Bar None is a collegiate gem, as is The Heights, but Manhattan is not the only drinker’s market in New York City for you (of age) university students. From campy bars in Brooklyn to live electric blues in Hoboken, our third college guide will point the way to crazy drink specials and cozy new nightlife spots—with some foodie places thrown in for good measure—to help you experience the best of NYC. (Don’t fret, your favorite local hangouts will still be there when you get back.)
Brooklyn: Park Slope
Nearest subway: R train to 9th Street; F/G train to 9th Street-4th Avenue; F train to Seventh Avenue
444 Seventh Avenue | 718.832.9800 | bar4brooklyn.com
Hours: 6pm to 4am daily
Known for hosting musical talent and open mic nights, Bar4 is a casual but more sophisticated alternative to some of Brooklyn’s other live music venues. Inside, the feeling is local but not lazy. The couches and floor lamps set against exposed brick give the impression of listening in on a living room performance, but with a better drink menu.
Brooklyn: Carroll Gardens
Nearest subway: F/G train to Bergen Street
Smith Street may be nicknamed Restaurant Row, but it is also a trendy hotspot for novel nightlife.
179 Smith Street | 718.852.8086
Hours: 5pm to 3am daily
Feeling nostalgic for the simpler days of summer sleep away? This camp-inspired bar is campy in both senses of the word, from its over-the-top log cabin décor (mounted deer heads abound) to its marshmallow-capped cocktails. However, the buck stops there. Camp attracts a cool hipster clientele with its cozy interior and laid-back vibe.
The Clover Club
210 Smith Street | 718.855.7939 | cloverclubny.com
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 5pm-2am; Friday, 5pm-4am; Saturday, 2:30pm-4am; Sunday, 2:30pm-midnight
This modern cocktail bar serves classic drinks from an extensive menu that includes a variety of Sours, Punches, and Highballs. The different liquors are masterfully mixed with bitters, fruits, sugar, and the occasional egg white. For a light, frothy drink with a complex taste, order the Glorious 12th.
New Jersey: Hoboken
By bus: NJ Transit from New York Port Authority;
By train: PATH train available from various stations in Manhattan;
By ferry: Hoboken Ferry – NY Waterway
Foodies may flock to Hoboken for Carlo’s Bakery, the setting of TLC’s reality series Cake Boss, but the mini city across the river may be better known for holding the Guinness Record for the most bars per square mile than any other city in the world. Check out The Dubliner, an Irish pub with great electric blues jams and awesome happy hour deals, and City Bistro, a classy split-level bar and restaurant offering 12 beers on tap, weekly half off specials, a rooftop bar, and a $19.95 prix-fixe brunch featuring complimentary mimosas, bellinis, and bloody mary’s.
If you are interested in live music, take a look at oM’s mini-roundup of Hoboken’s best bars.
95 Washington Street | 201.659.3671 | carlosbakery.com
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 7am-7:30pm; Sunday 7am-5:30pm
96 River Street | 201.656.7731 | thedublinerhoboken.com
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 4pm-2am; Friday 11.30am-3am; Saturday 11am-3am; Sunday 11am-2am
56 14th Street | 201.963.8200 | citybistrohobokennj.com
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11:30am-1:30am; Friday, 11:30am-2:30am; Saturday, 11:00am-2:30am; Sunday, 11:00am-1:30am