Nightlife

Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
1,260
Tuition
$44,085
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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College Sophomore

Nightlife: CMC'ers can rage up to 4 nights a week, if you're into that, Otherwise it just gets annoying and the parties around you may distract you from your studies and can make it difficult to sleep at night.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: All there is to do is go out to the same party with the same people. Not much to do around the city itself.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The school has a very liberal alcohol policy. They have been steadily changing that however. With the new policy changes, parties are getting very stale, boring, lame, whatever you might call them but anything but fun.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: If you want to party, there is a party tuesday, thursday, friday, saturday. and one can usually find a party on one of the other 5c campuses on wednesday. Most people party on Thursday Friday and Sat though.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife is solely on campus and there really isn't much of a selection of parties. There is Thursday Night Club, occasional saturday parties and Tuesday Night beer pong but it gets really old after first semester freshman year. It's very repetitive and it's the same people 2-3x a week on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 98th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1243rd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1276th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Friede
Hometown
Philadelphia
Major
International Relations
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Nightlife at Claremont is kind of a love-hate affair. The student government (ASCMC) dedicates a lot of resources and energy to making nightlife fun for all, but people either love a Claremont party or hate it.

The people that love it enjoy free beverages and crazy themes. Every week, there is TNC (Thursday Night Club), and there are usually parties on either Friday or Saturday, as well. Drinks are free and easy to come by, which sets Claremont apart from most schools in the country. Students never have to worry about getting in trouble for having a good time, as long as they keep it under control.

Over-21 students may go to bars, but, for the most part, nightlife is on campus.
For those who don’t love a Claremont party, nightlife can be extremely limiting. There’s a small crowd of mostly upperclassmen who prefer the club scene in LA, where the nightlife is the best in the country. For those who don’t like to drink/party (the two go hand in hand here), it can be kind of tough. There are student organizations dedicated to dry activities, but they are sparsely attended. Stark, the only substance-free dorm on campus, has some movie nights and other activities, but, once again, not too many people go.
 

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
North Quad
Other Places to Check Out
  • Dave and Buster's
  • The Standard
  • Upland Bowl
  • The Yardhouse
Local Specialties
Jungle Juice :
Favorite Drinking Games
  • A$$hole
  • Beer Die
  • Beruit (aka Beer Pong)
  • Kings
  • Power Hour
  • Speed Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
www.yelp.com/c/claremont-ca/nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Parties on campus (they're free)

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Heroes

Heroes has the potential to be far and away the coolest place around-if only it stayed open later. It's a bar and grill in The Village, but it leans more towards the grill side. Still, the bar portion is great to pop into for a drink. Well, I suppose a 30-ounce beer requires more commitment than a simple pop in, but it would be hard to spend your whole night at Heroes. There are over 40 beers from around the world on tap, and you can order a big or a small (is that really an option?). It's a great place to catch a game or just hang out, although it's usually crowded with people waiting for a table, and it can be hard to get noticed.

131 N. Yale St.

(909) 621-6712

Friar Tuck's

Friar Tuck's is a pretty lowbrow bar, with a dirty feel and sticky seats. There are games like pool and darts, as well as a boxing ring stage for live bands. Happy hour has mediocre drink specials, although they do have free snacks like Pizza Pockets. It's not really worth the drive.

540 E. Foothill Blvd.

(909) 625-7265

Tequila Hoppers

Tequila Hoppers rocks. It's a great sports bar with great drink specials and waitresses who are easy on the eyes. There are TVs all over and lots of space to sit and watch a game. There are also games like remote poker and trivia, so you can play other people around the bar. They have 80 beers, over 50 types of tequila, and great drink specials on both. There are specials every night, and from 7 p.m. to close, they have deals like half-off food and drinks, $1 beers, $3 you-call-its. On Sundays during the football season, they have specials all day long while the games are on. At night, the place gets a little wilder with live DJs and lights, making it a bit more of a dance club atmosphere. At night, the clientele gets a little bit sketchy-daytime is definitely a little more enjoyable.

60 N. Mountain Ave.

(909) 985-9114

The Press

The Press is the only late-night venue in the Village, and it's pretty popular with students for that reason. It's classier than your typical college bar, but the prices are pretty good, and there is a variety of live music many nights. Happy hour is 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and every night from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m., with $4 well drinks, house wines, $3 pints, and $8 pitchers. The beer selection is limited, but quality. The Press is the other closest bar to campus: about a 10-minute walk through Pomona's campus. Some nights the music causes a cover charge, but this happens infrequently.

129 Harvard Ave.

(909) 625-4808

www.thepressrestaurant.com

The Buffalo Inn (The Buf)

The Buf has long been a student favorite for weekday happy hours (5 p.m.-7 p.m.) with delicious $2 hamburgers, homemade potato chips, and $7 pitchers with over 20 beers on tap. It's a cool bar to just sit in, an intimate little double-decker log cabin on the side of the road. When the weather is nice, there is outdoor seating around a big fire pit. The Buf is mostly a happy hour spot, but you can have a great party there or just a great meal (try the buffalo burgers).

1814 Foothill Blvd.

(909) 981-5515

Blackwatch

Classy is not the word to describe the Blackwatch, but if the 5Cs were to have a student bar, this would be it. It's dark, dingy, and one of the final rebellious outposts that allows smoking indoors. But make no mistake, the Blackwatch is a ton of fun. There's darts, pool, Deer Hunter, Ms. Pacman, a St. Patty's day countdown clock, and a crazy local cover band on Saturday nights. There aren't any specials to speak of, but prices are always right with $3-$5 pints and cheap pitchers every night. The Blackwatch is also one of only two bars within legitimate walking distance from campus, and although students rarely take advantage of this, it's a short seven-minute stumble home should you drink too much.

497 N. Central Ave.

(909) 981-6069

The Cellar

The Cellar is definitely the most chic place around with a cool bar, nice lounges, and a good dance floor. As is so often true, style comes at a price, and The Cellar is one of the more pricey bars around. Drink specials aren't anything special. Most people would advise you to go to LA for this kind of bar experience, although that is even more expensive.

195 N. Central Ave.

(909) 946-3604

The Bulldog Pub

Your typical pub, kinda far from campus and nothing special. It's not particularly popular with the students.

1667 N. Mountain Ave.

(909) 946-6614

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

Dinner in the Village or TNC

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 23 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 18 responses

  • 6% There are no good options.
  • 28% Use a designated driver.
  • 6% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 6% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 56% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% Parties? What parties?
  • 9% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 0% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 59% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 32% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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