Nightlife

Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
27,365
Tuition (in-state)
$35,570 ($12,692)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Though I do not partake in it, I have heard that the night life at UCLA is quite popular.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Great parties. Just walk in to one and you feel welcome. The guys are social and love to meet new girls.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: At UCLA, if you want to party, it's not hard to find one. You can visit a frat provided you know a brother, or tag along to an apartment party. You can go to a nearby bar, or a nearby club in Los Angeles. There are also bars in Santa Monica. The Greek life here is prominent and popular.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: You will rarely find yourself bored.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Lots of places to go out and eat.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 40th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 345th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1334th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Suzy Strutner
Hometown
Newport Beach, Calif.
Major
Communication Studies
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There seems to be a party for everyone on and around campus. Between frats, athlete houses, apartments, and dorms, weekends offer a plethora of red-cup opportunities. For underclassmen, the allure of frats and wild apartment parties are major draws, although only girls can truly float freely between gatherings. Guys may have a tougher time being allowed into parties with which they're not affiliated, so Westwood bars become a popular resort. The Village's two breweries are cozy and cheap getaways for upperclassmen, and it's a guarantee that you'll find a solid half of your Facebook friends milling about by the bar.

As far as off-campus entertainment, downtown clubs are only a costly cab ride or sober driver away. Most are pricey with long lines, but deep-pocketed upperclassmen often venture to the Sunset Strip with success. If trendy clubs aren't your thing, there are plenty of diversions, galleries, jumbo cinemas, and outdoor malls to hold your interest by night.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Melrose
  • Santa Monica
  • Sunset Strip
  • West Hollywood
Student Favorites
  • Maloney's
  • Tengu
  • Westwood Brew Company
Other Places to Check Out
  • Hollywood Canteen
  • Saddle Ranch
  • The Sunset Room
Local Specialties
Microbrews from Westwood Brewing Company:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • Card games
  • Century Club
  • Flip Cup
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • www.groovetickets.com
  • www.la.com/nightlife
  • www.lanightlife.com
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
O'Hara's
Organization Parties
The UCLA Party Network is a campus organization run by some savvy students who arrange for entrance into LA's nightclubs for groups of Bruins who pay a modest fee. Hummer limos are the usual method of transport for these Thursday night excursions.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Spaceland

Spaceland is the destination for techno and house beats, as well as up-and-coming local bands, which debut here almost nightly.

1717 Silverlake Blvd.

Silver Lake

(310) 661-4380

www.clubspaceland.com

The Viper Room

The Viper Room has a more upscale vibe than the typical student dive, but the club's killer drinks and often killer alternative bands are worth the extra buck.

8852 W. Sunset Blvd.

Downtown LA

(310) 358-1881

viperroom.com

Whiskey A Go Go

This cozy venue is a jumping-off point for dozens of local bands, and a ticket and drink won't cost upwards of $20. Although it's on Sunset, Whiskey's vibe is anything but obnoxiously trendy.

8901 W. Sunset Blvd.

Downtown LA

(310) 652-4202

www.whiskyagogo.com

Les Deux

Seen on various not-to-be-named LA reality shows, Les Deux is an ultra-trendy club perfect for a big night out or birthday. Top 40 hits will be blaring Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

1638 N. Las Palmas Ave.

Downtown LA

(323) 462-7674

dolcegroup.com

Circus Disco

This place is a gold mine of musical talent, especially on Saturday nights with Spundae. The world-class DJs keep the place on its feet, and it has been nominated for best dance club in Los Angeles. There are multiple rooms, so the music changes from location to location. The thundering bass and electronic vibes will surely keep your legs pumping and swaying all the way home.

6655 Santa Monica Blvd.

Hollywood

(323) 462-1291

www.circusdisco.com

Club DV8

Run by KIIS FM, LA's Top 40 radio station, DV8 is a popular Thursday and Friday destination because it's 18-and-up.

Hollywood and Highland, level 3

Downtown LA

(323) 461-2017

www.kiisfm.com/pages/dv8.html

The Ivar

The Ivar is in the heart of Hollywood and is one block west of the world's most famous intersection, Hollywood and Vine. The architecture is spellbinding, and the club is enormous, with enough space to fit 1,500 people. Clubgoers beware: There is usually a stiflingly long line outside if you arrive past 10:30 p.m.

6356 Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood

(323) 465-4827

ivarhollywood.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

W Bar

This bar offers a modern, chic alternative to the loud and student-saturated local bar scene. Set in the amazing W Hotel, a first-class building of its own, the ambiance of the bar is more New York than UCLA. The velvet ropes may be intimidating, but the intimacy inside is stunning, especially on the weekdays. For a date that's slightly out of the ordinary, check out this swanky yet subtle jewel tucked away on the outskirts of Westwood.

930 Hilgard Ave. in W Hotel

(310) 208-8765

Westwood Brewing Company

Skip the bottlenecks in favor of one of their handcrafted ales like a Westwood Blonde or Pear Cider. This is the only microbrewery in Westwood, so enjoy the variety here. Happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $2.50 beers and half-priced appetizers. On Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., come here to watch some football with $2 pints and Bloody Marys, 25-cent Buffalo wings. There's live entertainment every night and no cover charge.

1097 Glendon Ave.

Westwood

(310) 209-2739

Tengu

Named after a group of elusive long-nosed goblins in Japanese folklore, Tengu is a very hot Asian-fusion restaurant, as well as a great bar. Sundays are half-price sake nights and there is no cover charge.

10853 Lindbrook Dr.

Westwood

(310) 209-0071

www.tengu.com

The Colony

The Colony is in the space formerly occupied by White Lotus. The Colony is billed as "The Hamptons meets Hollywood," and the decor follows this theme. There are wood-plank floors, an outdoor garden, and a large dance floor.

1743 Cahuenga Blvd.

Hollywood

(323) 525-2450

www.sbe.com/thecolony

O'Hara's

Formerly called Maloney's, this bar houses the most TVs in all of Westwood and is an absolute madhouse whenever there is a sporting event. Student sports fans (and older ones who can't let go of their college roots) will find O'Hara's the place to be for any sporting occasion.

1000 Gayley Ave.

Westwood

(310) 208-1942

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

Crash Mansion

This is one of downtown LA's premiere club venues. The balcony is a cool place to chill and get your drink on with another full bar in the middle. The club is modern and definitely large in scale. There are plenty of students from all over Los Angeles at this club.

1024 S. Grand Ave.

Downtown

(213) 747-0999

www.crashmansionla.com

The Cow's End Café

There are plenty of comfy couches and delicious smoothies here to melt away daily stress while you curl up with a good book. The local crowd is relaxed, and on certain nights there are live performances. The Cow's End also houses a computer with Internet connection for some quick e-mail check-ups, and plug-ins. Beware of the loud writers talking to studio heads about their prospective manuscripts-while amusing, these people are extraordinarily loud in the otherwise tranquil atmosphere.

34 Washington Blvd.

Marina Del Rey

(310) 574-1080

www.thecowsendcafe.com

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 149 responses

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  • 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 155 responses

  • 1% There are no good options.
  • 19% Use a designated driver.
  • 11% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 15% Public transportation.
  • 10% Taxis.
  • 43% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 160 responses

  • 5% Parties? What parties?
  • 6% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 18% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 64% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 7% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

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

  • 93% Westwood Village
  • 7% Frat parties!!!

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 15 responses

  • 80% Bruin Bash
  • 20% Spring Sing

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