Nightlife

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2 College Junior

Nightlife: It's different to typical colleges.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you want to party, then you can go make yourself a party. There aren't a lot of bars near Reed and no clubs. If you go to downtown portland, both can be found. Unless, you have a car or a friend who has a car going at at night to downtown portland would be inconvenient because the buses don't run that late and Reed does not offer any shuttles from there. Although, not a lot of people venture out to downtown portland for clubs and bars, mostly just concerts.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Variety of Parties, Both on an Off-Campus – Most weekends there's something pretty good going on, even though it's a small school. If you like to party hard, you can definitely do that. The school is not cliquey, but there are people who like to party more than others and who tend to hang out together. The school has little events fairly frequently that are pretty much completely organized by students, and there are house parties and shows too.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 499th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 577th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 873rd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ben DuPree
Hometown
Los Angeles, Calif.
Major
English
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Most Reedies do not have a strong grasp on Portland's nightlife. Since the Portland nightlife mostly hinges on being 21 or older, most Reedies either stay on campus, visit off-campus parties, or wait until they are 21 to fully peruse Portland's selections. Despite the age restrictions, Portland's club and concert scene doesn't fail to please. Portland offers numerous clubs with good drinks, live music, and all the dancing you could want.

If you aren't 21, then coffeehouses and other entertainment options are available, but they aren't as prevalent as the clubs, concert halls, and bars. Reedies, although generally preferring to party on or around campus, do occasionally leave the library to venture to a theater, coffeehouse, or around town. Additionally, students find that most non-club places (with a few coffeehouse exceptions) close rather early for their tastes, with many places shutting their doors between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. In all, nightlife exists in Portland, but it isn't as conducive to people under 21 as many Reedies would like.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • The Lutz Tavern
  • The Pub at the End of the Universe
Other Places to Check Out
  • Ambassador Restaurant & Lounge
  • The commercial district around Hawthorne Boulevard
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • The Portland Mercury
  • The Willamette Weekly
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Lutz Tavern
Organization Parties
Reedies know how to party on campus. Besides the occasional campus bonfire, numerous formals and balls occur throughout the year to satiate the on-campus partying needs; these include Winter Formal, Spring Formal, Harvest Ball, a Masquerade Ball, a Drag Ball, and a Fetish Ball. Additionally, after classes let out in the spring, the campus sponsors a three-day cathartic event called Renn Fayre, where the seniors celebrate the turning-in of their theses and everyone celebrates the end of classes.
Did You Know?
There are a few options if you're not 21 and seek a late-night treat and possibly some music. The Pied Cow is open late and has good ambiance. Additionally, there is the Rimsky-Korsakoffee House, which has live music, good treats for snacking, and an interesting bathroom.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Crystal Ballroom

The crystal ballroom hosts a plethora of concerts year-round. Many up-and-coming artists and established favorites play here.

1332 W. Burnside St.

Portland

(503) 225-0047

www.mcmenamins.com

Aladdin Theater and Performance Center

When many big-name artists come to Portland, they play at the Aladdin. The drinks are moderately-priced, and many Reedies frequent events here.

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave.

Portland

(503) 234-9694

www.aladdin-theater.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Pub at the End of the Universe

The Pub has cheap beer and is close to campus. Many Reedies enjoy getting a bit away and relaxing in whatever comfort can be found in a pub. There are pool tables and arcade-style games.

4107 SE 28th Ave.

Portland

(503) 235-0969

The Lutz Tavern

The preferred bar of 21-and-over Reedies, the Lutz offers very cheap Pabst Blue Ribbon beer ($1 per can). Also, there are pool tables and arcade-style games. The Lutz is near many Reed-friendly restaurants (the Delta), so an evening of hitting both the Lutz and these restaurants isn't uncommon.

4639 SE Woodstock Blvd.

Portland

(503) 774-0353

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 9 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 10 responses

  • 10% There are no good options.
  • 20% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 50% Public transportation.
  • 10% Taxis.
  • 10% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 0% Parties? What parties?
  • 38% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 12% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 50% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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