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College Freshman

Nightlife: I typically don't go to parties because I don't drink and I don't really like the party atmosphere.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Parties kinda suck and there are more than you'd expect at a tech school

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2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: You go to fraternity parties until you absolutely can't stand them anymore, then you sit home on weekends and play with yourself.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Work hard, play hard. There's usually a party to go to and a few spots in Troy to go to.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not a big party school, but in a way it's fun it's own respect. Almost all big parties are fraternity affiliated. If you really wanted to you could party everyday, but I don't know how fun that would be. There's not a whole lot going on in Troy but it's still easy to make the best of it.


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  • 305th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 926th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1071st
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cara Riverso
Holmes, NY
Chemical Engineering
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Troy is a smaller city, so people from larger, urban areas find the nightlife slow and lacking. Albany offers much more, and there are numerous venues that regularly host concerts there. RPI has three large contingents of students: the club-goers, the bar people, and the students who don’t go out. Club goers will head to Allsports in Troy, or head down to Albany to see the clubs there. People usually tend to go to the Ruck, which is more of a sit-down, relaxed bar. It all depends on your personal preference as to which spots you consider good. If you are looking for anything beyond these, you’re in the wrong place. There are a few nicer bars around, but if you’re underage, there’s no way you’ll ever get a drink in your hand.

As far as other options, there really isn’t much beyond what is offered on campus in the evenings. This includes some good movies, as well as all the facilities the Union offers, but of course, these can get old after awhile. For the most part, those under-21 and those who get sick of the bar scene will have to be creative. There is one thing to be sure of—RPI students know how hard they work at school and know how to relax when they have the time.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Student Favorites
  • Brown's Brewing Co.
  • O'Leary Tavern
  • The Ruck
Other Places to Check Out
  • Northern Lights
  • Valentine's
Local Specialties
Brown’s Brewing Co.:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games
  • Flip cup
  • Movie drinking games
  • Power hour/Century Club
  • Quarters
Closing Time
4 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Ruck’s happy hour
Organization Parties
Fraternities hold the vast majority of parties at RPI, although sports teams and certain cliques on campus are known for their contributions to the social scene, as well.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Knotty Pine Tavern

Close to campus and frequently packed on Friday nights.

2301 15th St.

(518) 272-4557

O'Leary's Irish Pub

Crowded on weekends, close to campus so it's a good spot for students.

2253 15th St.

(518) 272-6422

Brown's Brewing Co.

Not your typical bar, Brown's is more of a restaurant. Students frequent here for a burger and ale on the weekends.

417 River St.

(518) 273-2337

Clubhouse Pub

Students typically gather here. It offers a variety of beers and a few drink,s like Mike's or Parrot Bay. It's small and only open until midnight on weekdays.

RPI Union (Third Floor)

The Ruck

The most popular bar among RPI students, The Ruck offers specials every weeknight. Mondays and Wednesdays are 30-cent wings, Tuesday is burger night, Thursday is dollar-off pint night, and Friday is free wings during happy hour. The Ruck, famous for its wings, also makes what is affectionately known as a wingburger-a burger with wing sauce-which is a must-try for burger lovers. $1.25 Coors Light and Bud/Bud Light bottles during happy hour everyday-the cheapest beer you can get in at a bar in Troy.

104 Third St.

(518) 273-1872

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

Go to parties around campus or, some bars have under-21 nights.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 30 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 30 responses

  • 7% There are no good options.
  • 47% Use a designated driver.
  • 7% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 10% Public transportation.
  • 3% Taxis.
  • 27% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 3% Parties? What parties?
  • 6% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 71% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 19% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% RPI vs. Union hockey game
  • 20% The Buff
  • 20% GM week
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