Fraternities provide the most popular nightlife on campus, throwing several big theme parties per semester and more casual parties on the weekends. Wednesday nights are popular party nights because many people don’t have class on Thursday. Freshmen are not allowed in Greek houses for the first four to six weeks of school because the College wants to make sure they have time to settle in and see what is on campus besides parties. For students who are not interested in partying, there are many other activities, like movies, speakers, other campus parties and gatherings, concerts, and plays.
There are no nearby clubs, but there are a fair amount of bars. Johnnie Reb’s, which is just down the street from campus, is a local and College favorite. This bar is large and always packed, and it offers weekly karaoke nights. Joeyg’s, a more “artsy” bar and restaurant downtown, features local musical talent and a laid-back bar scene. Shipley's is a popular spot, especially on $1 shot night. Students must have a designated driver to go out because the bars are mostly downtown. Students sometimes carpool to the clubs in Louisville if they’re looking for a bigger and more exciting scene. Fourth Street Live! in Louisville is a favorite spot for a night out on the town, especially when there is a free concert there. At Hanover, there is always something to do and somewhere to go for all different tastes.