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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Pretty much the best college nightlife you're going to find outside of NYC. Things shut down around 2am, which can be pretty early for foreign students. But while the town is open, there are countless restaurants and amazing bars open late. The clubs are obviously a lot more expensive, but the options are good. You could go to a different club every night of the week if you wanted to. As far as transportation goes, the T, Uber, walking, and a designated driver are all possibilities due to the prime location.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Camus parties are basically nonexistent due to restrictions on the number of people you can have in a room. However, this can be worked around pretty easily if you work together with floor-mates and have them sign your friends in. Overall it's not as great freshman year, but making older friends will open up a whole world of opportunities for off campus parties and get-togethers. Joining a frat obviously helps. If you're a girl, you shouldn't have any problem getting into frat parties at any of the neighboring schools like Harvard and MIT. If it's not on campus, there's always something going on nearby.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: You have to know the right people to get into parties, which are all off campus. Some of them get busted or don't go past 11 or 12 sometimes. Partying with a small group is a frequent go-to option, especially when it get cold. If your under 21, you can forget about bars/clubs.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Most parties are off campus, and you have to know someone to find them and get in. Mission Hill, Harvard, and MIT are where a lot of parties happen on the weekends. The first few weeks of school, when the weather is still nice and the freshman are vulnerable and naive, is when a lot of parties happen. Those are the ones that tend to get busted. Later on in the semester, the cops and campus security aren't as strict.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Everything in Boston closes extremely early, by 8 or 9pm all the stores are closed and there is no one on the streets even on Friday nights. There is only one nightclub that I know of that you can get into if you're underage, because they have 18+ nights on Fridays, and from what I've heard it's not great.


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With Boston being the college town that it is, one can only imagine the nightlife. Northeastern is right around the corner from Newbury Street, Boylston Street, and Lansdowne Street, right near Fenway Park. There's never a dull moment on the weekends, and there are always fun bars and venues to go to and party. Whether you're looking for a dive bar or an exclusive nightclub, there's something for everyone in the city of Boston. Northeastern has a few bars very close to campus that are usually packed on weekdays as well as weekends. Conor Larkins and Our House East are two bars that are usually jam-packed with students by 1:30 a.m. for last call. 

Bars in Boston are usually strict with fake IDs, so if you're under 21, there are several 18-and-up clubs and, of course, many apartment or frat parties to go to. It may take a while to adjust to the campus nightlife and get to know the students who are throwing these types of parties, but once you get to know the campus energy, you shouldn't have trouble finding places to go. The only downfall about going out in Boston is that the T stops running around 12 a.m., so your only options for transportation are taking a cab or walking home.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Boylston/Theatre District
  • Lansdowne Street by Fenway Park
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Baseball Tavern
  • Cask'n Flagon
  • Clery's
  • Cure Lounge
  • Estate
  • Flann O'Briens
  • Game On
  • Game On!
  • Greatest Bar
  • Hennessey's
  • Howl at the Moon
  • Hurricane O'Reilly's
  • Jillian's
  • Kitty O'Shea's Irish Pub Boston
  • Lansdowne Pub
  • Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant
  • Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar
  • McGreevy's Boston
  • Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub
  • Ned Devine's
  • Penguin Pizza
  • Rattlesnake Bar & Grill
  • Rise
  • Silhouette Lounge
  • Sissy K's
  • Sunset Grill & Tap
  • Symphony 8
  • TC's Lounge
Local Specialties
Sam Adams: The Boston Beer Company
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong/Beirut
  • Flip cup
  • Kings
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Drink Our House East The Pour House TC's Lounge
Organization Parties
Resident Student Association (RSA) throws an annual Snow Ball, which is a formal dance open to all students (as long as tickets are purchased ahead of time). Fraternities and sororities throw parties throughout the year, as well, and many student groups will have themed events around the holidays. Northeastern also features numerous multiple-day events during the year that feature parties and events, such as the casino during Sex Week and Halloween costume parties.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Umbria Prime Restaurant

There's a restaurant, ultra lounge, and two floors for dancing.

295 Franklin St.


(617) 338-1000


Venu is an international nightclub.

100 Warrenton St.

Theatre District

(617) 338-8061

Tequila Rain

Plays your favorite Top 40, hip-hop, and rock. There's a spring break theme year-round-even when it's 10 degrees below zero in January. There's also a fairly strict dress code.

3 Lansdowne St.


(617) 437-0300

Gypsy Bar

Gypsy Bar has been named Boston Magazine's "Best Pickup Bar."

116 Boylston St.


(617) 482-7799

Royale Boston

Royale features five HD projectors, and is the ultimate event destination.

279 Tremont St.

Theater District

(617) 338-7699

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Our House East

Our House is the bar to meet NU students. There is a talent show on Wednesdays, and there is a DJ that keeps music flowing on both Thursdays and Fridays.

52 Gainsborough St.


(617) 236-1890


This is a good pub crawl destination.

148 State St.


(617) 227-5100

Pour House

907 Boylston St.


(617) 236-1767

An Tua Nua

835 Beacon St.


(617) 262-2121

Punter's Pub

This place is really a hole-in-the-wall for students who want a convenient location and cheap drinks.

275 Huntington Ave.


Conor Larkins Grill & Tap

This sports bar serves cheap beer and food.

Boston Beer Works

There are 15 microbrews on tap. You can take them home one half-gallon at a time. Located near Fenway Park.

110 Canal St.


(617) 896-2300

Daisy Buchanan's

Daisy's is a crowded, dark pub with easy girls.

240 Newbury St.


(617) 247-8516

Hong Kong

World-famous Scorpion Bowls and a sampling of more than 90 different beers! Frequented by Harvard kids.

65 Chatham St.


(617) 227-2226


348 Congress St.


(617) 695-1806

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


This is like a casino for the 18-and-over crowd, featuring pool, arcade games, pingpong, and more.

145 Ipswich St.


(617) 437-0300

Comedy Connection at the Wilbur Theatre

If you're under 21, you should check out this comedy club where big names often headline, and you can laugh the night away while sipping a virgin cocktail.

246 Tremont St.


(617) 248-9700

Club Passim

There are poetry readings, live bands, and open mic nights here.

47 Palmer St.


(617) 492-7679

Student Polls

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 79 responses

  • 25% Underwear Run
  • 25% St. Patrick's Day
  • 19% Sports events, end & start of semester & more!
  • 9% Springfest
  • 8% The husky hunt
  • 6% After big sporting event wins
  • 4% Halloween
  • 3% Every weekend
  • 1% Celebrasian

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 202 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 210 responses

  • 2% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 35% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 33% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 18% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 12% Parties? What parties?


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