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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Honestly, most students spend every moment at school, working on their projects. But with this work hard attitude, the play hard parties are often big block parties that encompass several houses, or take place in an old warehouse with loads of christmas lights. Its not exactly easy to define, but if you look for it, it can be pretty fun.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: Honestly, I don't go out much in San Francisco. I prefer to just stay in and relax. That being said, transportation in the city is great for nightlife.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Nightlife at CCA is great because you are in San Francisco. There are so many great bars around. Close to school is a dive bar called Thee Parkside as well as a music venue called Bottom of the Hill. When you get out of the CCA bubble, there is all that there is in places such as SOMA or the Mission. Popular places frequented by CCA students are bars such as Dear Mom, Homestead, Southern Pacific, or Latin American Club. And there is SO much more to explore.

In terms of parties, those are pretty much explored through word of mouth, so make lots of friends! Also, SF has a good culture of underground parties and DJ venues, so keep your eyes peeled!

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: People at CCA like to crash frat parties at UC Berkeley and we have a few house and dorm parties every now and then but most people just find something to do or they send the night in San Francisco to party. Things get pretty crazy and it's a great experience.

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College Junior

Nightlife: I do not part take in night life activities or actual club-drinking places. Therefore, I don't know any night life places. However, there is a bar near the school within a walking distance. But there are many restaurants near the school.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 444th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 929th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1062nd
    Best Drink Prices

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Maria Vaza-Kaczynski
Pacifica, Calif.
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For the best non-school-oriented social activities, head to College Avenue, which has plenty of bars, restaurants, and stores. You will find many unique places here that help define Rockridge, the Oakland neighborhood where CCA is situated. Telegraph Avenue also has plenty of options for nightlife. And, of course, San Francisco has a wealth of options, whether you’re looking for a bar, a sporting event, a concert, shopping, or just people-watching.

CCA also offers some activities that focus less on partying, and more on gatherings or games. For example, “Assassin” is a live-action game where you pick someone to follow and try to “assassinate” using mock weapons. There is also “Ninja Capture the Flag,” where students dress in all black, go out late at night, and play capture the flag. There are many of these types of activities offered by the school that go on throughout the year.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • College Avenue
  • San Francisco
  • Telegraph Avenue
  • UC Berkeley
Local Specialties
Mai Tai: Invented in Oakland, the Mai Tai is made with rum and various syrups.
Favorite Drinking Games
Beer Pong
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Ruby Room

Club ListingsWhat's This?

The Uptown

Uptown is a music venue, where the drinks and shows are reasonably priced.

1928 Telegraph Ave.


(510) 451-8100

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Mars Bar & Restaurant

The patio here is a popular gathering spot in the summer. There are weekly happy hour specials, and Wednesday is Pizza and Beer Night.

798 Brannan St.

SoMa, San Francisco

(415) 621-6277

The Ruby Room

This dimly lit spot can be called by a "dive" by some, but it has affordable drinks and pool tables.

132 14th St.

Lake Merritt

(510) 444-7224

Wood Tavern

This restaurant has a great wine list and various specialty cocktails.

6317 College Ave.


(510) 654-6607

The Graduate

This bar has a relaxed atmosphere and free popcorn.

6202 Claremont Ave.


(510) 655-8847

Barclays Restaurant & Pub

There are 30 beers on tap here, and you can find that day's list on the website.

5940 College Ave.


(510) 654-6150

Ben & Nick's Bar & Grill

Ben & Nick's has a wide variety of beers on tap and Trivia Night every Tuesday.

5612 College Ave.


(510) 923-0327

George & Walts

This sports bar has pool tables, TVs, a fireplace, and reasonably priced drinks.

5445 College Ave.


(510) 653-7441

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Tilden Park

Tilden Park has a golf course and hiking trails.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 12 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 11 responses

  • 18% There are no good options.
  • 9% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 64% Public transportation.
  • 9% Taxis.
  • 0% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 40% Parties? What parties?
  • 20% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 20% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 20% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.


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