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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Best parties are downtown and COOP. A few other places have decent stuff but don't come here thinking this is a party school. I visited a school whose party scene was ranked a B+ on this website and it was significantly better. A B/B- is fair. There are a lot of parties, they just are rarely good. Its weird, the nightlife here is just weird.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Partying feels forced. We're so restricted, I sometimes see similarities between drunk students and animals at zoos. There are a few parties every weekend but the administration is kicking out greek life and shutting down all the fun dorms on campus. Most parties are average, 2-3 good ones a semester, no bangers. The best time you can hope to have is chill with some friends. I love chilling, I just wish there was more we could do. Rare to see people just hooking up on the dance floor. People are too embarrassed and most parties are too well lit. Many people love the party scene on campus. But if it isn't for you, you're kinda up the creek. Only one bar downtown, very sweaty and male-dominated. No atmosphere on campus.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: You know where the horror shows go down, you can choose if you want to go (cough cough Bundy)

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Annex, Hub, and all campus parties tend to be pretty good. Bundy... can't say the same thing, but not bad if you have pre-gamed.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Nightlife can be pretty alive if you want to go out, or if you want to stay in that's always fine too.

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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

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 25 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 25 responses

  • 8% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 64% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 20% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 8% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 0% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 7 responses

  • 43% The beach party or the farm party.
  • 29% Silent disco
  • 29% Snow Fort

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