Monday April 21st 2014

Drink

Portland
The Grill Room
// InfoOpen lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Sat; dinner 5-10 pm Mon-Sat & 5-9 pm Sun
www.thefrontroomrestaurant.com
// At a glance

This place is upscale while still being casual, and it’s conveniently located in the heart of the Old Port. An expansive wine menu awaits, and you can order by the glass or bottle. With a fully stocked bar that has a large selection of high-end liquors and a multitude of specialty cocktails, the choices are endless.

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Portland
Novare Res Bier Cafe
// InfoOpen Mon-Thur 4 pm-1 am; Fri 3 pm-1 am; Sat & Sun noon-1 am
novareresbiercafe.com
// At a glance

The beer revolution at Novare brings with it 25 drafts, 250 bottles (some brews clock in over $40), a bunch of high-end tequila and scotch plus some light food. Novare Res also has a huge, 2000 square foot deck and a basement that mimics a European public house.

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Portland
Howie’s pub
// InfoOpen Mon-Sat noon-1 am
// At a glance

Cheap drinks and food aren’t the only reason to visit Howie’s. The atmosphere is turbo-friendly. You feel it when you walk-the door. Maybe it’s Rolling Stone’s “Start Me Up” blaring from the jukebox that invokes the amiable forces.

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Portland
Bubba’s Sulky Lounge
// InfoOpen Mon-Thur 8 am-7 pm; Fri 8 am-1 am; Sat 9 am-1 am; Sun 9 am-6 pm
bubbassulkylounge.com
// At a glance

With a huge bar and Cadillac-like seats and a back bar that opens as needed, this place carries a full bar and tons of bottled beers. But really, Bubba’s is about the light-up dance floor. And the kitch. But mostly the dance floor.

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Portland
Sapporo
// InfoOpen Mon-Thur 11:30 am-2 pm & 5-9 pm; Fri 11:30 am-2 pm & 5-10:30 pm; Sat noon-2:30 pm & 5-10:30 pm; Sun noon-2:30 pm & 4:30-9 pm
www.sappororestaurant.com
// At a glance

Located on Commercial Street, Sapporo has a sweet view of the bay and all the action on the tourist drag. It’s a definite patio drinking spot. But not many people visit Sapporo just to drink booze – they come for the authentic Japanese food and atmosphere, which makes sense since the food is beloved and the bar is, well, not a full one.

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South Portland
Saltwater Grille
// InfoOpen for lunch 11 am-3 pm; dinner 5-9 pm; ar closes at 11 pm
www.saltwatergrille.com
// At a glance

Welcome to the Saltwater Grille, home of the best sunsets never seen. That’s because this SoPo gem is a bit off the Old Port’s beaten path. With the SWG’s unique vantage point, you can listen to waves lap against row boat hulls and sip a delicious rum drink while you watch our fair star dip behind Munjoy Hill.

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Brunswick
Joshua’s Tavern
// InfoOpen 10 am-8 pm Mon-Fri; 11 am-9 pm Sat & Sun
joshuastavern.com
// At a glance

Phenomenal, reasonably priced fare including specialty stone-baked pizza and big sandwiches with steak fries. The tavern is quietly massive, unassuming on the outside, but occupying the better part of a city block. When the weather allows, there is an upstairs room/open space that offers a beautiful overlook of Maine Street, a nice college perch for a people watching cocktail.

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Portland
Mama’s Crowbar
// InfoOpen 4 pm-midnight, 7 days a week.
www.facebook.com
// At a glance

Mama’s Crowbar is a cash and beer only kind of joint. They do not have hard liquor or wine, but do carry beers that are made in the United States, gluten free and two cider choices, for those that can’t handle the brew. Fri is the best night of all with .50 off all drinks if you are knitting. That’s right, a knitters night.

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Portland
Nosh Kitchen Bar
// InfoOpen 11:30 am to 2 pm & 4 pm-1 am Mon-Fri; 4 pm-1 am Sat; closed Sun
noshkitchenbar.com
// At a glance

Laid back, wide open, big windows, and 99 bottles of beer on the wall (so to speak). Business lunches, lots of theater-goers, concert-goers. Late night it’s hipsters and hospitality staff. Nosh accommodates folks about town.

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Cape Elizabeth
The Local Buzz
// InfoOpen Mon & Tue 6:30 am-9 m; Wed & Thur 6:30 am-10 pm; Fri & Sat 6:30 am-11 pm; Sun 7 am-1 pm
capelocalbuzz.com
// At a glance

Craftily combining the upscale sophistication of a wine bar and the casual comfort of a local indie coffee shop, the unique twist makes The Local Buzz a place for anyone looking for a quiet place to meet up with a group, your date after the theater or a book and Rogue Chocolate Stout

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