Nightlife

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Syracuse, NY
Undergrads
14,169
Tuition
$36,300
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: House parties are HUGE. Bars are okay, but house parties are the way to go for broke college kids.

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Can't get better than Syracuse.

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are always parties on campus. Most parties with African Americans are on South Campus, and I have gone to a few of those. The Greek life parties are also very popular, they are mostly where Whites and Asians have fun.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: If you are a chick you will have no problem getting into parties. There is also a local bar that almost everyone goes to with a fake and gets in. Transportation kind of blows, but if you have a party destination it's gonna be a good time. There are parties happening Thursday through Saturday night and even more if you are involved in Greek life. But you don't have to be in Greek life to find good parties, you just need a club or sport and they will all get together on the weekend and rage.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There honestly is not that much to do in Syracuse during the night. The main thing is going to the mall and going to parties. There are programs from an organization called Orange After Dark and they always have fun and different activities for students to do such as laser tag and water parks. The problem with Orange After Dark is that it seems to only be targeted towards freshmen. Parties and walking around Marshall street is what most freshman do at SU though.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 36th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 63rd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1338th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marshal Yong
Hometown
New York City
Major
Architecture
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Partying at Syracuse has a split personality-some days are great and some are bad. That swing from good to bad can be very drastic and sudden, but for the casual partier, SU will more than suffice. Most weekends, there will be at least one frat party (where the majority of parties occur) and a few house parties. Those who like 100-200 people jammed in a basement waiting in line for the keg should head towards Frat Row on Comstock Avenue. It might not sound appealing, but it's a perfect setting for freshmen. You can meet new people and bond with the ones you met a few weeks before.

Of course, there will be weekends where absolutely nothing is happening. During these weeks, many students choose to patronize the bars. You have to find the bar that's right for you, but be careful: as part of Operation Prevent, Syracuse cops have been cracking down hard on underage drinkers, including conducting bar raids. This means two things: the bouncers will be more strict when looking at IDs, and there always will be a fear that the bar where you are pounding kamikazes will get raided. In April 2004, Konrad's, one of the more notorious bars for underage drinking, was shut down after too many raids. Use extreme caution when going out to the bars underage. On the weekends, the nightlife is evident in the dorms, as well, and if you want to do work, you should head to a computer cluster or to the library to avoid the debauchery. If you are partying in the dorms, make sure you have an RA who can tolerate some noise.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Armory Square around Walton and West Fayette Street
  • Marshall Street (especially good for those without a car)
Student Favorites
  • Chuck's Cafe & Bar
  • Darwin's Restaurant & Bar
Other Places to Check Out
Blue Tusk
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beirut/beer pong
  • Cardinal Puff
  • Circle of Death
  • Flip cup
  • Power Hour
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • The Daily Orange
  • The Syracuse New-Times
  • The Syracuse Post-Standard
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Armory Square Happy hour at Chuck’s Cafe & Bar

Club ListingsWhat's This?

The Country Club

One of the most celebrated night spots in upstate NY, the Country Club has a chic clientele, a packed dancefloor, plush Romanesque architecture, and DJs spinning mostly rock, pop, and house-though on Fridays, it becomes a massive Southern hoedown with country music and two-stepping all night long. Open to 18 and over.

Erie Boulevard East at Bridge Street

Dewitt

(315) 445-2527

Club 950

A local lesbian dance club featuring a funky atmosphere with eye-catching artwork, pop and dance music, weekly karaoke, drag king shows (that's kings, not queens), and great food. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

950 Spencer St.

(315) 425-1450

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Lucy's Retired Surfers

The So-Cal theme might feel a bit out of place in Syracuse, but this is still a fun bar where the DJs spin surf music as well as the typical top-40 fare, and the Corona flows like water. You can also get a spot in the VIP room for $5, as well.

721 S. Crouse Ave.

(315) 476-9990

Limerick Pub

This is a traditional Irish pub with good sandwiches, pool tables, and low-density crowds.

134 Walton St.

(315) 475-1819

PJ Dorsey's Pub & Grill

A fun bar with a good crowd and Irish music. It's also connected to the acclaimed PJ Dorsey's Steakhouse, so you can stop in there for some upscale dining before hitting the bar-don't expect to eat cheaply, though.

116 Walton St.

(315) 478-3023

Maggie's Tavern

Maggie's makes it a point to cater to the Greek crowd, and the walls are decorated with fraternity and sorority memorabilia. They host several Greek events, as well.

720 University Ave.

(315) 424-1325

Faegan's Café & Pub

In addition to it's laid-back atmosphere and weekly live jazz and blues performances, Faegan's boasts 32 different beers on tap, including domestics, imports, and microbrews. A popular favorite among beer lovers.

734 S. Crouse Ave.

(315) 472-4721

Chuck's Café & Bar

As "Hungry Charlie's," this bar was once notorious for its loose underage drinking policies, but they closed down voluntarily and set up shop in the guise of an "espresso bar." Don't let that fool you, though; this is still a good bar with good music and drink specials-but expect to be carded.

727 S. Crouse Ave.

(315) 477-1544

Blue Tusk

This is a very classy beer-bar and a staple of the Syracuse bar scene. Blue Tusk features nearly 70 varieties of beer on tap from all over the world, all served in 20 ounce "imperial" pints. Expensive, yes, but worth the experience.

165 Walton St.

(315) 472-1934

Darwin's Restaurant & Bar

A good mix of American continental dining and bar/nightclub, Darwin's has live blues performances, DJs on the weekends, a big screen TV, and a great view of SU campus, as well as great all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.

701 S. Crouse Ave.

(315) 472-1901

Daniel Jack's Entertainment Restaurant

Thursday night is Trivia Night, where a $50 bar tab prize. Also features a happy hour and musical entertainment.

218 Walton St.

(315) 475-8357

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

There are many great coffee shops and venues in the SU area. Check out Happy Ending on South Clinton Street or the Westcott Community Center on Euclid Avenue to hear live music on the weekends. Also, on Friday nights until around 8 p.m., anyone over 18 can head to Chuck's on Marshall Street and either eat or hang out with their 21-and-over friends.

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 99 responses

  • 1% There are no good options.
  • 7% Use a designated driver.
  • 17% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 6% Public transportation.
  • 3% Taxis.
  • 66% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 86 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 100 responses

  • 1% Parties? What parties?
  • 4% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 19% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 64% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 12% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 15 responses

  • 55% Greek life
  • 25% South campus
  • 20% With Personal Friends

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 12 responses

  • 92% Mayfest
  • 8% Homecoming

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