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3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: You can equally easily find a party and escape all the parties. You choose.

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College Freshman

Party Scene: I usually do not go to parties as I do not drink, but I hear of parties every weekend and that some are very good.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Okay, so I'm not much of a partier, but I know many people who love partying so I feel I can give both sides.

If you enjoy parties: Frats happen (most) every weekend but are by no means reliably good. Alcohol is the most prevalent drug, but marijuana comes in as a very very close second. Frat parties have "themes" like space race, or 80s, or something, and people drink beforehand rather than actually at the frat (not always the case) and then there's a lot of loud music, lights, and grinding. Most people get really drunk as soon as they get a moment to decompress then wind up at frat parties and have a pretty okay time. Big parties like Endless KA or Snowchella or some of the other major all-campuses the frats throw are usually the funnest, everyone seems to enjoy the larger, more publicized frat parties. A lot of people here don't *really* enjoy frat (or frat-style, because row parties at Synergy or French House or whatever are just frat parties without greek letters) parties because they're massive, impersonal, and you have to be a certain level of drunk to enjoy them, but they continue to go to frat parties due to a lack of other things to do. Dorms above frosh level often have to fill out "party request forms" in order to have get togethers (cough cough crothers) but closer, smaller, parties with drinking and friends are usually better when possible. Girls/guys in sororities/frats report party life as being much better due to the progressives that they have with each other/within greek life. Going off campus for clubs/bars/parties is not really a thing.

If you aren't into parties: Cardinal Nights occasionally rolls out a really fun event but for the most part is, unfortunately, regarded as a joke. Most social life/night life revolves heavily around drinking. You have to be really active in finding outside activities or people who don't drink (they do exist!) Good news is there isn't really any pressure to drink or do drugs or what have you if you don't wanna.

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: On Wednesdays you can count on Wine and Cheese night at Kairos house (with live music), Beer and Pretzels at Haus Mitt, and Happy Hour (beer) at EBF house. After that, there tends to be a big frat party or two going on Friday/Saturday. There are also other types of parties if frats aren't your scene. Hispanic and Latin American groups/Casa Zapata (Chicano/a theme house) throw some pretty great dance parties throughout the year, and so do the Black Community Center and Ujamaa (black theme house). Freshmen also throw their own parties or just play drinking games/hang out in their dorms. Houses do the same thing. Houses also tend to throw one big all-campus party per year, which range from offering wine and homemade pizza to great live music to scary haunted houses to all-day festivities. If drinking isn't your thing, I'd recommend the dance parties, where alcohol usually isn't consumed on-site. Also, lots of people just like spending the evening with their friends, either going to performances, having a game night, doing something off-campus, or just staying up talking. Cardinal Nights, a group on campus, offers alcohol-free activities often, like trips to the movies/carnivals/ice cream tasting/etc.

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: Row/Frat parties are good at first when you want to get the college scene. For me though, it lost it's aura very quickly and I prefer to do more between-friend parties.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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Most of the Stanford experience revolves around on-campus activities. On any given weekend, there are many popular parties on campus, especially in Greek houses. There are also many house parties and/or progressives. Many Stanford students hang out with their small groups of friends on Saturdays and Sundays before going out to major parties.  

Students are usually satisfied with the campus nightlife, and when it gets old, students go into the city, on occasion, to experience a new atmosphere. It is true that Stanford's spring quarter is the best quarter for nightlife and parties. There is something to do almost every day of the week, and it always involves something exciting and fun.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Castro Street in San Francisco
  • Downtown Palo Alto
  • The Haight in San Francisco
  • The Mission in San Francisco
  • SOMA in San Francisco
Other Places to Check Out
  • B412
  • British Bankers Club
  • Club Illusions
  • Fanny & Alexander Restaurant
  • Island Grill
  • Joya Restaurant & Lounge
  • The Old Pro
  • Rose & Crown English Pub & Restaurant
  • The Rose and Crown English Pub & Restaurant
Local Specialties
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.: Sierra Nevada beer is brewed in Chico, Calif.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games
  • Century club
  • Power hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Any major happy hour in Palo Alto
Organization Parties
Frats and sororities throw a lot of parties on the weekends.
Did You Know?
Every Thursday night is "Senior Night" at Stanford. The senior class picks an off-campus location and hosts a party for seniors only. Some weeks, these nights are at casual bars, while other weeks, seniors dress up and wine and dine at five-star restaurants in the city. The senior class also organizes and subsidizes bus rides to get to and from the event.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

The Edge

The Edge features hip-hop and house music and occasional live bands, which have included acts such as Alien Ant Farm. It's 21-and-over, except on Tuesdays.

260 S. California Ave.

Palo Alto

(650) 321-6464

Yoshi's Oakland

Yoshi's features world-class, live jazz performances. Come early and eat some sushi at the adjoining Japanese restaurant.

510 Embarcadero West

Jack London Square, Oakland

(510) 238-9200

1015 Folsom

A very popular nightclub with multiple levels and rooms, 1015 features celebrity DJs and is right in the middle of the SOMA (South of Market) club scene.

1015 Folsom St.

San Francisco

(415) 431-1200

DNA Lounge

One of SF's more colorful night scenes, DNA Lounge features electronic music, wild lights and visual displays, and fluorescent-costumed dancers.

375 Eleventh St.

San Francisco

(415) 626-1409

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Oasis Beer Garden

The Oasis has cheap pitchers and features great food, like hamburgers and pizza.

241 El Camino Real

Menlo Park

(650) 326-8896

Rudy's Pub

The sign above the door reads, "Cheap food, warm beer, lousy service."

117 University Ave.

Palo Alto

(650) 329-0922


Nola serves South American and Pacific Rim-style food in addition to its bar area.

535 Ramona St.

Palo Alto

(650) 328-2722

Antonio's Nut House

The Nut House is dark and somewhat dirty, with peanut shells all over the floor. It has pool and a jukebox, and serves decent Mexican food.

321 California Ave.

Palo Alto

(650) 321-2550

The Dutch Goose

Another dimly-lit bar with the names of Stanford students carved into every table. Try the deviled eggs.

3567 Alameda de las Pulgas

Menlo Park

(650) 854-3245

Student Polls

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 0% Tuesday
  • 0% Wednesday
  • 0% Thursday
  • 56% Friday
  • 44% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 57 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 54 responses

  • 31% Walk.
  • 2% Taxis.
  • 7% Public transportation.
  • 28% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 22% Use a designated driver.
  • 9% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 59 responses

  • 5% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 39% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 46% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 8% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 2% Parties? What parties?

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

  • 70% Exotic Erotic, plus all of Spring Quarter
  • 10% Party at Parker Sedwick's House
  • 10% LINNER
  • 10% Las Vegas MBA invasion

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 13 responses

  • 73% The Row - Greek houses, self-ops, plus out at EBF
  • 20% Off Campus Houses
  • 7% Ramona St
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