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Party Scene


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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It is great I guess..

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I'm not a huge partier. There are lots of frat and house parties going on, but it's not my scene, so I don't think that they're enjoyable.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: A lot of people go out every weekend, more than once, and that's great. For many people, it's a social thing. Again, I don't know much about this scene because I don't really care about frat/house parties.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't engage in the party scene but there is a party every night and if you can get in with quota youll get it. There are tons of bars in New Brunswick that are a 5 minute walk or less from any given bus stop or dorm on College Ave and they offer tons of specials like $2 Tuesdays etc. Lots of clubs meet at night as well if you want something to do and arent in the party scene. Most classes end at 9, few carry into 10, and the buses run pretty much all night so you can get anywhere.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you like to party, the part scene is great. There is a party almost every night and lots of people go out. If you don't like to party they are easy to ignore. Most people say DEK is the best place to party. The quotas are strictly inforced at most Greek houses though, so make sure you have a lot of girl/guy friends.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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If you want to be drunk from Thursday to Saturday night, Rutgers can be the college for you. Frat parties, bars, and clubs occupy a large majority of the New Brunswick area. However, if you want to be sober, there are many programs, such as RCPC, that host events like psychic night, concerts, open-mic night, and poetry night. Clubs downtown, such as Platinum, are popular spots for people to dance and party at. The best part of Rutgers is that you don't have to pay to party unless you are 21 and going to the bars. Frat parties lose their interest after freshman year when house parties are easier to find. Freshman guys have the worst chance of gaining entrance into parties. Unless you pledge a fraternity in order to get into a frat, you have to be a brother or have multiple girls to accompany you.

Drinking is definitely a part of RU culture, and the police tend to leave you alone unless you are falling over drunk as you walk to your residence hall or house off campus. There's even a drunk bus to take you home after you're done partying. Some students end up failing out because of Rutgers's party scene, which can take over your life if you let it. After a while, the party scene fades as all parties become similar to one another-week after week. Once you turn 21, partying will once again pick up as bars become the new novelty.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • College Avenue
  • Easton Avenue
  • Frat Row
  • George Street
Student Favorites
  • Corner Tavern
  • Harvest Moon Brewery
  • The Knight Club
  • McCormick's Pub
  • Olde Queens Tavern
  • The Olive Branch
Other Places to Check Out
  • J.J.’s
  • Stuff Yer Face
  • Tumulty's
Local Specialties
Any of the Harvest Moon brewed beers:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Around the World
  • Beer pong
  • Boxing
  • Card games (A$$hole, Kings)
  • Flip Cup
  • Power Hour
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • The Daily Targum
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Drinks and admission are expensive and the dress code is strictly enforced, however, this club is filled with flat screens and plenty of room to dance.

13 Paterson St.

(732) 937-6113

Club Abyss

Drinks and admission are expensive, the dress code is strictly enforced, and the in-house sushi bar isn't cheap, either. The young, buff crowd can be overwhelming-especially in the VIP areas. Abyss is, however, a great spot to dance the night away.

1970 Route 35 N.


(732) 727-5200

Deko Lounge

Deko Lounge provides a soulful and funky experience into the depth of house music with fabulous DJs and a loungy atmosphere.

1979 State Hwy.


(732) 727-4141

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Kelly's Korner

A small Irish-themed bar that is filled with townies by day but loaded with students by night.

75 Morrell St.

(732) 247-5031

The Knight Club

Home of RU's longest bar, it has 20 TVs, DJs, and dancing! All drinks are served in pint glasses.

164 Easton Ave.

(732) 246-1551

The Olive Branch

A New Brunswick favorite for a number of years, the Branch, or OB, offers an excellent atmosphere with some of the best bar specials in town. Their happy hour features 50-cent pizza slices and drink specials. And yes, it's good pizza.

37 Bartlett St.

(732) 729-0203

Olde Queens Tavern

From the pizza and $1 burgers to the beer and atmosphere, Queens remains one of the best all-around bars in the area.

108 Easton Ave.

(732) 246-9806

McCormick's Pub

McCormick's has over 20 beers on tap, $4 pitchers, and darts and pool, too! Rutgers students enjoy McCormick's jukebox.

266 Somerset St.


Harvest Moon Brewery

Rutgers students love the Moon for the ridiculous amount of beers on tap. They even brew 10 of their own original beers!

392 George St.

(732) 249-6666

The Buda Bar & Grill

Buda provides an exotic atmosphere and is a frequent hangout for Rutgers students.

234 Somerset St.

(732) 435-1900

Ale n' Wich

Wich is your typical dive bar with cheap food, drinks, and a jukebox.

245 Hamilton St.

(732) 246-9178

Corner Tavern

Corner Tavern boasts many pool tables and is a popular student hangout.

111 Somerset St.

(732) 247-7677

Golden Rail

This Irish pub plays a lot of 80s music and often gets crowded for Monday Night Football.

66 Easton Ave.

(732) 846-6279

The Court Tavern

The Court Tavern is a great live music venue, but can get overly crowded during the bigger shows.

124 Church St.

New Brunswick

(732) 545-7265

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

There are always frat parties. Also, Rutgers does a good job of providing on-campus events that keep students around on the weekends. Also, the Stress Factory in downtown New Brunswick has some great comedians that have included Chris Rock, Dave Attel, Jim Breuer, and many others that entertain Wednesdays through Sunday nights.

Student Polls

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 166 responses

  • 42% Halloween
  • 24% Football Games
  • 10% Its close, between Rutgers day and football
  • 8% Rutgers Day
  • 7% Syllabus Week
  • 3% Rutgers Day - Now cancelled
  • 3% Homecoming
  • 1% Random fridays
  • 1% Rutgers takes over Harrah's (Atlantic City)
  • 1% Derby Days
  • 1% Caribbean Day

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 311 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 307 responses

  • 16% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 57% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 16% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 5% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 6% Parties? What parties?


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