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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's okay, safe and fun.

1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: A commuter school which means there isn't much of a night life.

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1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: A commuter school which means there isn't much of a night life, they do not really effect the student's experiences on campus

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Im sure people go out but there is no collectiveness when there's a party or something going on.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Hunter campus parties are very boring because the campus does not really have that sense of unity as other colleges in non-urban areas do. It's better if a party is in some club. But the college club parties are fun.

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The fact that Hunter is smack dab in the middle of Manhattan makes its nightlife amazing. If you're 21-and-up (or younger with a good fake ID), you have a host of clubs to attend every night. Most students prefer to go clubbing downtown around the East Village; however, that does not limit students' options when they have New York City to explore and party in. On the other hand, around campus, the nightlife is not terrific; most clubs host some sort of party every few weeks and the Undergraduate Student Government often has parties with free food, drinks, and cool DJs. There used to be parties with alcohol, but the campus recently became a dry campus, so no more cheap beer while dancing in the Thomas Hunter lounge.

Bars in Manhattan differ; some are more expensive than others, but with a little bit of research beforehand, students can find cool places that offer specials on certain nights or at certain times. For underage students, most clubs allow in people 18-(sometimes 19)-and-up to party. If you are underage and like drinking, it's advisable to make friends with older people, find a bar that doesn't card, or befriend the owner of a club/bar.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Chelsea
  • East Village
  • Lower East Side
  • Times Square
  • West Village
Other Places to Check Out
  • 230 Fifth
  • The 40/40 Club
  • 420 Bar & Lounge
  • 8th Street Wine Cellar
  • Acme Bar & Grill
  • Arlene's Grocery
  • Bar None
  • Bleecker Street Bar
  • Bowery Ballroom
  • Camaje Bistro & Lounge
  • Croxley's Ale House & Eatery
  • Down the Hatch
  • Fat Black Pussy Cat
  • The Hairy Monk
  • Joshua Tree
  • Lucky Jack's Bar & Lounge
  • Mercury Bar
  • Mercury Lounge
  • Off the Wagon
  • Pacha NYC
  • Peculier Pub
  • Recovery Room Pub
  • Smoke Jazz & Supper Club-Lounge
  • Sophie's Cuban Cuisine
  • Southpaw
  • Subway Inn
  • Teddy's Bar & Grill
  • Tom and Jerry's
Favorite Drinking Games
Beer pong and Kings used to be popular before Hunter became a dry campus. However, the games are still held with soft drinks and root beer sometimes.
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Not For Tourists
  • The Village Voice
Closing Time
4 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Dallas BBQ
Organization Parties
Hunter's Undergraduate Student Government is prone to throwing parties, celebrating anything from Saint Patrick's Day to celebrating the end of the semester. It's a good opportunity to meet fellow students in a social setting and get free food.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Webster Hall

With its 19-and-over age policy, Webster Hall is friendlier for the younger set. With four different dance floors, you can go in a large group, and everyone will find something they like. Like most big-name clubs, the line outside can be pretty long. Webster Hall also tends to feature the "bridge and tunnel" crowd, a term to describe club-goers not from New York City.

125 E. 11th St. (between 3rd and 4th avenues)

East Village

(212) 353-1600

SOB's (Sounds of Brazil)

To get a fix of Cuban salsa, samba, reggae, Afropop, and Indian bhangra, SOB's is the place to be. The club also has concerts featuring old and new artists on the world music scene. The drinks are appropriately exotic and fruity, though they are on the pricey side. Admission is $10 to $15, depending on the night and time you arrive, and there is a $10 to $15 minimum at tables, where you can order Latin food.

204 Varick St.


(212) 243-4940


This club is located in West Chelsea and consists of non-stop energy and entertainment.

609 West 29th St.

West Side

(212) 643-6464

Bar ListingsWhat's This?


Keeping true to the name of the bar, KGB was formerly the Ukrainian Working Men's Club, and its walls are still decorated as if the club were still there. The bar offers more than a dozen types of vodka. The draw, though, is the free readings by up-and-coming and established writers.

85 E. 4th St.

East Village

(212) 505-3360

Kazuza Lounge

Kazuza is a Mediterranean lounge in the Lower East Side of New York City. There's a DJ that plays top 40, hip-hop, and Arabic music. On Fridays, there's a live belly dance show at 11:45 p.m.

107 Avenue A

New York

(212) 505-9300

Sahara East

At first glance, Sahara East may seem empty on a Saturday night, but that's because the outdoor garden behind the restaurant is packed with a young crowd attracted to the hookah pipes. For $15, one hookah pipe is good for two or three people, and you can choose from 40 tobacco flavors, including watermelon, mango, and vanilla. There is also a menu that includes such Middle Eastern staples as baba ghanoush and hummus. The place can get chaotic and crowded, especially on the weekends, but that's just part of the experience. More of a restaurant than anything else, Sahara East may involve a visit to a bar beforehand.

184 1st Ave.

East Village

(212) 353-9000


Formerly a piano shop, when the store converted into a bar/club in 2002, no one bothered to take the sign down. A Parisian-style bi-level bar, Pianos is a fashionable and hip place to hear live music from local and up-and-coming bands, and it is in an area where there are other bars and live music venues. There's no cover at the door, but to hear the live music in the back room, you'll need to pay between $8 and $10.

158 Ludlow St.

Lower East Side

(212) 505-3733

Dallas BBQ

1265 Third Ave.

New York

(212) 772-9393


If you want to hear local jazz or world music, Barbès is the place to go. Though it may be a trip to get to Brooklyn, the bar and performance space, named after a neighborhood in Paris, is a laid-back place with a neighborhood feel to it where you can go to hear music you've most likely never heard before and meet interesting people. Cover is $4 to $12, depending on the show.

376 9th St.

Park Slope, Brooklyn

(347) 422-0248

Joe's Pub

This classic and swanky bar also serves as a performance space for an eclectic mix of jazz, rock, and world music. It attracts a hip, attractive crowd. To see shows, you need to buy tickets in advance, with prices ranging from $15 to $30, or you could try buying a ticket on the spot if the show isn't sold out. For shows, there is a two-drink minimum, which may hit your pocket hard.

425 Lafayette St.

East Village

(212) 539-8778

The Irish Haven

This is an Irish pub/dive bar that students frequent.

5721 Fourth Ave.


(718) 439-9893

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

Upright Citizens Brigade

Every night of the week, you can get your fill of improv from some of the best artists in the city. Formed in 1996 (one of the founding members was SNL favorite Amy Poehler) and based on "Chicago-style" long-form improv, the comics present cutting-edge, innovative comedy that makes you wonder how they think so quickly on their feet.

302 W. 26th St.

New York

(212) 366-9176

Irving Plaza

Can't get that new indie song out of your head? You can probably see the band at Irving Plaza. The concert venue features the famous and the "almost famous" in the current music scene. The downstairs lounge offers a pre-concert hangout. Past performers include the White Stripes, Alkaline Trio, the Arcade Fire, the Backstreet Boys, Marc Broussard, and Los Amigos Invisibles. A big plus: tickets are rarely more than $20, and you can pick them up at the box office to avoid service fees.

17 Irving Pl.

New York

(212) 777-6800

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 118 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 121 responses

  • 3% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 8% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 2% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 21% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 64% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 13 responses

  • 31% We party outside of school
  • 23% Final fever
  • 23% Hunter Formal
  • 15% None
  • 8% Nu Phi Delta spring Formal


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