When the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center opened in 2005, with it came Punch’s Alley, a student-run pub on the first floor known for its ruby-colored walls and $3 beer. Punch’s Alley’s co-managers, Abigail Stoltzfus ’15 and Elijah Cohen ’15, talk about what makes the pub special.
What drew you to Punch’s Alley?
Abigail Stoltzfus ’15: I applied my first year, mainly just because I saw a pub on campus, and it reminded me of home, reminded me of England.
Elijah Cohen ’15: Most of my friends were juniors and seniors when I was a first-year, so they were coming all the time. They were always just like, “OK, come along, time to go to the pub after [Blue Notes] rehearsal.”
What’s the vibe at the pub?
Stoltzfus: We’re at Wellesley, so people have so many stresses. But when you come in here, you leave that all behind, and you just have a fun time. You just chat, you relax, and you get to meet new people. So that’s kind of the vibe we go for, I think.
Cohen: Even when I wasn’t working here, I remember always seeing the staff behind the bar, and they were always having fun when they were serving people. … like dancing in between drinks and stuff like that.
“Pub Night” on Thursdays has become big.
Stoltzfus: I love our Thursdays. We come up with an event the week before in our meetings, and make sure that it would be accessible to everyone on campus. … “Where’s Waldo” was a great night. All the staff members wore red stripes, and we had deals on certain drinks. … Red Stripe was $2. Now everyone orders Red Stripe.
What are your favorite moments at the pub?
Stoltzfus: Our last call is 11:45. … They’ll finish their drinks, and they’ll leave. But what’s really awesome is to see the stragglers who are like dancing their [butts] off. They’re going for it. … We’ll be starting to spray the tables and stuff before we close, and we’ll be like dancing with our bottles with these people who just clearly are loving the space.
Cohen: I think our fondest memories are of expressions of love for the pub shown by the Wellesley community.
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