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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I'm not a party-er but when I do want to go out it's easy to get to Cornell or a sports house party if you know who to ask but you'll need to know some people in the Theatre Arts department to get in to any of the awesome Theatre parties.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's always parties everywhere. It can just be difficult to go to those parties sometimes.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Its not bad we have good parties

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife isn't bad. Although with that being said, my roommate had the worst luck with finding parties on the weekend

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not a lot of parties. Bar and club scene only for people over 21.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 281st
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 572nd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1090th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jennifer Segal
Newton ,MA
Communication Management
Grad Year
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If Cornell and IC students have one thing in common, they both know how to have a good time. Living in a college town has definite perks. Bars and taverns line the streets, and students find parties to attend very easily. Since walking back up the hill can be hard when someone has had too much to drink, most don’t walk to bars; they either take the bus or have a designated driver. The clubs have a variety of themed music nights and attract talented local bands. While there are parties on campus, students tend to go off campus to find a place to party. House parties are an every-weekend occurrence, and frat parties at Cornell are popular with the under-21 crowd. In their first few weeks on campus, many freshmen are eager to experience “college life” and head to Cornell to get drunk. The beer is cheap, and the opposite sex is eager, but many outgrow the phase and find other places to go.

While on some nights the under-21 crowd isn’t permitted in the clubs, college freshmen and sophomores can find an abundance of places to go. Many underagers carry fake IDs to drink at bars or to get into shows, but it’s not recommended. For those of legal age, many local bars know what students want and offer plenty of specials to keep the students coming back happy. If you’re looking for a good time, you’re guaranteed to find it at IC.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Other Places to Check Out
  • Benchwarmers Restaurant & Sports Bar
  • Cantina Viva
  • Castaways
  • Chanticleer
  • Chapter House
  • Dunbar's
  • The Haunt
  • Ithaca Ale House
  • Kelly's Dock-Side CafĂ©
  • Kilpatrick's
  • Level B
  • Madeline's Restaurant
  • Silky Jones
Local Specialties
Ithaca Beer Company: Ithaca is home to a brewery on Elmira Road.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games
  • Flip cup
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
1 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Moonshadow Tavern ("Moonies")
Organization Parties
Many of the fraternity parties at Cornell University will be easy for IC students to get into at the beginning of the semester-before things get really strict-and it's usually a good time.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

The Oasis Dance Club

Oasis is a progressive dance club open to men and women of all ages and sexual orientations. They feature Latin, swing, tango, and Top 40 dance music. They allow under-21-year-olds in, and have a bar for those able to drink.

1230 Danby Rd.


(607) 273-1505

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Moonshadow Tavern ("Moonies")

This bar has been around for more than 20 years.

114 The Commons


(607) 319-0342

The Nines

The Nines has some of the greatest pizza around, and it's a great place to relax, listen to live music, and do a little dancing. You can host an all-you-can-eat pizza party for up to 100 friends.

311 College Ave.


(607) 272-5890

Rulloff's Restaurant & Bar

This place has been named one of America's top 100 college bars. While the clientele is mostly Cornell students, this establishment draws a variety of people.

411 College Ave.


(607) 272-6067


Located along the waterfront, this is a popular place to kick back and have some fun. Before the music starts, enjoy good food at good prices on the club's outside deck. Castaways features live music Thursday through Saturday and themed music nights Sunday through Wednesday.

413-415 Taughannock Blvd.


(607) 272-1370

The Haunt

Live music entertains students 18-and-up. Come for happy hour drink specials and DJs spinning requests.

702 Willow Ave.


(607) 275-3447

Level B

This bar/lounge features cocktails and a dance floor.

410 Eddy St.


(607) 272-3888

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

The Haunt

The Haunt, normally a 21-and-up club, sometimes hosts events for 18-and-up students during Cortaca and Homecoming. These events are usually packed, and sometimes they stop letting people in early, so it is a good idea to get there earlier in the night. These events usually consist of "hot body contests" and club dancing.

702 Willow Ave.


(607) 539-1181

Student Polls

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 18 responses

  • 34% With yo friends
  • 31% Cornell
  • 14% Theatre parties
  • 10% Baseball House
  • 3% Park Scholars
  • 3% G BLOCK!
  • 3% Football House

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 60 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 69 responses

  • 1% There are no good options.
  • 13% Use a designated driver.
  • 6% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 32% Public transportation.
  • 26% Taxis.
  • 22% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 73 responses

  • 4% Parties? What parties?
  • 23% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 44% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 27% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 1% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 19 responses

  • 37% Kendall Day
  • 32% CortacaJug
  • 21% Kendall and cortaca
  • 11% Anything at Cornell


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