Best Off-Campus Hangouts in History

A Look Back


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Perkiomen Bridge Hotel

The inn has stood by the banks of the Perkiomen Creek for as long as the United States has existed. Longer, actually. The Perkiomen Bridge Hotel went up about 1689 and was enlarged in 1701 as a stop on the Philadelphia-to-Reading carriage line.

A 2007 Inquirer article tells the tale of a local landmark that has seen its fair share of highs and lows.


The Pen & Ink Tavern

Located at 454 East Main
Street, the once popular Pen and Ink Tavern (1950s-70s) now houses Chow Bistro, a popular lunch and dinner spot just off campus since 2014.

Collegeville Inn

The Collegeville Inn

Located on 22 acres overlooking the scenic Perkiomen Creek just across the Perkiomen Bridge.

The ad in the 1947 RUBY says: Collegeville Inn, Ridge and Germantown Pikes, Collegeville, Pa, For Excellent Food, Wine and Friendship. A noted smorgasbord restaurant turned cafeteria training facility, it is now home to a retirement community.


Drug Store

Located where Marzella’s Pizza now stands. it was referred to “the drug”.



Before the police station occupied the corner of 5th and Main, it was home to a 7-11 where students could get their late-night Slurpee fix. The convenience store closed its doors in the early 1990s.

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The Trappe Tavern

The Trappe originally opened in in the mid 1700’s and was re-established in 1988. Home to an outdoor deck, live bands, themed-nights and more —it has been the hottest hangout for Ursinus students for 30 years running!


Davinci’s Restaurant and Pub

217 E Main St, Collegeville, PA

First known as Rocco’s and then Harpoon Louie’s this nearby restaurant has long been a favorite of Ursinus students since 2007. In an ad from the 1949 RUBY—

Collegeville’s Newest and Most Exclusive Hotel Bar, Delightfully Intimate, Rocco’s, Try our FRESH LOBSTER flown in daily, All types Sandwiches and Full Course meals, Special catering to banquets, Adjoining the Commercial Hotel, Music and Television.


The Bull Tavern

Luncheons, Dinners, Banquets, Phoenixville, Pa.

Collegeville Diner

The College Diner

111 Main Street, Collegeville, Pa.


Quinnies Restaurant and Bar

Famous for Fine Foods—From a Sandwich to a Meal, Wines and Liquors, Ridge Pike, 1 mile E. of Collegeville, Pa. Route 422. (1954 RUBY)


D’S Pizza-Rama

Two varieties of cheese—Special kind of sauce—Fresh dough daily—Ten minute service, 347 Main Street: Next to the State Store, Collegeville, Pennsylvania (1968 RUBY)


The Lakeside Inn

specks chicken