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3 College Junior

Nightlife: It is ok. There is a couple things to do but you kind of have to look. Nothing is going to jump out at you. There has been better places that I've been to and there has been worse places that I've been to

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: parties are almost all greek, no local bars or anything good

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you are looking for parties you will find no shortage at USC. At the same time, if you want to avoid that scene, you can easily do so and still have fun. As far as parties go, most people head to the Row; if you're in a frat or a female, you will have no trouble getting in. If you like parties, you should love it here; if you don't it should affect your experience either way.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: The party scene is 5/5 if you're involved with Greek life. If you don't rush (I didn't) you wont have any problem as long as you make friends and talk to people who did. There are very few bars.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: I love the LA night life, but I have yet to find out about USC's parties.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 32nd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1122nd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1342nd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

BJ Grip
Colorado Springs, CO
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Everyone has fun at night. Many freshmen go out to the fraternity houses on their way to and from the 9-0, while others get together with neighbors and classmates to hang around campus. Stage and screen performances are always going on throughout campus, and Starbucks is open until midnight. House parties are popular on 30th Street and on Ellendale. The 29th St. Grill, known to Trojans as the 2-9, is a good place to sit and have drinks.

Fraternities and sororities hold invites, exchanges, and formals at venues around campus and all over Los Angeles County throughout the semester. Sunset Strip has one of the densest concentrations of bars and clubs on the planet, while Venice Beach, Santa Monica, and Manhattan are all popular destinations for party-goers. When all’s said and done, and the night has slapped you in the face like a fishtail, winding it down with some greasy Chano’s seems to be everyone’s preference. Denny’s is open super late, but expect snail service. If you’re craving on the Sunset Strip, head over to Mel’s Drive-In—it’s 24 hours and has free valet parking (tip not included).

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Hermosa/Redondo/Manhattan Beach
  • Santa Monica
  • Sunset Strip
  • Venice Beach
  • Westwood
Student Favorites
  • 29th Street Café (The 2-9)
  • The 901 Club (The 9-0)
  • Saddle Ranch
  • Traditions (Traddies)
Other Places to Check Out
  • Boardner's
  • Florentine Gardens
  • The Highlands
  • House of Blues
  • The Key Club
  • The Knitting Factory
  • Las Plamas
  • The Room SM
  • The Root Down
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The 9-0

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Conga Room

The famous LA Conga Room is now a part of the vibrant LA Live. Providing the same Latin cuisine and music, you can enjoy the new spacious club and dance the night away salsa-style. The Conga Room continues to be the best venue for top-name Latin, world, and alternative music.

LA Live

(213) 749-0162

The 901 Club

The 9-0 is smaller and dingier than most LA nightclubs, but it seems to do the trick for USC students because there is always a line to get in. It is situated at one end of the Row, which gives it a prime location. The music is always good, but there is minimal room for dancing at peak hours. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the best nights to go. There is no cover charge, and drinks are very inexpensive. Just remember to drink responsibly and don't wander home by yourself if you need to pass out-make sure you go with some friends.

2902 Figueroa St.

Los Angeles

(213) 749-0865

Club Nokia

Club Nokia features emerging music artists and cultural performances and has enough space to accommodate more than 2,000 people in one night. State-of-the-art equipment abounds in Club Nokia with interactive screens around the club depicting past and future events. Adjacent to the Nokia Theater, Club Nokia has hosted several big concerts following the Grammys and will feature more big headliners in the years to come.

LA Live

West Hollywood

(213) 765-7000

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

29th St. Café (The 2-9)

The 2-9 is located on the opposite side of the Row from its evil twin, the 9-0. This venue is both a café and a bar with a mellow atmosphere. The inside is a bit crowded, but the porch area provides a nice, open place to relax and drink with friends. The food is good and the beer is always on tap-it's a good place to unwind after a long week.

2827 S Hoover St.

Los Angeles

(213) 746-2929

Margarita Jones

Margarita Jones is hugely popular for a few nights out of the year. Sometimes the entire Greek community crashes the place and drinks until nothing seems to matter. Otherwise, this place is reserved for eating and drinking in small groups.

3760 S. Figueroa St.

Los Angeles

(213) 747-4400

Saddle Ranch

Not only is this a place where students come at the end of the night to meet up, but they usually come back on Sunday mornings for brunch and to enjoy the all-you-can-drink Bloody Marys and mimosas for $9 on Sunday evenings.

8371 W Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles

(323) 822-3850

Tom Bergin's Tavern

Bergin's is an Irish pub in west LA known for Guinness on tap and Irish Car Bombs all through the night. It is rarely crowded but always interesting and fun. If you get in good with the bartender, he might let you sign your own personal shamrock on the wall.

840 S. Fairfax Ave.

Los Angeles

(323) 936-7151

Traditions (Traddies)

Traditions is a good spot for older students and alumni to stop in for a drink in the early evenings. It is most popular on game days, when students can watch the game on the plasma screens set up around the bar. There are also several game tables set up around Traditions for an even better time.

The Lot

On campus

(213) 740-1018

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 116 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 108 responses

  • 2% There are no good options.
  • 26% Use a designated driver.
  • 29% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 7% Public transportation.
  • 16% Taxis.
  • 20% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 114 responses

  • 4% Parties? What parties?
  • 4% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 17% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 63% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 13% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 20 responses

  • 59% The Row
  • 26% The Row
  • 7% Anywhere around campus.
  • 7% Menlo and Ellendale.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 20 responses

  • 70% Registereds in general
  • 25% Halloween parties
  • 5% Psh. Every weekend.



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