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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!

4 College Senior

Party Scene: Best time I ever had was freshman year in the dorm rooms (Shhh ;) !!) but the house parties are always crazy and packed, and lots of fun if you don't mind a short walk. Alex's bar is great for mug nights and GJ's for fishbowls, otherwise GJ's is crazy crowded. You always end up seeing all of your friends when you go out because most parties are confined to a certain few houses.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: It is a small town, so there aren't any crazy ragers, but there is definitely a party culture

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: When you have a great group of friends, its nice to get out and spend time with them at parties

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you low where to look and with who. The parties are very much fun. There have even been nice gathering in the woods.


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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

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 0% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 0% Tuesday
  • 33% Wednesday
  • 0% Thursday
  • 50% Friday
  • 17% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 20 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 18 responses

  • 72% Walk.
  • 6% Taxis.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 6% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 11% Use a designated driver.
  • 6% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 30% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 48% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 17% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 4% Parties? What parties?

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

  • 67% The houses in town
  • 17% They are all pretty boring
  • 8% The bars
  • 8% Both the bars and houses in town

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 9 responses

  • 100% Hot Dog Day
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