UB nightlife takes a turn
Only one bar remains in South Campus area of Main Street
Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 01:08
What used to be one of the most popular bars by South Campus has become the home of the calzone king.
A neon blue sign and long line of drunken freshmen can no longer be spotted outside of 3160 Main St. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays. The former dance club and bar Northside has become a new, different hot spot for college students: Zonies.
The nightlife on UB’s South Campus has evolved recently. The number of open bars has decreased steadily, from five popular bars to just one. The Steer is now the only open bar in the South Campus area of Main Street, and UB students are worried about what these changes will bring to the college town’s nightlife.
Lauren Weinisch, a UB alumna, said it is truly unfortunate that Main Street has “died.”
“When my friends and I were freshmen [in 2006], the bars on Main Street were the place to be on Thursdays and Saturdays,” Weinisch said. “Tuesdays and Fridays were the ‘optional’ night out. Room 101 was our go-to; they always played great music, you were guaranteed to get in and it was always packed from wall to wall.”
As Weinisch continued her career at UB, Room 101 closed and she and her friends started going to Mojo’s. The owners of Mojo’s attempted to give it a “Greek Life” feel, according to Sam Schustek, a senior speech and hearing major.
Weinisch said when she was a senior in 2010, The Steer became the obvious bar choice. There were nights that Third Base hosted “flip night,” and during those times the bar received a big crowd, but the majority of her nights out were spent at The Steer.
Hundreds of UB students study abroad each year, according to UB’s “Up and Away” study abroad website. Schustek was one of those students; she spent the spring semester abroad in Barcelona through a SUNY Oswego program. The nightlife there revolved around clubs, she said, and coming back to Buffalo has been bittersweet.
“The clubs [in Barcelona] were huge and really different from the nightlife in Buffalo,” Schustek said. “No smelly basement house parties. The clubs were a lot of fun and the places I went to were basically all Americans partying in one spot.“
When Schustek heard two bars on South Campus had closed down, she was relieved they were the bars underclassmen frequent, because she is 21 and can get into The Steer. Now the lines for The Steer are long, she said, and it gets packed.
Schustek does not mind Northside being changed into Zonies, though. Any new “drunk food” is always welcomed on South Campus.
Christine Karotseris, a junior nursing major, spent her summer abroad in Spain. Karotseris finds nightlife in Buffalo boring after experiencing clubs abroad.
“The bars in Spain do something different every night of the week,” Karotseris said. “They go out so late and nothing ever closes. Sometimes I didn’t even go out until midnight or 1 a.m. Also, guys abroad love American girls. Once I said I was American, every guy I met would not leave me alone.”
Karotseris hopes bars around UB start to host live shows and performances or fun nights the way the bars in Spain do.
The bars in Spain rarely ever carded students, she said, which is a big difference from the strict entry at The Steer.
Carly Schreiber, a senior communication major, studied abroad in Israel. Schreiber’s dorm was located in the center of Tel Aviv, and she spent most of her nights at the coolest clubs in town, she said.
“I came back to Buffalo where there is now only one main bar,” Schreiber said of The Steer. “While on one side the convenience of this one bar being one block away from my house is amazing, I also realize how important it is to broaden your horizons. After being in Tel Aviv, I realize that these years are the prime years for going out and having fun … being young and experiencing things is a part of college, and I do feel like having only one bar on South Campus is holding me back from that.”
Schreiber said she and her friends viewed The Steer as the obvious bar choice even before Mojo's and Northside closed. Now that The Steer is the only option, students are worried it may not feel as exclusive as it did before.