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Party Scene

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5 College Senior

Party Scene: I look forward to going back to UMCP every year for syllabus week. There's something for everyone: frats, house parties, and bars.

5 College Senior

Party Scene: As someone who parties I would say it has a positive impact on the student experience, but people don't judge you if you don't party and you could have just as great of an experience without it.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Party every night. And I mean EVERY NIGHT

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Bars are there but get old fast.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Tailgates were fun before the school cracked down.

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With only a handful of bars in town and no bar on campus, it’s a good thing that D.C. and Baltimore are not too far away. As for parties on Fraternity Row, times have changed: alcohol-focused parties are fading, and UMCP seems to be slowly changing into a barren, dry campus, as it continues to crack down on on-campus revelries. This is where living off campus comes in handy for students who crave alcohol and parties.

There are thousands of above-age students on campus, and even though not all of them are patrons of the bar scene, many students enjoy the experience of doing the bar thing on a Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday night. Now that the University has become stricter about on-campus parties, these bars may become more crowded, as students search for alternatives. Students also bring the nightlife into their own homes and apartments by throwing parties that don’t require an ID or a wait to get in.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • "Knox Box" (houses on Knox Road)
  • Metzerott Road
  • Route 1
  • South Campus Commons
Other Places to Check Out
  • 9:30 Club
  • The Barn
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Coco Cabana Grill
  • Corner Pocket Bar & Grill
  • Franklin's
  • Fur Night Club
  • Love Night Club
  • Nellie's Sports Bar
  • Santa Fe CafĂ©
  • Station 9
  • Thirsty Turtle
  • Ultrabar
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Flip cup
  • Kings
  • Up the river, down the river
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • www.neverboredumd.com
  • www.see.umd.edu
Closing Time
2 a.m. or 3 a.m., depending on the day
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Bars usually have happy hours, most popular on Fridays. Cornerstone provides the cheapest food and drinks. For nightlife, Cornerstone and Bentley's are the same price for drinks.
Organization Parties
Given that there are nearly 600 organizations on campus, you can imagine the potential for events at UMCP and in the College Park area. An array of various student groups throw events throughout the year. Fraternities have their rush parties at the beginning of the semester and sometimes themed parties during the semester.
Did You Know?
  • The liquor board does come out occasionally to check on bars. They issue citations to students who attempt to use fakes.
  • Cops patrol Route 1 and park outside the bars. Have a great night out, but do not be belligerent or else you could be arrested.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Town Hall Liquors

Town Hall Liquors doubles as a liquor store and a bar. The bar provides good drink specials, pinball, billiards, TVs, and more.

8135 Baltimore Ave.

College Park

(301) 474-3322

Vito's Pizzeria

Prices are fairly affordable at this pizza joint/bar.

7313 Baltimore Ave.

College Park

(301) 779-8466

www.vitospizzacp.com

Cornerstone Grill & Loft

Students can find a collection of photos and memorabilia from the good ol' days in College Park and at the University of Maryland. Some of the Cornerstone Grill & Loft's offerings include pool tables, keno, glass yards and half-yards of beer, and Direct TV for NFL and other special athletic events. Also featured inside is the largest draft beer system in College Park-28 domestic, microbrew, and import beers on tap.

7325 Baltimore Ave.

College Park

(301) 779-7044

www.cornerstonegrillandloft.com

R.J. Bentley's

Similar to local establishments where servers wear "flair," Bentley's has a certain T.G.I. Friday's feel. On the walls, you'll find Maryland artifacts, like sports jerseys and the like.

7323 Baltimore Ave.

College Park

(301) 277-8898

www.rjbentleys.net

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

Regal Hyattsville Royale Stadium 14

If you are under 21 or get bored of nightlife, this is the local movie theater, located in Prince George's Plaza.

6505 America Blvd.

Hyattsville

(301) 864-6980

AMF College Park Lanes

If you do not like the bowling at TerpZone, then this is another option.

9021 Baltimore Blvd.

College Park

(301) 474-8282

www.amf.com/collegeparklanes

Student Polls

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 136 responses

  • 23% Maryland vs. Duke Games
  • 17% Halloween Party
  • 13% Homecomeing Football game
  • 12% Dont need a reason to party
  • 7% Random Functions that the Frats throw
  • 7% Greek Week
  • 7% Art Attack
  • 6% Welcome Week
  • 4% Everything is a big party
  • 3% Frat rush week
  • 2% Super Bowl Party

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 290 responses

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  • 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 280 responses

  • 16% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 53% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 18% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 6% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 7% Parties? What parties?

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