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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There's only two 18+ clubs in town. They're segregated by the types of people who go there. Your best bet is to hit up a club if it's an after party for an event on campus.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The best parties are off-campus house parties. Depending on which hall you live in you can have a great night if you pregame in your room when the RAs aren't too strict about quiet hours.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: People spend a lot of time in town.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: They're are plenty of parties to go to off campus. They're usually enjoyable assuming the cops don't shut it down. Oasis is a club on main street where students go usually after attending a frat party.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you enjoy parting than you'll definitely find places to go to. If you don't there's still things to do in campus and in town.

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On-campus parties don't happen because the administration is fairly strict about the dry campus policy. So, students tend to take their beers elsewhere—notably, to student housing off campus. Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights are party nights; students hit up house parties and then head out to the bars around midnight (if they're of age or have fake IDs). There's also almost always something going on at one of the frat or sorority houses, though many students steer clear of Greek life.

When New Paltz nightlife gets repetitive and boring—which, during the winter, it inevitably does—kids who need their party fix head down to NYC or across the river to Poughkeepsie to get their respective grooves on. Overall, New Paltz can be a pretty popping place, a place where students aren't afraid to go all out in the name of a good time; however, many students prefer quiet nights in, catching up on homework or watching movies with friends, and that is totally fine, too. There is absolutely no pressure to be a nightlife socialite.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Main Street
  • Poughkeepsie
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bacchus Restaurant & Bar
  • Oasis CafĂ©
Favorite Drinking Games
Beer pong
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Bullentin boards/fliers
  • Facebook
Closing Time
4 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
McGillicuddy's Restaurant & Tap House, Murphy's Restaurant & Pub
Did You Know?
McGillicuddy's has a specific event or theme for every night of the week, and there's never a cover charge!

Club ListingsWhat's This?


If you want to dance, this is the place to go!

2 Terwilliger Lane

New Paltz

(845) 255-2122

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Murphy's Restaurant & Pub

This is an Irish pub.

107 Main St.

New Paltz

(845) 255-9718


This place has great beer specials.

91 Main St.

New Paltz

(845) 255-6161


On Thursday, it's "'70s and '80s Night"!

58 Main St.

New Paltz

(845) 255-3400

McGillicuddy's Restaurant & Tap House

This place has a no cover charge policy!

84 Main St.

New Paltz

(845) 256-9289

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

Muddy Cup Coffee House

58 Main St.

New Paltz

(718) 612-0081

House parties

There are plenty of house parties off campus every weekend.

On campus

New Paltz

Fat Bob's

52 Main St.

New Paltz

(845) 255-0096

Student Polls

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 20 responses

  • 25% Graduation weekend
  • 20% Spring Concert
  • 15% Any and ALL Toga parties thrown by the frats
  • 10% PnG Ezo night
  • 10% Spring bASSh
  • 10% Carribash
  • 5% Jello wrestling
  • 5% Jam Asia After Party

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 84 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 84 responses

  • 4% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 46% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 30% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 11% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 10% Parties? What parties?
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