Nightlife

Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
5,834
Tuition
$39,125
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Nightlife: LMU located in Los Angeles, so always alot to do at school and outside

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always something to do!

College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't go to parties.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Being a girl helps a lot. You definitely need to know people to get to the good parties, but once you do, they're all pretty fun.

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2 College Junior

Nightlife: There is no on-campus nightlife.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 252nd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1051st
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1112nd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Zacrie L. Scott
Hometown
Long Beach, CA
Major
English
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If you are over twenty-one, the city offers an incredible list of hot spots frequented by Hollywood's A-list. While you may not get into the VIP room without a famous friend, there is still a good time to be had at many unique places in the city. Sunset Strip and Hollywood Boulevard feature a ton of clubs, from dancing to DJs. Closer to home, try Santa Monica and West Los Angeles. Although you may not run into the rich and famous in Santa Monica, you can party with surfers and other college kids just coming off the beach. Bring a friend; some areas of Hollywood and Sunset are pretty seedy.

Some LMU students who are under twenty-one obtain a fake ID, while others check out the under-twenty-one nights at some popular LA spots. The Roxy is open to all ages, so drop in to this legendary club, and you may see the Osbournes. Other spots like Level 3 throw special parties for adults under twenty-one. Los Angeles offers plenty of other options like cozy beachfront cafés and first-rate comedy clubs. Regardless of age, there are plenty of restaurants open late for the midnight crowd. If you're bored in LA, you just aren't trying hard enough. Web sites, city guides, and the phone book provide excellent listings of unusual events.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Hollywood
  • Santa Monica
  • Sunset Boulevard
Student Favorites
  • Circle Bar
  • The Space
  • Sugar
Other Places to Check Out
  • ACME Comedy Theatre
  • The Comedy Store
  • The Groundlings
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Century Club
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • www.goldstarevents.com
  • www.la.com
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Alibi Room QC2020
Organization Parties
One of the most popular ways to party is to hop on a chartered bus with a bunch of other LMU students. These bus parties take students to LA clubs for a night of dancing. Most students show up drunk and come home drunker. Associated Students of LMU also features events like Madness @ Midnight to get students involved in some on-campus socializing. Also, events like the Sunset Concert bring great bands to campus.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

King King

This large loft space features red brick walls, exposed ceiling, and velvet curtains. A large bar sits in the center of the club along with low sofas. King King features live music, DJs, and dancing. Parking is free, and the cover runs from $5-$10.

6555 Hollywood Blvd.

Los Angeles

(323) 960-9234

Level 3

Formerly the underage club One Seven, Level 3 is all grown up. The club features a real bar, beds, and a sophisticated menu. Level 3 features DJs and live bands playing hip-hop and house. Under 21? Check out KIIS FM's Club DV8 on Saturdays. The cover is $10-$20.

Hollywood and Highland Complex

(323) 461-2017

Joseph's Café

Populated by actors, models, and pop-stars, including Britney Spears, Jospeh's has been around since the `40s and still holds its charm. Be prepared to wait in line unless you show up with Britney herself.

1775 Ivar Ave.

Hollywood

(323) 462-8697

Ivar

There is always a line to enter this industrial club in Hollywood. The décor is edgy, softened somewhat by orange vinyl couches. Guys buy tables, or "pods," to attract younger patrons with drinks. Tables require a two-bottle minimum at $250 a bottle. DJs and live bands play a variety of music. $20 cover charge and valet parking.

6356 Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood

(323) 465-4827

Jewel's Catch One

The Catch features salsa, hip-hop, and house for a mostly lesbian crowd. Madonna threw her launch party for "Music" here. Free parking in the club lot. Sunday is 18-and-up night.

4067 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles

(323) 734-8849

www.jewelscatchone.com

The Viper Room

The Viper Room is still legendary in Hollywood. River Phoenix overdosed here, and Tommy Lee assaulted a photographer. Johnny Cash, Courtney Love, and Lenny Kravitz played a set in the Viper Room, and more stars show up. If you're over 21, this place should be on your list for its history alone.

8852 Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood

(310) 358-1880

Zanzibar

This Moroccan-themed club features Los Angeles DJs spinning electronica. Zanzibar features a wraparound bar and a list of DJs worth checking out for those twenty-one and over. Arrive early to beat the long line. Cover varies, and payment is cash only.

1301 5th St.

Santa Monica

(310) 451-2221

www.zanzibarlive.com

QC2020

This state-of-the-art dance club channels Vegas with two dance floors, plasma screens, and a glass bottom go-go cage. Arrive early on most nights, and they'll waive the cover. QC2020 features a secure parking lot.

901 Via San Clemente

Montebello

(323) 724-4500

Prey

Slick club featuring top promoters. Thursdays are Club Twist, and Saturdays are Club Prey. Parking is valet, and the cover is $10-$20 unless you are on the guest list.

643 N. La Cienega Blvd.

Los Angeles

(310) 652-2012

Privilege

Formerly Shelter, Privilege is a trendy club that reinvents itself every few months to keep up with the LA club scene. There is typically a long line unless you show up for dinner at 8 p.m. Club doors open at 9:30 p.m.

8117 Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood

(323) 654-0030

Club 7969

A spacious dance floor draws party-goers to Club 7969. Here, exiciting events happen throughout the week. Male dancers on stage on Saturday, topless female cabaret dancers on Thursdays, and there are transgendered nights on Mondays and Tuesdays. Cover is from $10-$15.

7969 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles

(323) 654-0280

Dragonfly

Dragonfly is definitely unique. It features an eclectic mix of rock and reggae, live music, and dancing. Valet and street parking. Cover varies.

6510 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles

(323) 466-3416

www.dragonfly.com

Circus Disco

This is an LA hotspot with a cost of anywhere from $3-$25. The huge club is housed under a 20,000 square foot big-top tent. Both valet and street parking are available.

6655 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles

(323) 462-1291

2020

Formerly the Space, 2020 features Top 40 hits and 1980's music. Friday features the band Fast Times, while Saturdays feature current pop. The parking is valet, but the covers are cheap: $5 on Fridays and $5-$10 on Saturdays.

2020 Wilshire Blvd.

Santa Monica

(310) 829-1933

Circle Bar

One of the hottest and trendiest nightclubs in Santa Monica. Circle Bar is not low-key; the dance floor is typically packed with drunk college kids over twenty-one. It's crowded, so there may be a wait to get in. There is no cover charge.

2926 Main St.

Santa Monica

(310) 450-0508

Gabah

Gabah is a mellower hip-hop club in East Hollwood. Watch out for an unannounced visit from the Black-Eyed Peas.

4658 Melrose Ave.

Los Angeles

(323) 664-8913

Gotham Hall

Situated on the Third Street Promenade, Gotham Hall is huge and can satisfy any craving. It features a restaurant with pool tables and large screen TVs, a club, and dance floors. DJs spin hip-hop, house, and reggae. Arrive before 9:30 p.m. for free drinks in the main bar and free admission. Lot parking is available, and the cover charge varies.

1431 Third St.

Santa Monica

(310) 394-8865

Forbidden City

Forbidden City features Asian décor with a moderately-priced Chinese menu. The club features a lounge, open-air patios, and a VIP area. There is no cover charge, but the "first come, first serve" policy means you will have to wait in line. Metered street parking, valet, and lot.

1718 Vine St.

Hollywood

(323) 461-2300

El Centro

Covered in black paint and bearing no sign, El Centro is a unique spot in a shady area of Hollywood. Thursday is the choice night for celebs like Kelly Osbourne to pop in, but if you don't have the right connections, it is nearly impossible to get in. Monday and Tuesday nights are free. On Thursday nights, unless you show up with Paris Hilton, bring your wallet to bribe the doorman.

6202 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles

(323) 871-2462

El Cid

El Cid features live DJs, alternative bands, brunch fashion shows, and salsa music. Grab a booth at El Cid, and maybe spot Jack Black. Street parking and a free lot. $27 cover on flamenco night.

4212 Sunset Blvd.

Silver Lake

(323) 668-0318

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Lounge 217

Close to the Third Street Promenade, Lounge 217 features dancing and drinks. The cover is expensive, but it is possible to get into the VIP lounge.

217 Broadway

Santa Monica

(310) 394-6336

The Laugh Factory

Since 1979, some of the biggest names in comedy performed here at the Laugh Factory. Some notable performers include Jerry Seinfeld, Rodney Dangerfield, and the Wayans brothers. Tickets run from $12-$15, and valet parking ranges from $5.25-$6.25.

8001 W. Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood

(323) 656-1336

www.laughfactory.com

Temple Bar

A variety of live music is the first reason to hit Temple Bar. The Asian-themed décor mixes with live world music, hip-hop, or billiards. The bar is for 21 and over, and the cover varies.

1026 Wilshire Blvd.

Santa Monica

(310) 393-6611

Rusty's Surf Ranch

Ocean Avenue too upscale? Check out Rusty's on Santa Monica Pier, but watch out for the tourists. Rusty's features a full menu, live music, and karaoke. Parking is $8.

256 Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica

(310) 393-7386

Cameo Bar at Viceroy Hotel

Cameo Bar is not your typical beachside bar. This bar is definitely more luxurious and expensive. It features a full menu, swimming pool, and outdoor lounge. There is a charge for valet parking.

1819 Ocean Ave.

Santa Monica

(310) 451-8711

Busby's

This sports bar pleases a wide range of patrons. Happy hour brings in local businessmen for free snacks and discounted drinks, but after 9 p.m., surfers and college students pour in for the hip-hop and house music. There are also free pool tables and backgammon. There is a $10 cover after 9 p.m. from Thursday-Saturday.

3110 Santa Monica Blvd.

Santa Monica

(310) 828-4567

Good Hurt

Only in LA will you find a bar based entirely on a medical theme. Waitresses dressed up like nurses serve drinks called Black and Blue or Transfusion. Although the bar features first-aid kits for decoration, it lacks the bright lights of an emergency room.

12249 Venice Blvd.

Los Angeles

(310) 390-1076

Chez Jay's

Locals favor this beachside bar's nautical theme, complete with mounted fish. Celebs like Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando once frequented Jay's, but now you're more likely to spot George Clooney. Less upscale than Cameo Bar up the street, Chez Jay's appeal is in the relaxed atmosphere.

1657 Ocean Ave.

Santa Monica

(310) 395-1741

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 58 responses

  • 2% There are no good options.
  • 55% Use a designated driver.
  • 17% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 19% Taxis.
  • 7% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 51 responses

Very poor
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  • 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 57 responses

  • 7% Parties? What parties?
  • 14% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 42% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 37% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

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