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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.
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Primary Areas with Nightlife
- Apartment complexes
- Campus Center
- Frat row
Other Places to Check Out
- Antonio's Pizza
- Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
- Calvin Theatre
- Iron Horse Music Hall
- Toasted Owl Tavern
Amherst Brewery Company beers:
Favorite Drinking Games
- Beirut/Beer Pong
- Card games
- Civil War
- Flip Cup
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
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.
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.
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.
Night club that many students attend. Fake IDs minimally work.
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.
This dive bar has cheap drinks and a pool table. There is also outdoor seating.
35 E. Pleasant St.
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.
Monkey Bar & Grill
Check out Wednesday night Jazz Club. There is also a private room with a DJ, as well as daily specials.
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.
Hangar Pub & Grill
The Hangar is known for its wings, but it also has a good special on Guinness pints.
55 University Drive
McMurphy's Uptown Tavern
This is a popular spot for students from the local colleges.
37 N. Pleasant St.
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.