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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: It's hard to find parties unless you're in Greek Life.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Different social groups have their own parties.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: Small school= not that many new people to meet

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I dont' know I don't participate

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I'm not much of a crazy night life person. If you go for a drive, there is Atomic Ballroom, but nearby I don't think there are very many places that stay open past 11.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 233rd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 563rd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1137th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Esposito
Seattle, Wash.
Public Relations/Advertising & French Language
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The nightlife in Orange is mediocre. The biggest attractions are the bars and house parties, which students go to every week. The most popular bar for Chapman students is The District Lounge, a five-minute walk from campus. For students who are under 21 and still want to have fun within walking distance, fraternities and sports teams throw house parties very close by. But, the bar and party scene can get old fast—bars often feature the same crowd, and house parties usually get broken up early in the night. 

Luckily, Los Angeles is just a drive away and offers a much more vibrant and energetic party scene. Students can spend the day shopping or exploring Los Angeles, and then hit the club scene at night. Although Hollywood clubs can be pretty expensive, students enjoy the night-long dance parties and LA atmosphere. Students can also head to Disneyland to watch the fireworks show. Another popular alternative is going to the Irvine Spectrum Center to have dinner and see a movie or do some late-night shopping.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Los Angeles
  • Newport Beach
  • The Orange Circle
Other Places to Check Out
  • Alcatraz Brewing Co.
  • Extreme Bar & Grill
  • FOX Sports Grill
  • Marty's Cocktail Lounge
Local Specialties
The Birthday Shot: Paul's Cocktails offers one of the strongest shots in Orange County for a birthday boy or girl. The Birthday Shot consists of Bacardi 151, Jagermeister, and Rumplemintz.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • King's cup
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Paul's Cocktails
Organization Parties
Chapman's Students for Social Life club is dedicated to bringing more on-campus weekend activities. Its most popular event has been a neon party held in the cafeteria.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Mood has a cozy lounge area and friendly bartenders and DJs. The music is always upbeat and different, and the DJ will play anything you request. The best part is you can get in for free before 10:30 p.m.

6623 Hollywood Blvd. at Cherokee


(323) 464-6663


Vanguard is a 21+ club that plays mostly techno music. It is very expensive with a high cover charge and overpriced drinks. But, the 20,000-foot dance floor is one of the biggest in Hollywood, and guests can dance the night away until 2 a.m. The outdoor patio and balcony are a perfect place to people-watch and take a break from dancing.

6021 Hollywood Blvd.


(323) 463-3331


Avalon is an 18+ nightclub that features two dance floors and a full stage for live bands and DJs. There are multiple rooms and a wide variety of music. The drinks are reasonably priced and the bartenders are very friendly. On Thursdays, Avalon transforms into Tiger Heat, a gay night club. On Friday nights, it becomes After Dark, the only after-hours nightclub in Hollywood.

1735 N. Vine St.


(323) 462-8900


Element is like one big dance party. It plays hip-hop, reggae, and old rock 'n' roll music to energize the crowd. There are always professional photographers, so everyone always dresses up to look their best. Some B-list actors and reality stars have been spotted at Element, so be sure to look around and see who is dancing next to you.

1642 Las Palmas Ave.


(323) 460-4632

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

JT Schmid's Restaurant and Bar

JT Schmid's has an energetic feel perfect for sports fans and large groups. You can watch your favorite team play on plasma televisions or listen to rock 'n' roll outdoors during the summer.

2610 E. Katella Ave.


(714) 634-9200

Paul's Cocktails

Paul's Cocktails is a perfect bar for college students. It has the cheapest drinks in the area, and it is walking distance from Chapman. Paul's has three pool tables, a jukebox, and an outdoor patio. The crowd at Paul's can be a little creepy, so definitely go with a group of friends.

207 W. Chapman Ave.


(714) 639-2480

Haven Gastropub

Haven has a very young and fun atmosphere. Its design is based on a traditional gastropub in London, complete with brick accents in the lounge. Haven's has a huge variety of beer and wine, along with unique cocktails. It also offers upscale comfort food in small portions.

190 S. Glassell St.


(714) 221-0680

The Auld Irisher

The Auld Irisher was Orange County's first authentic Irish pub and restaurant. Its interior was handcrafted in Dublin and is designed to recreate a pub shop. There is live Irish entertainment Thursday-Sunday that you can enjoy while drinking a pint of one of the 23 beers available.

1547 W. Katella Ave.


(714) 633-3192

The District Lounge

The District Lounge is a friendly neighborhood bar. The atmosphere is very casual and focuses on quality music and good food. The drinks are reasonably priced, and it is filled with college students Thursday-Saturday.

223 W. Chapman Ave.


(714) 639-7777

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

House parties

Fraternities and sports teams have parties every weekend that are within walking distance from the dorms.


Most student have an annual pass because Disneyland is a mere 10-minute drive from Chapman, and students go to Disneyland whenever they have a gap in their schedule. Since Disneyland doesn't close until 9 p.m., students can spend the entire day there and enjoy a late-night fireworks display.

1313 S. Harbor Blvd.



Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 67 responses

  • 7% There are no good options.
  • 42% Use a designated driver.
  • 6% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 16% Taxis.
  • 28% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 65 responses

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

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 68 responses

  • 7% Parties? What parties?
  • 12% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 47% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 31% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 3% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 7 responses

  • 67% Texting friends
  • 22% Facebook page
  • 11% Greek Life

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 9 responses

  • 100% Undie Run
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