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2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: too much drinking it is not positive at all

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1 College Freshman

Party Scene: Compared to other colleges, the party scene at Amherst is atrocious. The trustees' resolution banning fraternities combined with the scheduled demolition of the social dormitories guarantees there will be no party scene at Amherst within the next few years. I am thoroughly perplexed by the administration's decisions: the Amherst social scene has been on a steady decline for the last decade, and they have done nothing to fix it other than to build the mediocre Powerhouse, which has had no real effect other than limiting the party scene to 2am. Furthermore, Saturday night is really the only night worth going out on, and even then, there are some Saturdays where there is literally nothing going on. I actually pity future Amherst classes that will have absolutely no options for partying. Parties are an integral part of college life and provide an important outlet for stress; if the administration does not figure something out in the coming years, parties will cease to exist. Do not come to this school if you are looking forward to partying in college because you will be thoroughly disappointed.

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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: It is pretty bad all around unless you have a good group of friends.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene is better if you are an athlete

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Lots of drinking, crowded spaces--the usual. I've found it a bit disillusioning, but it's easily avoidable if that's what you want.

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Amherst students have to fend for themselves as far as partying and drinking are concerned. Having realized, somewhere in the 19th century probably, that the unstylish town of Amherst will not bring salvation to hedonistic and fun-loving hearts, students have taken it upon themselves to learn the much sought-after skill of party-throwing. Over the generations, alumni have passed it on to current students, seniors to freshmen, until we got to where we are today. Amherst nightlife is becoming quite fashionable. During weekends and some weekdays, parties happen all over the school, and all you have to do is get the weekly lowdown from friends and start hiking from dorm to dorm. So-Co (the Social Council) organizes theme parties, all of which seem to involve crazy dancing and no alcohol.

Outside of the College, however, things are bleak. There are several bars in the town of Amherst, which some seniors and upperclassmen frequent. The bars offer a place to chill in peace. Dance clubs do exist in Northampton, but very few Amherst students ever go due to the distance, students’ laziness, and the fact that large parts of the Amherst student population hang out close to home. Students at Smith and Holyoke usually get bored pretty fast with their parties, and many of them come to Amherst College for a good time. Even UMassers, who live in the loudest and raunchiest place in the area, sometimes choose Amherst on weekends. In short, if you come to Amherst, you’ll be partying mostly close to home.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Student Favorites
  • McMurphy's
  • Monkey Bar
Other Places to Check Out
  • 5 College parties
  • UMass frats
Favorite Drinking Games
  • 7-11 Doubles
  • Flip Cup
  • Kings #1
  • Power Hour
Useful Resources for Nightlife
The Daily Jolt (
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Drinks are free at almost all parties at Amherst College.
Organization Parties
The Social Council is a committee of students entrusted with Amherst College funds for the purpose of organizing awesome parties, and they usually succeed amazingly in that. The only drawback is that these are college-sponsored, and so no alcohol is served. Amherst students also keep their weekend interesting by organizing their own parties. Sports teams, a cappella groups, the debate team, and virtually all student clubs host parties. The student club hosting the party will usually supply the alcohol. Sorm residents often join to organize a party in their dorms. Theme house and social dorm residents (see the Campus Housing section) excel in this. These parties, too, have plenty of alcohol.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Mc Murphy's Uptown Tavern

There are live acts, including good Amherst student bands.

37 N. Pleasant St.

(413) 253-0170

Monkey Bar & Grill

Popular among students and faculty.

63 N. Pleasant St.

(413) 259-1600

Amherst Brewing Co.

There's live entertainment on Friday and Saturday.

24 N. Pleasant St.

(413) 253-4400

The Harp

There's an Irish atmosphere with 16 beers on tap and live bands.

163 Sunderland Rd.

(413) 548-6900

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

Go to a college party and drink all you want.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 23 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 26 responses

  • 4% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 19% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 42% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 31% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 4% Parties? What parties?

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

  • 69% Crossett Christmas
  • 23% The social life here is terrible.
  • 8% Black Students' Union parties
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