Nightlife at Skidmore definitely sees a divide between the eligibility to go downtown ("DT") or not. Until you're 21 (or until you have a fake ID that works), you're limited to on- and off-campus parties. On-campus parties usually happen in Scribner Village. Some parties are held in Northwoods, but those are usually less open. Scribner parties consist of overly packed houses as soon as freshmen find out about the get-togethers—sad, but true. Off-campus parties are usually larger simply due to larger spaces to host people. There are certain off-campus houses that, year after year, have a reputation for having parties, so students look forward to those parties, as well. If you're not at an on- or off-campus party and you're still under 21, there are usually other things going on. Small bands at Falstaff's are always fun and are a guaranteed plan. Comedy groups and a cappella groups will often have performances on the weekends, as well, so that's a great way to spend your night—or start your night!
However, if you are 21, then on- or off-campus parties/events are usually just the precursor to "going DT." Downtown, there are lots of bars from which to choose. Usually, you'll start off on Caroline Street and go to bars down there, or you'll go to Irish Times, Peabody's, or The Parting Glass. Bars stay open until around 3:30 a.m. to 4 a.m., so going downtown ensures a late night of partying.