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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties here typically only happen on Friday and Saturday nights, and some of them are good and some are bad. Based on which campus group is hosting the event, it is usually pretty easy to predict whether it will be an enjoyable event or not beforehand. For those who aren't into parties, Nerd House on campus has a bunch of great, creative options every weekend.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties definitely have had a positive impact on my experience here. Everyone comes together for them, so its a good way to hang out with people you are friends with but might not have classes with or bump into a lot during the week.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It may be different than an average state school social scene, but Haverford has a surprisingly robust party scene when you know where to look. Most Saturdays there will be at least one large party, and many groups party on Thursdays and Fridays as well, if not also during the week. Parties are very welcoming and open to the entire student body, and even when intoxicated students are friendly and look out for each other.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The school is very small so sometimes seeing the same people over and over again can be boring. However, the best parties are ones where you can simply dance with your friends. The party scene is usually well contained and has a good impact on the student body.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are always parties going on during the weekend, however sometimes it feels like there could be more. Still fun though.

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Very few Haverfordians frequent Philadelphia’s club scene. It is a hassle getting in and out of town, the clubs are not particularly exciting, and Haverford students aren’t generally the clubbing type anyway. Probably the main reason, however, is that it is easy and cheap to get liquored up on campus, and most students interested in partying take full advantage of this. Haverford has no fraternities or sororities, but on-campus parties are held on a fairly regular basis. On many Thursday nights, there’s a moderately-sized party somewhere in Lloyd dormitory. Lunt basement provides the perfect venue for concerts on Friday nights, and Saturday nights tend to be a big party night at Haverford, too. There is usually at least one big party going on, whether it be at the apartments, in Gummere basement, or at Drinker House. Many of them are small and have themes, making it easier to meet people and have fun.

Don’t get the impression that Haverford students don’t frequent local bars, because the upperclassmen often make appearances at places off campus. The Roach and O’Brien is fairly popular, and so is Brownie’s—a slightly nicer bar in nearby Ardmore, whose claim to fame is a notable performance by Vanilla Ice. Roach and O’Brien on Friday nights would make an interesting anthropological study: About half the people there are Haverford students and the other half are grizzled locals. Usually everyone gets along fine.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Ardmore
  • Haverford
  • Philadelphia
Other Places to Check Out
  • Doobie's
  • H&J McNally's Tavern
  • McGlinchey's Bar and Grill
  • Philadelphia Bar and Grille
  • Roosevelt Pub
Local Specialties
  • Anchor Porter: CE
  • Samuel Adams:
  • Yuengling:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Flip Cup
  • King's
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Roache and O’Brien

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Fluid is one of Philly's newer clubs, and already a venerable place for the city's hottest DJs. On most nights, the music is heavy on afro-beat, hip hop, and reggae.

613 S Fourth St.


(215) 629-3686

Club Flow

Club Flow is housed in an enormous warehouse that was renovated to be cloyingly chic and modern. It's a bit upscale (and fairly hot right now) so visitors need to dress up a bit. The club put a lot of money into lasers and a huge video screen. It's not really a student hangout, but a few Haverfordians swear by it. Music is mostly rap and techno.

700 N Delaware Ave.


(215) 923-0504

Blarney Stone

Half Irish pub, half nightclub, this is a popular hangout for University of Pennsylvania students. Blarney Stone isn't all that different a scene from Brownie's on the Main Line, but it's a nice change of pace. Music runs mostly rock and pop.

3929 Sansom St.


(215) 222-5340

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Roache and O'Brien's

Roache's is one of the few neighborhood joints where Haverford students can go to mix with Main Line residents who don't quite fit into polite society. Roache's is something of an enigma: it is a bona fide dive in a town where expensive restaurants and upscale baby clothing stores are the norm. This is its charm. They make a great burger and serve good, cheap drinks. The selection isn't fantastic, but it's better than most would expect. The staff is usually very friendly and appreciative of Haverford students, who probably spend more time at Roache's than any other neighborhood bar.

560 Lancaster Ave.


(610) 527-6308

Yeats Pub

Yeats is not too popular for Haverford students, but this pub and restaurant has much to recommend. It is by far the cleanest and best-maintained drinking establishment within a reasonable distance of the school, and the food is truly excellent. It's also the best place to go for more exotic beers. The crowd is older, though, and students stand out a bit here.

202 E Lancaster Ave.


(610) 896-0705

Brownie's 23 East

Brownie's is probably the second most popular bar on Lancaster Avenue for Haverford students. The bar frequently hosts local cover bands which are generally pretty good. Whenever there is live entertainment, they usually take a small cover charge. The clientele is almost entirely college-aged, though more students come here from nearby St. Joseph's University than anywhere else. Drinks are ordinary, but are of a decent value.

23 E Lancaster Ave.


(610) 649-8389

Grog Restaurant and Bar

Much more popular among Bryn Mawr students and Villanova students than `Fords (if only because of location), the Grog is a step up from Roach's in terms of ambiance. They also have excellent food; a burger will run a buck or two more here than at Roach's, though.

863 W Lancaster Ave.

Bryn Mawr

(610) 527-5870

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 15 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 17 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 35% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 59% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 6% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 0% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 11 responses

  • 91% Haverfest
  • 9% Snowball
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