Riverside, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$35,838 ($12,960)
Admission Difficulty
More statistics . . .
YesI'm interested, let this school know MaybeBookmark for later NoShow me better matches What does it mean to express interest?
Oops! There was an error.

Reload the page and try again.

Saving your interest We will attempt to notify this school of your interest. This school has been saved to your schools listyour schools list. This school has been removed from your recommended schools list.
For more schools, visit your recommended schools list.


{{ error }}
2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There really isn't much to do unless you have a car and are willing to drive out somewhere. People are pretty dependent on Greek life or smaller kick backs. So Cal public transportation is spotty.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Nightlife: school is near a few clubs and hookah lounges. average cost. best parties are the ones off-campus but you need to know people or join school organizations like fraternities or sororities. be social and make friends and you'll know whats up.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I do not go out and party at all. I can not judge the nightlife.

5 College Student

Nightlife: My nightlife includes watching great films in my hall mate's room with my other hall mates. A very fun event that needs no money nor illegal substances.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: If in a frat you are fine, if not in a frat its still fun just harder to find.


{{review.SectionLabel}} at {{review.EntityName}}:

{{review.Votes}} found this useful - Did you? Was this useful? Yes Report

Sorry, there are no reviews.

  • {{settings.pageNumber}} of {{settings.maxPages}}
  • Pages:
  • ... {{page}}

Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 245th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1125th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 1250th
    Best Drink Prices

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hayley Cruz
Grad Year
View all previous student authors

The campus party scene usually takes place at the end of the week and is mainly controlled by the fraternities and sororities, though it's not unheard of for a bash to be thrown in the dorms or someone's house. Locally, the bars and clubs are readily close at hand, especially for those who have a car. That is not to say that walking or cycling is out of the question, but the main areas of nightlife are few and far between, and can make for a rather long trek. It is recommended to travel in groups when touring the bars and clubs, not only to have a designated driver, but certain areas can be a bit unsavory. Underage students typically are restricted to shopping centers and movie theaters if they are unable to resist the temptation to drink with older student friends.

Outside of Riverside, weekend fun can be found in the relatively nearby Los Angeles, Orange County, or even to San Diego. The beaches and mountains are also easily accessible for the more adventurous party-goer or thrill-seeker.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown Riverside
  • Riverside Plaza
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Getaway CafĂ©
  • Riverside Brewery & Restaurant
  • TGI Friday's
  • University Lounge Hookah
Local Specialties
Hpnotiq: Fruit juice, vodka, and a touch of cognac
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Power hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • The Highlander (student newspaper)
  • The Press-Enterprise (
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
El Castillo Restaurant
Organization Parties
El Castillo often hosts parties in conjunction with fraternities or sororities. Departments, clubs, and organizations usually throw private quarterly parties for their members here, too.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

The Vibe

The Vibe Bar and Grill in Riverside is a restaurant and nightlife venue featuring live entertainment and dancing.

1805 University Ave.


(951) 788-0310

Sevilla Night Club

Sevilla has a hip-hop dance club downstairs and a salsa dance club upstairs.

3252 Mission Inn Ave.


(951) 778-0611

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Mission Tobacco Lounge

The only cigar lounge in Riverside.

3630 University Ave.


(951) 682-4427

The Salted Pig

A bar with a good-quality restaurant.

3700 12th St.


(951) 848-4020

Worthington's Tavern

A standard dive bar with burlesque shows and a outdoor lounge area.

3587 University Ave.


(951) 779-9169

El Castillo Restaurant

4190 Chicago Ave.


Killarney's Restaurant & Irish Pub

Smoking patios, many beer choices, occasional live music.

3639 Riverside Plaza Drive


(951) 682-2933

The Menagerie

This gay bar is a good dancing place for weekday parties with cheap drinks.

3581 University Ave.


(951) 788-8000

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


Visit Downtown Disney, a shopping, dining, and entertainment district between Disneyland and California Adventure.

1313 Disneyland Dr.


(714) 999-0990

Dave & Buster's

This is an arcade with an eatery.

4821 Mills Circle


(909) 581-9899

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 97 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 94 responses

  • 7% There are no good options.
  • 73% Use a designated driver.
  • 3% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 4% Public transportation.
  • 3% Taxis.
  • 9% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 98 responses

  • 15% Parties? What parties?
  • 14% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 27% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 37% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 7% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 17 responses

  • 59% Heat
  • 29% Heat never happened
  • 12% Block Party

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 12 responses

  • 100% Off campus



pageviews remaining

Non-registered users are limited to 5 school profile page views per month.

Register for free to gain full access!