Nightlife on the Hill is always buzzing. With five popular bars to choose from, students at Syracuse University are no strangers to bar hopping. Rowdy crowds rally for deals and specials offered every night of the week on Marshall Street. If you aren’t familiar with the ins-and-outs of SU’s on-campus bars, use our guide to decide where to go after a long day’s work.
The Orange (formerly known as Lucy’s)
If you’ve never heard of a fishbowl, then you’ve never heard of The Orange—or what upperclassmen still refer to as Lucy’s. It’s popular amongst SU’s Greek life, but you can also find a few athletes and others just looking to have a good time. Sporting a brighter vibe than the basement location of Harry’s and the warehouse feel of Chuck’s, The Orange was known as Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar for quite some time, so the décor is beach-y. Its tropical environment serves as a nice change of scenery from the perpetually unpredictable New York State weather. Once you get past the bouncer, try one of its 20 different-flavored fishbowls. They aren’t necessarily cheap, but you’ll want to split it with a couple friends anyways—or else you won’t be making it home. The main bar is five feet from the entrance, but to the right there’s a staircase leading to more booths and more bar seating that’s perfect for people watching, as well as socializing. With a live DJ, dancing is encouraged—the bartenders even dance on the bar Coyote Ugly-style. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays are the most popular nights.
721 S. Crouse Ave., Syracuse
Situated under CVS near Faegan’s on South Crouse Avenue, Harry’s Bar is a popular spot for much of SU’s undergraduate population. It definitely has more of a bar feel than that of a club. You’ll find both under and upperclassmen here, occasionally dancing on the bar, much to the dismay of the bartenders. The line can get long close to midnight, so head over early to avoid waiting in the cold. There is a $5 cover but with the crowd by your side it will be worth it!
700 S. Crouse Ave., Syracuse
This has become a hotspot in recent years with specials and events every night of the week. A pub by day, where you can find visiting high school students and SU students alike grabbing a meal in between class or on a college tour, Faegan’s serves some great food for a decent price. From typical pub and bar comfort food to the incredible selection of beers on tap, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. For the students of SU, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights’ deals call for crowds. If you’re a senior, begin the week with $3 Long Island iced teas for “Senior Sunday,” as it’s known. Tuesdays are Beer Tour, where you can try beers from around the world, and if you make it to all of the “tours,” you’ll get your name engraved on one of the plaques hanging on the walls. Wednesdays are known all over campus as Flip Night, where you can order a beer and get it for free if you call the coin when the bartender flips it for you. Thursdays can’t be beat with $3 draft beers, so head over for a couple brews before making your way over to Chuck’s or Lucy’s. Definitely known for its laid-back atmosphere, Faegan’s is great for those weeknights when there’s nothing to do—drop in for a meal and hang around until festivities pick up later in the evening.
734 S. Crouse Ave., Syracuse
You’ve heard about Chuck’s since you were a freshman and it’s the first stop on the eve of your 21st birthday. Chuck’s Café has appeared on multiple lists as one of the top college bars in the country, and there are plenty of reasons why. You most definitely won’t get in with a fake, so don’t even try until you’re of age—trust me, it’s worth the wait. The walls are teeming with graffiti that students and alumni alike have scrawled over the years, and the huge screen against the far wall plays music videos in sync with the DJ when there isn’t a football or basketball game to watch. The lighting is dim, the bar is located in the middle of the room, and worn wooden tables and booths scatter the edges of the interior. Chuck’s is known not only for its nightly drink specials, but also for its tasty bar food, like its fried pickles and mac and cheese bites. You’ll always find a line to get in on game days, and Thursdays are always packed, so head over early—anytime after 9 p.m.—to get stamped and avoid the line later on. Marygrace Benhase, a senior IR major, says she likes Chuck’s because of the $3 cover and $4 pitchers at Happy Hour on Fridays. Even though this bar is reserved for the 21+ club, you’ll be glad there’s still something to look forward to senior year.
727 S. Crouse Ave., Syracuse
Home of the legendary ‘Cuse Juice, DJ’s on the Hill is a fun bar-turned-nightclub where you can still manage to get in even if you’re an underclassman. DJs used to be known just as a bar on campus, but this past spring it changed its tune to something a little different, and now boasts a “VIP room” with a couch, private security, bartender, and two bottles for only $300. Some consider it a steal, but you can decide that for yourself. If you aren’t looking to pay that steep of a price for a good time, head over for Happy Hour which, according to Andre Douglas, a senior Writing & Rhetoric major, has the “best Happy Hour specials on campus—dollar pints!” Happy Hour runs Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m., and Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m., so don’t miss out on a cheap deal. If you’re interested in checking out what DJs has to offer on a Tuesday, remember it’s 18+ those nights, so the lines will be longer than usual.
161 Marshall St., Syracuse