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3 College Student

Nightlife: Study first is the motto.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: It exists, but it's mainly just frats. Not much else to do if you are against frats until you get to know other people on campus and some of the smaller events that might be going on.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The main nightlife at Stanford is found on the row or in houses on campus. If you're over 21 you can try the bar/club scene in Palo Alto or in San Francisco, but both are kind of a hike from Stanford late at night. I enjoy the options, although the frats can get a little old after a while. For freshman, though they're really fun.

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Most of the nightlife on campus simply occurs at the frats.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: On campus parties are pretty great, the Row always has something happening, plus the self-op and language house parties on weeknights are great (Beer and Pretzels, Wine and Cheese, etc). There's really no bar scene for college students in Palo Alto, though, but the on-campus alcohol policy is so lax that it doesn't really matter.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 181st
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1191st
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 1258th
    Best Drink Prices

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alexandria Butler
St. Louis, MO
Communications, Spanish
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Most of the Stanford experience revolves around on-campus activities. On any given weekend, there are many popular parties on campus, especially in Greek houses. There are also many house parties and/or progressives. Many Stanford students hang out with their small groups of friends on Saturdays and Sundays before going out to major parties.  

Students are usually satisfied with the campus nightlife, and when it gets old, students go into the city, on occasion, to experience a new atmosphere. It is true that Stanford's spring quarter is the best quarter for nightlife and parties. There is something to do almost every day of the week, and it always involves something exciting and fun.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Castro Street in San Francisco
  • Downtown Palo Alto
  • The Haight in San Francisco
  • The Mission in San Francisco
  • SOMA in San Francisco
Other Places to Check Out
  • B412
  • British Bankers Club
  • Club Illusions
  • Fanny & Alexander Restaurant
  • Island Grill
  • Joya Restaurant & Lounge
  • The Old Pro
  • Rose & Crown English Pub & Restaurant
  • The Rose and Crown English Pub & Restaurant
Local Specialties
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.: Sierra Nevada beer is brewed in Chico, Calif.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games
  • Century club
  • Power hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Any major happy hour in Palo Alto
Organization Parties
Frats and sororities throw a lot of parties on the weekends.
Did You Know?
Every Thursday night is "Senior Night" at Stanford. The senior class picks an off-campus location and hosts a party for seniors only. Some weeks, these nights are at casual bars, while other weeks, seniors dress up and wine and dine at five-star restaurants in the city. The senior class also organizes and subsidizes bus rides to get to and from the event.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

The Edge

The Edge features hip-hop and house music and occasional live bands, which have included acts such as Alien Ant Farm. It's 21-and-over, except on Tuesdays.

260 S. California Ave.

Palo Alto

(650) 321-6464

Yoshi's Oakland

Yoshi's features world-class, live jazz performances. Come early and eat some sushi at the adjoining Japanese restaurant.

510 Embarcadero West

Jack London Square, Oakland

(510) 238-9200

1015 Folsom

A very popular nightclub with multiple levels and rooms, 1015 features celebrity DJs and is right in the middle of the SOMA (South of Market) club scene.

1015 Folsom St.

San Francisco

(415) 431-1200

DNA Lounge

One of SF's more colorful night scenes, DNA Lounge features electronic music, wild lights and visual displays, and fluorescent-costumed dancers.

375 Eleventh St.

San Francisco

(415) 626-1409

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Oasis Beer Garden

The Oasis has cheap pitchers and features great food, like hamburgers and pizza.

241 El Camino Real

Menlo Park

(650) 326-8896

Rudy's Pub

The sign above the door reads, "Cheap food, warm beer, lousy service."

117 University Ave.

Palo Alto

(650) 329-0922


Nola serves South American and Pacific Rim-style food in addition to its bar area.

535 Ramona St.

Palo Alto

(650) 328-2722

Antonio's Nut House

The Nut House is dark and somewhat dirty, with peanut shells all over the floor. It has pool and a jukebox, and serves decent Mexican food.

321 California Ave.

Palo Alto

(650) 321-2550

The Dutch Goose

Another dimly-lit bar with the names of Stanford students carved into every table. Try the deviled eggs.

3567 Alameda de las Pulgas

Menlo Park

(650) 854-3245

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 52 responses

Very poor
  • 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 54 responses

  • 9% There are no good options.
  • 22% Use a designated driver.
  • 28% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 7% Public transportation.
  • 2% Taxis.
  • 31% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 54 responses

  • 2% Parties? What parties?
  • 9% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 44% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 41% 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 6 responses

  • 83% The Row - Greek houses, self-ops, plus out at EBF
  • 17% Off Campus Houses

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Exotic Erotic, plus all of Spring Quarter
  • 20% Party at Parker Sedwick's House
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