Alfred, NY
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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: It is as good as it will get in a tiny country college town

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I'm not a partygoer so I can't answer this either...haha My idea of a good time is getting together with a bunch of friends and playing games, a movie night, or relaxing.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: i don't go out that often, but what i've heard from my friends, it can get pretty incredible

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: a lot of parties every weekend, but they are all the same. boring and full of guys.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Only three bars, but they offer a good variety. GJs is the 'club', Alex's is a typical hole in the wall bar with a wide selection of beer and pool tables, and Cafe Za's has Ladies Night everynight night. You can usually find house parties during the weekend, but be ready to walk around in the cold to find a good one, you kinda gotta know people.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 323rd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 493rd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 879th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chagmion Antoine
Bronx, N.Y.
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When Alfred University decided to do away with the Greek system entirely, a good portion of the party scene went with it. Also, stricter drug laws nationally mean no parties on campus. If you're over 18 and you don't mind being packed onto a tiny stage, you can dance until 2 a.m. at Gentleman Jim's. No matter what, you'll probably end up at a house party. Thirsty Thursdays, an Alfred tradition, are the most popular. Live DJs spinning a creative mix of drum and bass, reggae, hip-hop, and house keep the crowd jumping until 4 a.m. Everyone is welcome, and you can chill out or dance all night. Nobody will try to grind on you, and occasionally, there's even a breaker's circle.

It can be frustrating to look for the "college party scene" at Alfred. The "Animal House" formula just doesn't work out here. Students are too subdued, and the liquor usually runs out before anyone can get sufficiently uninhibited. Instead, there's something very endearing about the Alfred routine: Go to the bar or drink at home before you head out to GJ's to grind some poor bastard till the club closes at 2 a.m., then see if you can drag him to a house party. The entire campus seems to commiserate on the weekends—it's truly a bonding experience. Sometimes, kids venture out into Rochester looking for something better, but usually they return just as uninspired—it's in their heads. Deep down students know that the whole pursuit is a bit silly.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Buffalo
  • Rochester
Other Places to Check Out
  • Alex's Kitchen
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Pollywogg Holler
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Flip cup
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Café Za
Organization Parties
There are a few notable parties thrown on campus. Look out for events being advertised by Poder Latino, Umoja, the Black Student Union, the Carribean Student Association, or Spectrum. Spectrum, for example, throws a huge rave in Davis Gym twice a year. Kids come from all over to see the sparkling drag queens and dance all night!

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Gentleman Jim's (GJ's)

1 Mill St.


(607) 587-8510

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Café Za

18 Church St.


(607) 587-9673

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Gentleman Jim's

18-and-up dance party

1 Mill St.


(607) 587-8510

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 16 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 18 responses

  • 6% There are no good options.
  • 11% Use a designated driver.
  • 6% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 6% Taxis.
  • 72% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 6% Parties? What parties?
  • 22% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 50% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 22% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 5 responses

  • 67% The houses in town
  • 33% They are all pretty boring
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