JJ's Place is the late-night dining location at Columbia, open until 1am on Sunday to Thursday. JJ's is located in the basement of John Jay Hall. As of this year, you do need to use a meal swipe to access it. The location also houses a student cooperative organic market. It was at one time an on-campus bar, serving alcohol to upperclassmen.
JJ's menu features chicken fingers, burgers, smoothies, fries, and other artery-clogging options. There's also a candy-by-the-pound rack and a small "mini-mart" section with lots of junk food and basic groceries (chips, cookies, cereals, dried pasta, etc). All purchases can be paid for using Flex or Dining Dollars as well as cash.
JJ's has OK seating with lots of tacky timber. A pool table arrived in 2007, LCD televisions were installed in 2006 at each booth, and there's a television at the far end of the room which primarily features ESPN, though can be changed to different channels using the handy channel up/down buttons on the front. It also has wifi.
The facility was originally designed to resemble a German rathskeller, which explains the roof beams. A heaving stone hearth off to one side bears an inscription memorializing Columbians who lost their lives in the First World War.
Previous tenants of JJ's Place included an iteration of the 'Lion's Den' and a pub that closed down in the summer 0f 1985 after New York raised its minimum drinking age to 21, effectively killing off its business.
Some students believe JJ's should open on weekend nights as well as weekday nights.
- ↑ In Our Pages: Higher Drinking Age Cited in Closing of John Jay Pub, Columbia Spectator, 27 February 2002