Troy is a smaller city, so people from larger, urban areas find the nightlife slow and lacking. Albany offers much more, and there are numerous venues that regularly host concerts there. RPI has three large contingents of students: the club-goers, the bar people, and the students who don’t go out. Club goers will head to Allsports in Troy, or head down to Albany to see the clubs there. People usually tend to go to the Ruck, which is more of a sit-down, relaxed bar. It all depends on your personal preference as to which spots you consider good. If you are looking for anything beyond these, you’re in the wrong place. There are a few nicer bars around, but if you’re underage, there’s no way you’ll ever get a drink in your hand.
As far as other options, there really isn’t much beyond what is offered on campus in the evenings. This includes some good movies, as well as all the facilities the Union offers, but of course, these can get old after awhile. For the most part, those under-21 and those who get sick of the bar scene will have to be creative. There is one thing to be sure of—RPI students know how hard they work at school and know how to relax when they have the time.