Fredericksburg, VA
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1 College Freshman

Nightlife: Horrible. Virtually no parties. I've been to a few "parties" and its usually like 5 people sharing 2 beers and dancing to kesha.

I never thought it was possible for a college to have such terrible parties.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: If you are or are friends with a student athlete Mary Wash has some great parties.. however if not you may be spending your night in your dorm or worse.... the "frat house"

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: It can be very good if you know where to go.

College Freshman

Nightlife: Pfffft I don't go to parties. My friends and I just drink in the basement of our dorm.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I'm not a big party person


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 299th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 999th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1074th
    Biggest Party Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sandy Nicole
Grad Year
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Prospective students should know that Mary Washington is not in the slightest bit a party school, but it still has parties. The most frequent complaint about the University is the nightlife, or rather, lack of it. That being said, the nightlife at the University isn't altogether nonexistent. There is a lot of truth to the "it's as fun as you make it" philosophy.

While there are no official fraternities or sororities supported by the school, various varsity sports and clubs often have parties off campus on the weekends. The downside to this is that if you don't have upperclassman friends who can drive you to parties, it can be a lot of walking. In addition, the few parties that do happen every weekend often get broken up by the police. There are a couple of bars within a reasonable driving distance, but there are no clubs, unless you are willing to drive 40 minutes to D.C. Aside from sports-affiliated parties and the occasional unofficial frat parties, students tend to just hang out together in small groups in either dorms or off-campus houses.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown
  • Off-campus parties held by clubs/sports
  • On campus
Other Places to Check Out
  • 909 Saloon
  • Bailey's Pub & Grille
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille
  • Hooters
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (a$$hole, Kings, etc.)
  • Keg races
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Organization Parties
Varsity sports throw big parties occasionally, as do the unofficial fraternities here. You don't necessarily have to be associated with the sports-you just have to hear about the party. And although the fraternities are "unofficial," they do throw parties sometimes that end up being pretty popular. Other than that, clubs and organizations tend to throw smaller parties where only the associated members attend.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Otter House

The most popular bar for college students, the Otter House is a more spacious setting than other bars in Fredericksburg. It has a game room, a TV to watch sports, and great food/drinks.

1005 Princess Anne St.


(540) 656-2969

Q Ball Café

This bar is great if you want to play pool or smoke at the bar. They also have a non-smoking dining area if you want to get food and sit down with friends.

960 Bragg Road


(540) 548-2799


The bar is located upstairs and has the cheapest drinks in town. It also serves pizza and a bunch of greasy, wonderful food for a tipsy appetite.

816 Caroline St.


(540) 371-9595

The Bourbon Room

This bar is just a short walk from the University. It has a dance floor along with TVs at the bar to check out sports and a place to relax at the lounge, complete with couches and coffee tables. This bar gives you plenty of choices as to how you want to hang out.

216 William St.


(540) 374-0404

Capital Ale House

Although this is one of the closer bars to campus, it's not really a bumping college bar. It tends to draw an older crowd of locals and grad students. It's a much more formal atmosphere at which to drink, with its leather couches and fireplace.

917 Caroline St.


(540) 371-2337

Hard Times Café

Hard Times is a great environment for chilling with friends, with downstairs and upstairs sections featuring pool tables and a basement bar. The restaurant has plenty of televisions for catching the big game. During happy hour, Hard Times has $2 domestic beers and $1 off all other drinks.

314 Jefferson Davis Highway


(540) 899-6555

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

Regal Fredericksburg 15

The local theater is a great spot to catch a movie with some friends.

3301 Plank Road, Route 3W


(540) 786-7796

Hyperion Espresso

The coffee shop is a nice alternative to the downtown scene. It's a great, relaxing atmosphere to hang out with friends on cozy couches.

301 William St.


(540) 373-4882

Aladin Restaurant & Café

This hookah bar provides a great place to socialize and hang out with friends. Smoke some peach-flavored hookah, eat some falafels, or sing along to some karaoke-Aladin's is a great place for the under-21 crowd.

2052 Plank Road


(540) 372-7755

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 27 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 34 responses

  • 9% There are no good options.
  • 29% Use a designated driver.
  • 9% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 6% Public transportation.
  • 3% Taxis.
  • 44% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 30% Parties? What parties?
  • 43% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 19% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 8% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Homecoming after parties
  • 40% There aren't really parties....


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