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Party Scene


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5 College Student

Party Scene: If you find the right crowd to have a party with, then your night will be memorable.

5 College Junior


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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I've never been to a party on campus so I am going to say that they are okay

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Not much of a party guy, but most occur off campus

3 College Junior

Party Scene: The police station is nearby and quick to break up parties at fraternity houses. House parties otherwise are lame. Apartment parties are much more chill.


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At CSUN, there's always something going on for every age group. At the dorms, keep an open ear to the kickbacks happening that weekend, and if nothing is going on, then throw your own. RAs are usually pretty cool about get-togethers, as long as they don't get out of hand. For that kind of crazy party, head over to a frat house. These parties can get really packed, and they are usually broken up by 12 a.m. or 1 a.m. because of the surrounding neighbors. As an alternative, many fraternities throw parties off campus at bars such as Los Toros. If you're not into drinking, consider comedy clubs, hookah bars, pool halls, malls, the beach, or bowling alleys. You can always attend the annual CSUN events like The Big Show, which has featured a number of popular artists including Jimmy Eat World and Shaggy.

Sadly, Northridge doesn't have a nightclub. For that kind of action, all students agree that you have to head to LA, where you can find a nightclub happening on any night of the week for whatever genre you’re into: '80s, house, hip-hop, techno, rare grooves, funk, soul, reggae—and the list goes on. It's about a 30-minute drive depending on the traffic. (You'd be surprised how much traffic there can be at 11 p.m.) Another issue about clubbing in LA is that most clubs are pretty keen at recognizing fake IDs, so be careful. On the other hand, the bars in Northridge tend to be very laid-back and chill. Many places have a college night, which is the best night to go because it's the only night of the week that the club is guaranteed to be packed.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Hollywood
  • North Hollywood
  • Northridge
  • Ventura Boulevard
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Arena
  • Belasco Theater
  • Big Wangs
  • Café TuTu Tango
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Empire Night Club
  • Norwood
  • Saddle Ranch Chop House
  • Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill
  • Skybar
  • supperclub
  • TGI Friday's
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Century Club
  • I've Never
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Organization Parties
Not many clubs or organizations throw parties on a large scale. The few that do make nice fliers and distribute them all over campus.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Howl at the Moon

With a different theme every night, you'll never get bored with dueling pianos, comedy, `80s nights, and karaoke.

1000 Universal Studios Blvd.


(818) 755-9970

Conga Room

Check out this place for nightly entertainment with Latin and hip-hop beats.

800 W. Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles

(213) 745-0162

Geisha House

Embrace the entertainment of this modern Japanese restaurant, sushi bar, and sake lounge.

6633 Hollywood Blvd.


(323) 460-6300

The Mayan

1038 S. Hill St.

Downtown LA

(213) 746-4674

Level 3

Home of Club DV8

6801 Hollywood Blvd.


(323) 461-2017


1735 Vine St.


(323) 462-8900

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Stovepiper Lounge

Hang out with friends and watch the big game, sing karaoke, or listen to live music, all the while enjoying the nightly drink specials.

19563 Parthenia St.


(818) 886-2526

Los Toros Mexican Restaurant

Great Mexican food and drink specials serve up for a great place to start out the night.

21743 Devonshire St.


(818) 882-3080

Acapulco Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

Enjoy the taste of margaritas and other favorite Mexican drinks and snacks.

9400 Reseda Blvd.


(818) 349-4584

The Cowboy Palace Saloon

For years, this saloon has been entertaining cowboys with drinks, dance lessons, live music, and horseback riding.

21653 Devonshire St.


(818) 341-0166

Dublin's Irish Bar & Grill

9250 Reseda Blvd.


(818) 355-2808

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

House of Blues

Underagers and of-agers alike can hang out here.

8430 W. Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood

(323) 848-5100

Student Polls

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 112 responses

  • 0% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 0% Tuesday
  • 1% Wednesday
  • 32% Thursday
  • 57% Friday
  • 10% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 249 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 129 responses

  • 46% Big Show
  • 31% Big show and matador Night
  • 18% Matador Night
  • 4% White party Fall Semester thrown by ΣΧ
  • 1% Phi Delta Theta Halloween Party
  • 1% All

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 95 responses

  • 31% Sorrority/Frat houses
  • 22% Mostly apartment parties
  • 22% Houses nearby
  • 13% In another city
  • 10% I don't party but small ones like family are best.
  • 1% Greek parties are hard to get into.

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 144 responses

  • 10% Walk.
  • 4% Taxis.
  • 10% Public transportation.
  • 3% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 64% Use a designated driver.
  • 9% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 243 responses

  • 3% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 17% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 31% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 18% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 32% Parties? What parties?



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