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4 College Senior

Party Scene: It's really what you make of it. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights will almost always have something going on if you want. The parties are definitely controlled by the Greek community--just about all of the all-campus parties are thrown by fraternities. Still, you can almost always find something smaller going on in an apartment or at a bar. I've never found myself with nothing to do.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are usually parties happening somewhere on campus each weekend. While you might have to wait for the bigger semester/yearly bashes to roll around, they're usually good fun.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Because Kenyon is isolated, the vast majority of the party scene is centered around drinking. At the outset of the year when I didn't know as many people, I went to a lot of the bigger parties, which can be fun. However as you find a group of friends, you figure out the best way to have a good time, which is often smaller gatherings that end up at the Cove.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I'm not big on party scenes, but I love small parties with a lot of my friends and I have lots of opportunity for that here so I'm more than happy.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties take place on campus, since the school is in the middle of nowhere. But parties are usually fun and the small campus makes it so that students are usually pretty safe compared with students at many other schools.

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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.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Columbus
  • Mount Vernon
  • On campus
Other Places to Check Out
  • Fiesta Mexicana
  • The Parkside Restaurant & Tavern
  • Rookies Sports Pub & Grill
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Power hour
  • Quarters
  • Roxanne
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Frat parties
Organization Parties
Fraternities often have parties.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Gambier Grill & Pizza

Gambier Grill is an on-campus restaurant and bar where students cannot use their meal plans, but that doesn't stop them from spending all of their free time (or free cash) there. This is probably the biggest Kenyon hangout, as far as the bar scene goes.

100 E. Brooklyn St.


(740) 427-2200

Village Inn

In addition to great food and drinks, the Village Inn has live music most weekends.

102 Gaskin Ave.


(740) 427-2112

Flappers Bar & Grille

Flappers is both a bar and a restaurant. Students who love live music flock here to catch local and cover bands.

15 W. High St.

Mount Vernon

(740) 392-1061

Banana Joe's

Banana Joe's is a local club-almost. The bar features a happy hour on Fridays, a karaoke night, and a dance floor. Even so, Banana Joe's is usually an older hangout, and Kenyon students usually tire of the scene pretty quickly.

100 W. High St.

Mount Vernon

(740) 392-7400

Fiesta Mexicana

Fiesta offers beer and margaritas, and that's about it-they're mostly a food service establishment, but the bar does get busy on weekend nights.

308 W. High St.

Mount Vernon

(740) 397-6325

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

Colonial City Lanes

If you're tired of the on-campus parties, bowling is always something fun for underagers to do.

110 Mount Vernon Ave.

Mount Vernon

(740) 392-2695

Student Polls

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 0% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 0% Tuesday
  • 10% Wednesday
  • 0% Thursday
  • 20% Friday
  • 70% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 29 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 18 responses

  • 94% Walk.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 6% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% There are no good options.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 9 responses

  • 31% Fraternity house
  • 31% Old K
  • 19% NCAs
  • 12% Cove
  • 6% Dorms

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 53% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 27% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 20% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 0% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 10 responses

  • 50% Shock Your Mom (a party hosted by my swim team)
  • 30% Sendoff
  • 10% Deb Ball
  • 10% Graduation Day


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