Facts & Statistics
Primary Areas with Nightlife
- The Mainline
- Old City Philadelphia
Other Places to Check Out
- The Barn
- Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar
- Déjà Vu
- Dirty Frank's
- Dock Street Brewing
- Electric Factory
- Fergie's Pub
- Irish Pub
- J.C. Dobbs
- Jake and Oliver's
- John Harvard's Brew House
- The Warehouse
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Fraternities throw ticket parties several times a semester where you pay a flat fee for the entire night, usually around $20 or $25, that includes transportation from Villanova and back and an open bar. These are usually pretty popular, depending on what fraternity is throwing the party. There's also cocktails, grab-a-dates, and socials if you're involved in Greek life. If not, lots of student associations on campus, like SAMOSA (South Asian Cultural Society), have formals to which everyone can buy tickets.
Club ListingsWhat's This?
A quality club outside Philadelphia, it's a great place for Mainline students who don't want to travel into Philly for the night. With a wide range of music, good drink specials, and great theme parties like "Fresh Squeezed Fridays," and "Go Saturdays," it's a fun time and always packed with college students and Mainline locals. The best day to hit up Ice is definitely on Fridays.
Club Flow is great, and it is easy on the college student's pocket. Hosting great parties throughout the week, Club Flow offers up an interesting array of music and people, attracting a large, diverse, cultural crowd. Thursdays are by far the best night to hit up Club Flow, with cheap drinks and tons of college students.
700 N. Columbus Blvd.
Student organizations are always pulling together a few buses and heading over to Chrome on weekend nights. There are huge dance floors, with hip-hop, rap, and house. 17 to enter, 21 to drink, with live DJs, definitely a must-to during your first few months in the Philly area.
939 N. Delaware Ave.
Bar ListingsWhat's This?
This is a classic, no-frills college bar. The drinks are afforable and there are plenty of Villanova students here.
1009 Lancaster Ave.
Kelly's has a bar upstairs and one downstairs. There are also plenty of specials here, as well as the Mug Club, where can pay $100 annually or $250 for a lifetime membership. You get a personalized mug and super cheap pints every day.
PJ Henry's Draft House
This sports bar has plenty of TVs, dart boards, and pool tables, as well as lots of specialty nights, like poker and beer pong nights. There's also karaoke and nice specials.
Located on top of Marathon Grill, the Marbar has tons of cheap drinks. There's a DJ on Fridays and Saturdays. Thursday are open bar (pay the cover and drink all you want!).
40th and Walnut
Grog Restaurant & Bar
An upscale bar and restaurant right on the Mainline, it is very popular for Villanova students, as well as other local schools. An old building with great ambience and a good assortment of delicious food, it has a full bar filled with domestic and imported drinks and beers. Located near a lot of off-campus housing and just a short drive from campus, there are `Nova students in there almost every day of the week.
863 W. Lancaster Ave.
Callahan's Irish Pub
Its atmosphere is rich in Irish culture and heritage. With daily drink specials and live DJs on the weekend, you can't go wrong coming here. There is also live traditional Irish music, karaoke nights, and game nights.
Not too far from campus, with drink specials almost every day of the week and live music as a backdrop, it's never hard to find a Villanovan or two around the bar. Drink specials range from 50 cent drafts to $2 bottles.
Flip and Bailey's
Formerly The Wild Onion, this place offers a laid-back atmosphere catering to college students. Nestled close to campus and off-campus housing, it's never hard to spot a few people you know somewhere in the bar. Complementing the bar is a decent selection of food with killer wings.
900 Conestoga Rd.
On the way to Philly, Erin's is a great place to sit down, relax, and meet up with friends. Drink specials are decent, with the best specials on Thursdays and Fridays. Very popular among Villanova students.
What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?
You can go to fraternity parties off campus at the Courts (local apartments) or various unofficial townhouses and homes. There are also plenty of campus activities, as well as movies, bowling, and going to local restaurants.