Nightlife

Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
1,041
Tuition
$43,402
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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2 College Freshman

Nightlife: not great, i woud prefer school with frats

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: You gotta really search for something.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There's pretty much something going on Tuesday-Saturday at one of the Claremont Colleges. Also, Pitzer has a lot of off campus houses that consistently throw parties.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Being in the 5Cs is actually a huge advantage in terms of nightlife, because you can usually find something going on every night of the week. There is usually a 5C sponsored party on Saturday nights. Pitzer also has a few off campus houses where there are frequently parties.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: 5-C PARTIES ARE HIT/MISS, OFF CAMPUS KICKBACKS OWN

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 88th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 875th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1285th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Morgan Peterkin
Hometown
Greenwich, CT
Major
English and World Literature
Grad Year
2012
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Nightlife at Pitzer is generally a little tamer than at the other four Claremont Colleges. Parties tend to be held in dorm rooms and are typically low-key. On special occasions, though, Pitzer hosts big parties that invite students from the other colleges as well as anyone from the surrounding towns. Pitzer prides itself in the annual success of these parties, including events like Kohoutek and Reggae Fest. Students are not forced to stay on Pitzer's campus, however. The beauty of attending a college consortium is that you have the ability to attend parties at the other four colleges if the Pitzer party scene is not to your liking. There is usually at least one party happening every weekend, but there are often a few more. Pitzer also hosts parties at the Grove House called "Groove at the Grove," which is a weekly event. Themed parties are a favorite for students, and the other four colleges host many, including "The Seven Deadly Sins Party," "Toga Party," and "the Disney Party," to name a few.

Another advantage of attending school in Southern California is the accessibility to Los Angeles. Because Claremont is a very small town, it is easy to feel a little claustrophobic if you do not get off campus very often. Los Angeles is a prime destination for nightlife and is just a short Metrolink ride or drive into the heart of the city.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Claremont
  • Downtown LA
  • Hollywood
  • Pasadena
  • Silver Lake
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Back Abbey
  • Bar Noir at Maison 140
  • Broadway Bar
  • El Ranchero Restaurant
  • Friar Tuck's Bar & Grille
  • Heroes & Legends Bar & Grill
  • Library Bar
  • Mt. Baldy Lodge
  • The Press Restaurant
  • Trader Vic's
Local Specialties
Claremont Colleges Drinks: At the Claremont Juice Company in The Village, the small café has a refreshing smoothie for each school of the Claremont Colleges.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Boat races
  • The dice game
  • Flip cup
  • Kings
  • Power hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Weekend events email
  • www.la.com
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Tequila Hoppers
Organization Parties
Parties that are organized by the school are often well-planned and well-received by the students. A great deal of preparation goes into the parties, and the students play a big role in how they want the parties run. While alcohol may be provided, Pitzer does card, and those who are under 21 are not allowed to drink (although it isn't difficult to find someone to get you something). The organized parties are the most popular on Pitzer's campus, and it is because of these that most students remain on campus during the weekends.
Did You Know?
  • For most students, the weekend begins on Thursdays, due to most students not having Friday class. In general, Pitzer students tend to party on Thursday and Saturday nights, with a bit of downtime and study time in between.
  • Every fall, Pitzer holds Reggae Fest, the biggest Reggae festival west of the Mississippi. People from all over come to experience by far the biggest event of the year. In the spring, Pitzer also holds Kohoutek, a highly anticipated two-day music and arts festival.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

El Cid

This venue is famous for its flamenco shows. With a spicy Latin influence, this is a likely crowd-pleaser. This is a club/restaurant/bar all in one. It's in Hollywood and is famous for being one of the first soundstages in the area. Flamenco shows can sell out, so don't just show up. Tickets vary between $25 and $35, but these prices include a full dinner. There is free parking behind the venue.

4212 Sunset Blvd.

Silver Lake

(323) 668-0318

www.elcidla.com

Tigerheat

Tiger Heat is a great place for those who are not of age to get into the other LA clubs. Every Thursday night, there is a party that runs from 9:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., and anyone ages 18 and up is welcome. The DJ spins music ranging from Top 40 to various hip-hop mixes, and the club is a nice getaway from Claremont nightlife.

1735 Vine St.

Los Angeles

(323) 467-4571

www.clubtigerheat.com

Barcopa

This club is not well marked, as it has no sign. DJs spin hip-hop and soul amidst a laid-back and dimly-lit atmosphere. Most of the furniture looks expensive and modern, and it all takes on a dark hue. If you have a lot of people, you can call ahead and get a table. There is free parking available. If you like lounge clubs, this might be for you.

2810 Main St.

Santa Monica

(310) 452-2445

The Conga Room

This club, which is co-owned by Jennifer Lopez, is another salsa hot spot. The Conga Room features live music, good eats, and drinks. If you don't know how to salsa, it is no problem. Who knows-you might meet a nice person to learn with! Dress up-no tees and jeans. Valet parking is available.

800 W. Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles

(213) 745-0162

www.congaroom.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Pete's Café and Bar

During the day, this place is packed with suits on lunch breaks. At night, it's a place to get drinks and food with friends. It's nice for the designated driver because it's not just about drinking. It's a nice place, decorated well, and has a nice wait staff. Dress as you like, but remember-don't come here if you want to go wild. There is parking available for a fee.

400 S. Main St.

Los Angeles

(213) 617-1000

www.petescafe.com

Tequila Hoppers

This is the closest thing to off-campus nightlife without heading toward LA. They offer nightly specials, with cheap drinks and a party atmosphere. It can get wild depending on the night, so come prepared. Usually, students make a unified pilgrimage a few times a semester. There are specials every night of the week.

60 N. Mountain Ave.

Upland

(909) 985-9114

www.tequilahoppers.com

Joe Jost's

This is just a standard bar. Joe's offers a pool table and serves pickled eggs. If you are out at the beach and looking for a pit stop, you can check this place out. It closes at 11 p.m., so don't make this your destination for the night.

2803 E. Anaheim St.

Long Beach

(562) 439-5446

www.joejosts.com

Black Watch Pub

This is the epitome of local bars for Claremont students. Sometimes there is live music-on occasion even a band from Pitzer will play there. The previously infamous jam band Evergreen Playground played a gig or two here. Since then, they've graduated from Pitzer, leaving behind only their wonderful legacy and a connection between Pitzer students and the Black Watch. Come on Thursdays ("College Student Night") and let the good times roll.

497B N. Central Ave.

Upland

(909) 981-6069

The Hip Kitty

This is a great place for music, and it also has fondue!

502 W. First St.

Claremont

(909) 447-6700

www.hipkittyjazz.com

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

Whiskey a Go Go

This is a great place to go if you're under 21. There is live music, and if you're going with someone over 21, they do serve alcohol. It's a world-famous music venue and regularly has great shows. Parking is available behind the theater.

8901 W. Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood

(310) 652-4202

www.whiskyagogo.com

The Roxy

Similar to the Whiskey a Go Go, this place has excellent live music. If you're looking for a great night of live entertainment, check out who's playing. They usually have some good shows. There is parking available.

9009 W. Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood

(310) 278-9457

www.theroxyonsunset.com

The Cheesecake Factory

This place is great for dinner and dessert, and if you are going to Pasadena for the night, it can be a great place to start the evening. It is crowded and noisy, but with more than 200 menu selections and 50 types of cheesecake, this place is a must-try. It is more of a restaurant than a bar, but there's no better place for desserts. If you don't like cheesecake, you might consider going somewhere else. Parking is available.

2 W. Colorado Blvd.

Pasadena

(626) 584-6000

www.thecheesecakefactory.com

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 38 responses

  • 13% There are no good options.
  • 13% Use a designated driver.
  • 3% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 5% Public transportation.
  • 3% Taxis.
  • 63% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 50 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 40 responses

  • 2% Parties? What parties?
  • 8% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 5% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 80% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 5% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

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