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Party Scene

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Always something going on. Its super easy to find parties, even as a freshman. There are all campus party options, but also smaller things going on in the suites/downtown.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: You can't expect a huge rave or anything like that; Hamilton isn't like that. It's not a huge Public University, it's a prestigious private university. With that being said, the party scene is surprisingly good. There's always something going on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, and everyone is open. Popular big full annex parties are probably the closest you'll get to big, really live parties. Parties in the suites of Milbank and Babbit are good, but can definitely get extremely packed and hard to get in or get out. All in all parties at all locations can be pretty good.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is usually always something to do from Thursday - Saturday although sometimes it is small. There are a few all-campus parties spread throughout the semesters. The parties are not huge, but very easy to find and frequent.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Most students are safe, the parties are fun usually and easily accessible.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Some solid options thursday-saturday but no really huge parties

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Hamilton students work hard, but they play much harder. Every weekend all-campus parties are thrown by Greek societies, sports teams, and cultural organizations in one of four large social spaces on campus. These parties can become monotonous by the end of the semester, but despite the lack of diversity in social events, students look forward to theme parties. Certain events, such as the Farm Party, Heaven and Hell, and The New Year’s Party, are thrown annually and have earned reputations for being an especially good time. Off-campus parties and semi-formals provide for a much needed change from this scene. Host organizations shell out for school buses to bring people back and forth from campus throughout the night, greatly decreasing the possibility of drunk drivers making bad decisions. There are two bars downtown that draw a significant Hamilton crowd many nights of the week, although the same group of Greeks tends to be the dominate population.

Most of the time, students realize their options and manage to make fun for themselves. Certain dorms are known for throwing parties. The suites in Milbank fill to the brim with students looking for a good time. South and Dunham always have something going on for the freshmen, and Carnegie is usually a good bet, too. Depending on the mood of the crowd, these parties can be anything from casual and quiet to an ‘80s dance party.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown Clinton
  • Syracuse
  • Utica
Student Favorites
ELS basement, Senior night at the pub
Other Places to Check Out
The Little Pub (on campus)
Local Specialties
  • Saranac: CE
  • Utica Club: CE
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Die
  • Beruit
  • Card games
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Downtown Clinton
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Village Tavern
Organization Parties
On-campus parties are held every weekend in one of the many social spaces on campus assigned to different groups at the beginning of each semester. They're typically scheduled from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. and provide kegs for those claiming to be over-21. Random themes are often assigned, for example the New Years in February party where every hour gets a countdown. Heaven and Hell on Halloween weekend, The Farm Party in the fall, and Gin & Juice in the spring are among the most popular. When the organizations on campus feel like doing something special, they will rent out a bar in the area and rent school buses to get students off campus. These private parties are a nice change from those help on campus, although waiting in negative degree weather for a bus to pick you up can be an adventure. Formals are also held throughout the year off campus at nicer facilities.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Village Tavern

The majority of students go to the VT because the drinks are cheaper, and there are fewer locals here.

14 College St.

(315) 853-8010

Don's Rok

The Rok is usually populated by Clinton residents. When the Village Tavern is full, students will migrate down here.

36 College St.

(315) 853-8039

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

The Little Pub on campus is open to everyone-you do need a Little Pub ID to drink. They do offer entertainment other than drinking. Usually there is karaoke, a band playing, or you could play pool and air hockey. The Pub also has halftime parties with wings and pizza during football season. Bundy and Annex parties are open to students of all ages also. In the past year, the College has begun a tradition of late-night events designed to be an alternative to drinking. These events feature midnight movies, board games, trivia, and other activities that allow socializing without the pressure to drink.

Student Polls

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

  • 42% The suites.
  • 17% The farmhouse
  • 17% The Annex
  • 8% The Hub
  • 8% VT
  • 8% Downtown
  • 0% Carnegie
  • 0% Bundy

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 21 responses

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  • 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

  • 33% Walk.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 61% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 6% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 9% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 68% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 18% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 5% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 0% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% The beach party or the farm party.
  • 33% Silent disco
  • 33% Snow Fort

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