One thing every incoming college student asks about campus life is this: “What is there to do on the weekends?” College Prowler has a Nightlife section dedicated to this topic, and if you visit it for any graded schools, you’ll find listings of bars, restaurants, and clubs in a respective area.
Naturally, New York City always has something for students and non-students alike, but there’s one place that College Prowler users frequently mention (e.g., in Columbia, Fordham, and NYU guides): Webster Hall.
Webster Hall is a nightclub and concert venue that hosts everything from up-and-coming bands like Fitz and the Tantrums to special events like “Girls Night Out” on Thursdays. Most recently, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs played there:
Webster probably has universal appeal because it attracts all students, from underagers (18-and-up concerts) to of-agers for club dancing and drinks. There are different dancefloors for visitors, too—including the Grand Ballroom, the Marlin Room, The Studio, Balcony Lounge, and Sports Bar—so you can find your groove depending on your mood.
It also has a lot of history behind it, having opened in 1886. Rock icons like Elvis Presley and Madonna have performed at Webster, so not only does it have architectural value, but pop culture value, as well. In 2008, it was officially designated a New York City landmark.
But don’t forget: There’s a dress code and cover charge, so make sure you look neat and bring cash if you ever happen to go. Despite the cost to get in, it must be worth it, as NYC college students keep coming back to this historic venue and singling it out as a New York nightlife haven.