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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are normally a couple all campus parties every weekend, so that you don't have to be 'invited' to a party to dress up and have fun

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I like going out, but sometimes I can't find much and that is just the fault of a small college.

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: It's boring, monotonous, and dominated by Greek organizations who think they are cool. It bores me.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: The campus is generally open to whatever evening activities you might plan up, but it can take a little bit of effort to not a party broken up every two hours. The bars downtown are homey and fantastic for getting bombed. Underage kids have a relatively easy time getting in. Some large dorms are known for having parties, people are known to have bonfires at around the glen, and access to illicit substances is essentially unrestricted. The administration periodically feigns an effort to restrict the nightlife, but Hamilton has traditionally had a very strong group of socially active students.

The administration is eliminating off campus housing, which will have an uncertain impact on the dynamic.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I would say nightlife at Hamilton is for everyone. If you are 21 or older, there are plenty of parties you can go to/hold in people's dorms, including some all-campus parties. If you are not 21 or just don't drink, there are a ton of fun and exciting events held each weekend for students like movie nights, dances, or just game nights.

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  • 87th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 163rd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1209th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sophie Vershbow
New York City
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Hamilton students work hard, but they play much harder. Every weekend all-campus parties are thrown by Greek societies, sports teams, and cultural organizations in one of four large social spaces on campus. These parties can become monotonous by the end of the semester, but despite the lack of diversity in social events, students look forward to theme parties. Certain events, such as the Farm Party, Heaven and Hell, and The New Year’s Party, are thrown annually and have earned reputations for being an especially good time. Off-campus parties and semi-formals provide for a much needed change from this scene. Host organizations shell out for school buses to bring people back and forth from campus throughout the night, greatly decreasing the possibility of drunk drivers making bad decisions. There are two bars downtown that draw a significant Hamilton crowd many nights of the week, although the same group of Greeks tends to be the dominate population.

Most of the time, students realize their options and manage to make fun for themselves. Certain dorms are known for throwing parties. The suites in Milbank fill to the brim with students looking for a good time. South and Dunham always have something going on for the freshmen, and Carnegie is usually a good bet, too. Depending on the mood of the crowd, these parties can be anything from casual and quiet to an ‘80s dance party.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown Clinton
  • Syracuse
  • Utica
Student Favorites
ELS basement, Senior night at the pub
Other Places to Check Out
The Little Pub (on campus)
Local Specialties
  • Saranac: CE
  • Utica Club: CE
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Die
  • Beruit
  • Card games
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Downtown Clinton
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Village Tavern
Organization Parties
On-campus parties are held every weekend in one of the many social spaces on campus assigned to different groups at the beginning of each semester. They're typically scheduled from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. and provide kegs for those claiming to be over-21. Random themes are often assigned, for example the New Years in February party where every hour gets a countdown. Heaven and Hell on Halloween weekend, The Farm Party in the fall, and Gin & Juice in the spring are among the most popular. When the organizations on campus feel like doing something special, they will rent out a bar in the area and rent school buses to get students off campus. These private parties are a nice change from those help on campus, although waiting in negative degree weather for a bus to pick you up can be an adventure. Formals are also held throughout the year off campus at nicer facilities.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Village Tavern

The majority of students go to the VT because the drinks are cheaper, and there are fewer locals here.

14 College St.

(315) 853-8010

Don's Rok

The Rok is usually populated by Clinton residents. When the Village Tavern is full, students will migrate down here.

36 College St.

(315) 853-8039

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

The Little Pub on campus is open to everyone-you do need a Little Pub ID to drink. They do offer entertainment other than drinking. Usually there is karaoke, a band playing, or you could play pool and air hockey. The Pub also has halftime parties with wings and pizza during football season. Bundy and Annex parties are open to students of all ages also. In the past year, the College has begun a tradition of late-night events designed to be an alternative to drinking. These events feature midnight movies, board games, trivia, and other activities that allow socializing without the pressure to drink.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 19 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

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 6% Use a designated driver.
  • 61% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 33% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% Parties? What parties?
  • 5% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 21% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 63% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 11% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.


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