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1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: More a drug scene than a party scene

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's normally fairly crowded and sloppy at the town houses. The parties also tend to get busted quickly.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: GJs is fun to dance at, off campus parties and the frat houses from Alfred state (the college across the street) are also fun.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are a lot of parties around town at the bars and graduate houses. They seem to be really great.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Usually there isn't much going on at all, but you can always count on a good fishbowl night at GJ's!


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When Alfred University decided to do away with the Greek system entirely, a good portion of the party scene went with it. Also, stricter drug laws nationally mean no parties on campus. If you're over 18 and you don't mind being packed onto a tiny stage, you can dance until 2 a.m. at Gentleman Jim's. No matter what, you'll probably end up at a house party. Thirsty Thursdays, an Alfred tradition, are the most popular. Live DJs spinning a creative mix of drum and bass, reggae, hip-hop, and house keep the crowd jumping until 4 a.m. Everyone is welcome, and you can chill out or dance all night. Nobody will try to grind on you, and occasionally, there's even a breaker's circle.

It can be frustrating to look for the "college party scene" at Alfred. The "Animal House" formula just doesn't work out here. Students are too subdued, and the liquor usually runs out before anyone can get sufficiently uninhibited. Instead, there's something very endearing about the Alfred routine: Go to the bar or drink at home before you head out to GJ's to grind some poor bastard till the club closes at 2 a.m., then see if you can drag him to a house party. The entire campus seems to commiserate on the weekends—it's truly a bonding experience. Sometimes, kids venture out into Rochester looking for something better, but usually they return just as uninspired—it's in their heads. Deep down students know that the whole pursuit is a bit silly.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Buffalo
  • Rochester
Other Places to Check Out
  • Alex's Kitchen
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Pollywogg Holler
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Flip cup
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Café Za
Organization Parties
There are a few notable parties thrown on campus. Look out for events being advertised by Poder Latino, Umoja, the Black Student Union, the Carribean Student Association, or Spectrum. Spectrum, for example, throws a huge rave in Davis Gym twice a year. Kids come from all over to see the sparkling drag queens and dance all night!

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Gentleman Jim's (GJ's)

1 Mill St.


(607) 587-8510

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Café Za

18 Church St.


(607) 587-9673

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

Gentleman Jim's

18-and-up dance party

1 Mill St.


(607) 587-8510

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 28 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 31 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 26% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 45% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 23% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 6% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 16 responses

  • 100% Hot Dog Day
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