Ithaca comes to life after 5 pm!

A day exploring Finger Lakes wineries and breathtaking waterfalls isn’t complete without a night reveling in Ithaca and Tompkins County’s diverse nightlife scene. In addition to our thriving art and theatre scene, check out these noteworthy bars, clubs, and restaurants in Ithaca and Trumansburg – with each taking your night in a different direction. Here are some curated suggestions, with full listings below:

After (or Pre-) Dinner Cocktail: The Watershed
Conversational atmosphere for people of all ages and tastes, a bookish social space where delicious beverages and comfort foods set an understated baseline for Ithaca’s varied nightlife. In additional to cocktails & wine, they also take their tea seriously.

Pub: Kilpatrick’s Publick House
A traditional, upscale Irish pub restaurant and bar featuring authentic Irish-inspired and American cuisine, as well as a diverse selection of drinks.

Late-Night Eats + Drink: The Rook
Located in Ithaca's hip West End, with a creative late night menu served from 10pm to 12am with options such as fried chicken and a tiki theme on Tuesday nights.

College Crowd: Moonie’s
Formerly known as Moonshadow Tavern, this spacious bar features a dance floor, pool tables, lounge areas, and a popcorn machine – perfect for the college and party crowd.


Atlas Bowl
Eat. Drink. Bowl. With a completely unexpected locally-sourced menu, a fabulous bar serving Finger Lakes wines and brews, and bowling to boot, their slogan sums up this fantastic gem in Trumansburg.

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