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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Part scene at Pomona is really low key which I personally like. You can always find parties on the weekends and usually during the week. The school sponsors a bunch of things and a lot is going on on campus (which is what they're trying to do). There isn't a frat scene to run the party scene also which is nice.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Party scene is quite diverse and inconsistent - with weekends ranging from incredible to pretty sh***y. The good news is that there's an enormous variety of different types of people on campus - ranging from raging frat wannabes, to radical counter-culture kids, to chill individuals who just wanna kickback with a couple beers with friends. Parties usually consist of pre-gaming in rooms with friends or small dorm parties, and then migrating out to a big consortium-wide dance party on any of the five campuses, which often but not always has a theme. These dance parties are hosted by the administration, which has their ups and downs. This means parties are very safe, kept exclusively for college kids, free beer, and gets rid of any social hierarchy required for party entry. Downsides are a lack of spontaneity in party culture and also inconsistency: even though security is pretty damn lenient, if things get too chaotic or rowdy things get shut down quick. Some weekends, mostly first semester, are incredible - with huge, generously-attended parties (several hundreds of people sometimes) three or four nights in a row. Other weekends are complete busts, with nothing but some kickbacks with no more than a few dozen people Thursday and Friday with a lower-key party on Saturday. But even though the party scene isn't as good as some other schools, the fact that I'm surrounded with so many incredibly interesting and fun people makes the lower-key party scene worthwhile.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: You make of it what you want, there are students who like the small scene and others who like the idea of big frat parties, and you can find both easily if that's what you want

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If parties are your preferred way of relaxing, then you'll find plenty of options. However, there are lots of other fun things to do; it's perfectly possible to avoid them and still have a great time.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Not the greatest, but not bad either.


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Pomona is one of the happiest colleges in the country. There are those who credit this to the somewhat astronomical amount of free beer available on campus. Religion may or may not be the opiate of the masses, but it's pretty clear that free beer is the opiate of the college student. The beer is distributed five or six nights a week to anybody with a valid or well-faked ID. As for the Village, there are two bars: Heroes, "where good friends meet," and Pizza N Such, which tries pretty hard to cater to college students and actually has a full bar (but isn't the best place to get crazy drunk, as there are often families in there eating pizza). And of course, there's always LA.

If you don't have very stringent expectations for your nightlife, Pomona will do just fine. There are tons of parties (especially with the other four colleges right there) and a ton of alcohol, dancing, and hooking up. Sometimes, though, this can be a little tiresome. At Pomona, even the most easily-entertained and creative students will eventually run out of options for entertainment. Fortunately, history repeats, and in the grand recourse of Pomona College, all old things shall be made new again. Or whatever.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Anywhere off of Foothill Boulevard
  • Los Angeles
Student Favorites
  • The Blackwatch Pub
  • Friar Tucks Bar & Grille
  • Pomona parties
Other Places to Check Out
Bars and clubs in Los Angeles
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Boat Race
  • Caps
  • Flip cup
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Black Watch Pub
Organization Parties
Although occasionally hosted by non-college-affiliated organizations, desert parties involve a huge generator and a DJ, and all-night-long rave music in the uninhabited, deep desert. Drug use is common, but certainly not required. However, before heading out to the back country, remember that running around in the desert at night in your right mind can get pretty old when you're freezing and hungry to begin with, then boiling and burning and starving, and your ride is having such an excellent time that he can't exactly find it in his heart to head back until every other saggy-eyed, sand-chapped hippie has left. Harwood Halloween used to be held in the Harwood courtyard and was consistently ranked among Playboy magazine's top 10 college parties. Now, it's held up on North Campus and gets shut down within a half an hour nearly every year. The problem is that Pomona gets a big-name band and gives them a big-time sound system, and the quiet, early-to-bed Claremont residents get big-time angry.
Did You Know?
In terms of activities for underagers, sit at home and cry into your nonalcoholic near-beer. Or you could take part in one of the myriad nonalcoholic activities and events at Pomona. There isn't any shortage.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

El Cid

This venue is famous for its flamenco shows; with a spicy Latin influence, this is a likely crowd-pleaser. This is a club/restaurant/bar all in one. It's in Hollywood and is famous for being one of the first soundstages in the area. Flamenco shows can sell out, so don't just show up. Tickets are expensive, but include a full dinner. There is free parking behind the venue.

4212 Sunset Blvd.

Silver Lake

(323) 668-0318


This club is not well marked, as it has no sign. DJs spin hip-hop and soul in a laid-back and dimly-lit atmosphere. Most of the furniture looks expensive and modern, and it all takes on a dark hue. If you have a lot of people, you can call ahead and get a table. There is free parking available. If you like lounge clubs, this might be for you.

2810 Main St.

Santa Monica

(310) 452-2445

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Heroes Restaurant

As popular for their food as their drinks, Heroes is a great spot to kick back and watch sports, and they even sell bagged peanuts like you're at the ballgame.

131 Yale Ave.


(909) 621-6712

The Hi Brow

Hi Brow is Pomona's basic dive bar, and all Pomona students probably pass through these doors at one time or another. It is one of the last bars in California in which you can still smoke.

547 E. Foothill Blvd.


(909) 626-9340

Black Watch Pub

Black Watch is very popular with the Pomona crowd, primarily because of the large tap selection and live local bands.

497 N. Central Ave.


(909) 981-6069

Friar Tucks Bar & Grille

Friar Tucks is also a good place to catch live bands, both local bands and smaller national ones.

540 E. Foothill Blvd.


(909) 625-7265

Student Polls

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

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

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 12% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 62% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 19% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 8% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 0% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 10 responses

  • 90% Harvey Mudd's Foam Party
  • 10% Pirate Party
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