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1 College Freshman

Party Scene: This is a school that thinks they know how to party but they really don't... I went to a few of the 'walls' as they like to call them and they always suck, without fail. PCP which was made out to me to be this huge campus party with a bunch of people on campus and stuff to do, both of the ones I atfended were bad. I heard the question 'what are you on' too many times, people aren't really approachable, it's just not fun. I honestly have nothing good to say about the party scene at this school... But then to be fair I don't have much good to say about this school generally.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: We are very weird and unique but when we come out to play it's all fun and friendly and you can do whatever you want with no judgement.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The parties are more like raves then uncomfortable binge drinking. It's a very safe environment for doing drugs and drinking though, and it seems like people look out for each other if they've had too much, which allows people to really let loose and go hard on the weekend nights.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you like that kind of thing...personally it's just a bunch of smoking in a ring, some dancing, alcohol all to incredibly loud music. There are parties pretty much from Thurday to Saturday every night with the occasional one on a Tuesday. I'm not part of the crowd that attends walls (the names for parties) so I can't vouch for 'quality'.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene at New College is pretty chill. Many of the students drink and do drugs but it is not made a huge deal. Walls at the Palm Court are popular but if you do not want to attend there is no pressure. Some parties are great and some are not, but that's how it is at most colleges.

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New College sometimes makes students forget that most people have the misfortune of having to drive to parties—the nightlife is centrally located on NCF's campus, steps away from where many students live. Exclusive, invitation-only gatherings are virtually nonexistent, and inclusion is a big component of the atmosphere. Most gatherings are advertised on the Forum. Student-sponsored "walls" are open to all and hosted right in the "Center of the Universe"—Palm Court. Those who sponsor "the walls" collect money door-to-door for supplies such as decorations, food, and beverages. "Walls" range from being sparsely attended to jam-packed. Attendance mostly depends on the time of year, playlist, or theme. On occasion, "townies" (local residents) or Ringling students attend, but "walls" are true testaments to the cohesion of NCF social life. Campus police and student patrol members are always on duty to provide a safe environment. Few other campuses can boast such a student-centered, free, and consistent form of entertainment open to all. Without them, the essence of campus extracurricular culture would face peril. 

Unfortunately, there usually aren't many options beyond these dance parties. "Walls" can become boring quickly if you are expecting a nightlife scene that varies tremendously from one weekend to the next. Students are basically content with what campus has to offer, but there would not be any complaints if there were more options. Sarasota is not geared toward young people. Tampa is a solid option for a club and bar scene, and is about an hour away. Because of the arduous academic program, most students have limited time and energy to search out variant options. Many forgo making the trek when there is a guaranteed dance party in their backyard. Free, safe, fun, reliable, and creative: quintessentially New College.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
On campus
Other Places to Check Out
Ybor City in Tampa
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Flip cup
  • Ice luge
  • Ring of Fire
  • Shandies
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Memories Lounge
Organization Parties
"Walls" and PCPs (Palm Court Parties)

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Gilligan's Island Bar & Grill

Gilligan's offers daily happy hour specials from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

5253 Ocean Blvd.

Siesta Keys

(941) 346-8122

The Gator Club

Monday nights are two-for-one well and call drinks.

1490 Main St.


(941) 366-5969

Beach Club Siesta Key

Thursday is "College Night."

5151 Ocean Blvd.

Siesta Key

(941) 349-6311

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Miller's Ale House

Miller's Ale House offers cheap drinks and a full menu.

3800 Kenny Drive


(941) 378-8888

Memories Lounge

A popular New College bar, Memories is extremely affordable.

3428 N. Tamiami Trail


(941) 355-9849

Shakespeare's English Pub & Restaurant

The best selection of gourmet and imported beers and great affordable foods. Try their homemade soups or a burger.

3550 S. Osprey Ave.


(941) 364-5938

The White Horse Pub

The White Horse Pub offers British dining options, as well as a selection of 18 draft beers.

6240 N. Lockwood Ridge Road


(941) 358-1353

Smokin' Joes Pub

1448 Main St.


(941) 366-9439

The Cock & Bull Pub

The Cock & Bull Pub has a "Beer Bible" that is a giant book listing all of the beers offered. An authentic pub experience.

975 Cattlemen Road


(941) 341-9785

Castle Café

This authentic German and Polish restaurant offers an excellent selection of bottled and tap imports.

3550 53rd Ave. W


(941) 792-3082

Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar

Daiquiri Deck offers daily happy hour specials.

5250 Ocean Blvd.

Siesta Keys

(941) 349-8697

Irish Rover Pub

6518 Gateway Ave.


(941) 926-1060

Growler's Pub

A New College student haunt. Growlers is located conveniently near the Bay Shore neighborhood as well as Ringling College. "Trivia Night" and "Open Mic Night" draw a few NCF regulars on a weekly basis. They have 30 beers on tap and cater to a local crowd. New College bands often perform here.

2831 North Tamiami Trail


(941) 487-7373

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

McCurdy's Comedy Theatre

McCurdy's is an 18-and-up comedy club located on Tamiami Trail. Aside from seeing some of the best comics around, check out the Humor Institute located at McCurdy's, and take a class on stand-up comedy, improvisation, or performance writing.

3333 N. Tamiami Trail


(941) 925-3869

Big E's Sweets & Gourmet Coffee

Big E's has extremely inexpensive food-like less than $3.50 for an entire sandwich, full of veggies. Coffee, smoothies, Italian sodas, teas, and sweets are also a bargain.

2805 N. Tamiami Trail


(941) 355-4432

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 30 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 42 responses

  • 7% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 55% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 14% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 21% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 2% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 18 responses

  • 89% Palm Court Parties (PCP)
  • 6% Holi Wall
  • 6% COUP (Center of the Universe Party)


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