Nightlife

Location
Medford, MA
Undergrads
5,167
Tuition
$44,666
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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College Junior

Nightlife: I haven't gone out too much in the past, so I don't yet know.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: You have to be willing to sacrifice the club scene at Tufts. You will be attending either large frat parties/sports parties with maybe 1-2 kegs for 300+ people, who are all trying to drink away the awkwardness.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I honestly don't know, I've never been to a frat party and am not really interested.

1 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you want a strong social scene, this is not the school for you! Most parties are held at frats.

2 College Student

Nightlife: Very few options, if you're not getting drunk at a party, you're hanging out in the dorms with your friends

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 313rd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1005th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1056th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chris Cote
Hometown
Ipswich, MA
Major
International Relations
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As far as local options go, there are a lot of very nice bars close to Tufts—particularly in Davis Square. If you really want to dance, though, you’ll probably have to head down to Lansdowne Street in Boston. The bars and clubs there, in the broadest sense, are exclusive but expensive. Given the huge number of organization parties, house parties, and fraternity events right around the University, Tufts students don’t have to leave the campus area to have a good time. Besides, it’s more convenient, and ultimately more affordable, for students to remain on campus grounds and attend a frat party.

Boston has a huge college population to support, so there is always avid nightlife to be found in the city. Tufts students have the benefit of quantity and variety in regards to bars, clubs, and parties, and students won’t be left longing for wild times as long as they’re willing to meet new people and get out and look for new places. So, the two biggest downsides here are that many clubs are overly expensive, and everything in the city closes at 2 a.m. Tufts has its own scene of parties and shows, but many students like to venture off campus looking for a little added spice over the weekends.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Davis Square
  • Harvard Square
  • Lansdowne Street
Student Favorites
  • The Burren
  • RedBones/Underbones
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games
  • Century Club
  • Kings
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • www.bostonnightguide.com
  • www.bostonphoenix.com
  • www.clubvibes.com
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Underbones

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Jillian's

Jillian's is enormous with a bar, dance club, pool tables, and even bowling. You must be at least 18 years old to get in, but after 8 p.m., the bar is 21 and older.

145 Ipswich St.

Boston

(617) 437-0300

www.jilliansboston.com

Johnny D's Uptown

A live music club close to campus, Johnny D's also has a restaurant serving up an awesome brunch on Sundays.

17 Holland St.

Somerville

(617) 776-2004

johnnydsuptown.com

The Roxy

A cozier kind of feel in the middle of the Theater District, Roxy is a unique kind of club and has lots of specialty nights. There are 18-and-over nights, as well.

279 Tremont St.

Boston

(617) 338-7699

www.roxyboston.com

Bill's Bar

Great live bands, moderate drink prices, and plenty of action.

5 1/2 Lansdowne St.

Boston

(617) 421-9678

Embassy

Check out this dance club-a favorite among Tufts students. There is a more upscale dress code, and again, you must be at least 19 to enter.

13 Lansdowne St.

Boston

(617) 536-2100

Jake Ivory's

This is a lively dueling piano bar that tends to be a bit expensive. You must be 21 and up on Fridays and Saturdays.

9 Lansdowne St.

Boston

(617) 247-1222

www.jakeivorys.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Joshua Tree Bar & Grill

It's loud in here, but that's just because of the crowds. Come for the beer on tap and the great food. Try the salads, but get there early so you can hear when people talk to you.

256 Elm St.

Somerville

(617) 623-9910

www.joshuatreebarandgrill.com

John Harvard's Brew House

Try their great original brews and their food, as well. Monday nights have half-price appetizers for students after 10 p.m.

33 Dunster St.

Cambridge

(617) 868-3585

www.johnharvards.com

TT the Bear's Place

A legendary live music venue, TT's shouldn't be missed.

10 Brookline St.

Cambridge

(617) 492-2327

www.ttthebears.com

Redbones/Underbones

This is a popular bar for Tufts students. Try all their grilled specialties. The basement of Redbones is called Underbones. It's also worth noting that this bar does not accept credit cards-just good ole'-fashioned cash.

55 Chester St.

Somerville

(617) 628-2200

www.redbonesbbq.com

Cheers Bull & Finch

Everyone might not know your name here, but this is the real Cheers which inspired the classic TV show. You won't find Sam Malone around, but still, it's a happening bar with good burgers.

Pub 84 Beacon St.

Boston

(617) 227-9605

www.cheersboston.com

The Burren

Genuine traditional Irish bar with Irish music. Check out the Thursday night house band, a favorite of Tufts students. Must be 21 to enter.

247 Elm St.

Somerville

(617) 776-6896

www.burren.com

Hong Kong Restaurant

The scorpion bowl drinks are worth the trip, but the Chinese food is nothing special. This is also a comedy club during the week and a dance club on the weekends.

1238 Massachusetts Ave.

Cambridge

(617) 864-5311

Christopher's

A bar with its own character, a good place to chill with friends, and not too far from Tufts in Porter Square.

1920 Massachusetts Ave.

Cambridge

(617) 876-9180

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

There are plenty of cool things for under-agers to do around Boston. Most clubs' age requirement is 19 just to dance, and the Diesel Café, located at 257 Elm Street in Davis Square, has some nice pool tables and makes a killer latte. The Café is open until 1 a.m. on the weekends, and 12 a.m. during the week (www.diesel-cafe.com). The Somerville Theater (www.somervilletheatreonline.com), a historic landmark in Boston, can be found at 55 Davis Square. It's a great place to check out for live music and movies, and the facility has an awesome old-fashioned feel. Lastly, no one should miss the Rocky Horror Picture Show put on in Harvard Square.

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 7% Use a designated driver.
  • 3% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 45% Public transportation.
  • 7% Taxis.
  • 38% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 22 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 30 responses

  • 7% Parties? What parties?
  • 3% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 73% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 10% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 7% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 8 responses

  • 78% The fraternities and some of the athletic houses
  • 22% Nowhere

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 8 responses

  • 100% Spring Fling (concert in April)

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