Stony Brook, NY
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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is a bar right on the other side of the train tracks called Bench which is a popular bar for students at Stony Brook. Usually if you go there you will see a lot of people you know. The bar is in walking distance from the school which is great!

College Junior

Nightlife: I do not go out often. I have been out one time on a Thursday to a bar, but for the most part i have a full time unpaid internship and a lot of course work with a part time job, with a terminally ill mother, I do not have it in me to party honestly.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Rides are difficult to get outside of the Union, people get left behind sometimes.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's great if you live on campus and get to know the kind of people that do go out and have fun, but if you're a commuter or don't try and find parties, people to go out with, etc. it can seem very boring.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife is good if you want to have a good time

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  • 356th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1016th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 1091st
    Best Drink Prices

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Barbara Ross
Hopewell Junction, NY
Business Management
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The nightlife at Stony Brook can be somewhat limited. Thursday nights are when the suite parties take place around campus, but they are mostly just small gatherings of friends inside the dorms, usually in Kelly or the West Apartments. However, these parties can get pretty big and can actually be a lot of fun. Meeting people and getting invited to parties is probably the hardest thing for most.

If clubs and bars are more your scene, there are definitely plenty of those around. Fliers and advertisements are always posted all over campus, so you’ll never be wondering what’s happening on a given Tuesday or Thursday night. Transportation is often provided to these events. A 21-and-over ID is needed to check out the thriving bar scene in Smithtown, Huntington, and Port Jefferson, the closest nightlife areas to campus. Shamrocks, located in St. James, requires a $2 train ticket there and about a $6 cab ride back. But again, most (if not all) of these places tend to be extremely strict with drinking, so without an ID you will probably not be able to take advantage of drink specials.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Port Jefferson
  • Smithtown
  • St. James
Student Favorites
  • Bianco's
  • Full Moon Café
  • Intrigue
  • Metropolis
  • Nubar
  • Shamrocks
  • The Velvet Lounge
  • Viper
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bamboo Bernie's
  • Horse and Jockey Bar & Grill
  • Irish Times Pub
  • Napper Tandy's
  • Skybar
  • University Café
Local Specialties
Long Island Iced Tea:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Flip cup
  • Kings
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
4 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
104 Main Street The Velvet Lounge
Organization Parties
Many student organizations throw parties in the SAC ballrooms with DJs and such, like the Caribbean Students Organization, Asian Students' Alliance, Club India, African Student Union, and Latin American Student Organization. There are usually school sponsored parties at the beginning of the semester (to help people meet each other), but they tend to not be that popular.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Definitely a step down from Bianco's, but still a fun place to go. They occasionally have performances from hip-hop artists and special promotions or themed nights. These flyers can also be found under your door once a week, as well as written on chalkboards in some of your classes. Nubar has a bit more of a relaxed atmosphere, but still a place to go to get out and meet some new people.

281A West Main St.


(631) 406-7287

Urban Spirit

Live entertainment on Fridays, DJs on Saturdays, and tailgate parties on Sundays. With 15 TVs, darts, and pool tables, this is a sports lover's dream.

342 Route 25A

Mt. Sinai

(631) 474-9013

Viper Bar

State-of-the-art lighting and sound, spacious dance floor, 3 large bars, 11 plasma TVs, VIP Section, outdoor seating. It's 18 to party and 21 to drink. Come in and check out one of the hottest spots on LI. Every Monday night is Teen Night (better known as Parents' Night Out-the age restriction is strictly 13-17).

573 Nesconset Hwy.


(631) 979-1090

Bianco Ultra Lounge

Promotions for Bianco's are all over campus, from flyers under your dorm room door and even written on chalk boards in class. There are often free rides given out from the SAC Loop from taxi companies provided by the people promoting the club. It's definitely a "dress to impress" kind of place and most girls interpret that as "wear tiny dresses and stiletto heels." So if you're a dude, this is definitely a place to check out some scantily clad ladies.

573 Smithown Byp.


(631) 979-0400

Harleys N' Honeys

This club takes after Coyote Ugly, with hot girls dancing on the bars, encouraging a crazy night of partying and drinking. This place is known for its edgy atmosphere and good pub food and burgers.

1509 Main St.

Port Jefferson

(631) 928-3880

Intrigue (aka Allure)

Intrigue is a perfect spot for the best hip hop DJs in the area. With different areas for drinking, dancing, and lounging, this club offers a place for everyone. It's open Thursday through Sunday.

160 Adams Ave.


(631) 231-8080

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Myst Lounge

Myst Lounge is a trendy, upscale bar with dancing, music, and great mixed drinks like apple martinis and cosmos. Check it out Monday nights to hear karaoke.

43 E. Main St.


(631) 360-8169

Metropolis Bistro

For a nicer drink-good martinis (even if some concoctions are a bit of a stretch). If you're there you should stay for a great dinner.

316 E. Main St.

E. Setauket

(631) 751-2200

John Harvard's Brew House

In addition to the fine restaurant you'll find a great beer menu (with the in-house microbrew) and happy hour appetizer specials. Its Route 347 location makes it a convenient pre- or post-movie stop.

2093 Smith Haven Plaza

Lake Grove

(631) 979-2739


Shamrocks is a small bar in St. James that gets totally packed Thursday nights. They offer $1 or $2 beers and sometimes run a special where you can fill up any cup you bring (7/11 big gulp, anyone?) with beer for only $1. Pretty relaxed atmosphere and definitely a good time.

P.O. Box 2220

Saint James

(631) 584-5257

Village Pub

Only a few doors down from Tara's, but I don't know anyone who has ever entered it. If you're looking for some live heavy metal you need look no further. A good place to catch a local band on the weekends.

1509 Main St.

Port Jefferson

(631) 331-4800

Velvet Lounge

Attached to Curry Club, Velvet Lounge offers a good time with its outdoor patio and live entertainment. Open-mike poetry readings 9 p.m. Tuesday, `cept third Tuesday of the month.

766 North Country Rd.

East Setauket

(631) 751-7575

Tara Inn

Cheap food ($1 burgers that are definitely edible) and drink, pool and other games ensure that Tara's is always packed. They have the best $1 burgers in town and a Happy Hour that'll ease your pain. There are several TVs for the sport enthusiast as well as billiards and a video assortment. From 4-7 on weekdays and from 4-8 on Friday, you "pay what you pull," meaning that you select one of five possible entries on a ticket and receive the indicated discount.

1519 Main St.

Port Jefferson

(631) 473-9602

Full Moon Café

This place can be a good spot to catch a game or put back a few, but is often packed with undergrads. It also has a small pool table and darts. Restaurant, bar, disco.

1095 North Country Rd.

Stony Brook

(631) 751-9734

Billie's 1890 Saloon

The typical local pub, complete with food and drink specials. Miller drafts are only $1, and bar drinks are half-price weekdays from 4-8. Billie's is world renowned for its burgers and snacks. It's usually not too crowded during the week unless it's time for Monday Night Football.

304 Main St.

Port Jefferson

(631) 331-1890

Backyard Café

The Backyard Cafe has a bar, live entertainment, and dancing.

242B E Main St.

Port Jefferson

(631) 474-BACK

104 Main Street

$1 Budweisers & nachos await you there along with some of the best billiards, darts, and trivia around.

104 Main St.

Port Jefferson

(631) 476-0131

Checkmate Inn

An old house gone townie bar with a good jukebox, darts, and a pretty good beer selection. Free 6 ft. hero on Mondays, live music (bluegrass, etc) on Tuesdays, and a terrible DJ on Saturdays makes it fun all week long! (Graduate students hang-out spot).

94 N. Country Rd.


(631) 751-9240

Dublin Down Tavern

A class Irish-style pub that offers some great drink specials every night of the week. Monday nights are $15 all you can eat wings and draft beer from 8 p.m. until 12 a.m. Tuesdays are $5 burgers and pitchers all night (and karaoke!). Wednesdays are penny beers from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m., and Thursday night is ladies night.

11 Montauk Highway


(631) 363-0523

Driftwood Inn

When to go: TUESDAYS. This may be a good break from studying, if you don't want to get too far away from school. A relatively large crowd of people of all ages gathers every Tuesday night for a weekly casual swing dance party organized by Swing Dance Long Island. It's only $2 to get in with a student ID (otherwise $3). There is usually a dance lesson at 8p.m.: an East Coast Swing/Lindy Hop Beginner lesson every first and third Tuesday; West Coast Swing every second Tuesday; Intermediate Swing every fourth Tuesday of the month. By 9 p.m. you should be ready to rule the dance floor. There is no age requirement, there is a bar to hang out at if you get tired, and other ballroom dances to try out in between the swing songs: cha-cha, mambo, tango . . . close, cheap, fun. Featuring oldies, country, swing and dance music with DJs, too!

Route 347

Port Jefferson

(631) 473-8525

Country Corners

Not usually crowded so it's a great place to meet up with a few friends, also serves food. It's a great place to listen to some tunes, play some chess, and make new (and unusual) acquaintances. Specials include free wings on Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m.,with a variety of domestic and imported beers.

270 Main St.

East Setauket

(631) 751-2800

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

Stephen Talkhouse

Stephen Talkhouse is named after an Indian chief from Montauk, and has been a live music legend since 1969. The Talkhouse hosts an eclectic swirl of some of the best artists around, from international superstars, Richie Havens, Suzanne Vega, and Lyle Lovett, to local performances by resident celebrity musicians like Paul Simon, Billy Joel and Jimmy Buffett. There are also innovative acts like Nancy Atlas, Zen Tricksters and Steve Forbert. The music ranges from mainstream rock to funk, blues, jazz, and folk. They are open seven nights a week during the summer, but switches to a Thursday-to-Sunday schedule during slower months. On music nights, there is a cover, so call ahead to make arrangements.

161Main St.


(631) 267-3117

Tiger Lily Cafe

The Tiger Lily Café is a juice bar/coffee house that offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian sandwiches and snacks in a laid-back setting of music, art and cultural influence. On weekend afternoons, one can see live acoustic musicians perform. Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sunday 9a.m.-5 p.m.

156 E. Main St.

Port Jefferson

(631) 476-7080

Jillian's Groove Shack

The Groove Shack has DJs playing music from the `70s through the '90s, 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. There are also live bands and a free buffet. The club is 21-and-older after 10 p.m., with a $5 cover.

261 Airport Plaza Blvd.


(631) 249-0708

Rudy's Coffee Bar

This place has live entertainment Fridays and Saturdays. You can also find a Risk or chess tournament at 7 p.m. on Thursdays. As for the caffeine fix you might need, this place serves a variety of coffees and specialty drinks. There's no cover here.

156 E. Main St.

Port Jefferson Village

(631) 476-7080

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 74 responses

  • 4% There are no good options.
  • 39% Use a designated driver.
  • 11% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 7% Public transportation.
  • 30% Taxis.
  • 9% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 73 responses

Very poor
  • 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 75 responses

  • 16% Parties? What parties?
  • 19% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 27% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 39% 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% No parties
  • 40% Weekends before school starts, and Halloween

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

  • 78% Frat Houses
  • 22% West Apartments
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