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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It all depends on who you know. I threw parties and organized bar nights so I had no trouble partying, but others did.

2 College Student

Party Scene: Malibu is more of a day time location. Not much of a party scene at all as the campus is dry.

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2 College Student

Party Scene: There really is no party scene at pepperdine, but it's only about a 15 minute drive from one

2 College Senior

Party Scene: There really is no party scene, unless you travel off campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Commuter school means no big party or frat houses


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Students' opinions differ according to what they expect of the term "nightlife." If good nightlife means posh, exclusive nightclubs and bars with horrendous cover charges but a happenin' scene indoors, then the nightlife for any student living near LA is going to be pretty good. For Pepperdiners, most of these places will require at least a half-hour commute, however, as well as a fairly handsome budget. If a good nightlife means fun local parties and on-campus merriment, forget it. On the other hand, if you'd rather spend your weekends doing and seeing interesting, non-alcoholic things, you've got all of Santa Monica, Hollywood, and LA to explore. The Student Government Association and University Ministries also sponsor plenty of wholesome entertainment on campus that, while not really popular with most students, do attract a loyal following.

But if you have your heart set on partying up a storm for the next four years, it may be a tad disconcerting that first Friday night when you step outside your freshman dorm, ready for the party to start, only to be greeted by the faint chirping of crickets and the thumping of Bibles. If this concerns you, you should either get yourself an ID for the swanky bars and clubs, or else limit your weekend excitement to the intermittent, overcrowded, and quickly-broken-up misadventures that Pepperdine considers house parties.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Santa Monica Boulevard
  • Sunset Boulevard
Student Favorites
  • Century Club
  • Duke's Barefoot Bar
  • The Sunset Room
Other Places to Check Out
  • Geoffrey's Malibu
  • House of Blues
  • Rainbow Room
  • Sky Bar
  • The Standard
  • The Viper Room
Local Specialties
Beach Drinks: An abundance of beach bars and oceanside dance clubs make Malibu the place for daiquiris, coladas, rum mixers, and mojitos.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (Asshole, Kings)
  • Century Club
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
  • Sake Bombing
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • For the web savvy, try or for reviews and directions to the hot spots.
  • While the university may not be forthcoming with information about the local nightlife, there are always helpful upperclassmen ready to point you in the right direction.
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
La Paz happy hour
Organization Parties
Fraternities and Sororities are the people to turn to for off-campus parties. Some of the minority clubs, the Black Student Association in particular, also occationally host parties or mixers. The biggest organization parties, however, are the biannual formals that each Greek organization hosts off campus

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Whisky a Go-Go

The Whisky is a legendary dive on Sunset Strip, famous for launching big-name rock-n'-roll acts back in the glorious `60s. It still hosts a jam-packed schedule of up-and-coming rock bands; and it is generally crowded, sweaty, casual, and loud. Well, drinks are pretty cheap, so what's not to like?

8901 W Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles

(310) 652-4202


As the address suggests, this place is a little ritzy. Nonetheless, many Pepperdine students are willing to spend a little dough to have a good time, or to be seen having what appears to be a good time at a place where a bottle of beer will set you back $12. Once you've gotten on the list and paid your cover charge, you're free to sit down in the bar and take in the swanky décor, or you can bolt directly upstairs to dance the night away. They play a good mix of all the music you might expect to hear in a place like this.

242 N Beverly Dr.

Beverly Hills

(626) 372-4178

Century Club

Century Club has three floors with dancing on every one of them, and it is usually packed. If it's especially busy, you'll have to wait in line, which is annoying, as is the $20 cover. This is definitely a place for people who really want to dance; those looking to just stand around and shoot the breeze or have a few beers could probably find a better scene somewhere else.

10131 Constellation Blvd

Century City

(310) 553-6000

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Roxy Theatre

This is a great place to catch a show from rock music to pop. There is a two drink mininum, and tickets can be purchased at the box office or through Roxy offers really good food (not cheap), a cool ambiance with a glowing bar, and a cool crowd.

9009 W Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood

(310) 278-9457

Saddle Ranch

This is a country-western chophouse with open-fire pits, fake horses, and hay bales. Feels like Texas in here! This is also a place where you can chill and watch the many TVs, and hangout on the outdoor patio where you can roast marshmallows by the fire pit.

8371 W. Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood

(323) 656-2007

Sunset Room

Sunset Room is exactly what you think about when you think Hollywood. Celebrities have parties here. This place is extremely posh, with good-looking people, great music, and an especially nice ambiance. Don't forget to bring your wallet, though. DInner reservations are recommended, also.

1430 N Cahuenga Blvd.


(323) 463-0004


This bar brings in young professionals, Pepperdine students, and of course, UCLA students. This is your typical college hangout, with an oak bar and cozy enclaves. Lines can get a little crazy after 11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, so try to arrive early if you can.

1000 Gayley Ave.

Westwood Village

(310) 208-1942

Duke's Barefoot Bar

The Barefoot Bar at Duke's is a bit of a drive down Pacific Coast Highway, but it's worth it. During happy hour they have several half-price food options in addition to the cheap beers and Mai Tais. All the while, you can take in the sight of the waves crashing up against the rocks right outside the window; for an even better view of this activity, snag one of the outdoor tables. Valet parking can be annoying for collegiate penny-pinchers, but if you tell the guy you're not there to eat dinner, but rather to kill a little time in the bar, he'll usually let you bypass the whole valet thing.

21150 Pacific Coast Hwy.


(310) 317-0777

La Paz

La Paz is a great little Mexican restaurant in Calabasas, 15 minutes from campus and very near where a lot of commuter students live. It also has a fun bar, and Friday afternoons you can count on seeing at least a few Pepperdine kids easing their way into the weekend there. On Sunday mornings you can partake of all the buffet-style Mexican food, margaritas, and champagne you want for $20. Olé!

4505 Las Virgenes Rd.


(818) 880-8076

Malibu Inn

The Inn is the old standby for Pepperdine students. It offers live music and a great location right next to campus. On Tuesday nights and weekends, the place is generally packed. Expect a cover charge, and, like anywhere else in the area, fairly pricey drinks. All in all, it's a laid-back environment and the place to go if there's nothing else to do.

22969 Pacific Coast Hwy.


(310) 456-6060

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

The Malibu Inn is the only local option. Travel to Hollywood or Santa Barbara for other under-21 clubs, but expect hefty cover charges.

Student Polls

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 18% Tuesday
  • 0% Wednesday
  • 14% Thursday
  • 50% Friday
  • 18% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 55 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 24 responses

  • 38% NSO (New Student Orientation) First week of school
  • 29% Songfest would be the biggest... after parties!!!
  • 17% Spring Concert
  • 8% PUTYCD
  • 4% Blue and Orange Maddness
  • 4% Troll House

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 40 responses

  • 5% Walk.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 5% Public transportation.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 85% Use a designated driver.
  • 5% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 61 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 2% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 23% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 23% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 52% Parties? What parties?

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 29 responses

  • 40% Off campus
  • 33% There aren't many on-campus parties
  • 19% Most parties are held on private properties
  • 8% Off Campus houses, or Santa Monica Bars


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