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4 College Junior

Nightlife: As long as you have a good fake ID, its fun every night. If not, you're in trouble

3 College Junior

Nightlife: I don't know much about the party scene, but a lot of people complain that it isn't that good. Despite this fact, people continue to party, go to bars, etc.

2 College Junior

Nightlife: The nightlife at Villanova is not good. The people are great but the places to party are not good. The bars are raided by police and are overcrowded. The greek life housing is not on campus and not funded by the school so the courts are terrible.

Once 21 the options get much better. Philly is a plus of the nightlife.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The only options are the bars (ID needed) and frats (trashy). Cabs are expensive and pledge rides are unreliable. The nightlife is poor.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: You can always find at least something to do.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 306th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 354th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1012nd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Margaret Rigas
Lancaster, PA
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Sometimes accused of being "Villa-no-fun," it is often difficult for underclassmen to tap into the rich nightlife surrounding Philadelphia. As students get older, their opportunities increase dramatically. With a limited selection of under-21 locations, it’s always a safe bet to see what’s going on at the local venues like the Troc. While there is no unofficial Villanova bar, students tend to frequent those directly on the Mainline.

Nightlife is pretty limited until your 21st birthday, but Villanova does an admirable job of providing entertainment on campus. Check out Connelly Center because there is almost always some type of free event. Dorm room parties tend to be small and can get boring. As an underclassman, your best bet is to join an organization. They sponsor events, rent out venues, and provide ways to meet new people. By sophomore year, students generally know enough upperclassmen to end up at a party. Junior and senior years are by far the best years for nightlife, as there are little restrictions on venues, with free reign to the clubs and bars in Philadelphia.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • The Mainline
  • Old City Philadelphia
Student Favorites
  • Kelly's
  • Maloney's
  • Marbar
  • PJ's
Other Places to Check Out
  • Attic
  • 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
  • Katmandu
  • McGullicuddy's
  • The Warehouse
  • Xero
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Kings
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Kelly's Maloney's Marbar PJ's
Organization Parties
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?

Ice Nightclub

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.

1160 First Ave.

King of Prussia

(610) 878-8483

Club Flow

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.


(215) 923-0504


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.


(215) 931-0101

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Maloney's Pub

This is a classic, no-frills college bar. The drinks are afforable and there are plenty of Villanova students here.

1009 Lancaster Ave.

Bryn Mawr

(610) 520-2589

Kelly's Taproom

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.

1107 Lancaster Ave.

Bryn Mawr

(610) 520-9344

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.

2330 Haverford Rd.


(610) 642-1370


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


(215) 561-0500

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.

Bryn Mawr

(610) 527-5870

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.

7681 Frankford Ave.


(215) 338-4188


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.

23 E. Lancaster Ave.


(610) 649-8389

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.

Bryn Mawr

(610) 527-4826

Erin's Pub

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.

36 W. Winona Ave.


(610) 461-0991

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.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 48 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 44 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 11% Use a designated driver.
  • 2% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 16% Public transportation.
  • 70% Taxis.
  • 0% Walk.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 13 responses

  • 37% Frat Houses
  • 21% Flips
  • 16% Maloney's
  • 11% The Courts
  • 11% Formals
  • 5% The Binn

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 47 responses

  • 9% Parties? What parties?
  • 13% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 55% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 23% 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 17 responses

  • 65% Hoops Mania
  • 18% Any of those following rush week
  • 18% Halloween
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