Nightlife

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It is really fun when you go out with people you have common interests with, like to formals for clubs or teammates' houses to hang out.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Salisbury is really known for its house parties because that is all there really is. It is actually kind of sad because the weekends have a set sequence as to where everybody over 21 is. For example Thursday night is Brew River, Friday night is Monkey Barrel, and Saturday night is house parties. The aforementioned places, Brew and Barrel are really the only bar/club scene. The underage nightlife revolves around house parties which get busted a lot because the cops in the area seem they have nothing better to do. Transportation on the other hand is great. It is called Safe Ride and it does not matter your age, they will come pick up and take you home with no questions asked.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: A lot of people go home, it's not always as alive as it's put out to be, but you can always find fun things to do.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 208th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 935th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1163rd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Harsh Desai
Hometown
Salisbury, MD
Major
Biology/ Pre-medicine
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To be honest, there is not much in the way of nighttime hangouts for students. For the over-21 crowd, Green Turtle, Monkey Barrel, and Breaktime bars are popular hangouts. However, there are not many other good options, unless students are willing to travel to Ocean City, which is about a half-hour drive from campus. Ocean City also boasts the most popular nightclubs in the area, while Salisbury has none. The only other option for off-campus "nightlife" in Salisbury is the late-night eatery route, including the likes of Dunkin' Donuts and McDonald's, but nobody really wants to hang out at Mickey D's all night. On campus, comedians, such as Lee Camp, and musicians, such as the All-American Rejects, perform for packed auditoriums, but these events are not very regular.

Although official nightlife is scarce, the party scene certainly is strong on and around campus. A large number of students goes out Thursday through Saturday nights, usually after 10 p.m., and jumps around from one party to another. It is not unusual to look outside at midnight, especially on weekends, and see a campus full of people hanging out. Parties are also held in dorm rooms, with just a few friends and some beer. Despite the drinking, the atmosphere is very relaxed and for non-drinkers, there is no great peer pressure, so they too can enjoy themselves. On the whole, there are on-campus events, but drinking is certainly the preferred nighttime activity on the weekend.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Cynthia Place
  • Hazel Street
  • Old/New Zoo
  • Onley Road
Local Specialties
  • The Barrel: A large barrel of your favorite beer.
  • Dogfish Head: A locally brewed beer.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • Kings
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • www.delmarvanow.com/Entertainment
  • www.gobeachcomber.com
Closing Time
1 a.m.-2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Cheers, located on Route 13 next to campus, is the most popular place for alcohol purchases among SU students.
Organization Parties
Salisbury fraternities and sororities throw the occasional social for members and their guests, but only on certain occasions. More frequently, the sports teams get together and throw parties at their members' houses.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Macky's Bayside Bar and Grill

Macky's combines the flavor of New Orleans with Eastern Shore cuisine. Furthermore, its private beach is a great place to kick back and enjoy the sunset.

54th St. on the Bay

Ocean City/Bayside

(410) 723-5565

www.mackys.com

The Party Block

The Party Block is a complex featuring three of OC's most popular clubs: The Paddock, Big Kahuna, and Rush.

17th and Coastal Highway

Ocean City

(410) 289-6331

www.partyblock.com

Seacrets

A landmark of the area, Seacrets is a gigantic complex featuring 17 bars, a private beach, and nightly entertainment.

49th St. in the Bay

Ocean City/Bayside Midtown

(410) 524-4900

www.seacrets.com

Horizons Oceanfront Restaurant and Ocean Club Night Club

An oceanfront night spot with great food, entertainment, and dancing.

101st St. in the Clarion Resort/Fontainebleau Hotel

Ocean City

(410) 524-3535

www.clarionoc.com

Fager's Island

Fager's Island is a nightclub located in the bay with a breathtaking sunset every night during the summer. The restaurant offers seafood and Pacific Rim cuisine. Like most OC establishments, Fager's is open from spring to fall.

60th Street in the Bay

Ocean City

(410) 524-5500

www.fagers.com

The Greene Turtle

The original Greene Turtle is open year-round. A sports bar and grill, the Turtle offers entertainment every night, a raw bar, as well as carry-out.

11601 Coastal Highway

Ocean City

(410) 723-2120

www.thegreeneturtle.com

Harpoon Hanna's Restaurant

A waterfront restaurant and tiki bar, Harpoon Hanna's offers great seafood and nightly entertainment.

Rt 54 & the Bay

Ocean City

(302) 539-3095

www.harpoonhannasrestaurant.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Greene Turtle

A local sports bar that is a great hangout spot for locals.

2618 N. Salisbury Blvd.

Salisbury

(410) 860-9991

www.greeneturtle.com

The Monkey Barrel

The Monkey Barrel is Salisbury's most popular college bar. Popular for its entertainment selection and 21st birthdays, the Barrel sees its fair share of the SU crowd.

1147 S. Salisbury Blvd.

Salisbury

(410) 341-6700

www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=30235929330

Breaktime Sports Grill and Pub

Breaktime is an over-21 bar and grill that offers nightly entertainment, pool tables, and a plethora of sports action.

1009 S. Salisbury Blvd.

Salisbury

(410) 742-7665

www.breaktimegrill.com

Brew River

Located on the bank of the Wicomico River, Brew River is a restaurant, bar, and nightclub rolled into one. With nightly entertainment and a great selection of menu items, it is a popular student spot.

502 W. Main St.

Salisbury

(410) 677-6757

www.brewriver.com

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

H2O

An under-21 dance club featuring foam parties every weekend and a great selection of nonalcoholic beverages.

Off the Boardwalk on Worcester St.

Ocean City

(410) 289-7102

Crown Sports Center

Crown is a large sports complex that features a popular laser tag arena and arcade.

28410 Crown Rd.

Fruitland

(410) 742-6000

www.crownsportscenter.com

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 48 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 43 responses

  • 2% There are no good options.
  • 30% Use a designated driver.
  • 26% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 5% Public transportation.
  • 5% Taxis.
  • 33% Walk.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 10 responses

  • 50% Typically around beginning of year/ holidays
  • 20% Bi-annually, "War on the Shore" Lax game/day drink
  • 10% The formals each semester.
  • 10% Finals week.
  • 10% Pumpkin chunkin

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 48 responses

  • 2% Parties? What parties?
  • 10% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 31% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 56% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 9 responses

  • 70% Farther away from campus
  • 20% At my teammates' houses
  • 10% Usually like 5-10 mins walking distance.

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