Facts & Statistics
Primary Areas with Nightlife
- Center City
- University City
- Blarney Stone
- Copa Banana
- Smokey Joe's
Other Places to Check Out
- Laff House Comedy Club
- Sisters Karaoke
Favorite Drinking Games
- Beer pong
- Card games (A$$hole, Kings)
- Flip cup
- Power Hour
Useful Resources for Nightlife
- School newspaper
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Clubs and organizations often throw parties. Sometimes they are for members only and their guests, but other times, they are theme parties open to the public, in which case, the organization will usually hand out flyers to alert people to the event.
Club ListingsWhat's This?
Evolution attracts a more mature crowd that most Delaware Avenue clubs. The 3:20 a.m. closing time keeps the nightlife going long after the other bars and clubs end their nights.
1517 N. Delaware Ave.
Dance to hip-hop, classic house, and techno on Shampoo's three dance floors, and drink up at one, or all, of it's five bars. You only have to be 17 to get in on Sundays, although the club is open Thursday-Sunday for 21-year-olds.
417 N. Eighth S.
An old bank-turned-nightclub, Transit has a party vibe to liven up any Philly night, with different sounds pounding different areas of the dance floor. Transit sometimes hosts theme nights like Goth Night.
600 Spring Garden St.
Envy boasts "1 club, 2 DJs, 3 levels, 4 dance floors, 5 bars, and 6 rooms." This one club can be the hotspot for people looking to add some variety to their nights of drinking and dancing.
27 Bank St.
This club plays Brazilian, Latin, and Caribbean dance music. Discounted cover prices if you eat downstairs. Specials: Wednesday - Latin Night with dance lesson ($5) from 9 p.m.-10 p.m., Fridays - Latin night from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. ($10), Saturdays - International Night with different bands, Latin-Brazilian-Caribbean, ($10) from 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
112 Chestnut St.
On college nights at Egypt, discounted admission is granted to students with a student ID ages 17 and up, 21 to drink. Music is dance, house, and hip hop. Dress code is normal club attire, no athletic clothes or work clothes allowed. Specials: Drink specials
The Eighth Floor
This club is a touch nicer than your run-of-the-mill college dance club. The $7-$10 cover change gives you access to a more adult-oriented dance atmosphere, with beautiful views of the Ben Franklin Bridge.
800 N. Delaware Ave.
Bar ListingsWhat's This?
Stop by the Rotunda for a drink and some great live music. Local bands play here often, so you may end up going to support a friend or, if you're any good, playing there yourself. Specials: Live music
4012 Walnut St.
New Deck Tavern
Considered by some to be the best bar in University City, New Deck Tavern continues to draw a large portion of its crowd from Penn's student body. Specials: Karaoke, Quizo
Rated the `Best Gay Neighborhood Bar" by city search, Woody's is a great place to dance away the night to top 40s dance in Center City. Specials: Lounge and cyber bar
202 S. 13th St.
Penn students and faculty make up the bulk of this bar's clientele. Affectionately called "Smoke's," bar-going students flock here for a drink and an active social scene. It was rated "best college bar" by City Search in 2001. Specials: A "Pennstitution," there are pictures of Penn athletes on the walls and the bar is steeped with red and blue.
208 S. 40th St.
Mill Creek Tavern
This bar is quite popular among students on Monday nights because of the Monday night special. From 8 to 10 p.m. you get unlimited beer and wings for $12.
You only have to be 18 to get into this neighborhood restaurant/bar. Students enjoy the friendly atmosphere and reasonable prices. Specials: Pitcher specials beginning at 4 p.m. every weekday
119 S 39th St.
Blarney Stone is a great place to get cheap drinks and have a good time, at least until 2 a.m. Specials: Karaoke, Quizo
3929 Sansom St.
If you're looking for the Old World feel of a tradition Dublin pub, Fergie's is your best bet. The extensive Irish beer listing makes this the perfect spot for a relaxed beer break.
1214 Sansom St.
Thirsty students can grab a beer here, while hungry students can obey their appetite with a great Philly cheesesteak or hoagie at this popular Penn stop. Practically always packed with Penn students on weekend nights, Copa Banana is a fun place to go to start off a night of frat-hopping.
4000 Spruce St.
What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?
The following places permit students ages 18 and above either regularly or for special events (details can be found on previous pages): Cavanaugh's, Egypt, Shampoo, Smokey Joe's, and Woody's.