Exterior photo of Chesterton’s, the campus pub at the University of Mary.

Think Responsibly! 

Chesterton’s is the community center and “campus pub” located at The Cloisters, the University of Mary’s upperclassmen apartment complex. It’s an incredible place to study and socialize, watch television, play pool and old-time video games, or just enjoy the view. Chesterton’s also hosts a weekly community night for all members! Chesterton’s features complimentary coffee and popcorn, snacks and soda, Wi-Fi, and printing. Members have 24/7 access to the main level of the community center.

Tap into the Community

Three nights a week, Chesterton’s operates as our “campus pub,” offering concessions and beverages. Chesterton’s members who are of legal drinking age and who have completed the University of Mary alcohol training course are admitted to the community center to enjoy a limited food and beverage menu, as well as complimentary beer or wine. The Tolkien-themed beer on tap, “Southfarthing Stout” and “Green Dragon Ale,” are locally brewed for Chesterton’s at Bismarck Brewing in Bismarck, ND.

Our Commitment to a Healthy Environment

The University of Mary is committed to educating students on the responsible and moral use of alcohol. Student members participate in thorough training which includes cultural, legal, and health perspectives. No alcohol is for sale. Rather, as a benefit of membership, members are provided with up to two glasses of beer or two glasses of wine per evening without charge. Consumption is tracked by MCard, and no one is allowed more than two glasses of beer or wine per night. No liquor is available, and those who bring alcohol of any kind into Chesterton’s have their membership revoked.

About the Name

Chesterton’s is proudly named for G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), the English writer, literary critic, poet, and Catholic apologist. The design of Chesterton’s was inspired by The Eagle and the Child pub in Oxford, where J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and the rest of The Inklings used to gather for good cheer and conversation.

All University of Mary students can be members of Chesterton’s. All student members are required to take the university’s alcohol seminar, regardless of age.

Membership is programmed to your Mcard, which is how members gain entrance to the facility. Just swipe your card at the front door.

There are two student levels of membership at the community center.

  • Resident Membership: Residents of The Cloisters, Boyle, and Deichert halls.
  • Associate Membership: University of Mary students who do not live in The Cloisters, Boyle, or Deichert halls are granted membership if they are enrolled in Commerter Block Plan 50, Block Plan 75, Block Plan 150, Block Plan 250 or Diamond meal plans.

In addition, University of Mary faculty and staff may choose to become members by enrolling in an active meal plan. Additionally, Sisters of Annunciation Monastery are all granted membership to Chesterton’s.

Student members are provided with two guest passes per semester for use during these hours. Guests cannot be current University of Mary students and must provide proof of legal age. Additional one-time guest passes are available at the Crow’s Nest in the Lumen Vitae University Center, Chesterton's, and Catertrax for $10 each.

During the Academic Year

Thursdays: 4:30-11 pm
Fridays: 7-11 pm
Saturdays: 7-11 pm

Summer Hours

Chesterton's - "Summer on the Deck": 4 pm - 6:00 pm (Thursdays)


Individual Pizza with chips                                                                   $5
Nachos with cheese and salsa                                                               $5
Local Bratwurst with chips                                                                    $5
Dual Soft Pretzels with cheese                                                              $5


14" Pizza Cheese, Pepperoni, Supreme           ​​​​​​​           ​​​​​​​           ​​​​​​​              $12
Loaded Nachos with onion, jalapeños, olives, cheddar cheese,
queso blanco, sour cream, guacamole, salsa


Gourmet Non-Alcoholic Beverages                                          ​​​​​​​           ​​​​​​ $1
Green Dragon Ale & Southfarthing Stout on tap​​​​​​​
Athletic Brewing (N.A.) by the bottle
Red & White Wine by the glass
Monthly beer and wine specials

Other Services

The lower-level meeting room may also be signed out by campus organizations for meetings and events. The main level of Chesterton’s serves as the primary community space for the students who live in Boyle, Deichert, Monte Cassino, and Subiaco. Therefore, this space will generally not be available for meetings or events. Special events will be considered on a case-by-case basis and require the approval of the Vice President for Public Affairs.