Hair Trends

Hair Trends is located on 727 South Crouse Ave. and is a salon dedicated to its customers. The salon is built on the belief that what the customer wants is the utmost importance. Hair Trends is one of the longest running salons on the Hill and caters to the diverse population at both Syracuse University and the city. Hair Trends’ phone is 315-476-1942 with hours Monday through Friday from 9 am – 7 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm, with Sundays closed. Hair Trends has special promotions for new customers including $40 manicure and pedicure, 20% off hair color and highlights, and 15% off any products. The salon offers women and men hair service, color services, nails and waxing.



Innovations Salon and Day Spa

Innovations Salon and Day Spa is slightly farther away than some of the other salons on SyrGuide but it offers an extensive list of services from hair specializations, to teeth whitening, to acupuncture. It is a relaxation getaway, offering beauty services from head to toe. Their goal is to have you leave here feeling beautiful, pampered and serene.  It’s located at 3627 Route 31 Liverpool. The prices are slightly more expensive but it is extremely nice and luxurious for a day trip of beauty treatment.

Innovations offers specials and events such as their “sauna detox” and “iHealth Fitness Program”, which is a 6-week challenge. They also have a “body remodeler” and a video posted to go along with it. The “body remodeler” was highlighted on a news channel in Syracuse somewhat recently. This segment can be found next to the Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube applications where you can find out even more about Innovations Salon. On their website they have a full list of their staff with detailed descriptions of their qualifications. Innovations also offers “elegance on site” where professionally trained beauticians come to wherever you would like including your office, doorstep, or event. The salon newly offers a discounted “teen price” for an individual look without breaking the bank.


Schine Student Center

Built in 1984, the Schine Student Center was opened by Syracuse University on May 19,1984. The Schine Student Center has been described as a “reflection of the diverse intellectual, cultural, and social interest of the Syracuse University community. It will provide the space for students to gather, along with faculty and staff, in an atmosphere conducive to social, leisure, and educational purposes.” Schine Student Center, often just referred to as “Schine,” cost $15 million and was made with brick and red sandstone. The Student Center was established to be the central hub for Syracuse University’s services, offices, and student activities. Often time student organizations set up tables in the center to promote their latest events. This building is located East of University Avenue between Waverly Avenue and University Place. It was named after Reneé Schine Crown who donated $2,500,000 for construction of the Student Center. Schine accommodates large, medium, and small venues for a variety of events. It has hosted world-renowned artists and speakers such as Idina Menzel, John Legend, Vice President Joe Biden, Cornell West, The Dalai Lama, Spike Lee, and many more.

Offices and Services

Schine Box Office

The Schine Box Office is the only place to purchase tickets for Syracuse University sponsored events except for Syracuse University athletic games. The Schine Box Office is unique in that it allows the general public to purchase tickets to events that are not affiliated with the university such as the Regal Cinema movie tickets. This office sells tickets for Syracuse Stage, Syracuse Symphony, the Syracuse University Drama department, Regal Cinema movie theater located in Carousel Mall, general Student Organization events, and general campus/administrative events. Most tickets are sold at a discounts to Syracuse students who show their SUID cards.To promote closer affiliation between the community and Syracuse University, the Schine Box Office occasionally offers free tickets to local museums and art galleries.

Types of payments accepted:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • MasterCard/VISA.

For more information access

Events Scheduling Office

The Events Scheduling Office provides information and event services to the Syracuse University Community. The Events Scheduling Office schedules non-academic events for the majority of the student organizations. To schedule a location in any Syracuse University building, the organization must go through the Events Scheduling Office to make a reservation. Typically, organizations are constantly in contact with the office to reserve rooms for weekly meetings. The Scheduling Office accommodates all types of groups varying from small teams to large organizations.

To learn more about the Events Scheduling Office or contact information go to

Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public & Community Service

Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public & Community Service is the office that supports public and community service. Syracuse University is able to reach out to the surrounding Syracuse community through this office. Programs include partnerships with middle schools, Habitat for Humanity, and many more opportunities. This office also partners with clubs and organizations that seek to do community service in the Syracuse area. For example, once a week the Office of Residence Life partners with the Westcott Community Center for an after-school program with the local elementary schools. The Whitman School of Management (business school), works with the community service office to provide opportunities for the college’s students so that they can fulfill their community service requirement. ΑΦΩ (Alpha Phi Omega) is a community service based fraternity that solely uses this office to do their community service.

For more information go to

Center for Career Services

The Center for Career Services assists students in their search for internships and jobs. Through counselors and databases, the Center for Career Services works with students to expose them to as many opportunities as possible. The Career Center focuses on bringing top quality companies to campus during career fairs and on-campus interviews. Once a semester Career Services hosts the Career Fair. This event hosts over 110 companies in the Carrier Dome that are looking for new employees or interns.

Orangelink is a online forum that career services runs that allows students, alumni, and seeking companies to come together. Through Orangelink, students may upload their résumés and cover letters for companies to see. Companies also have the opportunity to contact the Career Center to post job listings. The Center for Career Services works very close with Syracuse alumni, local companies, and prestigious companies to build the Syracuse Orange connection.

You can visit Career Services at

Office of Student Life

Office of Student Life (OSL) accommodates the 300+ student organizations and connects the Syracuse student to the Syracuse community. The Office o f Student Life sponsors events such as Homecoming, Orange Night Live, and Pulse Performances. Orange Night Live and Pulse Performances are events where Syracuse sponsors local and famous artists to perform in various Syracuse venues. Homecoming includes a parade, a Syracuse football game, and many off campus extracurriculars that bring current students and alumni together. OSL also controls all of the fraternity and sorority affairs. The Office of Student Life is very important for organizations because this office provides funding for their functions. The Leadership Institute is a program that OSL provides to develop leaders within the orange community. The program include dialogue circles and retreats to develop skills that have been seen in influential people.

For more information about OSL go to

Parents Office

Parents Office is the is the center where parents of Syracuse students can still be connected through the university. The Parents Office sends out newsletters and emails to keep parents informed of the happenings that occur on campus. The office is the first place that parents will contact if that have any questions or concerns that they may have. The Parents Office is very informed to all of the events on and off campus.

For further information go to

Office of Multicultural Affairs

Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is the center where students of color and diverse cultures may find support within a safe space. Student groups, such as Korean American Student Association (KASA) and National Association of Black Accountants, are represented by OMA. The office puts effort into helping students be as comfortable as possible at Syracuse. The mission of the office states “To support and promote the academic achievement, multicultural competence, social development, civic engagement, and retention of students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups at Syracuse University.”

For further information to what the multicultural affairs office does visit their homepage at

Student Association

Student Association is Syracuse University’s student run government. Student Association or “SA” controls 5 different segments:

  • On Campus Affairs
  • Off Campus Affairs
  • Academic Affairs
  • Student Engagement
  • Public Relations

The members of SA work together to resolve issues and improve the image of the University. SA is the best way possible to get involved and make an immediate difference in issues concerning Syracuse University. Members discuss current problems associated with the university and work to find and implement solutions.

For more information on SA go to their homepage


University Bookstore

University Bookstore is the official Syracuse University bookstore where the general public may purchase Syracuse apparel, school supplies, textbooks, and gift packages. The University Bookstore is one of many bookstores students and faculty use. There are two floors at the University Bookstore. The top floor includes Syracuse apparel, a mini mart, a cosmetic station, and decorations. The bottom floor is where books, textbooks, art supplies, and school supplies are sold. To encourage school spirit, the proceeding day when an athletic team wins, the University Bookstore offers specific discount depending on the score.

For more information about the Syracuse Bookstore, go to

Panasci Lounge

Panasci Lounge is a comfortable quiet space where students can study, sleep or finish work. The Panasci lounge (along with the rest of the building) has WIFI and network jacks where computers can access the internet. Throughout the year, the Panasci lounge turns into a venue for Friday and Saturday night events. This lounge is most commonly used as a place where student take a nap in-between classes. Panasci lounge is well known throughout the Syracuse community as having the most comfortable couches.

Ludwig Lounge

The Ludwig Lounge is located on the basement level of the Schine. Like the Panasci Lounge, it is a quiet study space for students to get their classwork done, with comfortable furniture, tables, chairs, wired and wireless internet access.

Goldstein Auditorium

Goldstein Auditorium is one of the largest indoor venues that Syracuse University owns. The venue is a multipurpose space that can house shows, banquets, dances, meetings, conferences, and concerts. The auditorium can hold up to 1,500 people at a time. Many clubs and organizations use Goldstein Auditorium to hold their major events. Many performers and speakers have taken the stage at Goldstein to entertain both Syracuse students and the Syracuse community.

Schine Dining Center

The Schine Dining Center is a nice and quiet dining facility located in the left section of Schine. Popular food chains associated with the dining center are Sbarro and Dunkin Donuts. Many people use the Schine Dining Center as an alternative to the regular dorm food. Although Schine Dining does not take meal swipes, the center takes SUpercard and cash payments. The dining center has been known to be a place where a lot of high status athletes dine.

Schine Computer Cluster

Schine Computer Cluster is one of many places where student can access a computer on campus. Students hustle to the computer cluster to print off notes or papers before class starts. Printing costs $.10 per page and each student is has a budget of $20 solely for printing (included in tuition). Also the computer cluster is used for students that do not have own their own computer and use the school computers. Some classes require students to use specific software that are on the Syracuse computer network so students choose to do homework in the computer clusters.

Jabberwocky Cafe

Jabberwocky Cafe and The Underground are two performance venues for low key events. Both are used for coffee houses, small bands, open mic nights, comedians, and other live entertainment. Notable performers that have come to the Underground are Secret Machines, Sizzla, The Format, Matt Wertz, Gary Jules, Cary Brothers, Straylight Run, Styles P and Mae. Jabberwocky Cafe and the Underground are great places to hold fundraiser events and non-formal events. When performances are not happening, these two places are perfect for casual lounging and studying. Very few students utilize these rooms which enhances the quiet atmosphere.



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The Sheraton Hotel, Photo Credit: Ema Shoune

A very convenient place of accommodation right on the Syracuse University campus is the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center. It is located on 801 University Ave  Syracuse, NY 13210.The hotel has been providing accommodations for visitors since its opening in 1985. It offers 235 guest rooms, ranging from a regular to a suite. The hotel also offers the additional services: 24-Hour fitness center, 24-Hour business center, an indoor heated pool, a sauna, airport pick-up and drop-off, 24-Hour front desk, and room service. The check-in time for the hotel is 3:00 PM and the check-out time is 12:00 PM.


For additional information on the Sheraton Syracuse University:

Phone: (315) 475-3000

Address: 801 University Ave  Syracuse, NY 13210



Chuck’s Café

American Cuisine, Photo Credit: Reece Jackson

A campus favorite Chuck’s Café is a bar located on 727 S Crouse Ave behind Marshall Street. Chuck’s Café is one of the 4 major dive bars on the Syracuse University campus. If you’re looking for a funky bar with a lot of character, Chucks is definitely a staple for the nightlife on the SU hill. Feel free to bring a sharpie and tag your name on the wall to leave your mark when you visit!


Chuck’s menu offers traditional American food as well as a large variety of appetizers. Among the crowd favorites are spinach artichoke dip, humus with pita bread and chili cheese fries.

Their Monday Special includes $2 burgers and on Sunday wings are 25 cents.

Happy Hour is Monday – Friday 11 am to 8 pm.


As overwhelming as it may seem, Chuck’s is known for its loud ambiance. However the large locale, with graffiti covered walls and tables accompanied with the music isn’t hard to get accustomed to. The rowdiness and student vibe makes it apparent as why Chuck’s is a favorite amongst the Syracuse student body. Though weeknights can often be slow the weekend crowd makes up for the it. Considering how inviting their happy hour is, students can be found at Chuck’s at almost any time of the day. Often times during the week, students go to Chucks to relax, eat and have a beer before continuing on with their daily schedule.

Apart from food and drinks, Chuck’s often plays 80’s and 90’s classic rock hits as well as popular modern popular song. The bar is equipped with several big screen TVs playing the most current sports events, Chuck’s also has two pool tables, dart board machines, and basketball shooting machines, therefore there is no excuse for costumers to ever get bored.

Chuck’s gets very busy Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights, and game days so if you are looking to find a place to sit arriving early is recommended.

Chuck’s has a very strict 21 and over policy and always checks IDs. After 6 pm identification is required a the door. During the day underage patrons can order food but the bartenders will check IDs whenever an alcoholic beverage is ordered.

Cover Charge

Chuck’s starts charging $2 cover at 9:00 pm, and after 12:00 am it increases to $5. On Wednesdays nights there is no cover charge.


Happy Hour:

Monday- Friday: (11am to 8pm)

$3.50 Pitchers of Miller Light, Honey Brown, Yuegling, Keystone Light and Miller 64

Monday: (11am to 8pm)

$2 burgers

Thursday: After 8pm, $1.50 Bud Light Bottles

Friday: All day

$3.50 Pitchers of Miller Light, Honey Brown, Yuegling, Keystone Light and Miller 64

Contact Information

727 S. Crouse Ave Syracuse, NY 13210

Phone Number:
(315) 477-144

Business Hours:
Monday – Sunday 11:00am to last call (2:00 am)


Cultural Festivals

Part of Syracuse’s love for festivals comes from it’s appreciation for diversity and culture. Throughout the summer, many weekends are devoted to festivals that celebrate a culture with respect to both its heritage and its Syracuse roots. All of these festivals are free, non-profit organizations that are built and created by passionate locals and frequented by Syracuse natives from all walks of life. Offering live music, delicious authentic food, and plenty of activities for both adults and children, the variety of culturul festivals hosted in Syracuse is a great thing to check out on a beautiful summer day.


***Dates may change yearly. Please see websites provided for exact dates and times.


Middle Eastern Festival

Every year in July, St. Elias’s Antiochian Orthodox Church hosts its annual Middle Eastern festival. Outside you’ll find live music and performances by the dance groups. In the adjacent tent festival goers can order authentic Middle Eastern food. Make your way inside to find the Souk Marketplace where they sell gold and unique imported merchandise. A live cooking demo is done on Saturday with WCNY’s Julie Tabouli. The festival is held at 4988 Onondaga Road in Syracuse.

For more information: cultural-festival

Macedonian Festival

Every year in August, St. George’s Macedonian Orthodox Church hosts their annual cultural festival featuring authentic Macedonian food, desserts, beverages, music, and dancing. Festival goers can sit outdoors and enjoy the sunny weather while listening to a live band, “Merak,” and sampling native foods cooked fresh to order. Their dance troupe, “Kitka,” will entertain you with their lively takes on traditional numbers. Make your way inside to the banquet hall where you’ll find their huge dessert bar, serving not only authentic Macedonian treats, but popular American sweets, cookies, and cakes for all palletes! Take a tour of the church and discover their beautifully painted floor to ceiling al frescos! Children will be sure to be entertained with bounce houses and games! Seating is available indoors and outdoors to accommodate everyone! The festival is located at 5083 Onondaga Road in Syracuse.

For more information: For more information: cultural-festival

Irish Festival

The Guinness Syracuse Irish Festival is the perfect place to enjoy traditional Irish cuisine and heavy draft beers while listening to live bands playing both contemporary and traditional Celtic music. And being set up in Clinton Square, it’ll almost feel like the streets of Dublin itelf! Besides live music, you can also enjoy entertainment from folk dancers and bagpipe players, getting a true taste of the traditions of Irish culture and spirit. The festival runs for 2 days in the first week of September and is located in the downtown area of Syracuse, NY. [2]

For more information:

Greek Festival

Every summer, St. Sophia’s Greek Festival kicks off the Syracuse festival season with simmering hot gyros. Located in the parking lot of St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, this festival has grown bigger and bigger every year. It offers plenty of live entertainment including traditional Greek bands and dancers. In celebrating the culture of Greece and its traditions, the festival also has a Greek food marketplace and grocery store that sells dry goods, olives and cheeses. The festival runs for 4 days, and is held at St. Sophia’s in DeWitt, NY. Admission is free, with food and beverage costs varying. [3]

For more information:

Italian Festival

Italian Fest, also known as Festa Italiania, was made for anyone with a big appetite for pasta and gellatos. More than twenty restaurants-some of which come from Syracuse’s own Little Italy-participate in this celebration of Italy’s deep family heritage and cooking traditions. The festival runs for 3 days and is set up in front of City Hall on Washington St. in the downtown area of Syracuse, NY. [1]

For more information:


Juneteenth Festival

In recognition of June 19th, 1865, the day the last American slaves heard news of their freedom, Syracuse is host to an African-American cultural festival that celebrates pride in the black culture. Although the festival offers entertainment that speaks of black heritage, it also provides attendees with a lot of information regarding political issues surrounding the black community. The progressive environment of this festival lets people know they truly are apart of a community. The festival is held in Clinton Square in the downtown area of Syracuse, NY. [4]


For more information:

The Oncenter


The Oncenter, Syracuse NY

Overview: Though the Oncenter is gargantuan in size, housing a plethora of diverse venues, perhaps the section most frequented by students is the Convention Center. Not only are the majority of concerts held here (the major reason why Syracuse University students attend events at the Oncenter), many sororities and fraternities on campus hold formal and social events here as well.

The physical layout of the Convention Center is extremely spacious, and includes a connected 1000+ car-parking garage, a large and aesthetically pleasing atrium, a 15,000 square foot ballroom, and a 65,000 square foot multipurpose exhibit hall. The majority of the concerts SU students attend are held in the multipurpose exhibit hall, which can house thousands of people for any given event.

Other than the Westcott Theater, the Oncenter’s Convention Center is perhaps the most easily accessible ‘off-campus’ venue for students. Because of its close proximity to campus, students can easily take a cab there for a relatively low price, making it accessible for underclassmen who don’t have access to a car. Also because of its much larger size, the Oncenter is able to hold concerts on a much larger scale, which in turn attracts a large and diverse audience interested in attending their events.

Tiesto at the Onncenter, Syracuse NY 2/19/12

Entertainment: Perhaps the most frequented events by Syracuse University students at the Oncenter’s Convention Center are those of the electronic dance music variety. Because of the Convention Center’s size, the venue is able to accommodate big-name artists for an even bigger audience.  In the past year, talent that has preformed at the Oncenter’s Convention Center include Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Tommy Trash, and many other electronic dance music headliners. While the Oncenter’s convention center also hosts a variety of other types of musical genres, including rock and pop, those are significantly less popular among SU students. For a complete schedule of events, please visit:

Security: Security at the Oncenter’s Convention Center is incredibly strict, if not quite as strict as airport security. No outside food or drink is permitted, including mints or gum, nor are cosmetic items such as Chap Stick or makeup. Security at the Oncenter’s Convention Center also has a reputation as being very rude and harsh, so students be warned upon entering. No outside drugs and alcohol are permitted under any circumstances.

Address: 800 South State Street, Syracuse, New York 13210


Phone: (315) 435 – 8000

Fax: (315) 435 – 8099

For general questions, comments, or concerns, please send a message to:

Directions (From Syracuse University):

Walking: (About 20 minutes)

  1. Head north on South Crouse Avenue toward Waverly Avenue. Continue for 0.2 miles.
  2. Turn left onto East Adams Street. Continue for 0.3 miles.
  3. Turn right onto Almond Street/Van Buren Street. Continue to follow Almond Street for 0.1 miles.
  4. Turn left onto Harrison Street. Continue for 0.3 miles.
  5. Turn right now South State Street. Continue for 0.1 miles. Destination will be in front of you.

By Bus:

Syracuse university students can take the Connective Corridor bus from College Place, which makes a stop at the Warehouse, which is located almost directly behind and is walking distance from the convention center. For a complete bus schedule, please visit:

By Car: (About 7 minutes)

  1. Head north on South Crouse Avenue toward Waverly Avenue. Continue for 0.3 miles.
  2. Turn left onto Harrison Street. Continue for 0.6 miles.
  3. Turn right onto South State Street. Continue for 0.1 miles. Destination will be in front of you.

Attire: N/A. Casual.

Parking: The Oncenter has a 1000+ car-parking garage that is located on the corner of South State Street and Adams Street. It is in very close proximity to its venue. For more information, please visit: .







5. Alissa Meagher, promoter for the Oncenter


The Westcott Theater


Overview: One would find it very hard to believe that this venue frequented by Syracuse University students on an almost weekly basis was established in only 2008. Since then, the Westcott Theater, (or as it is more colloquially known, ‘The Westcott’), has grown exponentially in both size and standing among Syracuse University students, as well as the Syracuse community in general.

Due to its easy accessibility for students via bus, car, or walking, the Westcott Theater is a popular concert venue for many students on campus. The theater frequently brings in talent on a local and national level, and ticket prices almost never exceed $30 – $35. The venue also never seems to have shows exclusively for people 21 years of age or older – so for underage students, attending a concert at the Westcott is a positive alternative to a night of drinking at the bars on campus.

Because of the theater’s small size, shows at the Westcott Theater are almost always an intimate experience. The venue itself has two floors, with the stage, bar, and merchandise booth located on the first floor, and bathrooms located upstairs on the second floor. (Be warned however, the bathrooms only have two stalls, which almost always result in immensely long lines during any and all shows.) The physical construction of the actual building is not the most aesthetically pleasing. However, because the Westcott brings in such amazing artists on both a local and national level, it is renowned for the shows it puts on and its physical structure and appearance can be overlooked.


Overview: The Westcott Theater’s true shining attribute is the phenomenal musical acts it brings to its venue. Unfortunately, the majority of the time the Westcott brings big name talent to the theater on weekdays and school nights, which sometimes hinders students from coming out and enjoying a show, despite frequently cheap ticket prices.

In the 2012 – 2013 school year alone, the Westcott brought many big name artists across all varieties and genres of music, including Coheed and Cambria, The All American Rejects, 3lau, Dada Life, Fedde Le Grand, Excision, Datsik, Griz, Hinder, Aaron Carter, Kapslap and countless others. Tickets for many of these shows sold out entirely, days in advance, with the vast majority of audience members were Syracuse University students.

Electronic Dance Music at the Westcott: Perhaps the Westcott Theater’s greatest attraction for Syracuse University students is that it has started to bring many electronic dance music artists to the venue. Electronic dance music, (or ‘EDM’ as it is more colloquially known), is a music genre that is rapidly increasing in popularity, especially among teenage and college age students. Though the genre has been around for decades, as EDM has begun to be more mainstream, the Westcott Theater has taken notice. In this regard, at a school like Syracuse, which is known sometimes as much for its social activities as its academics, it is no surprise that EDM, which is all about partying, dancing, and having an all around good time, is increasing immensely in popularity. Fortunately, Syracuse fans of the genre are helping the Westcott reap the benefits of bringing big EDM names to the venue.

In the past two years alone, the Westcott Theater has brought numerous renowned DJs to its venue – some ranking among the best in the world. Famous talent of this genre that have performed at the Westcott Theater include Steve Aoki, Dillon Francis, Deniz Koyu, Krewella, Above & Beyond, Skrillex, Dirty South, Laidback Luke, Flux Pavilion, and many others. The caliber of talent and popularity of the electronic dance music genre at the Westcott have been attracting a lot of attention, both from the community of Syracuse and especially the Syracuse University student body. Slowly but surely the Westcott Theater is becoming the premier venue for student electronic dance music enthusiasts due its close proximity to campus and amazing shows.

Food and Drink: Located on the first level of the Westcott with comfortable proximity to the stage is a bar that serves a variety of alcoholic beverages, beers, and bottled water. The Westcott also has a water fountain on its first level located towards the back of the floor. Food is rarely sold at the venue, but at select events, particularly electronic dance music entertainment, gum and lollipops are sold at the merchandise stand towards the back of the theater on the first floor by the water fountain. No outside food or drink is ever permitted.

Security: Though not intensive by any means, recently the Westcott Theater has been stepping up and tightening its security for many of their shows. No outside food or drink is permitted, not even small items such as lollipops or gum. Bottled water is also not permitted, but can be purchased at the bar located at the first level inside the theater. Females are subject to having their purses searched, and both males and females are usually lightly patted down by security to ensure that no illegal items enter into the theater.

Community Standing: Recently, the Westcott has been receiving some bad press due to excessive noise complaints. After a show on March 4th of this year that ran past until 2 AM and received several noise complaints, the venue has become increasingly attentive to concerns of the community and to being more considerate of its volume post-shows. The Westcott has even gone as far as telling artists that they may not park their tour buses too close to the venue, and giving them a strict curfew by which they have to be off stage. In addition to noise complaints, after a part of the ceiling collapsed during a show in October of 2012 injuring many people, numerous safety concerns flooded the theater. The Westcott also often suffers from technological difficulties during electronic dance music shows, as the volume of the artists during their sets often exceeds what the equipment at the theater is capable of accommodating.

The electronic dance music scene is also frequently associated with excessive drug use, and because of the recent increase in bringing this type of entertainment to its venue, the theater is no longer becoming the ‘community friendly’ place it tried to promote when it was first established in 2008. However, with the recent enforced strictness that the theater is attempting to implement in regards to noise, safety, and security, the Westcott is attempting to fix this image. Unfortunately, to many Syracuse University students, it is still known as a place that is rather lax in terms of security, and has a reputation on campus as a venue where access to drugs and alcohol is readily available.

Address: 524 Westcott Street Syracuse, NY 13210

Contact: For general questions please email , or call (315) 299-8886. For any ticket related questions, please call contact Frontgate Tickets at 888-512-SHOW. For rental information please call (315) 299-8886.

Attire: N/A. Very casual.

Payment: The Westcott Theater accepts cash, American Express, MasterCard, and Visa.

Hours: Hours are subject to change whenever an event is taking place at the theater. For more information feel free to call (315) 299-8886.

Directions (From Syracuse University):

Walking (About 20 Minutes):

  1. Head north on South Crouse Avenue toward Waverly Avenue.
  2. Turn right onto Waverly Avenue.
  3. Turn left onto Ostrum Avenue.
  4. Turn right toward Thornden Park Drive, and continue about 75 feet.
  5. Turn right toward Thornden Park Drive, and continue for 0.1 miles.
  6. Turn left onto Thornden Park Drive, and continue for another 217 feet.
  7. Turn right onto South Beech Street.
  8. Take the next left and turn onto Dell Street.
  9. Turn right onto Westcott Street. The destination will be on your left.

By Bus (About 15 Minutes):

On weekdays, students can catch the #530 bus from College Place, which makes stops down Euclid as well as Westcott Street. This bus route is not in service on the weekends. For a complete bus schedule, please visit:

By Car (About Five Minutes):

  1. Head north on South Crouse Avenue toward Waverly Avenue for 0.5 miles.
  2. Turn right onto East Genesee Street, and continue for 0.9 miles.
  3. Turn right onto Westcott Street, and continue for 0.3 miles. The destination will be on the right.

Parking: Parking is available across the street and to the right of the theater. Parking is free, however spots are limited.


  1. Alissa Meagher, Westcott Theater promoter/employee

Taj Indian Palace

Taj Indian Palace is a family run Indian restaurant located on Erie Blvd. East. They are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. They also cater.


TajIndianPalace specializes in North Indian style cuisine. Their menu contains a wide variety of appetizers, breads, seafood dishes, chicken curries, tandoori specials, lamb & goat curries, biryani, and desserts. Their prices start as low as $2.95 for vegetarian appetizers up to $7.95 for chicken tikka appetizer. Their prices are affordable and the portions are very large.Vegetable platters are all $8.95. Seafood dishes are all $12.95. Lamb/goat curries are $10.95. The chicken curries are all $9.95. They now serve beer and wine to accompany your meal.

They offer an optional lunch buffet seven days a week from 11am until 3pm for around $10.00.

For a full menu please see


The atmosphere in TajIndianPalace is simple and humble. The building was a former Quiznos before the now owners bought and converted it into their own business. They have added a little flair of their own with sheer draperies and hanging lighting. If you’re looking for that certain ambiance while you dine, go at night for the full effect! But if you don’t mind a simple surrounding then give this place a try anytime.

Hours and Contact Information

3138 Erie Blvd
Dewitt, NY13214

They are open from 11am until 10pm Monday – Sunday

Their lunch buffet begins at 11am and runs until 3pm seven days a week.

Phone: 315-446-2229
Fax: 315-446-2275

Email: [email protected]

Sparky Town Restaurant

Sparky Town Restaurant is a self proclaimed, “Funky place to meet and eat.” They specialize in fresh healthy comfort food with options suitable for all your friends: vegan, vegetarian, and meat lovers alike! Sparky Town is located on the corner of Catherine Street and Burnet Avenue in the historic Hawley Green District. They feature a calendar of events promoting community engagement with things like ArtExpo displays, weekly live music events, songwriter’s workshops, and much more! It really is “A place where everyone fits in!”

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Fresh healthy comfort food is on the menu at Sparky Town Restaurant. Soups range from $2.75 to $8.00 and can come vegan or not. There are nine different salads ranging from $3.50 for a house salad to $8.50 or $8.75 for the Anti-Oxidant Salad, The Mexicali Blue Salad, The Trail Mix Salad, and others. For those who like variety in their meals, Sparky Town has combination plates allowing customers to choose from a quiche or soup along with a salad for $7.75 to $8.75, black beans and rice for $8.75, and Anti-Oxidant pasta, Burger Deluxe, or the Mediterranean platter for $9.50.

 Sparky Town also serves fresh coffee and barista specials. They serve Coffee Mania coffee and have their own trademarked “Sparky’s Blend” coffee beans in ½ and 1 pound bags available for purchase. Beer and wine options are also on the menu.

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Sparky Town offers their guests a creative ambiance. It’s an intimate, friendly, hippie-chic kind of place. There’s a bar on one side of the restaurant and less than a dozen tables on the other. The walls are decorated with local artwork, priced to sell. They utilize high and low tables creating intimate dining situations in a relatively small area. It’s a fun place to hang out and “go local!”

Hours and Contact Information

Sparky Town is located at 324 Burnet Avenue.

There hours are:

Mon-Thurs 11am-8pm

Fri 11am-9pm

Sat 10am-9pm

 They can be reached on the phone at (315) 422-8401 or the fax at (315) 422-8403