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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you are in a fraternity or are a hot girl it is great. The downside is that there are no places on campus where parties/drinking happens. The only night time activity on campus is dorm drinking and watching movies in the cinema. Everyone else gets pledge rides to the fraternities off campus houses and party there. Some clubs and sports teams throw parties as well. Bar scene is pretty good.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are parties every weekend but they are all off campus at fraternity houses. Pledges will pick up girls and brothers at their dorms and houses and drive them to and from the parties. No parties happen within walking distance of the school. The fraternity parties are very fun but if you are not in a fraternity or are not a hot girl then you probably won't be at many good parties.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: best frats: sig ep, sae, phi sig, sig chi, signu. they have parties all the time at their apartments and houses. some houses are better than others but they change every year so

best bars: freshman tips, sophomores/juniors maloneys, juniors/seniors kelly's

tons of fun every weekend.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Its what you make of it. Frats, bars, or dorms.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: There aren't many parties that happen on campus. Often times its what happens off campus that ends up being the most fun, but if you have a friend in the junior apartments those parties can be fun if they don't get too cramped.


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Sometimes accused of being "Villa-no-fun," it is often difficult for underclassmen to tap into the rich nightlife surrounding Philadelphia. As students get older, their opportunities increase dramatically. With a limited selection of under-21 locations, it’s always a safe bet to see what’s going on at the local venues like the Troc. While there is no unofficial Villanova bar, students tend to frequent those directly on the Mainline.

Nightlife is pretty limited until your 21st birthday, but Villanova does an admirable job of providing entertainment on campus. Check out Connelly Center because there is almost always some type of free event. Dorm room parties tend to be small and can get boring. As an underclassman, your best bet is to join an organization. They sponsor events, rent out venues, and provide ways to meet new people. By sophomore year, students generally know enough upperclassmen to end up at a party. Junior and senior years are by far the best years for nightlife, as there are little restrictions on venues, with free reign to the clubs and bars in Philadelphia.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • The Mainline
  • Old City Philadelphia
Student Favorites
  • Kelly's
  • Maloney's
  • Marbar
  • PJ's
Other Places to Check Out
  • Attic
  • The Barn
  • Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar
  • Déjà Vu
  • Dirty Frank's
  • Dock Street Brewing
  • Electric Factory
  • Fergie's Pub
  • Irish Pub
  • J.C. Dobbs
  • Jake and Oliver's
  • John Harvard's Brew House
  • Katmandu
  • McGullicuddy's
  • The Warehouse
  • Xero
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Kings
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Kelly's Maloney's Marbar PJ's
Organization Parties
Fraternities throw ticket parties several times a semester where you pay a flat fee for the entire night, usually around $20 or $25, that includes transportation from Villanova and back and an open bar. These are usually pretty popular, depending on what fraternity is throwing the party. There's also cocktails, grab-a-dates, and socials if you're involved in Greek life. If not, lots of student associations on campus, like SAMOSA (South Asian Cultural Society), have formals to which everyone can buy tickets.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Ice Nightclub

A quality club outside Philadelphia, it's a great place for Mainline students who don't want to travel into Philly for the night. With a wide range of music, good drink specials, and great theme parties like "Fresh Squeezed Fridays," and "Go Saturdays," it's a fun time and always packed with college students and Mainline locals. The best day to hit up Ice is definitely on Fridays.

1160 First Ave.

King of Prussia

(610) 878-8483

Club Flow

Club Flow is great, and it is easy on the college student's pocket. Hosting great parties throughout the week, Club Flow offers up an interesting array of music and people, attracting a large, diverse, cultural crowd. Thursdays are by far the best night to hit up Club Flow, with cheap drinks and tons of college students.

700 N. Columbus Blvd.


(215) 923-0504


Student organizations are always pulling together a few buses and heading over to Chrome on weekend nights. There are huge dance floors, with hip-hop, rap, and house. 17 to enter, 21 to drink, with live DJs, definitely a must-to during your first few months in the Philly area.

939 N. Delaware Ave.


(215) 931-0101

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Maloney's Pub

This is a classic, no-frills college bar. The drinks are afforable and there are plenty of Villanova students here.

1009 Lancaster Ave.

Bryn Mawr

(610) 520-2589

Kelly's Taproom

Kelly's has a bar upstairs and one downstairs. There are also plenty of specials here, as well as the Mug Club, where can pay $100 annually or $250 for a lifetime membership. You get a personalized mug and super cheap pints every day.

1107 Lancaster Ave.

Bryn Mawr

(610) 520-9344

PJ Henry's Draft House

This sports bar has plenty of TVs, dart boards, and pool tables, as well as lots of specialty nights, like poker and beer pong nights. There's also karaoke and nice specials.

2330 Haverford Rd.


(610) 642-1370


Located on top of Marathon Grill, the Marbar has tons of cheap drinks. There's a DJ on Fridays and Saturdays. Thursday are open bar (pay the cover and drink all you want!).

40th and Walnut


(215) 561-0500

Grog Restaurant & Bar

An upscale bar and restaurant right on the Mainline, it is very popular for Villanova students, as well as other local schools. An old building with great ambience and a good assortment of delicious food, it has a full bar filled with domestic and imported drinks and beers. Located near a lot of off-campus housing and just a short drive from campus, there are `Nova students in there almost every day of the week.

863 W. Lancaster Ave.

Bryn Mawr

(610) 527-5870

Callahan's Irish Pub

Its atmosphere is rich in Irish culture and heritage. With daily drink specials and live DJs on the weekend, you can't go wrong coming here. There is also live traditional Irish music, karaoke nights, and game nights.

7681 Frankford Ave.


(215) 338-4188


Not too far from campus, with drink specials almost every day of the week and live music as a backdrop, it's never hard to find a Villanovan or two around the bar. Drink specials range from 50 cent drafts to $2 bottles.

23 E. Lancaster Ave.


(610) 649-8389

Flip and Bailey's

Formerly The Wild Onion, this place offers a laid-back atmosphere catering to college students. Nestled close to campus and off-campus housing, it's never hard to spot a few people you know somewhere in the bar. Complementing the bar is a decent selection of food with killer wings.

900 Conestoga Rd.

Bryn Mawr

(610) 527-4826

Erin's Pub

On the way to Philly, Erin's is a great place to sit down, relax, and meet up with friends. Drink specials are decent, with the best specials on Thursdays and Fridays. Very popular among Villanova students.

36 W. Winona Ave.


(610) 461-0991

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

You can go to fraternity parties off campus at the Courts (local apartments) or various unofficial townhouses and homes. There are also plenty of campus activities, as well as movies, bowling, and going to local restaurants.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 84 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 48 responses

  • 46% Hoops Mania
  • 17% Any of those following rush week
  • 17% Halloween
  • 15% Formal Season
  • 4% Tailgate
  • 2% Spring Fling

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 82 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 21% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 55% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 13% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 11% Parties? What parties?
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