Nightlife

Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
1,589
Tuition
$41,438
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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2 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: It's too much of a bubble on campus. There are very little options

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Almost every single party is on one of the 5c campuses or within 2 miles of campus. All the parties pretty much revolve around campus so there is almost no need to go off campus to clubs and bars. The on campus parties will keep you plenty entertained for a while.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you are into nightlife, it is certainly there. Some complains include seeing the same people over and over (since the 5C community is small) and the average-ness of the party.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I will not speak of the party culture because I have not partaken in it at all. Nor do I go clubbing. There is a lot happening on campus that I can still go to, however, especially on the weekends. On one Saturday, there were almost 10 different non-party things happening all one one night- NoChella (an alternative music festival at Pomona), an orchestra at the Scripps Garrison Theater, an arts showcase called Decay, Asian American Mentoring Program Snack, Biffle Night sponsored by That Saturday Group, a 47 Things Trip, Salsa Night at the Edmunds Ballroom, a talk about the exotification of women by the Women's Union, and a lacrosse game at the field behind the Rains Gymnasium. I often find myself frustrated with all of the things that I want to go to and the necessities demanded by academics here. Nightlife during the weekdays is pretty much non-existent for the non-party person, but this isn't a huge loss because most people are studying anyway. However, most of the academic events, like workshops and discussions, happen in the evening on weekdays.

The Claremont Village offers almost nothing to Pomona students in terms of nightlife. You can watch a movie at Laemmle or get some Froyo at Yogurtland...that's pretty much it.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: Most parties are 5-C, meaning that even though it may be a party on Claremont McKenna, students from any of the Claremont Colleges may attend. All parties at Pomona must be registered and are not allowed during finals week, Reading Days, of the weekend in between. All parties at Pomona will have campus security present to keep an eye on things but will not do anything about underage drinking unless they are put specifically in charge of handing out drinks or whatever.
I don't go to parties, and I don't drink, but there are other options put on by That Saturday Group.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 204th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 925th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1170th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Pomona is one of the happiest colleges in the country. There are those who credit this to the somewhat astronomical amount of free beer available on campus. Religion may or may not be the opiate of the masses, but it's pretty clear that free beer is the opiate of the college student. The beer is distributed five or six nights a week to anybody with a valid or well-faked ID. As for the Village, there are two bars: Heroes, "where good friends meet," and Pizza N Such, which tries pretty hard to cater to college students and actually has a full bar (but isn't the best place to get crazy drunk, as there are often families in there eating pizza). And of course, there's always LA.

If you don't have very stringent expectations for your nightlife, Pomona will do just fine. There are tons of parties (especially with the other four colleges right there) and a ton of alcohol, dancing, and hooking up. Sometimes, though, this can be a little tiresome. At Pomona, even the most easily-entertained and creative students will eventually run out of options for entertainment. Fortunately, history repeats, and in the grand recourse of Pomona College, all old things shall be made new again. Or whatever.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Anywhere off of Foothill Boulevard
  • Los Angeles
Student Favorites
  • The Blackwatch Pub
  • Friar Tucks Bar & Grille
  • Pomona parties
Other Places to Check Out
Bars and clubs in Los Angeles
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Boat Race
  • Caps
  • Flip cup
Useful Resources for Nightlife
gocalifornia.about.com/cs/nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Black Watch Pub
Organization Parties
Although occasionally hosted by non-college-affiliated organizations, desert parties involve a huge generator and a DJ, and all-night-long rave music in the uninhabited, deep desert. Drug use is common, but certainly not required. However, before heading out to the back country, remember that running around in the desert at night in your right mind can get pretty old when you're freezing and hungry to begin with, then boiling and burning and starving, and your ride is having such an excellent time that he can't exactly find it in his heart to head back until every other saggy-eyed, sand-chapped hippie has left. Harwood Halloween used to be held in the Harwood courtyard and was consistently ranked among Playboy magazine's top 10 college parties. Now, it's held up on North Campus and gets shut down within a half an hour nearly every year. The problem is that Pomona gets a big-name band and gives them a big-time sound system, and the quiet, early-to-bed Claremont residents get big-time angry.
Did You Know?
In terms of activities for underagers, sit at home and cry into your nonalcoholic near-beer. Or you could take part in one of the myriad nonalcoholic activities and events at Pomona. There isn't any shortage.

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 are expensive, but include a full dinner. There is free parking behind the venue.

4212 Sunset Blvd.

Silver Lake

(323) 668-0318

www.elcidla.com

Barcopa

This club is not well marked, as it has no sign. DJs spin hip-hop and soul in 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

www.barcopa-la.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Heroes Restaurant

As popular for their food as their drinks, Heroes is a great spot to kick back and watch sports, and they even sell bagged peanuts like you're at the ballgame.

131 Yale Ave.

Claremont

(909) 621-6712

The Hi Brow

Hi Brow is Pomona's basic dive bar, and all Pomona students probably pass through these doors at one time or another. It is one of the last bars in California in which you can still smoke.

547 E. Foothill Blvd.

Pomona

(909) 626-9340

www.hibrowsportsbars.com/

Black Watch Pub

Black Watch is very popular with the Pomona crowd, primarily because of the large tap selection and live local bands.

497 N. Central Ave.

Upland

(909) 981-6069

www.theblackwatchpub.com

Friar Tucks Bar & Grille

Friar Tucks is also a good place to catch live bands, both local bands and smaller national ones.

540 E. Foothill Blvd.

Pomona

(909) 625-7265

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 14 responses

  • 21% There are no good options.
  • 14% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 29% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 36% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 13 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 15 responses

  • 0% Parties? What parties?
  • 7% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 13% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 60% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 20% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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