The best way to break this down is to base the party scene at URI on what year you’re in!
Freshmen: Okay, so maybe Barlow Circle isn’t exactly a party spot, but for the first few weeks you’re at URI you’ll probably meet a lot of your soon-to-be friends here. After dinner, freshmen usually walk around campus looking for plans (don’t worry – this won’t last long). Everyone eventually finds their way to Barlow Circle and you sort of just hang out there. Have some laughs, meet some new people and get honked at by upperclassmen driving by…you’re only a freshmen once, live it up.
Like I said, don’t worry because it won’t last long. Before you know it, you’ll make friends and start getting invited to parties. At URI, students who live in Narragansett, down near the beach refer to their borough as ‘down the line.’ These houses are rented our during the school year to students like you and me. So essentially, they’re the perfect spot for parties especially when you get together a group of friends and just hang out. Parties ‘down the line’ are acceptable for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. They never really get old!
Sophomores: At this point, you’ll probably have gone to a decent amount of parties ‘down the line’ and have probably traveled to new and old Eastward, another hot spot for student parties, at some point. These house parties are great and everything, but you’re probably wishing you had access to a different side of the party scene. Well for those of you capable of getting into bars…there’s a few you should know about:
Bobby G’s is great for some Tidal Wave Tuesdays. With a dance floor and a live DJ, you can’t go wrong with going to this bar for a night out. Very casual, yet fun – so grab a bunch of your friends and head over there if you’re looking for something to do during the week.
Poncho O’Malley’s also has a lot going on with music and is hot spot for students on Wednesday nights. $10 sangria pitchers and your night has basically been made thanks to Poncho’s! Not a bad deal for students on a budget, if you ask me.
Every wanted to day drink, jump on bouncy castles and eat some burgers while you’re at it? Welcome to a URI ‘darty.’ This day party will be hosted at a students house when the weather gets nice. Suns out? It’s darty time!
Juniors: Well, now that most you have definitely gotten sick of the house parties in Narragansett, welcome to the grown-up world! You’re now 21 and can legally go into bars (congrats, you made it). One of the good things about Rhode Island is that you can take advantage of the bars in the area. Bonvue, sometimes referred to as “Bon-Zoo” because of how wild it gets, is a great place to go on Thursday nights. You’ll probably see every URI student you’ve ever met, but that makes the drinks taste a little better and the music a little more fun to dance to.
And for all of you seniors who have basically experience every form of partying at URI, feel free to drive by Barlow Circle once in a while, go to some get togethers ‘down the line’ or even tare up the bar scene. We know it’s your last year at URI and Senior Week can’t come soon enough!