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3 College Junior

Party Scene: I don't usually go to parties, but have heard many fun things.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: It could get out of hand sometimes if not many cops are around

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Most everyone is down to have a good time, no matter how loud or lowkey you prefer. There are countless spots on campus over the weekend that you can find a party. However, if you want to stay in and do homework, there are plenty of spots for that too.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Very selfish party scene. Not much sharing, frats keep it closed. You need to know someone to get into most house parties. Once you stray from the circa campus parties, it gets way better and the upperclassmen are very hospitable.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The party scene at Umass Amherst is whatever you want it to be. Although it is known as being a huge party school, I would compare it to most other colleges when it comes to partying. If you want to go out, you can always find something. Usually you will have to venture a bit off campus to go to a party, but its never an issue because of the buses, taxis and ubers in Amherst. If you want to stay in one night, thats not an issue either, the party scene isn't that prominent that you won't be able to go to bed early on a weekend night if you choose to do so.


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Not only is the nightlife at UMass unlike anywhere else, you can find a party just about any night of the week. The most popular nights for partying are Thursday through Saturday, but Tuesday is also a common going-out night. The bigger parties usually occur at the frat houses, off-campus apartments, and downtown Amherst, whereas the smaller parties generally happen in the dorms. Most of the fraternities and one of the sororities throw parties every weekend, and these are mostly attended by freshmen and people looking for random hookups. The bars in Amherst are good, while the clubs are few and far between. As you meet more people at UMass, it gets easier to find parties on and off campus. Most likely, if you don't know of any parties yourself, someone you know does. It helps to get involved in a sport or a club, but if all else fails, you can usually find a party just by wandering around popular party areas like Puffton or Southwest. Getting off campus—or even across it—to parties is easy if you use the bus system. In fact, the majority of students say they prefer to use the PVTA to get to parties, while a smaller percentage prefers to walk. Other options include using a designated driver or a cab, though taxis can sometimes be expensive. Prominent off-campus party areas include: Hobart, Puffton, townhouses, and houses owned by various sports teams and organizations.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Apartment complexes
  • Campus Center
  • Dormitories
  • Frat row
Other Places to Check Out
  • Antonio's Pizza
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Calvin Theatre
  • Iron Horse Music Hall
  • Toasted Owl Tavern
Local Specialties
Amherst Brewery Company beers:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beirut/Beer Pong
  • Card games
  • Civil War
  • Flip Cup
  • Kings
  • Quarters
  • Thumper
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Frat parties
Organization Parties
Many of the athletic teams on campus-varsity and intramural-throw parties regularly. Most are held at houses where members of the team live or at local bars and restaurants. The majority of parties thrown by UMass clubs are open to everyone, although some require membership of some form.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Pearl Street Nightclub

This is an old standby for live music shows.

10 Pearl St.


(413) 584-7771

The Pub

The Pub is a restaurant by day, but has a dance floor and gets pretty packed on the weekends. You don't have to be 21 to get in. Just make sure to dress accordingly when going to The Pub, and leave your overalls at home.

15 E. Pleasant St.


(413) 549-1200

Diva's Nightclub

Diva's is a popular gay club, but it has plenty of theme nights that can appeal to anyone. Most nights here are 18-and-over.

492 Pleasant St.


(413) 586-8161

LIT Nightclub

Night club that many students attend. Fake IDs minimally work.

41 Boltwood Walk


(413) 320-6322

Bar ListingsWhat's This?


Rafters is a good place to watch a game because there are tons of TVs. There are also karaoke and trivia nights.

422 Amity St.


(413) 549-4040

The Spoke

This dive bar has cheap drinks and a pool table. There is also outdoor seating.

35 E. Pleasant St.


(413) 549-7140

Stackers Pub

Stackers has lots of drink specials, including $3.50 well drinks and shots. There's a wide beer selection, as well.

57 N. Pleasant St.


(413) 253-5141

Monkey Bar & Grill

Check out Wednesday night Jazz Club. There is also a private room with a DJ, as well as daily specials.

63 N. Pleasant St.


(413) 259-1600

Amherst Brewing Company

This brew pub has jazz on Mondays and live entertainment. There plenty of specialty beers on tap here—check out the Pumpkin Ale in the fall.

10 University Drive


(413) 253-4400

Hangar Pub & Grill

The Hangar is known for its wings, but it also has a good special on Guinness pints.

55 University Drive


(413) 549-9461

McMurphy's Uptown Tavern

This is a popular spot for students from the local colleges.

37 N. Pleasant St.


(413) 253-0170

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

There are plenty of things to do, like check out UPC Movie Night at the Student Union, go bowling, go to a sporting event, catch a movie at Cinemark at Hampshire Mall, or attend at house, frat, or dorm party.

Student Polls

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 88 responses

  • 32% Townhouses, Puffton, Hobart, Phillips, Meadows
  • 22% Frats
  • 15% Dorm Parties, but actually, they're fun
  • 12% Athlete parties
  • 9% Wherever you want it to be
  • 7% Main Street
  • 2% Amity House

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 90 responses

  • 1% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 1% Tuesday
  • 0% Wednesday
  • 8% Thursday
  • 60% Friday
  • 30% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 215 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 89 responses

  • 65% Blarney
  • 12% Halloweekend
  • 12% Depends on the year, but usually Blarney
  • 7% Soulfest/Blackout Weekend
  • 2% Frats or off-campus houses
  • 1% Greek Week

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 133 responses

  • 23% Walk.
  • 8% Taxis.
  • 25% Public transportation.
  • 38% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 5% Use a designated driver.
  • 1% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 214 responses

  • 14% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 60% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 17% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 5% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 3% Parties? What parties?


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