The nightlife scene in Hamilton is alive and well, albeit a bit repetitive. What appears to be a quaint, sleepy village transforms by night into the center of Colgate social life, featuring a number of bars that are complemented by the fraternity houses and numerous on- and off-campus housing areas throwing open and closed parties on any given night. Students have been known to spend hours in the library, finishing up a paper, only to run home, down a few shots of cheap vodka or shotgun a few Keystones, and head out the door. One need not look far for a drinking buddy practically any day of the week, except for Tuesdays and Sundays which are reserved for studying.
While much of the nightlife revolves around the houses on Broad Street, almost every organization and team hosts regular “pubs,” giving members the opportunity to drink with each other and start off the night before heading downtown and inevitably capping the night off at the Jug. To be sure, there are plenty of activities going on for those hoping to avoid the drinking culture; Late Gate and Game’s Afoot host regular substance-free events, and the Colgate Activities Board (CAB) hosts regular Take Two Films; there is never pressure to take part, only plenty of company if you choose to do so.