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3 College Junior

Nightlife: I don't know very much about it since I am not much into alcohol, but from what I can gather as a general consensus, Growler's Pub is a decent spot that seems to be frequented by a lot of people. Memories Lounge as well, but less so.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Every Friday and Saturday, we have a party at Palm Court called the "Wall" - it's a hit-or-miss. Most of the times it's great.

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5 College Junior

Nightlife: As somebody who has thrown a PCP, the night life is completely up to the students' creativity and desire. If you want a cool underground band/musician to play, get the SAC to fund them. If you want to throw a rave in your dorm room, ask your neighbor or the EQTA's to borrow their laser and sound system. If you want to build a giant tent fort in the dorms and watch movies inside, you can do that. Basically the sky is the limit. However, I've noticed a general lack of creativity amongst New College students lately. I heard it has to do with wifi and cellphones radiating our brains... but who knows ; )

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: The vast majority of parties stay on campus. Every Friday and Saturday there is a themed party called a 'Wall" which often involves costumes or decorations. These events are great for new students trying to find friends and have a good time. Older students usually attend walls semi-frequently to blow off steam and recover from a particularly tough week. There are plenty of non-wall-goers so if parties aren't really your thing you'll still find plenty to do. Drinking isn't strictly regulated and there are no rules against having alcohol in dorms. However, underaged drinking is still very illegal and persons under 21 should weight the risks and rewards of such drinking carefully rather than blindly relying on the school's free-going attitude to protect you. The palm court parties (PCPs) are tri-annual themed parties that are funded by the school and are usually quite elaborate. They attract friends from beyond New College and are typically the liveliest nights of the year.

All this being said, New College is not a party school and if your aim is to get stoned every day and smashed each night- you'll find yourself at odds. Partying is generally done only on the weekends with very few exceptions. Making a ruckus during the middle of the week when others are trying to study is unanimously frowned upon.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Not much going on off campus except Growler's (a nearby pub). Sometimes the Walls (parties in the center of the residential side of campus held every Friday and Saturday) are big and fun sometimes they are pretty dull and quiet. Alcohol and drug use is very common. I spend most of my time at parties in a friend's room or just hanging out, watching movies with friends, etc.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 201st
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1142nd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1173rd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Taylor Welsh
West Palm Beach, Fl
English Literature/Socioloy
Grad Year
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New College sometimes makes students forget that most people have the misfortune of having to drive to parties—the nightlife is centrally located on NCF's campus, steps away from where many students live. Exclusive, invitation-only gatherings are virtually nonexistent, and inclusion is a big component of the atmosphere. Most gatherings are advertised on the Forum. Student-sponsored "walls" are open to all and hosted right in the "Center of the Universe"—Palm Court. Those who sponsor "the walls" collect money door-to-door for supplies such as decorations, food, and beverages. "Walls" range from being sparsely attended to jam-packed. Attendance mostly depends on the time of year, playlist, or theme. On occasion, "townies" (local residents) or Ringling students attend, but "walls" are true testaments to the cohesion of NCF social life. Campus police and student patrol members are always on duty to provide a safe environment. Few other campuses can boast such a student-centered, free, and consistent form of entertainment open to all. Without them, the essence of campus extracurricular culture would face peril. 

Unfortunately, there usually aren't many options beyond these dance parties. "Walls" can become boring quickly if you are expecting a nightlife scene that varies tremendously from one weekend to the next. Students are basically content with what campus has to offer, but there would not be any complaints if there were more options. Sarasota is not geared toward young people. Tampa is a solid option for a club and bar scene, and is about an hour away. Because of the arduous academic program, most students have limited time and energy to search out variant options. Many forgo making the trek when there is a guaranteed dance party in their backyard. Free, safe, fun, reliable, and creative: quintessentially New College.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
On campus
Other Places to Check Out
Ybor City in Tampa
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Flip cup
  • Ice luge
  • Ring of Fire
  • Shandies
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Memories Lounge
Organization Parties
"Walls" and PCPs (Palm Court Parties)

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Gilligan's Island Bar & Grill

Gilligan's offers daily happy hour specials from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

5253 Ocean Blvd.

Siesta Keys

(941) 346-8122

The Gator Club

Monday nights are two-for-one well and call drinks.

1490 Main St.


(941) 366-5969

Beach Club Siesta Key

Thursday is "College Night."

5151 Ocean Blvd.

Siesta Key

(941) 349-6311

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Miller's Ale House

Miller's Ale House offers cheap drinks and a full menu.

3800 Kenny Drive


(941) 378-8888

Memories Lounge

A popular New College bar, Memories is extremely affordable.

3428 N. Tamiami Trail


(941) 355-9849

Shakespeare's English Pub & Restaurant

The best selection of gourmet and imported beers and great affordable foods. Try their homemade soups or a burger.

3550 S. Osprey Ave.


(941) 364-5938

The White Horse Pub

The White Horse Pub offers British dining options, as well as a selection of 18 draft beers.

6240 N. Lockwood Ridge Road


(941) 358-1353

Smokin' Joes Pub

1448 Main St.


(941) 366-9439

The Cock & Bull Pub

The Cock & Bull Pub has a "Beer Bible" that is a giant book listing all of the beers offered. An authentic pub experience.

975 Cattlemen Road


(941) 341-9785

Castle Café

This authentic German and Polish restaurant offers an excellent selection of bottled and tap imports.

3550 53rd Ave. W


(941) 792-3082

Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar

Daiquiri Deck offers daily happy hour specials.

5250 Ocean Blvd.

Siesta Keys

(941) 349-8697

Irish Rover Pub

6518 Gateway Ave.


(941) 926-1060

Growler's Pub

A New College student haunt. Growlers is located conveniently near the Bay Shore neighborhood as well as Ringling College. "Trivia Night" and "Open Mic Night" draw a few NCF regulars on a weekly basis. They have 30 beers on tap and cater to a local crowd. New College bands often perform here.

2831 North Tamiami Trail


(941) 487-7373

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

McCurdy's Comedy Theatre

McCurdy's is an 18-and-up comedy club located on Tamiami Trail. Aside from seeing some of the best comics around, check out the Humor Institute located at McCurdy's, and take a class on stand-up comedy, improvisation, or performance writing.

3333 N. Tamiami Trail


(941) 925-3869

Big E's Sweets & Gourmet Coffee

Big E's has extremely inexpensive food-like less than $3.50 for an entire sandwich, full of veggies. Coffee, smoothies, Italian sodas, teas, and sweets are also a bargain.

2805 N. Tamiami Trail


(941) 355-4432

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 29 responses

  • 48% There are no good options.
  • 31% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 7% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 14% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 3% Parties? What parties?
  • 20% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 10% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 57% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 10% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 6 responses

  • 100% Palm Court Parties (PCP)


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