Located close to Maine’s second largest city, the University of Maine in Orono is the University of Maine’s largest campus with over 11,000 students. University students can often be found out late looking for food other than the school’s dining halls. Orono and the surrounding towns offer hungry students a variety of tasty delights.
Named after the school’s mascot, the Black Bear, the Bear Brew Pub is one of the most popular pubs near the campus. Open to 1 a.m. every day, it’s not uncommon to see all the booths filled by university students. There’s a dance floor, 28 draft beers on tap, and all the typical pub food you’d expect to see on a menu. The wood fired pizzas are a local favorite. Since the Bear Brew Pub targets nearby university students, the bill won’t break the bank either.
Woodman’s Bar & Grill was opened in 2005 by former UMaine students. With delicious pub fare like chicken strips and fries, burgers, and Buffalo chicken sandwich, there’s no question why students love Woodman’s. Since the food prices are affordable, students can also afford the in-house brewed craft beer by Orono Brewing Company.
Pat’s Pizza is a Maine legend. Opened in Orono in July 1931, the pizzeria has since spread across the state with locations as far south as Sanford. Pat’s Pizza is one of the best places near the UMO campus to grab a fresh dough pizza. Check out the specials for great deals that even the poorest students can afford.
Open late every day of the week, Margaritas Mexican Restaurant is a local favorite of university students. With a menu full of budget-friendly, flavorful Mexican foods, you’ll see plenty of student here, especially on the weekend. Margaritas are just $5 after 9 p.m. and many of the beers are discounted as well. Perfect for any university student on a budget!
Open until 2:00 am Thursday through Saturday, Orono House of Pizza just across Route 2 from the University of Maine campus is the perfect destination for some greasy pizza after a night of drinking. The pizza’s cheap and they have all your favorites.
For students who are looking to head to the “big city” for a night of fun, Geaghan’s Pub is a Bangor favorite. Open late, the pub serves delicious pub fare like wings, burgers, and pizza. Geaghan’s brews its own craft beer in-house and a great destination for students over the age of 21 who are looking for a tasty beer to enjoy.
Known for their generous “Happy Hour” from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays where everything on the menu, including drinks, is half off, Kobe Ninja House is also a great restaurant to enjoy late night after a football game. Gather up your friends and enjoy the Hibachi style lobster, chicken, steak, and more.
Serving gourmet burgers, chicken sandwiches, and hot dogs, the Family Dog in Orono is an upscale late night spot for university students. The food menu has lots of house-made specialties and lots of local beers and strong cocktails. There is live music, trivia nights, and more.
The Roost is a popular wings and pub frequented by thousands of university students. There is always something going on at the Roost from karaoke nights to free limo pickups and more. Wing Night is one of the most popular nights so get there early for the 39 cent wings and $5 PBR mini pitchers!
Every college student will binge on Chinese food at some point during their college years. Located close to the campus, China Garden offers “unique homemade” Chinese food with a focus on vegetarian dishes. There is a full bar and they even offer cooking classes. Make your mom proud and sign up for a class today and say goodbye to Ramen forever.