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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are many great party scenes at Skidmore. Most of the sports houses are home to wild parties...especially baseball and field hockey. If you are not an athlete, it is pretty hard to gain admittance into parties so definitely make friends with athletes!

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3 College Student

Party Scene: Not many parties but there are some for the sports teams

4 College Junior

Party Scene: I love going to house parties at Skidmore because I always know almost everyone there so everyone is really happy and friendly.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene is pretty boring. Unless you're an athlete, especially for women, you really can't get into the athletics parties. The majority of the parties happen in upperclassmen/northwoods apartments, but those are only open to friends of the inhabitants. Mostly, the average "party" is a group of people drinking in someone's dorm room, and generally smoking pot. There's not a lot going on.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: Lots of parties and things to do. For those who are 21 going downtown to bars is a great option.

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Nightlife at Skidmore definitely sees a divide between the eligibility to go downtown ("DT") or not. Until you're 21 (or until you have a fake ID that works), you're limited to on- and off-campus parties. On-campus parties usually happen in Scribner Village. Some parties are held in Northwoods, but those are usually less open. Scribner parties consist of overly packed houses as soon as freshmen find out about the get-togethers—sad, but true. Off-campus parties are usually larger simply due to larger spaces to host people. There are certain off-campus houses that, year after year, have a reputation for having parties, so students look forward to those parties, as well. If you're not at an on- or off-campus party and you're still under 21, there are usually other things going on. Small bands at Falstaff's are always fun and are a guaranteed plan. Comedy groups and a cappella groups will often have performances on the weekends, as well, so that's a great way to spend your night—or start your night!

However, if you are 21, then on- or off-campus parties/events are usually just the precursor to "going DT." Downtown, there are lots of bars from which to choose. Usually, you'll start off on Caroline Street and go to bars down there, or you'll go to Irish Times, Peabody's, or The Parting Glass. Bars stay open until around 3:30 a.m. to 4 a.m., so going downtown ensures a late night of partying.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Caroline Street
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Local Pub & Teahouse
  • Olde Saratoga Brewing Company
  • Putnam Den
  • Saratoga City Tavern
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Beirut
  • Flip cup
  • Kings
  • Slap cup
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
4 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
DA's or buy your own (pregame)
Organization Parties
Skidmore organizations often sponsor parties, most of which are held in Falstaff's.
Did You Know?
In the past, there have been an abundance of off-campus house parties every weekend during the warm months. With the introduction of Northwoods and the fact that more students are living on campus, the amount of house parties has decreased over the past few years, though every now and then you will hear of something going on off campus. Don't expect too many parties in the frigid winter months because people tend to bank on large yards to host big parties. Come springtime, the off-campus parties will quickly increase, and you can expect to spend at least a few Friday nights fighting your way through a crowded house to try to find the bathroom, the keg, or both.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


This is a dance club in Saratoga Springs.

13 Caroline St.

Saratoga Springs

(518) 581-1316

Paddock Lounge

Paddock has a few couches to sit in while you're taking a break from the small but crowded dance floor. When Skidmore DJs are playing, Paddock becomes a popular Skidmore spot for the night.

6 Caroline St.

Saratoga Springs

(518) 330-2426

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Parting Glass

An Irish pub in the front, and a great dancing/mingling floor in the back. Popular for Skidmore student-arranged events.

40 Lake Ave.

Saratoga Springs

(518) 583-1916

Peabody's Restaurant

Peabody's features dancing and drinks.

39 Phila St.

Saratoga Springs

(518) 583-4214

Tin 'n' Lint

An old-school salon that dates all the way back to the '30s, the "T 'n' L" is popular with students and locals alike. It was rumored that "American Pie" was written here. Unfortunately, that's not true. But everyone pretends it is.

2 Caroline St.

Saratoga Springs

(518) 587-5897

Desperate Annie's

This dive bar is generally filled with Skidmore seniors and upperclassmen (DA's is not known for being easy with fake IDs). Thursday through Saturday are the more popular times here, with things getting really crowded starting around 12 a.m. Trivia nights on Thursdays start at 8 p.m.

12 Caroline St.

Saratoga Springs

(518) 587-2455

Gaffney's Restaurant

Gaffney's is more of a sports bar. They have bands or DJs almost every night. Once it gets warm, they open up the outdoor patio. Free popcorn is a huge draw.

16 Caroline St.

Saratoga Springs

(518) 587-7359

Irish Times Pub & Restaurant

An Irish pub that has multiple floors, plays music, and has an open rooftop in the summer or during warm weather.

14 Phila St.

Saratoga Springs

(518) 583-0003

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

Saratoga Strike Zone

Bowling is always fun!

32 Ballston Ave.

Saratoga Springs

(518) 584-6460

Falstaff's Pavilion

Go to a band's show or a dance-although Falstaff's used to be a bar, it's not anymore. All ages!


Saratoga Springs

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 47 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 47 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 38% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 40% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 17% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 4% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 17 responses

  • 88% Fun Day any day!
  • 6% Following any big sports/arts event
  • 6% Earth day or fun day


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