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5 College Junior

Party Scene: It's New York City. There's no better nightlife in the world whether you're underage or not. Something is always going on no matter what. Learn the subways but also expect to use Uber or Lyft a lot too, as navigating the underground while drunk or high is a little stressful sometimes. Also cheap late night pizza is your new best friend.

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5 College Junior

Party Scene: The best thing about NYU is that Greek parties aren't your only option; more often than not you'll find yourself at a non-Greek party. It's not impossible to get away with partying in the dorms, but off-campus parties are way more common and a lot less stressful. Hope you're not afraid of heights, because rooftops are the most popular place to get together!

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: NYC is the best place in the world. If you're not having fun, you're not trying to.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Dorm parties not the greatest because of RAs, bars/clubs really fun!

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I love NYC because it has one of the most diverse nightlifes in the world. That said, it can get expensive, and it is harder to find things to do outside of school or frat/sorority hosted activities is you are under 21. However, it is often said that is is much easier and cheaper for underage girls in NYC than for underage boys.

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Welcome to "the city that never sleeps." NYU students rated nightlife as one of the best aspects of living in NYC. In fact, students said that they would rather go out to find fun than try to get in to an NYU party. This is because students can only sign in three other people at a time, and neighbors and RAs can be a pain when trying to get a party underway. Students enjoy the wide range of bars and clubs New York has to offer, and while some complained about the expense, most agreed that it is well worth the money. Students say if you’re under 21, it can be hard to get in to the bars unless you have a fake ID or are a hot girl, but that doesn’t stop them from trying.

There is never a lack of things to do on the weekends at NYU. Whether you crave drinking, dancing, or poetry readings, it’s all in the city. It may seem redundant to keep mentioning that New York has it all—but it does, and the nightlife is one of the best aspects for NYU students. On the other hand, if you don't fancy partying at all or prefer simple, "quiet" fun, you're not out of luck; there are numerous options for students seeking a relaxing escape from schoolwork. Lounge at the various peaceful sushi bars in the area, or hit the MET, MOMA, the Brooklyn Museum, and numerous other venues for fun art exhibitions. Clubs are known for organizing fun outings to Broadway shows and local restaurants, and most often, it's free! Religious groups also have fun fellowship meetings, and cultural groups often have interesting shows, including dance presentations, movie showings, and so on. There is so much to do at NYU outside of class—no matter what kind of person you are, no matter your personality or preferences. It's a large school with a variety of people, and one way or another, most students take advantage of the various options open to them.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • East Village
  • MacDougal Street
  • Midtown
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bull McCabe's
  • Corner Bistro
  • Crocodile Lounge
  • Horus CafĂ©
  • Knitting Factory
  • Libation
  • Nevada Smiths
  • Nice Guy Eddie's
  • Peculier Pub
  • Pink Elephant
Local Specialties
  • Brooklyn Lager: This beer is brewed in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Brewery.
  • Cosmopolitan: Served in a large cocktail glass, mix two parts lemon vodka to one part triple sec combined with one part cranberry and the juice of half a lime.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Bull****
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Kings
  • Power hour
  • Speed quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • L Magazine
  • The Village Voice
Closing Time
4 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Cheap Shots

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Mercury Lounge

This music venue is located in the Lower East Side and gets a lot of great performers throughout the year.

217 E. Houston St.

New York City

(212) 260-4700

The Bowery Electric

With a full bar and daily happy hour specials, the Bowery Electric is a great spot to check out live music and DJs.

327 Bowery

New York City

(212) 228-0228

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Red Lion

Great live music venue in the heart of the West Village.

151 Bleecker St.

New York City

(212) 260-9797

Plan B

Plan B is a small, crowded place to dance and meet singles, with its young group and a DJ that spins dance music. This is also a great end-of-the-night spot, as it is open until 4 a.m.

339 East 10th St.

New York City

(212) 353-2303

Off the Wagon

Another campus favorite, Off the Wagon gives the feel of a frat party on a Friday night. The crowd is rowdy college students and 20-somethings looking to have a good time after class or work.

109 MacDougal St.

New York City

(212) 533-4487

Still Bar

192 Third Ave.

New York City

(212) 471-9807

Webster Hall

Webster Hall is an extreme spectacle. It has all kinds of features: top 40 dance on the main floor, salsa upstairs, hip-hop downstairs, and a grand ballroom.

125 E. 11th St.

New York City

(212) 353-1600

Village Pourhouse

64 Third Ave.

New York City

(212) 979-2337

Sutra Lounge

16 First Ave.

New York City

(212) 677-9477

Bowery Ballroom

This alternative music venue is the great place to see freak shows and dance acts. The venue is small, so you can get closer to the band. The scene is very punk-lots of spiky clothing, piercings, leather, and multi-colored mohawks. The mosh pit can get rough and is definitely not for the timid.

6 Delancey St.

New York City

(212) 533-2111

Bar None

Bar None is the best place to go if you're in the mood for some good old-fashioned boozing. Beer is king at this bar, where you can get a $10 bucket of Bud Light shorties and rock out to classic `80s hard rock tunes.

98 Third Ave. (between 12th and 13th streets)

New York City

(212) 777-6663

Bar 13

The clientele is young (early 20s) and fun. The layout (three levels) of the place is really cool. Each level has its own vibe and decor.

35 E. 13th St.

New York City

(212) 979-6677

Butter Restaurant

This trendy restaurant doubles as a hot weekend hangout. The scene is poshly dressed ladies and fine-smelling gents. Prices can get expensive after happy hour.

415 Lafayette St.

New York City

(212) 253-2828

Josie Wood's Pub

Located right on campus, Josie Wood's warm atmosphere, friendly bartenders, and cheap beer are a welcome invitation for NYU students. Josie's is a notorious freshman hangout, offering lots of food and great lunch specials.

11 Waverly Pl.

New York City

(212) 228-9909


Finnerty's is a bar for cheap cocktails, beer, and competitive darts. Weekends, it can get crowded, but it's never so bad that you can't make your way to the bar. The crowds here are usually in college/early 20s.

221 Second Ave.

New York City

(212) 677-2655

Cheap Shots

140 First Ave.

New York City

(212) 254-6631

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

Serendipity 3

This restaurant is a cool hangout that underagers frequent.

225 E. 60th St.

New York City

(212) 838-3531

Student Polls

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 87 responses

  • 25% Violet Ball
  • 20% Welcome Week tbh
  • 14% UltraViolet Live talent competition
  • 10% School doesn't have one
  • 9% All end of the year banquet parties.
  • 7% NYU has greek life (go figure) and local bars
  • 5% Strawberry Festival
  • 3% Elegance
  • 2% Relay for Life
  • 1% Dean's BBQ and graduation boat and dinner
  • 1% Greek Week
  • 1% Halloween
  • 1% The beginning of the semester - bar crawls galore!

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 261 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 253 responses

  • 13% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 44% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 9% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 18% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 15% Parties? What parties?



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