'Late Nights at Lobos': The weekly event that fulfills your Friday night

On Friday nights, the Sonoma State campus may seem quiet and dead, with its empty halls and symphony of crickets, but Lobos campus pub surely is not. Sounds of laughter and singing permeate the Lobos walls as it continues to celebrate its weekly “Late Night at Lobo’s” event.

Every Friday, Lobos holds a rotating selection of different events from karaoke, trivia, bingo, and game night. Called “Late Night at Lobo’s”, the weekly event is held from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with all of its activities and themes listed on Seawolf Living, AAG and Blurb calendar.

For those looking for a fun way to start off their Friday night, Lobos might just be perfect for you. With free admission and openness to all, bring friends and enjoy a relaxing, close time with peers alike. Unlike most places that host trivia and karaoke nights, Lobo’s doesn’t require students to be 21 to participate and is open to people of all ages. So for those itching to get out and about but feel limited due to age, Lobos this Friday might be just what you are looking for. 

With prizes available in bingo and trivia nights alike, the event nights also showcase a different theme every time. Student involvement member, Will Montgomery, described how each selected residential advisor is in charge of the topic and questions for every trivia night. Montgomery says, “a really popular one last semester was ‘Game of Thrones’ trivia, with special themed prizes like shirts and mugs. 

For those into board games with friends, Lobos game night brings back many of the classics. From games like “Connect-four,” “Apples to Apples,” “Life,” checkers and more, students are sure to find a game for themselves and their friends. However, there is no need to feel like one has to be limited to the aforementioned, as anyone is welcome to bring in his or her own games too; if any student has a fun game that he or she loves playing with friends, bring it in! After all, students just might find others who like it just as much and end up making some new friends in the process. 

For those who like to sing but are between being comfortable and uncomfortable with a mic, Lobos just might be perfect for them too. With an ever growing list of songs to choose from, it has a variety of different popular songs. Admirably, Lobos does not play many songs within the last five years; however, students are also welcome to play any songs on personal playlists as well. So, for those with that “one song” constantly playing and rocking out to, students alike just might fit in perfectly at Lobo’s Friday night festivities too. 

Last Friday, Lobos held its first karaoke of the semester and definitely saw no shortage of people eager to sing. Non-Sonoma-State-student Megan Reilly, 22, broke the ice and went first with “Move along” by the All American Rejects. There with another friend, Reilly described how she actively goes karaoking and appreciates how different the Lobos setup is.

“You’re not a stage and not dead center of the bar, so it actually helps to take some of the pressure off and it’s easier to be yourself,” Reilly said. 

Next up, Erick Carientos, owned the room with “Warning” by Incubus. Erick is a first semester transfer to Sonoma State and although this was his first karaoke night at Lobos, he has attended a large number of the campus social events already this semester. “It’s because of the events on campus that I already feel at home and why leaving home hasn’t been such a shell shocking experience,” Carientos said. 

Two other new students, Lydia Burdorf and her friend Abima, tried their hand at “Take a Chance on Me” by Abba. Although half-way through the song the students realized that they chose the wrong version and were thrown off, their laughter filled the air, instead of their anxiety. The students only needed a short intermission before they were right back up and singing Rocky Horror Picture Show’s “Sweet Transvestite.”

The atmosphere throughout the night was both uplifting and relaxing. As everyone is either trying to unwind from the school or work week, Lobos provides everyone with a great place for people to let go and potentially make new friends. So whatever your fancy is: games, trivia, singing or even Bingo, Lobos has you covered. With good food and plenty of drinks, too, students are sure to have a fantastic night out.