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2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Since there is no Greek housing, carpooling is suggested to parties although it is pretty far to go to these parties which can result as a dangerous thing if you are not aware or know the location to where you are going.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties are a good distraction from the workload of college life. It is an opportunity to meet other students.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Los Angeles is an hour and a half to two hours away.

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1 College Freshman

Party Scene: Literally never go to parties here. They're all boring, the music sucks, and no one can dance on beat.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Same faces different parties. same themes every year. Its not that fun.


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The campus party scene usually takes place at the end of the week and is mainly controlled by the fraternities and sororities, though it's not unheard of for a bash to be thrown in the dorms or someone's house. Locally, the bars and clubs are readily close at hand, especially for those who have a car. That is not to say that walking or cycling is out of the question, but the main areas of nightlife are few and far between, and can make for a rather long trek. It is recommended to travel in groups when touring the bars and clubs, not only to have a designated driver, but certain areas can be a bit unsavory. Underage students typically are restricted to shopping centers and movie theaters if they are unable to resist the temptation to drink with older student friends.

Outside of Riverside, weekend fun can be found in the relatively nearby Los Angeles, Orange County, or even to San Diego. The beaches and mountains are also easily accessible for the more adventurous party-goer or thrill-seeker.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown Riverside
  • Riverside Plaza
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Getaway CafĂ©
  • Riverside Brewery & Restaurant
  • TGI Friday's
  • University Lounge Hookah
Local Specialties
Hpnotiq: Fruit juice, vodka, and a touch of cognac
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Power hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • The Highlander (student newspaper)
  • The Press-Enterprise (
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
El Castillo Restaurant
Organization Parties
El Castillo often hosts parties in conjunction with fraternities or sororities. Departments, clubs, and organizations usually throw private quarterly parties for their members here, too.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

The Vibe

The Vibe Bar and Grill in Riverside is a restaurant and nightlife venue featuring live entertainment and dancing.

1805 University Ave.


(951) 788-0310

Sevilla Night Club

Sevilla has a hip-hop dance club downstairs and a salsa dance club upstairs.

3252 Mission Inn Ave.


(951) 778-0611

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Mission Tobacco Lounge

The only cigar lounge in Riverside.

3630 University Ave.


(951) 682-4427

The Salted Pig

A bar with a good-quality restaurant.

3700 12th St.


(951) 848-4020

Worthington's Tavern

A standard dive bar with burlesque shows and a outdoor lounge area.

3587 University Ave.


(951) 779-9169

El Castillo Restaurant

4190 Chicago Ave.


Killarney's Restaurant & Irish Pub

Smoking patios, many beer choices, occasional live music.

3639 Riverside Plaza Drive


(951) 682-2933

The Menagerie

This gay bar is a good dancing place for weekday parties with cheap drinks.

3581 University Ave.


(951) 788-8000

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


Visit Downtown Disney, a shopping, dining, and entertainment district between Disneyland and California Adventure.

1313 Disneyland Dr.


(714) 999-0990

Dave & Buster's

This is an arcade with an eatery.

4821 Mills Circle


(909) 581-9899

Student Polls

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 92 responses

  • 1% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 0% Tuesday
  • 0% Wednesday
  • 27% Thursday
  • 54% Friday
  • 17% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 183 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 99 responses

  • 38% Heat
  • 30% All 3 events: Block Party, Heat, Spring Splash
  • 14% Block Party
  • 8% Heat never happened
  • 5% Spring Splash
  • 4% I've never attended any of them

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 94 responses

  • 9% Walk.
  • 3% Taxis.
  • 4% Public transportation.
  • 3% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 73% Use a designated driver.
  • 7% There are no good options.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 72 responses

  • 45% Off campus
  • 28% Fraternities
  • 17% Clubs and friends
  • 8% There are no good parties.
  • 2% UCR is not a fun place

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 182 responses

  • 5% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 35% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 23% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 19% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 19% Parties? What parties?



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