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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: We're only a couple blocks away from one of Boston's best bar streets, Boylston Street!

College Sophomore

Nightlife: Unfortunately, I am not as well versed in the bar/club scene or underage activities. The area around the Landmark Center does offer several choices for nightlife: Jillian's/Lucky Strikes, the Baseball Tavern, the Yard House, the Publick House and Church (on Kilmarnock St.) are a few places that I know the older students frequent. Best chance for transport include walking or bus.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nobody has parties on campus. People who are of age go to the bars on weekends.

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1 College Freshman

Nightlife: Simmons is in top 20 sober schools. There are zero parties. Have to go off campus to BU or Cambridge. Most of the time, you will come back not finding a party.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are no real parties here. Which is fine if parties aren't your thing. There are a lot of sports bars in our area because it's so close to Fenway, but those are busy, and sometimes you can't get any service if you're under 21. On Friday nights, the gay club "Machine" is 18+, which can be fun. Otherwise, look to go to BU, Northeastern, or Berklee for parties. Make sure they're within walking distance too, because the T shuts down around 12:30 on weekends.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 117th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 1230th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1263rd
    Biggest Party Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Krista Evans
Florence, AL
Political Science/International Relations
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In the city where Cheers is a real bar and everyone knows your name, Simmons students opt to go off campus to do their partying. In other guides, the College is often misleadingly written up as a sober college or a dry campus. On the contrary, students pride themselves for being smart enough not to endanger themselves by partying hard on such a small campus. Of-age students are allowed one open beverage in their room, and drinking is permitted. The bar scene in Boston is full of variety. Some students prefer the pub atmosphere, while others are attracted to the glitz of club life. Lansdowne Street is the closest area for Simmons students looking for a drink or a place to dance. Filled with dance clubs and bars, it provides an unusual mix of trendsetters and Red Sox fans looking for a beer after a game.

Unfortunately, in a city where cost of living is high, entertainment is not any different. Cover charges are often overly expensive and can cut deep into a college student’s budget. Many students head out early to get in on a lady’s night rate or on the guest list. The early closing of the T cuts into the length of partying, and there is not much nightlife past 2 a.m. On the hunt for a good time without a cover charge, first-year students often try the frat scene at Boston College or under-21 clubs on Lansdowne. As students get older, opportunities grow. For a good house party, the apartments in Mission Hill are a good bet, though local police are slowing this area’s legendary college party scene down.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Boylston
  • Cambridge
  • Cleveland Circle
  • Lansdowne
Student Favorites
An Tua Nua
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Beacon Hill Pub
  • Bell In Hand
  • Caprice Restaurant & Lounge
  • Dillons
  • The Enormous Room
  • Hong Kong
  • The Liquor Store
  • Mantra
  • Phoenix Landing
  • The Point
  • Solas Bar
  • Venu
Local Specialties
  • The Capecodder: A mixture of vodka, cranberry juice, and lime
  • The Green Monster: ½ pint cider, ½ pint lager, a shot of Midori melon liqueur, and a shot of Blue Curacao served at Fenway Park
  • Harpoon beer:
  • Sam Adams beer:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Card games (A$$hole, Kings, Ring of Fire)
  • Edward Scissorhands
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • The Improper Bostonian
  • Metro
  • Stuff@Night
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
An Tua Nua
Organization Parties
The Black Student Organization (BSO) hosts a party each semester as a fundraiser for the organization. The Public Relations Students Society of America (PRSSA) have invited local bands to perform.
Did You Know?
The original Boston pub that inspired the setting of the show Cheers is still open and located in downtown Boston.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

The Middle East

This is a great club to come catch a live show. There is an upstairs and a downstairs, which are basically different venues.

472 Mass Ave.

(617) 864-3278

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Pour House

Crowds flock to this staple for both a good meal and a good beer. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights offer the college student budget a break. Half price dishes offer the cheapest meal around. After 9 p.m., only the 21-and-up crowd is admitted.

909 Boylston St.

Back Bay

(617) 236-1767


With three levels, there is something for everyone at Jillian's. Pool, skee-ball, bowling, and dancing spice up the bar. Beware of the crowds on a game day. Video games are available for the less athletically inclined.

145 Ipswich St.

(617) 437-0300

An Tua Nua

Though the crowd is filled with Boston University students, Simmons women flock to An Tua Nua meet other college students.

835 Beacon St.

Beacon Hill

(617) 262-2121

Who's On First?

When you visit changes the atmosphere of the bar. When the Red Sox are playing, the bar is open early to get fans in the mood. The inexpensive cover and drafts attract college students from all over Boston. Lucky for Simmons students, the bar is just down the street. When it is not a game day, the bar has a dress code of no sneakers, hats, or jeans. During Red Sox games, there are special hours.

19 Yawkey Way


(617) 247-3353


After a Red Sox game, this bar overflows with sports fans looking for a beer to celebrate a victory or forget a loss.The monstrous margarita is a student favorite. Whiskey's is extremely popular for students looking for a place to meet area singles.

885 Boylston St.

Back Bay

(617) 262-5551

Cask 'n Flagon

A time-honored tradition as the pre-game Fenway Park hangout. You can see their sign from the seats behind home plate.

62 Brookline Ave.


(617) 536-4840

Boston Beer Works

A Fenway staple, a line files out the door during a baseball game.

61 Brookline Ave.


(617) 536-BEER


Copperfield's is the quintessential pub for Red Sox fans and college students. In the company of sports fans, be prepared to watch sports clips on the bar's televisions. On weekend nights, local rock bands can be heard. During Red Sox games, there are extended hours.

98 Brookline Ave.


(617) 247-8605

The Dugout

A college staple for Boston University students, The Dugout is a place for Simmons students to meet other students. Beer is cheap, catering to the college-aged crowd.

718 Commonwealth Ave.

Daisy Buchanan's

In a sea of upscale bars, Daisy's is a retreat for getting a drink and something to eat, without the pressure to impress. Casual attire gives this bar a more comfortable feel than other upscale and trendsetting bars in Boston. Daisy's is the place to watch a game with friends, or even catch a glimpse of a local sports star. Pub-style food with a New England seafood flare is served.

240 Newbury St.

Back Bay

(617) 247-8516

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

Improv Asylum

While eating canolis in the North End, stop by for a good laugh. Tickets range from around $15 to $20 depending on the night of the show. Thursdays are cheaper.

216 Hanover St.

North End

(617) 263-6887

The Middle East

If you are looking for live music, look here. Alternative live bands set up to prove their stuff. This multi-level venue hosts a Middle Eastern bistro for after-show munchies, and a large space for headlining shows. Live music fills three stages seven nights a week.

472 Massachusetts Ave.

Central Square

(617) 931-2000


Avalon's variety attracts both students and the area's young professionals. Live music can be caught early in the evening.

15 Lansdowne St.


(617) 262-2437

Comedy Connection

On top of the Fanueil Hall food court, the Comedy Connection hosts local and national comedians. This is a great place for a night with friends. (The R-rated hypnotist is booked weekly and is absolutely hilarious.)

1 Faneuil Hall Market Pl.

Downtown Crossing

(617) 248-9700

Student Polls

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's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 23 responses

  • 4% There are no good options.
  • 0% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 65% Public transportation.
  • 4% Taxis.
  • 26% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 70% Parties? What parties?
  • 15% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 15% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 0% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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