Brunswick isn't the liveliest town when it comes to nightlife, but the places that do exist are pretty popular with Bowdoin students. Common spots that students frequent are the Sea Dog Brewing Company, Joshua’s Tavern, and the on-campus pub. Most students don’t travel far for nighttime entertainment—there are usually parties going on at the on-campus social houses, or students can just walk downtown. The club scene in Brunswick is weak to nonexistent, but many Bowdoin students don’t really enjoy that scene to begin with. There is access to a much more vibrant nighttime scene in Portland, about a half-hour drive from campus.
However, students don’t usually need to travel far because there is generally a lot happening on campus Thursday through Saturday. There are plenty of parties, but students who do not want to drink can still feel comfortable attending because there is no pressure to drink. The African-American Society also holds a popular dance party at Russwurm House where no alcohol is served. Upperclassmen generally don’t attend parties at the social houses, but private room parties grow in size as word gets around. The campus pub also has bands and DJs on Thursday and a few Saturday nights. For one week in April, nightlife becomes “daylife” during Ivies, which is a celebration of the fact that it is finally nice out again in Maine. During this time, there are constant parties and concerts, and everyone hangs out on the quad. For underage students, the on-campus parties are a possibility, but they can also go to Gelato Fiasco or bowling. Despite the lack of variety and options in regards to clubs and bars, students still manage to have fun in their weekend antics.