The nightclubs in the Orono and Old Town areas have little to offer outside of a popular social atmosphere. Since the clubs are enjoyable socially, and several come without the added expense of a cover charge on regular nights, they are frequented by students. The most popular club night is Thursday, because that is the evening when the best drink specials are offered. For those who choose not to drink alcoholic beverages, the clubs can be pretty bland. The location of all Orono clubs is within walking distance of campus. Some are farther than others; however, Curva is located just across the street from the east exit of campus. It is easily accessible and often holds a lot of sponsored parties and events that make it more popular among students.
The Orono clubs have expanded and added more features since they have become the central social scene for club nightlife. 103 offers an excellent social atmosphere and was already established upon its opening because of the reputation of the Bear Brew Pub. Private parties still remain the premier social atmosphere for UMaine students. Most private parties take place in apartments and houses off campus. They do exist in some residence halls and can be successful if they don’t get out of control.