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The eating clubs offer juniors and seniors the opportunity to become a part of a close-knit community. They reinforce existing friendships while also introducing you to a wonderful, new, and diverse group of Princetonians. The clubs offer a home on campus where students can come together to enjoy a great meal, take a breath to relax, and develop life-long
friendships.

Hannah Paynter ’19, President of the Interclub Council, President of Cloister Inn

You join the club because your friends are there, but then by the time you graduate you’ve also made dozens of new great friends for the rest of your life.

Liam Morton '02, Cap and Gown Club

Each of Princeton’s clubs is different and through the years has achieved a distinct personality and set of traditions. This is as it should be, for it will be a sorry day for the world if ever such distinctions and peculiarities, and the especial loyalties they invoke, are lost.

Struthers Burt, Class of 1904

By joining an eating club, I’ve gained a sense of home and community that keeps me grounded on campus. I’m incredibly grateful for the life-long friendships I’ve developed and the many opportunities it has given me to grow my community and enrich my Princeton experience.

Rachel Macaulay ’19, President of Tower Club

Eating clubs serve as the perfect bridge between your underclassman and upperclassman years. They reinforce the strong friendships you've established and encourage new relationships with a diverse new group of people. By spending time talking, eating, studying, and socializing, we find that we are surrounded by some of the most brilliant yet modest and talented yet compassionate people, all from incredibly diverse backgrounds with a wide range of different life experiences and stories to share.

Katrina Maxcy '14, Former President of Colonial Club

The eating clubs are so much more than where 70 percent of Princeton juniors and seniors take their meals. They are where students are studying, collaborating on assignments, and encouraging each other as they write the last page of that junior paper or senior thesis. They are where students are coming together at tables to discuss an interesting news story, a great movie someone has seen recently, a campus issue, or any of a cornucopia of possible topics. They are where students are socializing and celebrating the end of a stressful day or a stressful week at high-quality social events. They are where students are engaging in meaningful service to the community outside of the Orange Bubble. The eating clubs are unique to Princeton, and they exemplify what is unique about Princeton — a sense of always being able to come home, whether you're just joining as a sophomore or are coming for your 50th Reunion.

Jean-Carlos Arenas '16, Former President of the Interclub Council, Former President of Charter Club

Eating clubs are places in which to find a home on campus. More than just a building to socialize in, they exist to create that feeling of family and acceptance – somewhere where you’re free to just be yourself, and relax into a community that accepts and loves you for you. Being in an eating club allows you to meet so many great people that otherwise you might never have met – people from backgrounds and cultures that differ greatly from your own, but who will nonetheless become some of your closest friends on campus. Being a part of one of these groups enables you to have a community that will always be yours, and that you will continue to be a part of long after you graduate. I find that in my own experience, I am constantly and unerringly amazed by the people I have met through my club, and by the sheer kindness with which everyone treats one another. I wouldn’t trade my eating club experience for anything in the world.

Conor O’Brien ’19, President of Charter Club

Welcome to the home of the Glorious Tiger Inn! Located at 48 Prospect St., the Tiger Inn (otherwise known as T.I) was established in 1890 and is the third oldest club on the street. The contributions of over a century of traditions and fiercely loyal alumni have resulted in an amazingly fun-loving and tightly knit community. Stop by this classic Tudor building any day of the week and you will find members and their guests enjoying a meal or sharing a drink in one of the most beautiful and welcoming spots on campus.

More About Tiger Inn

Facilities
 

Tiger Inn was designed by New York architect G. Howard Chamberlin, although Princeton myth credits Howard Crosby Butler, Class of 1892 (a founding member of Tiger Inn and Princeton’s first professor of architectural history) with its design.

According to the Daily Princetonian, it was modeled on a 15th- century inn located in the Chelsea section of London. The first story was constructed from sandstone from the same quarry that furnished the stone for Nassau Hall. The second and third stories, which overhang the entrance, were executed in the half- timbered style that is characteristic of England’s Tudor period.

The interiors continued the theme of the English inn throughout. The first floor contains a large stone fireplace (reputedly purchased from a manor house in Chester, England), extensive wood paneling, and a broad wooden staircase that leads to the library and other second-floor rooms. The dining room runs east- west across the back of the building. Mrs. T. Harrison Garrett, the widow of a Princeton trustee and mother of three of Princeton’s most prominent graduates of the 1890s, helped to finance these interior decorations.

Tiger Inn is the oldest continually occupied club on Prospect Avenue, and it was the first club to build in an explicitly “English” style. Within two years, Ivy would build in the fashion of a different, considerably more formal English inn. Yet the Tudor style did not reappear on Prospect Avenue until 1920, when Terrace Club remodeled its Colonial Revival house into a half- timbered “Tudor.”

Tiger Inn has recently finished renovating the club and has doubled the size of its dining hall as well as the tap room. Please stop by for a tour of our renovations as well as our library and pool room.

Food
We offer a very diverse menu with a couple weekly staples mixed in. With members only dinners on Monday and Wednesday nights consisting of club favorites such as fajitas and burgers, we also boast having the best salad bar on the street.
History

Tiger Inn, the third club to be founded at Princeton, began its existence in the University Cottage on University Place, which had recently been vacated by Cottage Club. The next year, it rented a clapboard house on William Street, where it stayed until 1895. In February 1895, Tiger Inn moved into a new building on the north side of Prospect Avenue, to the east of Ivy.

The full membership of the club, including all living alumni, have met four times to commemorate anniversaries of Tiger Inn. The highlight of the club’s fiftieth anniversary celebration was the publication of the club’s first official history, written by Charlie Mulduar and released in March 1940, just before America’s involvement in World War II. The club’s seventy-fifth anniversary was held on December 9, 1965, at the Hotel Roosevelt in New York. The celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Club began in 1988 with a small informal meeting of 40 alumni at the Princeton Club of New York who began to plan the Centennial celebrations. The Centennial Celebrations peaked with the Club’s Hundredth Anniversary Dinner held on October 20, 1990, at the Hyatt in Princeton, following which many of the alumni insisted on continuing celebrations at the clubhouse. The Centennial celebrations were concluded by the subsequent publication of the second club history entitled The Tiger Inn of Princeton, New Jersey, 1890–1997.  In February 2016, the Tiger Inn marked its 125th Anniversary with a Dinner held at the Westin in Princeton, followed by continued celebrations at the clubhouse.

About Tiger Inn

48 Prospect Avenue
609-924-9166 / 609-258-3494


Contacts

Grad Board Chair: Hap Cooper
Club Manager: Chef Bob Belsky
Business Manager: Julia Doemland


 

Undergraduate Officers

Club President: Jake Rodgers
Vice President and Bicker Chair: Demetra Yancopoulos



Total club members:

189


Club Dues

Juniors/Seniors: $9500

Sophomore (spring) dues: $950
2 Meals/week, Full Social Membership


Shared Meal Plans Available:

7



Meals & Menu

Monday-Friday:
Breakfast (8:00 – 10:00)
Lunch (11:30 – 1:30)
Dinner (5:30 – 8:00)

Weekend:
Brunch (11:30 – 1:30)
Dinner (5:30 – 7:30)




Community Service, Sustainability & Improvements

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