Nightlife

Location
Northampton, MA
Undergrads
2,643
Tuition
$41,460
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Senior

Nightlife: If you can't find something at school, then you can usually find things at Amherst or in the city.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are parties at Smith almost every weekend plus many parties and the nearby five colleges,

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Smith parties aren't great but other colleges are just a bus ride away. Northampton also has a club called Diva's for people to go to, and some places to see music (Music Academy, Calvin, and Iron Horse).

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There's always a lot to do in Northampton or the surrounding 5 College area. Free public transportation, there's always something to do. Though on weekdays, most of downtown closes early.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Weekends are the only time anyone partys. and when there are patries, there is at least an hour-long line. the parties usually consist of lots of self-righteously topless girls dancing, which can be fun, but in moderation. I personally can only tolerate it for about an hour. I feel starved of fun, but try to reconcile this by convincing myself that I can take a 40-minute bus ride to another college.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 516th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 533rd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 856th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dara Kagan
Hometown
Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Major
Government, with a minor in the Study of Women and Gender
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While at Smith, the average student is most likely going to feel the need to expand her social scene. There are not a lot of big parties on campus, so it takes a bit of effort to have fun at night. First-year students usually only get so far as house parties and big keggers, which usually involves a trip to TAP (The Amherst Party) or UMass’ frat row. Often, witnessing the drunken stupidity of these parties discourages students from a second visit. As students become comfortable with their friends, they often venture to bars, clubs, and concerts to expand their nightlife experience. Sometimes the expansion of a student’s social life just means that they go to room parties in other houses.

Regardless, having fun every weekend usually requires a bit of creativity. The administration has made it very difficult for houses to throw parties, so most take place in individual rooms. Aside from the fact that students run the risk of getting caught, it can get boring hanging out and drinking with the same people. The house parties that do happen are usually packed with lots of drunk people just looking to hook up. Some students find this frustrating, while others are perfectly content to hang out on campus with their friends or at campus parties. The key to having a fulfilling nightlife at Smith is finding people you have fun with and want to do the same things as you.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Amherst
  • Northampton
Student Favorites
  • Bishop's Lounge
  • Packard's
  • Union Station
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Basement
  • Club Metro
  • Fitzwilly's
  • The Grotto
  • Mama Iguana's
  • Northampton Brewery
  • Paradise City Tavern
  • Ye Olde Watering Hole
Local Specialties
The Tunnel Bar's martinis (they're huge!):
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • Card games (Kings)
  • Power Hour
Useful Resources for Nightlife
www.valleyadvocate.com
Closing Time
1 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Hangar Pub & Grill
Organization Parties
The following are popular: Black Students Association dance parties, EKTA's Mendi night with a South Asian dinner, Hooked on Swing Society's swing lessons and dance party, Nosotras Latin dance parties, Rugby prom, Smith African and Caribbean Students Association hip-hop and reggae dance parties, and Feminists of Smith (FSU) drag ball. On the weekends, at least two of the houses in the Quad have themed parties with student DJ's from Smith's radio station WOZQ.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Skyplex

This three-story building houses three different clubs: the Skybar Lounge, an outdoor rooftop bar that plays dance and Top 40 selections; Pure, a multi-level nightclub with an "LA and Las Vegas nightlife" vibe; and Vivid, which offers wall-to-floor video screens playing interactive dance videos. SkyPlex hosts an 18-and-over College Night on Thursdays, 21-and-over Friday Latin dance nights with free lessons, and 18-and-over Saturday nights playing Top 40 and dance hits. This collection of clubs presents a "classier" vibe than your average college hangout, and the dress code is strictly enforced.

10 Stearns Sq.

Springfield

(413) 827-9000

Diva's Nightclub

This is the only club in Northampton, and it reflects NoHo's thriving gay culture. Each night it's open has a specific theme. Saturday is a 21-and-over dance party and is the only night Diva's is 21-and-over only. All the other nights are 18-and-over, but if you're under 21, there's a cover charge. Diva's is great for a night out when you want to get dressed up and go out dancing!

492 Pleasant St.

Northampton

(413) 586-8161

www.divasofnoho.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Toasted Owl Tavern

There's lots of TVs here, so it's a fun place to check out a game. It's also next door to Fitzwilly's.

21 Main St.

Northampton

(413) 585-5088

www.toastedowl.com

Packard's

Packard's is the bar most Smith students frequent. It's a casual place to hang out and have a beer. It also offers typical pub fare, like potato skins, wings, and build-your-own burgers, as well as darts and pool for the full pub experience.

14 Masonic St.

Northampton

(413) 584-5957

World War II Club

Often described as the best-kept secret of Northampton, the World War II Club is a hot underground spot on Friday nights, when it's teeming with people young and old clamoring to sing karaoke, dance, or just socialize. As one of the few places to dance in Northampton, "The Deuce" attracts an eclectic group. It's also inexpensive, making it a favorite of college students.

50 Conz St.

Northampton

(413) 586-3315

www.facebook.com/ww2club

The Tunnel Bar

The Tunnel Bar, a classy establishment located in-you guessed it-a renovated tunnel, features overstuffed leather chairs, a swanky atmosphere, and gigantic dessert martinis. Smithies often find that they can flirt their way into free drinks, given the abundance of older men here.

125A Pleasant St.

Northampton

(413) 586-5366

www.unionstationrestaurant.com

Bishop's Lounge

Bishop's is one of the few establishments in Northampton to offer live entertainment seven nights a week with no cover. The bands-local rock groups that add to Bishop's casual, fun atmosphere-are usually decent.

41 Strong Ave.

Northampton

(413) 586-8900

Amherst Brewing Company (The ABC)

The Amherst Brewing Company serves traditional pub-style fare and a dozen choices of beer and ale brewed on the premises. There is seating available at the large bar, in the separate dining area, or outside. Upstairs, where it is 21-and-over only, there is another bar and several pool tables. Friday and Saturday nights have live entertainment.

24 N. Pleasant St.

Amherst

(413) 253-4400

www.amherstbrewing.com

Monkey Bar

This Mediterranean-style is open for lunch and dinner, and there is also a separate bar where most of the college students congregate on the weekends. There is a DJ Wednesday through Friday that plays hip-hop, reggae, or club music. There is also a hot-body contest on Friday.

63 N. Pleasant St.

Amherst

(413) 259-1600

www.bistro63.com

Hangar Pub & Grill

The Hangar, like most bars, serves wings. However, the Hangar takes particular pride in offering a wide range in spiciness from Wimpy to Afterburner. Their special on pints of Guinness add to the atmosphere of the Hangar as a college pub.

55 University Dr.

Amherst

(413) 549-WING

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

Pearl Street Nightclub

Pearl Street Nightclub has long been a haven for rockers in the Valley. The club has two venues in one building: the ballroom, which can hold 700 people, and the club room, which holds around 250 people. Performers at Pearl Street range from big-name rockers to local indie-rockers. Pearl Street also pays homage to other genres of music such as rap and reggae. There are also great music shows like "Burn Down the Disco," a night of indie and punk music, or "Battle of the Bands," which features competitions between local bands. On Saturdays, the night's theme is "The Latin Zone," featuring Latin music and salsa dancing. Generally, the music is pretty good and there are a lot of people dancing. It's also a good place to get away from the Smith scene for a night. Depending on the night, tickets can range from $6-$22.

10 Pearl St.

Northampton

(413) 584-7771

www.iheg.com/pearl_street_main.asp

Iron Horse

The Iron Horse is a concert hall that hosts eclectic musicians and performers, most are independent rock groups. It can be pricey for college students ($10-$40 depending on the show), and many students only go there occasionally, but it's a good alternative to going out.

20 Center St.

Northampton

(413) 584-0610

www.iheg.com/iron_horse_main.asp

Calvin Theatre

The Calvin Theatre is known in Northampton for the varied and well-known acts that it brings to the city, which have included comedians like Bill Cosby and musical acts like Spearhead and Ziggy Marley. The performances have also included movie shows (like the original Dracula set to a Philip Glass soundtrack) and dance performances. The wide range of events here ensures that every Smith student makes it to the Calvin Theatre at least once.

19 King St.

Northampton

(413) 584-1444

www.iheg.com/calvin_theater_main.asp

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 41 responses

  • 2% There are no good options.
  • 10% Use a designated driver.
  • 5% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 29% Public transportation.
  • 2% Taxis.
  • 51% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 41 responses

Very poor
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  • 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 41 responses

  • 7% Parties? What parties?
  • 27% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 56% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 7% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 2% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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