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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you are a commuter taking night classes and want to take the shuttle bus, good luck with that.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There aren't that many good parties on campus

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There's always something to do in center city and it's very easy to get there through public transportation.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There's always frats having parties on the weekends.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: When there are parties its good. Drexel is really strict and doesn't enjoy there students having fun. Every other school is better, if you're coming just for parties don't.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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Nightlife in Philadelphia is, frankly, incredible. Luckily, students don't have to wait until they're 21 to join in on the fun. Many clubs let in people 18 and older, but don't serve anyone under 21. Most underclassmen will remain on campus on party nights, frequenting house and frat parties—which are certainly underrated. At the upperclassman level, however, it becomes more fun to venture downtown and dance the night away. Philadelphia's strong musical roots make it an ideal place for nightlife. Famous DJs like DJ Rap, Josh Wink, Tony Touch, DJ Revolution, Cash Money, Jazzy Jeff, and DJ Craze spin here regularly as guest DJs. There is a dance club for every kind of music fan out there. There are punk clubs, reggae clubs, salsa clubs, and more. And it's great to meet all kinds of young people that you don't see in school every day, considering Philadelphia houses the highest population of college students in the country.

If students are looking for a more laid-back time, the neighborhood bars in Old City and University City offer a different kind of night with peanut shell-covered floors, games of pool, and sports on TV. Students do not seem to be too fond of campus parties, so the best bet for a great time is to partake in the vast opportunities that the city has to offer. Philadelphia is a Drexel University student's oyster.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Old City
Student Favorites
  • Cavanaugh's
  • MarBar
  • New Deck Tavern
Other Places to Check Out
  • Azure Ultra Lounge
  • Bleu Martini
  • The Blockley
  • Bob & Barbara's
  • Brasil's Restaurant & Nightspot
  • Cavanaugh's River Deck
  • Chickie's & Pete's
  • Chris' Jazz Café
  • Copabanana
  • Deco Night Club
  • Denim Private Club
  • Drinker's West
  • El Bar
  • Fat Tuesday
  • The Fieldhouse
  • Finnigan's Wake
  • The Fire
  • Fox & Hound
  • G Lounge
  • Good Dog Bar
  • Landmark Americana Tap & Grill
  • Mad Greek's Pizza
  • Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant
  • Marathon Grill
  • McFadden's
  • Mickey's Tavern
  • Palmer Social Club
  • Pizza Rustica
  • Raven Lounge
  • Roosevelt Pub
  • Rouge
  • The Roxxy
  • Savas Brick Oven Pizza
  • Smokey Joe's
  • Tattooed Mom
  • Vango Lounge & Skybar
  • Whisper Club
  • White Dog Café
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Flip cup
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Cavanaugh's Restaurant
Organization Parties
Many clubs at Drexel will often rent out a restaurant or nightclub and throw fundraising parties. These parties are usually a lot of fun, and are thrown by groups such as Asian Student Association, DISHA (Drexel Indian Undergraduate Students Association), and Habitat for Humanity. Look for these organizations to partner with similar ones at Penn or other area schools.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Fluid is a dance club that is famous for its music.

613 S. Fourth St.


(215) 629-3686

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Mad Mex

Mad Mex is the quintessential undergrad hangout. With cheap food, somewhat cheap drinks, and good specials, Mad Mex keeps students of all persuasions satisfied. They have a tremendous menu of draft beers that changes with the seasons. Make sure to get a "Big Azz" Margarita during one of its two happy hours. They are huge and, in addition to having tons of alcohol, quite tasty. Specials: There are lunch, dinner, and drink specials every day. Usually, there's a half-price lunch for students and half-price margaritas and bottles during happy hour.

3401 Walnut St.


(215) 382-2221

New Deck Tavern

New Deck is more of a traditional Irish pub with a lot of wood paneling and Irish memorabilia on the walls. They have a great beer selection and a very eclectic menu, but the food isn't terribly good. If you want a good old standby, the burgers are fine. This is a good place to go with a group if you're going to sit, talk, and laugh.

3408 Sansom St.


(215) 386-4600

Blarney Stone

Blarney Stone is a smaller student hangout. It does not have as many beers on tap, but you will definitely have a good time here. Girls have been known to outnumber the guys on occasion. There is dancing almost every night, and the pool tables get crowded.

3929 Sansom St.


(215) 222-5340

Cavanaugh's Restaurant

This is the typical college bar frequented by both Penn and Drexel students. The prices are right for both food and drinks, and the beer selection is impressive. There are about 12 beers on tap, and they have a bunch of refrigerators filled with every beer under the sun for bottles and takeout. The place is filled with TVs, making it the perfect spot to watch a big game. Weekends usually see loud music, thick crowds, and dancing. Radio stations have big parties. Cover charges are very cheap.

119 S. 39th St.


(215) 386-4889

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

CAB-sponsored activities (Campus Activities Board)

CAB sponsors events throughout the year.

On campus


Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 157 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 165 responses

  • 1% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 31% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 35% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 18% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 16% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 52 responses

  • 40% Homecoming or new student orientation
  • 29% Erin Express
  • 19% Fall fest
  • 12% Night on the Row


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