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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are a ton of on-campus activities if you are not a partier, but plenty of parties if you are. A few frat houses are right across the street from the freshman dorms, so is convenient for both freshman and upperclassmen.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The parties are pretty great and a lot of fun. While they are pretty prevalent, again, you don't have to get involved in that scene to have a great time at the school.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The campus parties are mostly provided by the fraternities. The parties are great in all of the frats, the only problem is that lots of fraternities have a boys girls ratio which is 3 girls to 1 boy and that's the only way you can get into some frats or you have to know some people there. Also in some frats lots of boys feel very pressured because frat boys are usually being very rude and illogically stupid and just decide to kick out some random boys from their house just because they didn't like their face or the way they dance, so lots of boys don't feel secure in frats. I am sure all the girls are really enjoying the frat parties. Frats are the providers of alcohol and nice music so they are always a great place to go and have fun.

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1 College Freshman

Party Scene: The prevalence of the partying on campus is slightly atrocious, which isn't something that they tell you when you walk in the door. It's mostly the frats that cause people to be stumbling across the halls at 2 in the morning, as well as all the screaming at night. I personally didn't come to this college for those things, so it is very frustrating. However, if you want to have a "good time", then Gettysburg is the place to be!

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is always a place to go on the weekends. Especially if you've found the right friends for your taste in social activities, any night is a good night! You just have to find your party vibe and have fun with who's around you.

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Perception is reality at Gettysburg, as Greeks and Greek-oriented events dominate the social scene on campus. Unless you don't mind toned-down get-togethers in dorm rooms, or have the organizational skills (and the cash) to make it to Baltimore or DC, it's very easy for students to come to rely on frat parties for your social stimulation, particularly early on in your college career. This is not to say that a good time cannot be had outside the bounds of the Greek system, but it does have to be sought out. Off-campus apartment parties are abundant at times (particularly in warmer weather), and tolling around the quads and housing complexes generally results in a good time, one way or another.

Between bars and off-campus housing, it is easier for upperclassmen to have a good time independent of the fraternities. A pub-crawl is not out of the question, due to the large number of bars within walking distance of campus, and since alcohol is permitted in apartments and suites where the residents are of age, a quiet drink and a movie can pass time quite well.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
The Square and its main spokes, the fraternities.
Student Favorites
  • Flying Bull Saloon
  • Mamma Ventura's
  • The Pub & Restaurant
Local Specialties
  • Natural Light:
  • Yuengling:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • A$$hole
  • Beirut
  • F%#* the Dealer
Closing Time
1 a.m.-2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Flying Bull Saloon
Organization Parties
One of the unique things about Gettysburg College is that it has its own student-run nightclub, the Attic. Most organizations host their parties at the Attic, and students over 21 always check the fine print of publicity flyers to see those magic words, Host Provider; which means that three free beers or glasses of wine will be served to each person.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

O'Rorke's Eatery & Spirits

Since O'Rorke's is on the south side of town, near the battlefield and away from campus, it tends to get overlooked by students looking to stumble in and out of a bar in short order. This is a shame, because it is managed well and offers a nice ambience for those looking for more of a quiet, laid-back bar experience.

44 Steinwehr Ave.

(717) 334-2333

The Pub & Restaurant

The Pub is where it's at on Tuesday nights with drink specials. Most other nights of the week, the place is generally quiet, as competing specials at other bars attract all of the attention. Still, the Pub remains a solid choice any night, and if you are looking to skip the crowds, check it out on a Wednesday or a Thursday, as you will likely have the place to yourself.

20-22 Lincoln Sq.

(717) 334-7100

Mamma Ventura's

Mama V's is the classic college bar hangout in Gettysburg. There's a pool table, darts, beer, and not much else. You get what you pay for, and nothing more.

13 Chambersburg St.

(717) 334-5548

The Blue Parrot

The Blue Parrot is one of the nicest bars in town, and certainly the most chic. Of course, the prices reflect this, but it can be worth the cost. If the Flying Bull is the Homer Simpson of the bar scene in Gettysburg, the Blue Parrot is Frasier Crane.

27 Chambersburg St.

(717) 337-3739

Flying Bull Saloon

The Bull has recently overcome its reputation as a dive, and with the help of cheap beer and live entertainment, has managed to turn itself into somewhat of a trendy hangout for the fraternity and independent crowds alike. Of course, in reality, it's still a dive, but it's harder to tell with so many beautiful people at the bar.

28 Carlisle St.

(717) 334-6202

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

If you're not 21, the fraternities are the obvious option at Gettysburg. They offer alcohol, close contact with people of the opposite sex, and the total lack of need for conversation-all within close walking distance of the freshman dorms. If you absolutely have to leave campus, there's always Wal-Mart. Seriously though, since all the bars in Gettysburg check IDs at the door, if you're under 21, you can't even come in and hang out after about 10 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 30 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 34 responses

  • 9% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 68% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 21% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 3% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 0% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 19 responses

  • 79% Springfest
  • 21% Probably Springfest, freshman-havent experienced
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