Nightlife

Location
Montclair, NJ
Undergrads
12,380
Tuition (in-state)
$20,136 ($11,058)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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College Junior

Nightlife: I have never gone to a bar or club near my school. Dorm parties are small and house parties get busted.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Night life can be fun if you know where to go. With the city being so close by there is almost an endless number of places to go. There are also regulars bars nearby that people who attend the school go to regularly.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't really participate in part of college life.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There's parties but some are further than others so cab expenses are high and sometimes cabs aren't reliable.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: I can't say much given the fact that I usually study.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 380th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 993rd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1227th
    Best Drink Prices

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Catherine Winters
Hometown
Branchburg, NJ
Major
English
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The town of Montclair is mostly older, wealthy people, so there aren't a ton of clubs here (plus, Montclair is not really a nightclub’s top location choice when they can just set up shop in the city, which is so close). Also, Montclair is not a college town, so there aren’t a lot of bars within walking distance of campus. You can always go into New York City or Newark, but public transportation stops running late at night, so you could get stuck there or end up paying a lot for a taxi ride back. The nearby clubs and bars are not super cheap, but there are a lot of places that offer drink specials; the website Awesomenj.com offers a pretty extensive list of drink specials in the area.

There are not a lot of house parties, or if there are, they aren't easy to randomly come across, since most student-owned houses are not nearby. There are parties in the dorms, and those are a bit easier to find. One reason the nightlife is so lackluster at Montclair is that the majority of the student body doesn't live on campus. Those students go home, or anywhere really, to party—they don't need bars or clubs to be close, so there aren't too many nearby.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Bloomfield Avenue
  • Hoboken
  • New York City
  • Newark
Other Places to Check Out
Wild Bull
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Flip cup
  • Kings
Useful Resources for Nightlife
awesomenj.com
Closing Time
3 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Just Jakes and Pub 46
Organization Parties
Organizations often have party like events, including dances. The organization parties are, of course, substance free. The Recreation Center has recently started offering a "dance club" on Friday nights. And once a semester the Student Government holds a big dance, which also has a bar if you are over 21.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Diva Lounge

It's has everything you need: dance floor, DJ, and drinks.

369 Bloomfield Ave.

Montclair

(973) 509-3000

XL Lounge

XL Lounge plays all kinds of music, from hip-hop to house music to Latin. There's a new, larger dance floor.

70 Jabez St

Newark

(973) 522-2045

www.xllounge.net

46 Lounge

This upscale lounge has a dance floor, outdoor patio, and a VIP area.

300 Route 46 East

Totowa

(973) 890-9699

www.46lounge.com

Bliss

This club describes itself as "Miami meets New York meets Las Vegas."

955 Allwood Rd.

Clifton

(973) 773-2110

www.blisslounge.net

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Pub 46

Some nights are 18+ here.

1081 Rt. 46 East

Clifton

(973) 473-8184

www.njpubs.com/pub46/46home.html

The Shannon Rose Irish Pub

Nightly events include trivia night, college night, and happy hours.

98 Kingsland Rd.

Clifton

(973) 284-0200

theshannonrose.com

Six Brothers Diner

Yeah, it's a diner, but it's a diner with alcohol.

Route 46 East

Little Falls

(973) 256-2510

www.sixbrothersdiner.net

The Office Beer Bar & Grill

This is a nice restaurant and bar that has lots of specials.

619 Bloomfield Ave.

Montclair

(973) 783-2929

www.office-beerbar.com

Alexus Steakhouse &Tavern

There's a late-night happy hour from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

955 Valley Rd.

Clifton

(973) 746-6600

alexussteakhouse.com

Great Notch Inn

This is a biker bar.

400 Rt. 46 East

Little Falls

(973) 256-7742

www.myspace.com/greatnotchinn

Just Jakes

There are daily specials here, including two-for-one bottle beers during happy hour.

30 Park St.

Montclair

(973) 655-8987

www.justjakes.com

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

The Office Beer Bar & Grill

This bar has a trivia night on Thursdays. It's fun even if you can't drink.

619 Bloomfield Ave.

Montclair

(973) 783-2929

www.office-beerbar.com

Bliss

There are 18+ nights here.

955 Allwood Rd.

Clifton

(973) 773-2110

www.blisslounge.net

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 104 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 99 responses

  • 5% There are no good options.
  • 32% Use a designated driver.
  • 20% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 21% Public transportation.
  • 17% Taxis.
  • 4% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 100 responses

  • 40% Parties? What parties?
  • 20% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 20% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 16% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 4% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 15 responses

  • 44% The Village
  • 31% NJIT
  • 12% Nearby clubs.
  • 6% Alexus
  • 6% Rugby house

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 20 responses

  • 50% Mglow
  • 40% Homecoming
  • 10% Halloween

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