(Due to many students being underage, their ineligibility to legally attend bars has led me to not name anyone interviewed in the article. Thirty students were interviewed, but the best responses were chosen.)
In large state schools, it’s easy to find parties anywhere in or around campus. On the other hand, at Pace University, it is a lot more difficult to find a place to “chill out” and “hang with the friends.” Due to the 76% outcome of my past survey about how many people use certain bars in town, I asked around about the Pleasantville bars and received various responses.
The first bar, and the most visited was Paulie’s. One guy said, “It’s the worst place ever. Honestly, it’s a place where people just go to hook up or get trashed for $5.” This person felt strongly towards Paulie’s as he mentioned prior experiences he had at the bar. He stated that, even as a college student, we should have standards as to where we drink. Another response was from a girl who stated, “It’s so much fun. I go out almost every Thursday just to hang out with my friends. I never drink too much, just enough for me to enjoy myself and dance with my friends.” She was a Paulie’s regular and ignores the comments others say by stating, “It’s honestly what you make of it.”
The next bar was The Thirsty Scholar. This was a newer bar to most people. Many responses were similar. One girl stated, “It’s a fun place to have a chill night out. You could be a few drinks deep or be completely sober and it’s just fun to be in.” Many students like the set up of the bar. They mentioned how the dart board, multiple televisions, and pool table allowed you to have sober fun if you weren’t drinking.
A lesser visited bar was Foley’s. Speaking to a 2001 lacrosse alumnus last week, he told me that Foley’s used to be the best place to go when he went to Pace. On Friday nights that’s where everyone went. He used to bar tend there and students flooded the bar. Fast forwarding to today, when asked about Foley’s, many people called it, “The old man bar.”
Last, but not least, is Michael’s. A whopping 100% of 30 students who have visited Michael’s said they loved it. “Michael’s is the best. Sometimes it can get really full, but most of the time it’s just right. They have theme nights, decently priced drinks, and a good atmosphere,” a guy said. For only a $5 charge at the door, many students are willing to pay this to get into Michael’s and enjoy their night.
It was interesting to hear what student’s opinions were about local bars in Pleasantville. It is evident that a large portion of bars’ revenue comes from Pace students. Unfortunately, many students are underage and use fake IDs to get into these bars, which is going to be my next research assignment for my upcoming blog. So STAY TUNED.