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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Night life isn't the best of the best, but there's always the city.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Right in Manhattan- night life can be as crazy or as calm as you want it to be, all while being vibrant, diverse, accessible, and fun. I wish there was a more thriving nightlife on campus, but having the city and subway at your fingertips is pretty incredible.

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5 College Junior

Nightlife: School is in NYC enough said.

2 College Senior

Nightlife: You have to go downtown to get to anywhere really fun in the evenings. On campus parties aren't that great.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: You have to know where the parties to find the parties. Generally, there aren't anyone Monday-Wednesday. When you can find a party at East Campus, its usually pretty good and well worth it. The club life is pretty dull around campus, so you'd have to hop on the train and head down town, which isn't too bad. A lot people head to some bars a few blocks away.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 600th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 767th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 775th
    Biggest Party Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Megan Cloud
Ft. Worth, Texas
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There are few places in the world with nightlife as abundant as in New York City. Unfortunately, all of this fantastic nightlife is far from Barnard's campus. Since Barnard and Columbia make up almost all of Morningside Heights, there are plenty of places to find liquor nearby, but these places just provide the drinks and forget about the ambience. This probably isn't very different than other college towns, but because New York has so much more to offer, students know that the bar scene is lacking. Most of the time students don't really care and enjoy just hanging out with friends over a few drinks near campus, appreciating that they don't have to pay cab fare or the high prices for Manhattan's trendy drinks.

There are plenty of bars to choose from on Broadway, near Barnard, but because there is far less space than there are students, they tend to be crowded no matter when you go. There are no clubs near Barnard at all, which is fine since clubbing is so expensive, anyway. Most people don't mind spending $12 on a cab to get downtown when the club's cover is $30. Basically, there is any sort of entertainment you could ever imagine in New York, but for Barnard students, it's more of a question of money and motivation. You'll probably usually want cheap and convenient, but if you ever feel the need to do something special and go to one of the many clubs or bars downtown, you're sure to have a good time. There are dozens of places just a cab ride and cover charge away.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Bleeker Street
  • Broadway between 113th and 110th
  • Mulberry Street
Student Favorites
The Heights Bar & Grill
Other Places to Check Out
Everywhere elseā€”this is New York City!
Local Specialties
Trashcan punch: Fruit punch, Everclear alcohol, fruits
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Century Club
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
4 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
1020 Bar
Organization Parties
It's unheard of for the school to sponsor a party with alcohol. This just doesn't ever happen. Campus clubs will throw parties, like Orgo on the night before organic chemistry finals, but if you want a party, you shouldn't be looking on campus.
Did You Know?
If you're not 21, find some older friends and go out anyways. Most bars and clubs in New York won't turn away a girl, especially if she is dressed nicely and is over 18. Or you can go out to see a movie or a Broadway show with discount tickets that can be purchased in the College Activities Office.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Exit Nightclub

Exit is a huge club that plays all kinds of music from dance to R&B. Come dressed nicely if you want to party here.

610 W. 56th St.


(212) 582-8282


Copacabana is a 21-and-over club with fabulous live Latin music and the flyest women.

268 W. 47th St.


(212) 582-2672


Avalon is a strict dress-to-impress club that is 18 and over on Fridays and 21 and older on Saturdays. It welcomes the very biggest names in progressive techno and trance. Show up dressed to the nines and with a large group of girls if you want to get in.

47 W. 20th St.


(212) 582-4100

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Heights Bar & Grill

The Heights has a smaller, more personal feel than the West End in a small bar and grill a couple floors above Broadway. Check out the happy hour everyday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the roof.

2867 Broadway

Morningside Heights

(212) 886-7035


Tap-a-Keg is a fun, dive bar with a seven-hour-long happy hour. Check out their kitsch, low ceilings and linoleum floors.

2731 Broadway

New York City

(212) 749-1734

The Abbey Pub

The Abbey can get a little bit loud on game days. Giants and Jets fans abound.

237 W. 105th St.

Manhattan Valley

(212) 222-8713

1020 Bar

The drink prices are great here.

1020 Amsterdam Ave.

New York

(212) 531-3468

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 11 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 12 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 0% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 75% Public transportation.
  • 25% Taxis.
  • 0% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 17% Parties? What parties?
  • 42% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 25% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 17% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.


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