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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are usually plenty of students going out on any given night. If you want to be involved in it, you can be. I'm not much of a drinker, but I still have fun on the weekends because nobody really pressures you too much. There's a mixture of a frat/house party and bar scene, so it's perfect for anyone who wants to go out.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: You can participate if you want or completely ignore it, but it's there for you if you want to party.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I have heard a lot of good things about the party scene.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: UMD is huge in partying during the week & weekends

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Everyone likes to party and frats typically take the lead on that. Most enjoyable experiences were at house parties though and everyone is usually pretty safe and doesn't cause a lot of problems so it's pretty good for experience.


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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
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

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

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

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.


(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

Student Polls

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 80 responses

  • 29% Frats
  • 15% The view
  • 14% Cornerstone
  • 9% Bentleys
  • 8% Varsity
  • 7% Black house parties
  • 7% Tailgates during football season
  • 4% Commons
  • 4% Turf
  • 3% House Parties
  • 1% Courtyards

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 85 responses

  • 27% Maryland vs. Duke Games
  • 15% Homecomeing Football game
  • 15% Halloween Party
  • 11% Random Functions that the Frats throw
  • 11% Dont need a reason to party
  • 9% Greek Week
  • 7% Art Attack
  • 2% Super Bowl Party
  • 2% Frat rush week

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 62 responses

  • 0% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 0% Tuesday
  • 0% Wednesday
  • 13% Thursday
  • 63% Friday
  • 24% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 220 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 159 responses

  • 32% Walk.
  • 1% Taxis.
  • 9% Public transportation.
  • 49% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 8% Use a designated driver.
  • 1% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 215 responses

  • 17% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 52% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 20% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 6% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 5% Parties? What parties?



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