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Nightlife: I haven't had the chance to examine these quite yet.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Its all about knowing the right people or bringing the right outfit or contributions to the party.

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3 College Senior

Nightlife: The nightlife isn't great to be honest. But the people from Merced/UCM make it really fun

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: You get what you can make out of the city.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I haven't been to very many night outings, but the one's I have attended have been okay.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 427th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 949th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1305th
    Best Drink Prices

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Harini Kompella
Santa Clarita, California
Human Biology
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If you want full-out nightlife in Merced, you're probably going to end up at a house party. There aren't many clubs in the town itself; there are one or two clubs that recently opened, but they’re not very popular. For those 21 years and older, there is one bar, the Partisan, that has live music and happy hour. If you aren't 21, you can find things to do on campus because the housing administration and RAs strive to put on programs for underage students—specifically residents—such as movie nights, game nights, late-night breakfasts, etc., as well as arts and crafts projects. Off campus, there are a couple of movie theaters students can go to, as well as a playhouse and mall. Merced is more of a nature-like town, so people can also enjoy occasional concerts at the many parks available here.

Fraternities and sororities throw some parties, but they get shut down early on during the night. Ultimately, students enjoy weekend nights by hanging out with friends either at the events on campus or in the den (which has gaming systems and a pool table), or by going out into town to the movies, mall, and/or restaurants. Some also resort to low-key parties.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • House parties
  • Main Street
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • King's Cup
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Facebook - Event Invites
Closing Time
12 a.m.-2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Partisan
Organization Parties
Only the fraternities and sororities are known to throw parties. Members tend to invite everyone, which is how, according to students, the word gets out quickly enough to have the police come and shut the parties down.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Partisan

This is the only full bar in Merced, but it is popular, especially for those over the age of 21. The Partisan has happy hour and a DJ; plus, there are also a lot of live performances, with local bands playing their latest music. Hours: Monday-Tuesday 4 p.m.-12 a.m., Wednesday 4 p.m.-1 a.m., Thursday-Saturday 4 p.m.- 2 a.m.

432 W. Main St.


(209) 723-0599

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

Mainplace Stadium Cinema

Students can see all the latest movies at this movie theater, located in the center of the town's activity on Main Street. After the movies, there are plenty of places to grab a bite or dessert, such as Subway, TreviƱo's, Cold Stone's, or Forte Frozen Yogurt. Starbucks is also right next to the theater.

403 W. Main St.


(209) 725-1965

Bellevue Bowl

While it is a little bit of a drive (about 20 minutes), underage students enjoy going to this bowling alley on the weekends. It is a typical bowling alley, but also includes cosmic bowling, along with different types of themed music, such as retro and classic rock.

785 Bellevue Rd.


(209) 358-6466

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 68 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 64 responses

  • 12% There are no good options.
  • 53% Use a designated driver.
  • 19% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 11% Public transportation.
  • 3% Taxis.
  • 2% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 66 responses

  • 29% Parties? What parties?
  • 23% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 35% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 12% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 2% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 11 responses

  • 73% Cowchella?
  • 27% There not really one

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 8 responses

  • 88% Mansion Parties/ House parties
  • 12% The Apartments


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