Wednesday April 16th 2014

Drink

Portland
Katahdin Wood Fire Grill and Bar
// InfoOpen Tue-Sat, 5 pm-11 pm.
katahdinrestaurant.com
// At a glance

Help yourself to a seat at the grand homemade bar – meant for enjoying conversation with friends, not to be confused with texting or game watching. They also have an entrance that goes directly into Portland Stage Co. Perfect for the cold weather and play nights.

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Portland
Congress Bar & Grill
// InfoOpen daily at 11:30 am
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// At a glance

It’s a cozy, laid-back bar with a friendly atmosphere that’s sure to be busy before or after any State Theatre act due to that venue being a few doors down.

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Portland
Shays Grill pub
// InfoOpen Mon-Thur 11 am-9 pm; Fri 11 am-10 pm; Sat 12 pm-10 pm; closed Sun
shaysgrillpub.com
// At a glance

Shay’s Grill pub, located on Monument Square, is just that – a grill pub. With a single huge TV in the corner, Shay’s is decorated with retro paraphernalia and local artwork. The clientele is fairly business/casual – to be expected for a prime spot for happy hour in a heavy business district of Portland.

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Portland
The Downtown Lounge
// InfoOpen 5 pm-1 am Mon-Sun
downtownloungeportland.com
// At a glance

One of the best places in town to loose your barbaric yawp is a sinewy pit bull of a bar called Downtown Lounge. You may have heard of it, and for good reason, the gears mesh so cleanly here for the tireless efforts of its scrappy restaurateur owner, Norm Jabar.

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Portland
Bar Lola
// InfoOpen Wed-Sat 5-10 pm
barlola.net
// At a glance

Bar Lola isn’t really the pinball/jukebox type of place, but you could count good friends and some of the best culinary thinking in Portland as amenities. A loyal local clientele is Bar Lola’s bread and butter, but East End picnickers looking for a drink somewhere up the hill are as common as old friends coming in for a lavish anniversary dinner.

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Portland
Five Fifty-Five
// InfoOpen 5-9:30 pm Sun-Thu; 5 to 10:30 pm Fri & Sat; 9:30 am to 2 pm Sun
fivefifty-five.com
// At a glance

Sharing space with the nationally recognized culinary delight that is Five Fifty-Five restaurant, this lounge reminds locals and tourists that Maine is not all L.L. Bean backwoods and laid-back brewpubs.

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Portland
Bull Feeney’s
// At a glance

Bull Feeney’s is a big pub on two floors with intimate corners by a fireplace and big rooms ready for parties. With a kitchen skilled at making basics like fish and chips, customers enjoy meals of Irish pub standards or more elaborate entrees.

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Old Orchard Beach
Myst
// InfoOpen daily noon-1 am; closed winters.
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// At a glance

Three of the four walls in this restaurant are floor to ceiling windows, overlooking the deck and ocean and the view couldn’t be better for getting some sun and people watching. Choose the deck to get your sun on, with a capacity of 150 people and sit at one of the many high tops with the best view around.

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Old Orchard Beach
The Brunswick
// InfoOpen Sun-Thur 10:30 am-11 pm; Fri & Sat open to 1 am
www.thebrunswick.com
// At a glance

Boasting the largest patio in Old Orchard, The Brunswick boasts some of Maine’s best summer real estate. With two large bars fulled loaded and serviced on the deck, a covered area in case you need some shade and two large bars inside, serving food while overlooking the ocean-large windows, there is plenty of room for everyone here.

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Old Orchard Beach
Pirates Patio & Galley
// InfoOpen daily until Labor Day; open weekends at noon after Labor Day
// At a glance

An unassuming beach shack awaits at Pirates patio – a world away from the screaming rides and hullabaloo a bit down the shore in OOB. It’s quite a surprise to discover this humble hut that overlooks the Atlantic, with a beachy outdoor patio, pirate ship hull and fire pits, too.

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