Entertainment searchers to find spots near LV
October 3, 1997
Imagine for a second that finally there is a break in the grinding schedule
of a University of La Verne student.
No class, no lectures, no papers, no meetings, no 500 hours of reading,
no homework, nothing. Just a few short, sweet days called a weekend?
What is a weekend? What is a spare moment? And how can this heavenly
moment be enjoyed?
Take a glimpse into some local fun spots around La Verne that can make
a night or a weekend as exciting as an all expenses paid round trip to the
Bahamas. Okay, so it is not that exciting, but it can still be an entertaining
way to kill some time on a free weekend.
Hungry? Fries and a burger sound good? In-N-Out is a local spot for
hungry ULV students. It is inexpensive and close by. So what to do if the
stomach is full but you are just itching to get out of the dorms?
"I go there every night at about 12:30. I go there mostly because
I enjoy the food and it is open later than most fast food places. I just
love In-N-Out," said sophomore Seth Halverson.
Once the weekend rolls around pull out those Wranglers and spurs, throw
on some Garth Brooks and saddle up the pony, because it is time to head
out to Cowboy Boogie, an Anaheim country western dance bar. Admission is
cheap but a dress code is enforced so no baseball caps, t-shirts or torn
jeans. Guys must wear a collared shirt that remains tucked in. As for the
ladies dress code, there is nothing to worry about.
"Cowboy Boogie has a cool atmosphere. Everyone is really easy going
and people come right up and ask you to dance. It is fun and you don't even
have to like country music to have fun country line dancing. There is always
someone there to show you how to do the dances. And they won't make fun
of you for not knowing," said sophomore Kelly Young.
If driving to Anaheim is not an option then try the Western Connection
in San Dimas, but only if you are 21 years old. This place has a 2,500 square
foot dance floor and live entertainment nightly when the club opens up at
6 p.m. The club is closed on Monday.
If traveling far is still not appealing then leave legal drinking age
friends upstairs at the Western Connection and head down to Coffee Bizarre.
This cozy little coffee shop is owned by an alumni of La Verne, Henry
Coffee Bizarre has a mixture of options for students. For those who
want a quiet place to study, this coffee shop is equipped with outlets for
laptops so students can work on their homework.
If relaxation is sought then games or live entertainment may be of interest.
A variety of jazz, pop and classical music is performed by local talent
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The jamming starts at about 8:30 p.m. and
lasts until 11p.m. While absorbing the tunes pick up a cup of coffee or
Okay, so the coffee shop is too passive and does not have enough energy,
so how about Club Metro in Riverside?
"The Metro is awesome, last semester I went almost every Tuesday
night. There is good music and it is always crowded with tons of people
to dance with," said sophomore Marissa Mawn.
Open seven nights a week, Club Metro offers up to four separate rooms
of dancing and music. Funk, old school, hip hop, retro disco, alternative,
gothic, industrial, deep house, name it and they play each of them at least
one night out of the week. The great music and reasonable admission draws
a mesh pot of people.
Dave and Buster's is a combination bar, dining area, and arcade at Ontario
Mills Mall. They offer two full service bars and a sit down dinning area.
Along with the shuffle boards and golf simulator, Dave and Buster's also
has six black jack tables and a massive amount of virtual reality and carnival
games. Dave and Buster's also features a variety of pool tables and skeeball
for all ages.
For those who are under 21, you must be accompanied by a person 25 or
older, after all it is a bar.
"It is really easy to spend $20 or $30 at this place. It is a modern
day mecca for adults to be little kids again in their spare time,"
said Instructor/Director of Speech and Debate Jason Sandford.
There is plenty to do around ULV, it just has to be sought out.