Kenyon's social scene is based around drinking alcohol. Parties are held on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday for the most part, but there are smaller events throughout the week. Fraternities and sororities host many of the events on bigger party nights, making it a difficult scene to break into if you don't have any friends involved in Greek life. The larger parties are attended by a large part of campus, making it challenging to find something to do if sweaty beer-crazed dancing isn't your thing. Because there's not really much to do off campus, all drinking occurs on school grounds. Kenyon isn't a dry campus by any means. This ensures that students do not drink and drive, while keeping the students in a relatively small area.
For those who actually are of age, there are only a couple of places to exercise 21-and-up privileges: the Village Inn and the Gambier Grill (unofficially and more commonly known as “the Cove"). The Village Inn draws a large crowd when there is live music available, but the Cove remains the most popular among the upperclassmen—perhaps more out of tradition than for its ambience. The bar itself is a windowless room with dark concrete walls, decorated only by random street signs and beer placards. An occasional trip to Mount Vernon will suffice, if you get bored from the on-campus options, with Fiesta Mexicana being one of the most popular bars and restaurants in that area.