Newark, DE
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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is fun here, as long as youre a girl you can pretty much go anywhere at night.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Any given night of the week there is somewhere to go, you do have to know some people in order to get access, but that isn't very difficult, just ask around.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is always stuff to do if you know the right people. Whether it's St. Patty's Day or a random tuesday night, if you want to go out; I'm pretty sure you could. Warm weather means a ton of day drinks, cold weather means a much of night time off campus parties. There are also parties in trabant a few times a semester that mostly minorities go to that are pretty fun. Fake ID's don't really work here bar-wise so you have to be 21 when it comes to that but they close really early so you're not missing out on much unless it's a special day. You definitely don't have to be 21 to have a good time at this school.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not yet being of age to attend any bars, I can only speak on the off-campus parties and those events catering to all students at night.

Going to an off-campus house is the most popular place for students of all ages to go to on a Friday night or on the weekend. These however are almost always ended by campus police at some point in the night. If the party scene is not among one of your interests with how to spend your night, there is movie theater in the Trabant students center that plays recent releases on Friday and Saturday nights. Sporting events such as basketball and football games can sometimes be attended if they happen to be at night, and the best part is that students can all get in free with a valid ID. All in all, I can always find something to do on these nights at the end of the week even if it is just watching a movie with my floormates at my dorm.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I would be considered 'underage nightlife', but I unfortunately don't find very much time to experience it since I schedule my classes for early in the morning.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 42nd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 148th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1331st
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danielle Todd
Newark, Del.
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Nightlife is mostly synonymous with drinking on this campus. The most popular thing for students to do is drink in their dorms, at parties, or at the bar. Main Street is packed with students on weekend nights fighting to get in as many drinks as possible. For those who don't drink, there is not much else to do but get out of town.

UD often tries to create alcohol-free events for its students, such as movies, comedians, concerts, and alcohol-free dances. But the popularity of the partying scene creates a stigma for these events that prevents most students from attending. As UD continues to crack down on the drinking scene, these events may gain in number and popularity, but so far there haven't been big gains in attendance making University officials wary of spending money on things students won't enjoy.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Cleveland Avenue
  • East Main Street
  • Neighborhood behind East Campus
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Catherine Rooney's Irish Pub
  • Kildare's Irish Pub
  • Santa Fe Mexican Grill
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
1 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Deer Park Tavern, Stone Balloon Winehouse
Organization Parties
Often different sports teams will have parties at a designated team house that is populated only with members of the team. Depending on the group, the parties can be very open or very exclusive. Different clubs also organize parties, get-togethers, and other social activities. The Tae Quon Do club often has barbecues, while HOLA sponsors parties in local Mexican restaurants.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Mojo Main

270 E. Main St.


(302) 369-6656

The Roxxy

939 N. Delaware Ave.


(215) 931-0101


29 S. Bank St.


(215) 922-3020

Club 3

1206 N. Union St.


(302) 655-2000

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

La Tonalteca Restaurant

La Tonalteca is the place for margaritas. Students flock here for these beverages, offered on ice or frozen, for a night of Mexican partying. This restaurant is often the site for HOLA parties where you can learn Spanish dances and drink as many margaritas as you like. Be careful-they mix them strong!

60 N. College Ave.


(302) 737-8220

Stone Balloon Winehouse

The Stone Balloon is an extremely popular bar for UD students. It is very crowded and sticky with spilled beer, but students don't mind. They fight the crowd just to get a beer. Thursday, "Mug Night," is the most popular night. Buy a Stone Balloon Mug and hold onto it; this cup entitles you to as many $2 Natural Ice beers on Thursdays as you can possibly drink. In a town that has banned drink specials, this is what keeps the students pouring in. Another main feature of the Stone Balloon is its music scene. It generally has a local band playing each weekend, and occasionally hosts such big names as Third Eye Blind.

115 E. Main St.


(302) 266-8111

Timothy's of Newark

Timothy's is one of the few bars not on Main Street that manages to draw a large crowd. It is less crowded than the Main Street bars, but offers all the same tasty drinks. It is an ideal place to go if you prefer to actually sit down and have a conversation with your friends. The food offered is also unique because you can order buffalo meat burgers. It's a pioneering menu item and one that has actually been judged a tasty meal by students.

100 Creek View Road


(302) 738-9915

Klondike Kate's

Kate's is considered one of the coolest places for students to go. Most students dress up in their cutest outfits, girls in their tightest clothes, and prepare for a night of drinking and dancing. This bar has its own dance floor upstairs and features an '80s night every Saturday. It is usually very crowded on weekend nights, but is generally a good time. Monday nights feature a weekly Quizzo game where groups of friends form teams and answer trivia questions.

158 E. Main St.


(302) 737-6100

Deer Park Tavern

Deer Park has a relaxed atmosphere, so people go here to hang out and chat with friends. It features two floors, each boasting its own bar. The building itself is a historic landmark in Delaware and is rumored to have housed such reputable guests as Edgar Allen Poe.

108 W. Main St.


(302) 369-9414

Grotto Pizza

Grotto's is much smaller than the other bars on Main Street and offers a more of a relaxed good time. It is in a small space and the attire is casual. The restaurant is open until 1 a.m. and features pool tables and other fun games in the back room. There's also cheap food to go with your drinks.

45 E. Main St.


(302) 369-0600

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Iron Hill is a little more upscale and tends to be the choice of older students. The drinks and food are a bit more expensive, but also a lot tastier than its cheaper counter parts. The unique thing about this bar is that they brew their own beers, such as Pig Iron Porter and Raspberry Wheat. While it is classier, it still has its fair share of drunken rowdiness on weekends!

147 E. Main St.


(302) 266-9000

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

Brew HaHa

This coffee shop is the most popular one for students. It offers a variety of coffee drinks and tasty sandwiches. Brew HaHa provides a nice alternative location for studying when you can stand the silence of the library no longer and really need a caffeine fix to wake you up. They have a large outside deck where students can read or converse when it is nice out.

45 E. Main St.


(302) 369-2600

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 97 responses

  • 1% There are no good options.
  • 4% Use a designated driver.
  • 10% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 4% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 80% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 96 responses

Very poor
  • 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 98 responses

  • 3% Parties? What parties?
  • 2% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 22% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 62% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 10% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 13 responses

  • 31% I do not go to parties
  • 31% St. Patrick's Day
  • 15% Trabant parties
  • 15% Senior Concert on the Green!
  • 8% Welcome Days

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 11 responses

  • 50% Off Campus Housing
  • 31% Main street
  • 12% Greek houses
  • 6% Sport houses
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