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