Every year, Vox tackles the various vices many students engage in during their college years: drinking, drugs, sex and smoking. As a disclaimer, Vox isn’t advocating underage drinking or the use of illegal drugs, and most of this information comes from outside sources, not firsthand experience.
During New Student Orientation, many freshmen will wander the neighborhood in packs listening for noise that might signal a party. We advise freshmen who find parties to avoid inviting their entire floor or drinking everything as soon as they can.
If you’re over 21 (or have an ID that says you are) and prefer bars, here are some of the more popular nearby options:
- Chadwicks (3205 K Street): Good happy hours and champagne brunches.
- Epicurean (On campus, under Darnall): Offers karaoke, and is usually occupied with doctors from the hospital.
- Old Glory (3139 M Street): Strong drinks, good barbecue; the covered back porch with a bar makes it convenient for smokers.
- Rhino (3295 M Street): Sketchy, but good wings and a good chance of spotting Real World cast members or Kobe Bryant.
- Rugby (1065 Wisconsin Ave): As part of a Ralph Lauren store: very, very preppy.
- Third Edition (1218 Wisconsin Ave): Relatively cheap, lots of dancing; famous for having its exterior used in St. Elmo’s Fire.
- Tombs (1226 36th Street): The closest bar to campus and filled with students, but also the strictest with IDs.
How strict a given bar is with accepting fake IDs varies from bouncer to bouncer. In the past, fake ids have been confiscated at Third Edition, so be wary. Generally, Vox would discourage you from trying your fake at Third Edition or Tombs.
If you’re looking to buy your own alcohol, the best bets are Towne (1326 Wisconsin Avenue), Wagner’s (1717 Wisconsin Avenue) and Dixie (3429 M Street). Vox recommends you get to know the employees are Dixie–they’re a friendly and often inebriated sort. Wisey’s also sells beer and wine.
Booey’s is a great alternative to overpaying for drinks at a bar. Although its only open until midnight, the pitchers are cheaper than most places in Georgetown.
Georgetown doesn’t have a huge drug scene, but we have our fair share of pot smokers. A gram usually goes for $20 (and an eighth runs from $50—$60). Cheaper middies and $10 dime bags are less prevalent.
Most students who choose to don’t run into too many problems smoking in their rooms, so long as the doors’ cracks are properly stuffed with towels; proximity to an RA’s room or nosy neighbors could be an issue. Freshman dorms are riskier than on-campus apartments.
If you’d rather smoke outdoors, head off-campus. Georgetown doesn’t have too many sketchy alleys or dimly lit areas, so spots to smoke on-campus are scarce. Typical destinations like the Village A rooftops are very close to the DPS office and are in clear view of passerbys. For more recommendations you can check out our 4/20 post.
Hard drugs aren’t widespread at Georgetown. Cocaine takes a long second to pot as the most popular drug. “Study drugs” like Adderall are prevalent due to heavy coursework and stress.
As much as the administration might like to pretend we don’t, Georgetown students do have sex (well, 63% of us do, to be precise, according to a survey conducted by the Voice in 2007).
In keeping with Catholic doctrine, the University does not allow any contraceptives to be sold on campus (that ban includes facilities residing on land owned by Georgetown, like the hospital and Wisey’s). The Student Health Center can prescribe birth control pills for menstrual cramps or acne, but it can’t prescribe them as contraception, and you’ll have to walk to CVS to fill the prescription.
H*yas for Choice, an unofficial pro-choice group (note the asterisk), gives out free condoms at its table in Red Square and in envelopes outside the doors of some club members’ dorm rooms. While CVS is typically cited as the closest place to buy condoms, the gas station at the bottom of the Exorcist steps will also have what you’re looking for.
The Student Health Center does offer STI testing, but you’ll have to pay for it. The most convenient place to get tested for free is the Whitman-Walker Clinic at 1701 14th Street. There’s also free HIV testing on-campus from time to time.
If you think you might be pregnant, you can pick up a free pregnancy test from Health Education Services (located at 207 Village C West). Georgetown also provides counseling through Pregnancy Services and a confidential cell phone hotline (202 870-1666), which you can call or text with questions.
While Pregnancy Services can discuss your options with you, they “stop short of aiding and abetting abortion,” according to Health Education Services Director Carol Day. If you want access to abortion resources, you should contact Planned Parenthood (its closest clinic is at 1108 16th Street).
Cigarettes and dip are readily available all over campus, and can be bought at Hoya Snaxa, Vital Vittles, and Wisey’s. Thrifty smokers will hike over Key Bridge to Rosslyn, where the tax is over two dollars less.
Finer products, like cigars, can be found at Georgetown Tobacco. The store has a large selection, and their staff can answer any questions about what .
D.C. law states that smoking is not allowed within 25 feet from the entrance of buildings. This is rarely enforced, and there are usually people smoking around the entrances to Lauinger and dorms. Non-smokers would tend to prefer that you smoke away from entrances so they don’t have to walk through a cloud of nicotine to get inside.
Special thanks to Juliana Brint for the original version of this post.