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4 College Senior

Party Scene: The party scene is big at UCLA and is also incredibly varied. Most underclassmen go to frat parties, which are definitely fun as first years but also not as insane as at other schools. Once you have upperclassmen friends you usually go to apartment parties more, which can range from huge building-wide ragers to small kickbacks. I definitely think the party experience is adaptable to what you prefer, and if you aren't a partier at all there are still plenty of social events going on. Thursday night is the best night to go out in Westwood, and it is kind of strange that not that many people go out on Friday or Saturday. The bar scene in Westwood is not as popping as you'd expect for a large college.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Frat parties aren' t too hot, but more intimate parties, more private, can be fun.

College Freshman

Party Scene: Never been to a party on campus.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Great, if you know which nights to look.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: As long as you're safe and smart, the party scene is great. There is always something happening somewhere, and on Thursdays you can walk into any frat and there will be people partying. Because it's such a greek oriented party scene, you can meet new people really easily and get however involved you want.

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There seems to be a party for everyone on and around campus. Between frats, athlete houses, apartments, and dorms, weekends offer a plethora of red-cup opportunities. For underclassmen, the allure of frats and wild apartment parties are major draws, although only girls can truly float freely between gatherings. Guys may have a tougher time being allowed into parties with which they're not affiliated, so Westwood bars become a popular resort. The Village's two breweries are cozy and cheap getaways for upperclassmen, and it's a guarantee that you'll find a solid half of your Facebook friends milling about by the bar.

As far as off-campus entertainment, downtown clubs are only a costly cab ride or sober driver away. Most are pricey with long lines, but deep-pocketed upperclassmen often venture to the Sunset Strip with success. If trendy clubs aren't your thing, there are plenty of diversions, galleries, jumbo cinemas, and outdoor malls to hold your interest by night.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Melrose
  • Santa Monica
  • Sunset Strip
  • West Hollywood
Student Favorites
  • Maloney's
  • Tengu
  • Westwood Brew Company
Other Places to Check Out
  • Hollywood Canteen
  • Saddle Ranch
  • The Sunset Room
Local Specialties
Microbrews from Westwood Brewing Company:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • Card games
  • Century Club
  • Flip Cup
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Organization Parties
The UCLA Party Network is a campus organization run by some savvy students who arrange for entrance into LA's nightclubs for groups of Bruins who pay a modest fee. Hummer limos are the usual method of transport for these Thursday night excursions.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Spaceland is the destination for techno and house beats, as well as up-and-coming local bands, which debut here almost nightly.

1717 Silverlake Blvd.

Silver Lake

(310) 661-4380

The Viper Room

The Viper Room has a more upscale vibe than the typical student dive, but the club's killer drinks and often killer alternative bands are worth the extra buck.

8852 W. Sunset Blvd.

Downtown LA

(310) 358-1881

Whiskey A Go Go

This cozy venue is a jumping-off point for dozens of local bands, and a ticket and drink won't cost upwards of $20. Although it's on Sunset, Whiskey's vibe is anything but obnoxiously trendy.

8901 W. Sunset Blvd.

Downtown LA

(310) 652-4202

Les Deux

Seen on various not-to-be-named LA reality shows, Les Deux is an ultra-trendy club perfect for a big night out or birthday. Top 40 hits will be blaring Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

1638 N. Las Palmas Ave.

Downtown LA

(323) 462-7674

Circus Disco

This place is a gold mine of musical talent, especially on Saturday nights with Spundae. The world-class DJs keep the place on its feet, and it has been nominated for best dance club in Los Angeles. There are multiple rooms, so the music changes from location to location. The thundering bass and electronic vibes will surely keep your legs pumping and swaying all the way home.

6655 Santa Monica Blvd.


(323) 462-1291

Club DV8

Run by KIIS FM, LA's Top 40 radio station, DV8 is a popular Thursday and Friday destination because it's 18-and-up.

Hollywood and Highland, level 3

Downtown LA

(323) 461-2017

The Ivar

The Ivar is in the heart of Hollywood and is one block west of the world's most famous intersection, Hollywood and Vine. The architecture is spellbinding, and the club is enormous, with enough space to fit 1,500 people. Clubgoers beware: There is usually a stiflingly long line outside if you arrive past 10:30 p.m.

6356 Hollywood Blvd.


(323) 465-4827

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

W Bar

This bar offers a modern, chic alternative to the loud and student-saturated local bar scene. Set in the amazing W Hotel, a first-class building of its own, the ambiance of the bar is more New York than UCLA. The velvet ropes may be intimidating, but the intimacy inside is stunning, especially on the weekdays. For a date that's slightly out of the ordinary, check out this swanky yet subtle jewel tucked away on the outskirts of Westwood.

930 Hilgard Ave. in W Hotel

(310) 208-8765

Westwood Brewing Company

Skip the bottlenecks in favor of one of their handcrafted ales like a Westwood Blonde or Pear Cider. This is the only microbrewery in Westwood, so enjoy the variety here. Happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $2.50 beers and half-priced appetizers. On Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., come here to watch some football with $2 pints and Bloody Marys, 25-cent Buffalo wings. There's live entertainment every night and no cover charge.

1097 Glendon Ave.


(310) 209-2739


Named after a group of elusive long-nosed goblins in Japanese folklore, Tengu is a very hot Asian-fusion restaurant, as well as a great bar. Sundays are half-price sake nights and there is no cover charge.

10853 Lindbrook Dr.


(310) 209-0071

The Colony

The Colony is in the space formerly occupied by White Lotus. The Colony is billed as "The Hamptons meets Hollywood," and the decor follows this theme. There are wood-plank floors, an outdoor garden, and a large dance floor.

1743 Cahuenga Blvd.


(323) 525-2450


Formerly called Maloney's, this bar houses the most TVs in all of Westwood and is an absolute madhouse whenever there is a sporting event. Student sports fans (and older ones who can't let go of their college roots) will find O'Hara's the place to be for any sporting occasion.

1000 Gayley Ave.


(310) 208-1942

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

Crash Mansion

This is one of downtown LA's premiere club venues. The balcony is a cool place to chill and get your drink on with another full bar in the middle. The club is modern and definitely large in scale. There are plenty of students from all over Los Angeles at this club.

1024 S. Grand Ave.


(213) 747-0999

The Cow's End Café

There are plenty of comfy couches and delicious smoothies here to melt away daily stress while you curl up with a good book. The local crowd is relaxed, and on certain nights there are live performances. The Cow's End also houses a computer with Internet connection for some quick e-mail check-ups, and plug-ins. Beware of the loud writers talking to studio heads about their prospective manuscripts-while amusing, these people are extraordinarily loud in the otherwise tranquil atmosphere.

34 Washington Blvd.

Marina Del Rey

(310) 574-1080

Student Polls

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 0% Sunday
  • 3% Monday
  • 3% Tuesday
  • 0% Wednesday
  • 68% Thursday
  • 24% Friday
  • 3% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 166 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 47 responses

  • 62% Bruin Bash
  • 17% Spring Sing
  • 11% I don't go to parties
  • 4% UCLA vs USC Victory Afterparty
  • 4% Quarterlies
  • 2% Zero Week

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 48 responses

  • 37% Westwood Village
  • 27% Frat parties!!!
  • 19% Apartments
  • 8% Athlete Parties
  • 4% Rugby House
  • 4% Santa Monica Bars

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 155 responses

  • 43% Walk.
  • 10% Taxis.
  • 15% Public transportation.
  • 11% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 19% Use a designated driver.
  • 1% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 185 responses

  • 7% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 62% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 17% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 6% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 7% Parties? What parties?



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