New Paltz, NY
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$16,008 ($6,758)
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4 College Senior

Nightlife: The main street in town is a 5 minute walk from campus and it's lined with plenty of bars ranging from very cheap to upscale.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife is usually fun, depending on the party. But a lot of the people I hang out with do small parties at their houses which makes it just as enjoyable.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: um, its okay. nothing too spectacular.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: New Paltz has a bunch of bars, each one with a different atmosphere. I personally gravitate towards the live music events and there are plenty of them.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 28th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 133rd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1239th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samuel Borenzweig
New York City
Grad Year
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On-campus parties don't happen because the administration is fairly strict about the dry campus policy. So, students tend to take their beers elsewhere—notably, to student housing off campus. Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights are party nights; students hit up house parties and then head out to the bars around midnight (if they're of age or have fake IDs). There's also almost always something going on at one of the frat or sorority houses, though many students steer clear of Greek life.

When New Paltz nightlife gets repetitive and boring—which, during the winter, it inevitably does—kids who need their party fix head down to NYC or across the river to Poughkeepsie to get their respective grooves on. Overall, New Paltz can be a pretty popping place, a place where students aren't afraid to go all out in the name of a good time; however, many students prefer quiet nights in, catching up on homework or watching movies with friends, and that is totally fine, too. There is absolutely no pressure to be a nightlife socialite.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Main Street
  • Poughkeepsie
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bacchus Restaurant & Bar
  • Oasis CafĂ©
Favorite Drinking Games
Beer pong
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Bullentin boards/fliers
  • Facebook
Closing Time
4 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
McGillicuddy's Restaurant & Tap House, Murphy's Restaurant & Pub
Did You Know?
McGillicuddy's has a specific event or theme for every night of the week, and there's never a cover charge!

Club ListingsWhat's This?


If you want to dance, this is the place to go!

2 Terwilliger Lane

New Paltz

(845) 255-2122

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Murphy's Restaurant & Pub

This is an Irish pub.

107 Main St.

New Paltz

(845) 255-9718


This place has great beer specials.

91 Main St.

New Paltz

(845) 255-6161


On Thursday, it's "'70s and '80s Night"!

58 Main St.

New Paltz

(845) 255-3400

McGillicuddy's Restaurant & Tap House

This place has a no cover charge policy!

84 Main St.

New Paltz

(845) 256-9289

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

Muddy Cup Coffee House

58 Main St.

New Paltz

(718) 612-0081

House parties

There are plenty of house parties off campus every weekend.

On campus

New Paltz

Fat Bob's

52 Main St.

New Paltz

(845) 255-0096

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 49 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 46 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 4% Use a designated driver.
  • 7% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 2% Public transportation.
  • 4% Taxis.
  • 83% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 48 responses

  • 2% Parties? What parties?
  • 10% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 35% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 48% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 4% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 7 responses

  • 71% The bars, the frats, or off campus house parties
  • 29% Southside
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