Nightlife

Location
Vestal, NY
Undergrads
11,464
Tuition (in-state)
$16,795 ($7,645)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Nightlife: House parties: are fun and a good way to meet new people

Bars: small selection & relatively easy to get in

Frats: depends on the person

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is always a frat to go to, and if not there the bars are always lively and fun.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Frat parties are great, theres usually a bunch every weekend. Theres many options of bars to go to downtown, mostly all in a row on State Street. They do check for ID's but as long as you have a fake you're fine to get in and passing an ID back to other friends isn't hard to do because they usually mark your hand when you get in. It's easy to get downtown from campus either from a cab which is $4 each way, or the bus thats free but sometimes not easy to get a spot on.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are many off campus greek life parties and a handful of bars/clubs located close together downtown.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is a lot of transportation up until 12am. The underage nightlife only exists on campus, off campus holds more for students 21 & up.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 54th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 71st
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1303rd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mills Horton
Hometown
Geneseo, Illinois
Major
English-Creative Writing
Grad Year
2013
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Though Binghamton does not boast a great number of bars and clubs, the ones that do exist often cater to Binghamton students. There is a drink special to be had for every day of the week. Binghamton students dominate the downtown scene on the weekends, which unofficially starts Thursday nights. Even the under-21 crowd has plenty of options, as the frat houses, along with several bars and clubs, require only a college ID for entrance. And though the bars close at a relatively early 1 a.m. on weekdays, the fun often spills over into nearby pizza places or to the frat houses for after-hours parties.

While nightlife on campus is essentially nonexistent, getting to the bars and clubs around Binghamton is no problem. Cabs from campus are cheap and readily available; to find them, just follow the swarms of people looking to unwind and have a good time. Binghamton may not be a true party school, but it is no slacker on the subject, either.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
State Street
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Ale House
  • The Belmar Pub
  • Cyber Café West
  • Dillinger's Celtic Pub & Eatery
  • Fitzie's Irish Pub
  • Instinct Bar & Club
  • Lost Dog Café
  • Tom & Marty's Town House
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Century Club
  • Flip cups
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
  • Relay
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Fliers
  • Newspaper advertisements
  • Word-of-mouth
  • www.barstar.com
Closing Time
1 a.m.-3 a.m. 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Frats
Organization Parties
Many organizations on campus will rent out restaurants or nightclubs and advertise their parties on campus through fliers and word-of-mouth. Fraternities and sororities often rent out nightclubs after rush or initiation.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Merlin's

Merlin's is the local LGBTQ bar in Binghamton. The drinks are cheap, and it can be rather crowded by students and locals. There is karaoke every Wednesday and drag nights every Thursday.

201 State St.

Binghamton

(607) 722-1022

www.myspace.com/merlinsgaydanceclub

Flashbacks

A nostalgic nightclub that features music and memorabilia from the `70s and `80s.

93 State St.

Binghamton

(607) 723-1416

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Uncle Tony's Tavern

A narrow, no-frills bar that can get impossibly crowded. People come to Uncle Tony's to talk with friends, watch the game, or listen to some great classic rock. Tony's also has excellent wings and is the favorite hangout of Binghamton's minor league hockey team, the Senators.

79 State St.

Binghamton

(607) 723-4488

www.uncletonystavern.com

Scoreboard

Drinks are a little more expensive, but the atmosphere more than makes up for the price.

41 Washington St.

Binghamton

(607) 723-0063

JT's Tavern

A small place that can get very crowded, JT's (or "Just Townies" to some) has mind-bogglingly cheap drink specials, especially on Tuesdays. Every Wednesday is the beer pong tournament, where you can compete for prizes, and most importantly, pride.

98 State St.

Binghamton

(607) 722-5985

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 84 responses

  • 2% There are no good options.
  • 1% Use a designated driver.
  • 45% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 6% Public transportation.
  • 44% Taxis.
  • 1% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 82 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 85 responses

  • 5% Parties? What parties?
  • 8% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 24% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 52% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 12% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 11 responses

  • 64% Parade Day
  • 18% 4 Way during Homecoming
  • 18% Spring Fling

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 10 responses

  • 57% Off Campus
  • 21% Bars downtown
  • 21% Frats

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