14 Things New Haven College Alumni Miss About Going Out On The Town

14 Things New Haven College Alumni Miss About Going Out On The Town
17 comments, 05/12/2014, by , in ENTERTAINMENT, LOCAL
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If you went to college in New Haven…here are the things you miss the most about going out in New Haven…all those years ago. Seriously, how has it been this long since graduation?! Now I went to school 2001-2005, so everyone older than me can calm down because I’m not mentioning the Coliseum, Arcadia Ballroom, Tune Inn, etc. To relive those memories, read this list.


1. Parking in New Haven: Okay, you may not MISS it. But, we all remember driving up and down Chapel and Crown looking for a space, and flip out because the One Ways made the excursion so much more difficult. After 25 minutes of constant circling, you just had to give up and go into a parking garage. Which always smelled like pee. Finding a spot right in front of your destination was rare and when it happened, it was a sign from the heavens that it was gunna be a wild night.

temple street parking


2. Club Promoters: We all knew a dude that was a promoter. He might of had class with you. Your friend (or every person in the dorms) may have hooked up with him. Or he hadn’t even been enrolled in school, at least in the past 8 years or so but he still walked the beat around campus with those shiny fliers. He always got your crew to head to that sketchy club (ICE?) But for every weirdo place you had to go, he always came through and finally got you in to a club you actually wanted to party at, like Gotham or Alchemy (RIP). But, how rock star did you feel when you’d see him at the door and he’d wave you in. You just had to get there before 8pm.

steve from fb


3. After Hours Pizza: New Haven is the best for late night pizza. And we’re not talking the fancy stuff.  It’s more like the after hours places where the loud, drunk line goes out the door and no one can figure out how to order when they get up to the counter.  My favs: Aladdin, More Than Pizza, Yorkside, BAR (okay, that mashed potato pizza is kinda fancy).




4. Thursday Night Classes: There was nothing more awkward than sitting in Art History with full blown body glitter, gems on the corners of the eyes, arm bracelets, scrunchy hair, black stretchy pants with black platforms, and loads of Abercrombie 8. But, it had to be done. But Bailey’s in the coffee made it worth it.



5. Midori Sours: Sounds classy. Is green. Tastes kinda gross. Doesn’t have a ton of alcohol. BUT WE COULDN’T GET ENOUGH MIDORI SOURS. Try drinking one now, you won’t be able to get through it. But you will have flashbacks of dancing in that little upstairs DJ booth at BAR, and you will cringe at that thought.

midori sour


6. The Swing At Hula Hanks: Sorry current students, you’ll never know the rush that swinging over a group of your peers hoping to get a glimpse up your skirt will provide since Hula Hanks is no longer.



7. Freezing In Line: Because bringing a coat was not an option.




8. Chalking: Gel pens were essential tools in college. Before Connecticut changed the style of the driver’s licenses, the material used was the perfect canvas to change your DOB. All you needed was blue and pink and you were in.



9. Getting A Rose From Flower Lady: A sure fire way to get yourself back to your dancing partner’s dorm was  to purchase some fresh flora from  Flower Lady. Or maybe that had the opposite effect? I don’t know, it never happened for me. But it seemed like a nice gesture.



10. Toad’s: This was the ultimate destination on Saturday nights. You had to be extra careful walking down the stairs leading to the bathroom, many a fall happened on those. Things always got weird when you found yourself meandering into the back room with the  jungle leaves and pool tables. Dancing on stage was a must. You always went to the Halloween Party and you may have been brought up on stage to win sexiest costume. You definitely made out with someone from another school there….maybe even a Yalee. If you went to an 18+ night, and didn’t have an ID, you got people to pass you drinks through the fence separating you from the adults. You would always go see Bad Fish and sing along to every song.

toads place


11. R.E: Those two letters definitely mean something to you if you ever went out in New Haven. But really, who is RE? Or is it ARI? Or is it ARE E? Is he like Ari Gold from Entourage? Is that where he got his name. So many questions.



12. Vandome: Why were we allowed to go there? Have you been in that neighborhood lately? Take a moment and thank whatever you believe in that you weren’t killed in the dome grinding to Where The Party At.

van dome


13. ALCHEMY: The front bar, the little dance area near the window, the little nooks with tables, the main bar, the big dance room, the stage and speakers, the second floor,  the little EDM section in the back of the second floor. This place had everything. The acoustics there made Sandstorm, I Can Feel The Beat, Hey Ma, and Lean Back sounds soooo daaamnnnnn goood. I even miss the way we all spilled out of the back doors onto the busy street at 2am.



14. This Guy: He still has a residency in the Ladies Room at BAR:


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  1. top flight
    May 14th, 2014 19:11

    Man, I tried to work at Alchemy just to relive the glory only to be disappointed. Still can’t beat the parades there though. Reopen that patio and business will boom again.


  2. LaurenArthur
    May 14th, 2014 10:55

    OMG JJMelus you looooved Myst. I pretended I was too cool for it but then missed it when it was gone. Thursday nights were never the same!


  3. The stump man
    May 14th, 2014 9:54

    Nobody mentioned $1 drinks at Bar on Thursday night from 9-11. Guys were buying drinks for girls like it was there Job, Including myself like we were big shots.


  4. JJMelus
    May 13th, 2014 23:34

    They forgot Myst / Oracle ha RT LaurenArthur: I thank my lucky stars daily that I survived four years in New Haven http://ow.ly/wNRkf


  5. PAMdemonium991
    May 13th, 2014 19:12

    AWW, those places sound awesome, a bit before my time. RustyDrake


  6. PAMdemonium991
    May 13th, 2014 19:09



  7. PAMdemonium991
    May 13th, 2014 19:09

    Thank you for the edit…just changed it :)  OHHHH, I had that one written down on a peice of paper and forgot all about it!!!! SOTRUE


  8. PAMdemonium991
    May 13th, 2014 19:07

    How was it that I could rage at the parade from early morning to early morning?? I last a good minute now


  9. PAMdemonium991
    May 13th, 2014 19:06

    wAS IT re???


  10. Nunya
    May 13th, 2014 18:19

    DDP5395   Considering the fact that the Salty Dog burned down, flash in the pan is appropriate lol


  11. AlexAlchimio
    May 13th, 2014 15:41

    remember DJ (?) had a sidekick named “Bonus”??? that was a good 10 years ago.


  12. DDP5395
    May 13th, 2014 14:55

    This is Awesome! Hula Hanks was awesome back in the day! Salty Dog was a fun flash in the pan! So many good memories at Cavanaughs on Parade day! #playwrights line lasted forever!!! #goodoledays #fishbowls


  13. Nunya
    May 13th, 2014 14:41

    I remember working at Gecko before it was Alchemy and going to Louie’s for burgers at 2am lol. And as for DJ R.E, he and his crew were some of the biggest pieces of sh*t I’d ever met. They made their money getting countless underage girls into the clubs that were specifically 21+ and getting them loaded.


  14. ROCCO95
    May 13th, 2014 14:23

    Gentry’s and Demery’s pizza at 2am


  15. RustyDrake
    May 13th, 2014 10:40

    I missed that stuff. I’m older. BAR was still a parking garage when I terrorized New Haven. We went to the Norge, Mrs. Murphy’s, the Grotto, Colonel Lipps. Toads was Wednesday night, with Demery’s was where you went before and after. Bopper’s was on the corner of College and Crown.


  16. sdobro
    May 13th, 2014 10:30

    This is great!  But how did you miss coming home smelling like smoke from head to toe before the cigarette ban was put into effect.  (Also, Edit to #12 – pretty sure it should be “weren’t killed”)


  17. Michael Glasson
    May 12th, 2014 16:08

    I knew Steve Gentile would make an appearance. Good article Pam, I need to get down there soon and see what else has changed.


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