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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are variety of events that take place throughout the semester that allow students to have a great night time life without the presence of drugs or alcohol.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties at Messiah mainly take place at the Union.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are not very many parties but that is ok because I would not go to them always.

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you want to party this isn't the school for you

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Partying in Messiah College is something that I did not expect before I came here. One of the best party that I have ever been in Messiah is the Block Party. I could choose any activity to attend. It is also really easy to make new friends because it was the beginning of the year.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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“Messiah nightlife” is almost an oxymoron. Typical late-night hotspots include 24-hour Wal-Marts and Sheetz. The party scene on campus is very limited because drinking alcohol is prohibited by the Community Covenant for all students. On-campus house parties are nonexistent, and off-campus house parties have been known to take place but are few and far between. Luckily, most students are able to find other stuff to do on the weekends, such as go to the movies, attend concerts, explore the campus, or play games in the dorms. Anyone underage who really wants to drink must do it quietly and behind closed doors. Students who are 21 and over sometimes visit the bars on 2nd Street in Harrisburg, but they risk being caught by tattletales and facing the consequences. The majority of students, however, either hold personal convictions against alcohol or are content refraining from drinking while at Messiah.

The occasional dances thrown by the Student Activities Board are insanely popular with students. Sporadic spur-of-the-moment dance parties are also put together throughout the year in dorm lounges and are always well-attended. Over-21 and under-21 clubs do exist in Harrisburg but are not well-frequented by students. Hookah bars are an up-and-coming trend that seem to become more wildly popular and attended by the minute. Even students who refuse to drink often will devote the night to a hookah bar with friends.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
2nd Street in Harrisburg
Other Places to Check Out
Appalachian Brewing Company
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Hardware Bar at Eclipse
Organization Parties
The Student Activities Board (SAB) organizes three dance parties throughout the year: the Homecoming Dance, Christmas Tradition, and Spring Fling.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Three separate dance floors offer guests their choice of music. The cover charge is reasonable, and the Hardware Bar serves cheap drinks. Dress code is "sexy and sleek."

236 N. 2nd St.


(717) 221-0530

Dragonfly Club

Level One is the largest room and offers local and national DJ acts. Level Two is strictly a hip-hop dance club. The Spy Club plays live rock 'n' roll music.

234 N. 2nd St.


(717) 232-6940

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Molly Brannigans

This bar features Irish specialties, interiors, and entertainment.

2nd and Walnut streets


(717) 260-9242

T.J. Rockwell's

Cozy seating and fireplaces warm the mood. The outdoor deck seats more than 200 and offers two tiki bars.

896 W. Grantham Rd.


(717) 766-4200

Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar

This sports bar offers homemade and inexpensive food. Arooga's is a certified green restaurant with tons of flat-screens and free Wi-Fi.

1300 Camp Hill Bypass

Camp Hill

(7170 730-WING

Gingerbread Man Downtown

Dress code is casual. Beer, liquor, and wine is served. There's great food, but it is a little expensive.

312 Market St.


(717) 221-8400

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

Zodiac Dance Club

Zodiac is for the 15-to-20 crowd and Harrisburg's only under-21 dance club. Open Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Zodiac has a strict dress code and offers a soda and juice bar.

706 N. Third St.

Harrrisburg, PA

(717) 236-2435


Trampoline complex for all ages!

15 Stetler Ave.

Shamokin Dam

(570) 743-0920

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 94 responses

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

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 25 responses

  • 28% HA! parties
  • 28% The Glow Dance at Union
  • 16% There are no "scheduled" parties, we just have fun
  • 12% Are you kidding me?
  • 8% What's a party?
  • 8% Block Party

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 87 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 6% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 1% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 15% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 78% Parties? What parties?
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