Avalon is a strict dress-to-impress club that is 18 and over on Fridays and 21 and older on Saturdays. It welcomes the very biggest names in progressive techno and trance. Show up dressed to the nines and with a large group of girls if you want to get in.
47 W. 20th St.
Copacabana is a 21-and-over club with fabulous live Latin music and the flyest women.
617 W. 57th St.
Exit is a huge club that plays all kinds of music from dance to R&B. Come dressed nicely if you want to party here.
610 W. 56th St.
The Roxy can get quite expensive, and depending on what night you go, you can get vastly different scenes. The Roxy often hosts some of the biggest names in techno music, and boasts the "biggest, gayest party in NY."
515 W. 18th St.
Sound Factory is a nice, dressy club that spins progressive techno until seven in the morning
618 W. 46th St.
The Abbey Pub
The Abbey can get a little bit loud on game days. Giants and Jets fans abound.
237 W. 105th St.
The Heights Bar & Grill
The Heights has a smaller, more personal feel than the West End in a small bar and grill a couple floors above Broadway. Check out the happy hour everyday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the roof.
Tap-a-Keg is a fun, dive bar with a seven-hour-long happy hour. Check out their kitsch, low ceilings and linoleum floors.
The West End
The West End is a mainstay for Barnard and Columbia students. There is always a crowd there almost every night of the week. Make sure to grab a cheap pitcher of beer. This is the best place to meet up with tons of freshmen and kids from other New York schools looking to hook up.
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Find some older friends and go out anyways. Most bars and clubs in New York won't turn away a girl, especially if she is dressed nicely and is over 18. Or you can go out to see a movie or a Broadway show with discount tickets that can be purchased in the College Activities Office.