  • Philadelphia Weekly
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
23 East
Organization Parties
Every once in a while, groups such as the Red Shirt Orientation leaders will have parties, but you generally need to be a part of the group or really good friends/roommates with someone that’s in it. They also claim to be pretty strict on carding so that the school doesn’t give them a hard time.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Noche, one of Rittenhouse Square's premiere happy hour bars, offers the comforts of a neighborhood bar, accented with sleek city style. A spacious room boasts 12-foot-high ceilings and a panoramic view of the city. An Argentinean-inspired menu and wine list complement the atmosphere. Other notable accessories include a pool table, jukebox, and imported cowhide-covered booths to cozy up in.

1901 Chestnut St.

Rittenhouse Square

(215) 568-0551

Lucy's Hat Shop Restaurant & Lounge

Lucy's Hat Shop is the perfect place for hanging out, happy hour, or dancing all night. It offers inexpensive, tasty bistro food in a relaxed atmosphere. There are two rooms, two separate styles of DJs, two dance floors, and two bars. Rotating DJs spin rock `n' roll and hip-hop weekly. There are pool tables and video games, an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet, and 15-foot high-definition TV screens.

247 Market St.

Old City

(215) 413-1433

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Maggie O'Neill's Irish Pub & Restaurant

Maggie's has been around for a while and is a favorite, especially to local kids who knew about it before coming to St. Joe's. The atmosphere is pretty much what you would expect out of a local Irish pub with the crowd ranging from locals to college kids to older people. Check out Sunday night karaoke for Maggie's most fun and interesting night.

1062 Pontiac Rd.

Drexel Hill

(610) 449-9889

Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant

Known affectionately to students as the "Brew Pub," Manayunk Brewery serves its own brews with just a few exceptions. Early fall and spring are the best times to make use of the outdoor deck and bar that overlook the Schuylkill River. On Sundays, the Brew Pub's brunch is an amazing way to recuperate from the damage you did to yourself the night before. Outside is the place to be, so during the winter months, it tends to get a little crowded inside.

4120 Main St.


(215) 482-8220

McShea's Restaurant & Bar

Check out McShea's on Monday nights for pitcher specials and beer pong from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. On Wednesdays, you'll enjoy live acoustic performances as part of the Original Singer/ Songwriter Series. A $10 cover includes admission and a complimentary beverage. Thursdays bring $1 off Guinness drafts and open-mic night.

242 Haverford Ave.


(610) 667-0510

23 East

It's pretty much heaven on Earth for most college students, and you'd better have a designated driver or take the conveniently located train because happy hour here usually leads to a night of debauchery.

23 E. Lancaster Ave.


(610) 649-8389

Fergie's Pub

Fergie's is a real-deal Irish pub. With the long, curly-haired namesake and owner patrolling the grounds with his Irish brogue, you may be surprised when you step out onto Philly's Sansom Street instead of somewhere in downtown Dublin. This is the spot for lunch during the week, an after-work office get-together, or for a pint and a night of high spirits! The most authentic part: no TV sets anywhere.

1214 Sansom St.


(215) 928-8118


It's not only one of the most fun and authentic Irish pubs you'll find around Philly, but it's also one of the most innovative. Aesthetically, the bar is amazing, but the coolest part about Kildare's is all the different food and drink specials.

4417 Main St.


(215) 482-7242

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

Shampoo Night Club

Located near Delaware Avenue, this bi-level club features 1-to-enter, 21-to-drink "Nocturne Wednesdays" with $3 U-call-it drinks. "Smile Thursdays" are also 18-to-enter, 21-to-drink with $2 U-call-its until 11 p.m.

417 N. Eighth St.


(215) 922-7500

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 42 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 39 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 5% Use a designated driver.
  • 3% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 26% Public transportation.
  • 59% Taxis.
  • 8% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 41 responses

  • 10% Parties? What parties?
  • 12% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 41% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 34% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 2% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Spring Concert
  • 40% Aaron Carter Concert
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