‘ What SHU doing this weekend?’
Students share their favorite haunts and hang-outs
Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 12:02
Every weekend: "What's going on tonight?" is the text sent ‘round the college world. If you've got something similar sitting in your sent folder, text no more.
If you are looking for a hot spot on a Friday night, Black Bear Saloon in South Norwalk is where you might find your friends.
Restaurant by day and bar by night, this location is familiar to many Sacred Heart students who are 21 and over.
"Sometimes Black Bear has bands or a DJ on the weekends. They clear out most of the tables so there is always an open dance area," said senior Arianna De Lucia. "The train tickets are cheap and it's a great spot to have fun with the girls after a long week."
While some enjoy the club atmosphere, some might be looking for a more low-key evening.
In that case South Brewing Company, known on campus as SBC, can be a good alternative on a Thursday, which also happens to be their karaoke night.
"It's relaxing and much different than going to a club with loud, upbeat music," said senior Melissa Krouse. "SBC is a place to catch up with friends and it's a change of pace from going to the same place every weekend, although I must admit we're creatures of habi -- we go to the Field almost every Friday."
The Field, a regular hang out for those SHU students 21+, is a restaurant and bar located on Fairfield Avenue.
"I go to The Field because I want to have a fun night with my friends after a long week of school," said senior Mike Sloane. "I want to have a couple drinks and dance a little. It's a guaranteed good night because I know that I'll know people there."
Being comfortable in the nightlife atmosphere is a deciding factor in senior Mike Twerago's weekend as well. The Bear and Grill in Fairfield is where he likes to meet up with his friends.
"I've grown up with them over the past four years, and I want to spend my time with the senior class," he said.
Most students who are of the legal drinking age agree that age definitely plays a role in where they spend their nights on the weekend.
"As an orientation leader, I wouldn't want to interact with students underage. I am one of their first influences, and it's not appropriate," said Twerago.
De Lucia, also a senior, agrees.
"I don't like to go to places where there are a lot of younger people because it can be risky,"she said.
Some seniors enjoy going to karaoke bars to let loose and show off some vocal skills.
Brennan's Shebeen Irish Bar and Grill is a local spot to sing karaoke on Fairfield Ave.
According to the bar's web site, Brennan's holds a variety of different events including, karaoke every Tuesday at 9:30 p.m., trivia night every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m., and live music Friday and Saturday's at 10:00 p.m.
"I heard it's a blast," said Twerago.
After tearing up the karaoke microphone during his study abroad trip to Ireland, Twerago said he would like to go to Brennan's for a night of karaoke.
"The atmosphere in a karaoke bar I find is a lot friendlier and more fun. People come to a karaoke night expecting to goof around and just have a good time," said senior Dan Preuss.
Whether it's attending a nearby bar to relax with friends or hitting the karaoke mic, Sacred Heart seniors know how to party the responsible way.
"It doesn't matter how you sound when you sing, if people know the songs they sing along with you and it's really easy to get into the spirit of the night," said Preuss.
Whether it's belting karaoke with the locals or dancing the night away with your best friends, students are sure to get the best of the weekends.
"It's nice to just not think about school and see all of your friends outside of class," said junior Sarah Burkart.