Nightlife

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Philadelphia, PA
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24,382
Tuition (in-state)
$23,422 ($13,596)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife can start out slow for an incomming freshman. Making many friends in your dorm will improve your partying experience. House parties are good but often get busted, as for fraternities they are great depending which ones you go to.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Since Temple University is by center city, the amount of night clubs and bars in the area is amazing. This makes the nightlife very entertaining by campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: To be able to unwind with your friends after a long day of studies or exams is always the best. Nightlife is really a time to socialize and meet others that you would not normally meet on campus. I had some of the best nights ever with my friends. We just laugh forever. There is always something to talk about the next day and many memories to never forget.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife is great! you will never be bored. There's always someone having a party on campus or something to do in the city with friends. To get the most out of the city nightlife you often have to be 21.

College Student

Nightlife: As a commuter, I do not spend time around the campus at night, so cannot weigh in on what the nightlife is like.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 55th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 336th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1318th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Temple students can find a frat party any day of the week. Organizations throw parties on a weekly basis for a few dollars. For good bars, Old City, Manayunk, and Center have a wide selection. The Draught Horse (pronounced "Draft") is located on campus at Cecil B. Moore on Broad Street. The Draught Horse has daily drink specials, karaoke night, live music, and great food. Security is tight, so have ID. Although Temple advertises itself as a dry campus, there is a bar situated in the center of campus called Maxi's. This is the bar to go to when you're watching a sporting event or getting a quick slice of pizza. As far as clubs, there definitely is an age group difference with the regular nights and the underage nights. However, different genres of music are played at these clubs on certain nights, so it’s up to the student to decide which is more important to his or her club atmosphere of choice: the company or the beats?

To make the best of the party scene, check out the parties thrown by students from different schools in the area. Faces might become redundant, but the music and atmosphere are better than any club or bar. It also makes your transportation needs a bit more reliable, since Temple has shuttle services. For those students under 21, the nightlife option is limited to just the house parties and whatever events different campus organizations have. Most students find this isn’t much of a problem, and anyone can be kept entertained by the amount of stuff on campus. It can also save you from spending a ton on transportation, cover charges, and drinks.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Center City
  • Manayunk
  • Old City
  • South Street
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bleu Martini
  • Chickie's & Pete's Crab House & Sports Bar
  • Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
  • Dolce Restaurant
  • Maxi's Pizza Subs & Bar
  • McFadden's
  • New Barber's Hall
  • Palmer Social Club
  • Pub Webb
  • Raven Lounge
  • Recess Lounge
  • Ristorante Panorama
  • The Roxxy
  • The Roxxy
  • Samba Nightclub
  • Silk City Diner, Bar & Lounge
  • Sugarmom's
  • Sumo Sushi
  • Vango Lounge & Skybar
  • Voyeur Nightclub
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Kings
  • Power hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • drinkphilly.com
  • Local radio stations
  • Word of mouth
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
All of the bars in the city have drink specials for certain nights, so you can look them up or just follow the herds of people going to the best bar any given night.
Organization Parties
There are a lot of parties thrown by organizations on a weekly basis. Most are thrown by Greeks in a rented space, but they are definitely a favorite of the students. Other organizations throw parties on campus, but the cost to rent a hall is expensive, so only a few large parties are thrown each semester. The Main Campus Program Board and the Temple Student Government are the two largest organizations on campus. They are responsible for most of the parties, events, lectures, and movies on campus.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Whisper Club

This is a club located close to campus; it's pretty upscale but a great time.

1712 Walnut St.

Philadelphia

(215) 735-6700

www.whisperclub.com

Shampoo

Theme parties Wednesday through Saturday

417 N. 8th St.

Philadelphia

(215) 922-7500

www.shampooonline.com

Zee Bar

This is another very exclusive club in the city; it's open until 3 a.m.

100 Spring Garden St.

Philadelphia

(215) 922-2994

www.zee-bar.com

Woody's Bar

Woody's is known as Philly's "Gay Mecca."

202 S. 13th St.

Philadelphia

(215) 545-1893

www.woodysbar.com

Club 27

Huge club with dance floors

27 S. Bank St.

Philadelphia

(215) 922-3020

www.club27philly.net

Brasil's Restaurant & Nightspot

This Latin dance club has Brazilian, Latin, and Caribbean nights.

112 Chestnut St.

Philadelphia

(215) 413-1700

Recess Lounge

One of the most exclusive clubs in Philadelphia. There is a high probability you will see local professional athletes and celebrities here.

125 S. Second St.

Philadelphia

(215) 351-9026

www.recesslounge.com

Laff House

Comedy club

221 South St.

Philadelphia

(215) 440-4242

www.laffhouse.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Plough & The Stars

Restaurant-turned-bar after hours

Second and Chestnut St.

Philadelphia

(215) 733-0330

www.ploughstars.com

McGillin's Olde Ale House

Some of the best deals in Center City: $6.50 pitchers of beer every day of the week.

1310 Drury St.

Philadelphia

(215) 735-5562

www.mcgillins.com

Prime Lounge

This is a great bar to hang out at and grab a couple of drinks.

1200 Sansom St.

Philadelphia

primeloungephilly.com

Red Zone

Upscale modern sports bar

35 S. Second St.

Philadelphia

(267) 639-5359

www.redzonephilly.com

PYT

PYT has the best burgers in Philly and a pretty cool atmosphere to get a beer and eat a burger, too.

1050 N. Hancock St.

Philadelphia

(215) 964-9009

www.pytphilly.com

Mad River

126 Chestnut St.

Philadelphia

(215) 923-5553

www.madriverphilly.com

Dirty Frank's Bar

Drinks are dirt-cheap.

347 S. 13th St.

Philadelphia

(215) 732-5010

Cavanaugh's River Deck

The best bar to go to during the week if you are in Philadelphia during the summer. Wednesday night is $1 mug night for ANYTHING until midnight.

417 N. Columbus Blvd.

Philadelphia

(215) 629-7400

www.theriverdeck.com

Draught Horse

Draught is a Wednesday night hot spot for Temple students with its dollar beers.

1431 Cecil B Moore Ave.

Philadelphia

(215) 235-1010

draughthorse.com

Lucy's Hat Shop

This is THE bar for Temple students on Thursdays. You can't really beat 99 cent beers in the city.

247 Market St.

Philadelphia

(215) 413-1433

www.lucys215.com

Grey Lounge

132 Chestnut St.

Philadelphia

(215) 925-3379

greyoldcity.com

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

Diamond Street

There are frat and house parties on Diamond Street, as well as other student-thrown parties. Some clubs have nights for students 21 and younger, but you'll be partying with high schoolers.

Philadelphia

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 157 responses

  • 1% There are no good options.
  • 8% Use a designated driver.
  • 8% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 42% Public transportation.
  • 15% Taxis.
  • 26% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 155 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 158 responses

  • 4% Parties? What parties?
  • 9% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 27% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 49% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 11% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 21 responses

  • 41% Off campus houses
  • 31% The frat houses
  • 15% The Party Owl
  • 13% Clubs around town

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 20 responses

  • 35% Homecoming
  • 35% Spring Fling .. until it got canceled
  • 20% The begining of the year
  • 10% Spring Fling

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