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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Transportation is obviously pretty good in NYC. Many students to to bars or clubs on the weekends. Perhaps you'll be able to find friends at NYU or Columbia (even though Columbia is kind of far) and party there.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: FIT's social life mostly consists of girls going out with promoters to clubs during your first few years in the city. Once you get into your bachelors most girls branch out and start going to bars.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There are actually people who throw parties for college students in new york!

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife is great at school being that we are in the city. There are plenty of places to go have fun away from campus.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: You have New York City as your nightlife. You just have to be willing to travel to get into certain bars if youre underaged.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 72nd
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 1242nd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1296th
    Biggest Party Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristen Babson
Charlotte, NC
Fashion Merchandising Management
Grad Year
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New York City certainly lives up to the saying, "The City That Never Sleeps," especially when it comes to nightlife. There are so many places to go that the hardest thing is choosing where to go. From bars and clubs to VIP lounges, the nightlife caters to any preference in New York City.

Nightlife starts late, usually around midnight. Get in good with a promoter who will help you get VIP table service or who can help you get in to places without having to pay a cover, even if it's not to drink. Research places and find out the dress code because you will get turned down at the door if you are not dressed to standard. Unfortunately, the doorman will turn you down if you don't look good, so play along—this is New York City.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Lower East Side
  • Meatpacking District
  • Midtown
Other Places to Check Out
  • 1 Oak
  • Alligator Lounge
  • Beauty Bar
  • Benny's Burritos
  • Blockheads Burritos
  • Boom Boom Room
  • Brother Jimmy's BBQ
  • Calico Jack's Cantina
  • Crocodile Lounge
  • Dallas BBQ
  • Don Pedro
  • El Sombrero
  • Fiddlesticks Pub & Grill
  • Greenhouse
  • Hudson Terrace
  • Joshua Tree
  • Kenmare
  • La Pomme
  • Levee
  • McFaddens
  • MJ Armstrong's
  • O'Reilly's Pub
  • The Red Lion
  • Slane
  • Strawberry
  • Touch
  • Turtle Bay Tavern
  • Veranda Restaurant
Local Specialties
  • Cosmopolitan: Made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice or sweetened lime juice
  • Long Island Iced Tea: Made with vodka, gin, tequila, and rum
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Century club
  • Circle of death
  • Flip cup
  • King's cup
  • Power hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
4 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
If you're just out to get a drink and not necessarily to experience the "nightlife," most places offer a happy hour special. You can find these by simply taking a walk anywhere, and most bars will have signs outside that list their happy hour specials.
Organization Parties
The Department of Student Life has several organizational parties throughout the year, such as "FITSA's Night Out," Homecoming, and even a semi-formal.
Did You Know?
Guys: if you pull up to a club with an entourage of hot girls, you will more than likely get in for free. If not, be expected to pay.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


This place has a setting of both an intimate bar and a high-energy club.

289 10th Ave.


(646) 473-0202


Tenjune gets some really good DJs to spin music.

26 Little W. 12th St.

Meatpacking District

(646) 624-2410

Webster Hall

This is what we in New York City call a "mega-club." Each of the four floors is geared toward a different crowd with a different type of music. This place is huge! Although there is a pricey cover and the drinks are typical (expensive and not too big), this is one club that everyone should experience.

125 E. 11th St.

East Village

(212) 353-1600

1 Oak

Sometimes, celebrities show up to this place-like Jay-Z!

453 W. 17th St.


(212) 242-1111


This is a great place for dancing!

150 Varick St.


(212) 807-7000

Kiss and Fly

The décor in this club includes beautiful Roman accents.

409 W. 13th St.

Meatpacking District

(212) 255-1933

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Off the Wagon

This bar is the local watering hole for nearby NYU students. There is a loud and friendly feel to this place that makes you think you are at a campus keg party. There are 14 beers on tap, darts, foosball, and a pool table. This two-story bar is usually packed. The jukebox tends to blast `80s music, and when there is a DJ, he takes requests.

109 MacDougal St.

New York City

(212) 533-4487

Max Fish

A hip crowd hangs out here. There are plastic skulls lining the wall and the ceilings, with some of the best choices of jukebox music in New York City. It can be a little expensive, but definitely worth it.

176 Ludlow St.

New York City

(212) 529-3959

Tempest Bar

This is where everyone at FIT who lives in the dorms goes for cheap drinks close to school. Tempest is a dive bar, but it usually lets FIT students in if they show their school ID. Men come here from all over Manhattan, looking to meet FIT girls.

407 Eighth Ave.

New York City

(212) 643-1502

The Park

The Park is taxi-garage-turned-restaurant/bar. Here, you may feel like you are in a ski lodge because of the scenery and architecture of this venue. The Park is home to one of the city's most expansive and popular outdoor patios. A 30-foot tree sits in the middle of the dining room and the maître d' likes to sport red-laced sneakers with his suit. The VIP hot tub on the roof is the place to be-if you can get up there!

118 10th Ave.

New York City

(212) 352-3313

Down the Hatch

Down the Hatch is an undergrad haven, where NYU boys come to shout, drink (and spill) beer, and let off steam. If you're looking for an evening where you don't stumble home with beer in your hair and ketchup on your shirt, stay away. If, however, you're looking to capture a little frat party fun, this just might be your scene.

179 W. Fourth St. at Sixth Avenue

New York City

(212) 627-9747

AVA Lounge

Most people dress up and make it a point to go up to the roof deck and check out the view of the city. There are specialty drinks made here, but they can get pricey-stick to more traditional drinks and your wallet might have some money left in it when you leave.

210 W. 55th St., between Seventh and Eighth avenues

New York City

(212) 956-7020

Maritime Hotel

A younger, professional crowd frequents this bar for the open-air seating or the vintage-style armchairs and sofas. Short-skirted waitresses deliver Mediterranean-inspired drinks and snacks from the hotel's Italian bistro. It can get pricey, but the scene here is unrivaled.

363 W. 16th St.

New York City

(212) 242-4300


If you love music and belly dancing, this is the place for you. But if you don't like the smell of smoke, don't go here; there are hookahs, and people smoke flavored tobacco out of them. The drinks are reasonable, and the service is above average.

162 Bleecker St.

New York City

(212) 777-4555

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

Webster Hall

Webster Hall typically lets in 19-and-up students; you just won't be able to drink. A lot of the time, promoters will Facebook you and tell you they can get you into top-notch places, but be careful about that!

125 E. 11th St.

New York City

(212) 353-1600

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 61 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 60 responses

  • 3% There are no good options.
  • 2% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 48% Public transportation.
  • 32% Taxis.
  • 15% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 63 responses

  • 59% Parties? What parties?
  • 19% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 2% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 16% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 5% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 10 responses

  • 38% Hanging with promoters
  • 38% Word of mouth
  • 25% Facebook


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