Wednesday April 23rd 2014

Drink

Westbrook
The Frog and Turtle
// InfoOpen Tue-Sat 4-9:30 pm; Sun 9 am-1 pm & 2-8 pm; closed Mon
thefrogandturtle.com
// At a glance

Brightly lit, with lots of greens and golds, kind of like a jungle at midday, with outrageous food and smooth libations tailored to your froggy tastes. Bloodies with a killer price point (5.50) is just the start. Tumble on into a Iimmy Benedict (bacon, caramelized onions, scallions and brie, 9.75) and close ‘er down with the house-made donuts. Nap time!

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Gorham
Sebago Brewing Company Gorham
// InfoOpen Mon-Sat 11 am-midnight; Sun 9 am-9:30 pm, brunch 9 am-2 pm
sebagobrewing.com
// At a glance

There are three flat screen TVs, just for eye candy. They facilitate the awkward-pause. look-up quite well. There’s plentiful seating on the deck outside, complete with a little creek that gurgles after rainstorms. A nice place to sit on an August night. Fully competent and imaginative brewery. Beware the abv! The brews go down so sweetly that it’s easy to miss the sting. The staff is well dressed, in high spirits.

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Saco
Run of The Mill public House and Brewery
// InfoOpen 11:30-1 am daily, serving food from until 9 pm Sun-Thur and 10 pm Fri & Sat
therunofthemill.net
// At a glance

With over 13,000 square feet, two smaller dining rooms and lots of little areas to set up for a small gathering, the space is impressive. Add to that a large patio seating over a hundred people, overlooking the river and I think I found another reason to travel South. With live music and brewery, the tunes and brews are always flowing.

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Portland
The Armory Lounge at the Portland Regency
// InfoOpen Sun 3-11:00 pm; Mon 11:30 am-11 pm; Tue-Thu 11:30 am-midnight; Fri 11:30 am-1 am; Sat noon-1 am
www.theregency.com
// At a glance

Cast in class, but plenty of diversions abound. The apps menu has all the heavy hitters you want (Antipasto plate, $9, or Mussels Mariniere, $9) and the mixology at work on the martinis list is probably a point of pride for the Armory’s barstaff. Try Martini Mon, when all martinis are $7 from 4 to 6 pm

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Kennebunk
Sebago Brewing Company Kennebunk
// InfoOpen everyday 11 am-1 am
www.sebagobrewing.com
// At a glance

Great food, freshest beer and the good cheer of relieved shoppers. Sebago is where you let that knot of spending anxiety unravel a little. They’ve got what it takes to drown your Walmart blues.

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Naples
Rick’s Cafe
// InfoFood available 11:30 am-9 pm, 7 days a week, bar open until 1 am
rickscafenaples.com
// At a glance

Entertainment is key and Rick’s has live bands on Fri and Sat nights, with no cover and dancing the night away strongly encouraged. During the day, with the sun beating down and the sound of jet ski’s in the background, choose to sit on the large patio or indoors (with an upstairs deck in full swing, during the height of the season.)

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Biddeford
Bebe’s Burritos & Cantina
// InfoOpen Mon-Wed 5 pm to 9 pm; Thur & Fri 11:30 am-10 pm; Sat 12 pm-10 pm; Sun 4 pm-9 pm
bebesburritos.com
// At a glance

I mean, have you ever been to an establishment with thousands of twinkle-lights hanging above their outside cafe tables that WASN’T a great place to hang out? This cantina encourages you to sit back and order lots of margaritas.

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Saco
The Kerrymen Pub
// InfoOpen Mon-Thur 11 am-11 pm; Fri & Sat 11 am-1 am; Sun noon-11 pm
www.thekerrymenpub.com
// At a glance

Stepping inside the door of The Kerrymen pub in Saco is like stepping back to the pubs at the turn of the century. The building itself is actually two post and beam barns. Inside, it’s live music, happy hour specials, a game room, lounge, dinner tables and sporting event nights.

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Brunswick
Byrnes Irish Pub
// InfoOpen Mon-Fri 11 am-midnight; Sat & Sun 9 am-midnight
byrnesirishpub.com
// At a glance

Not a place to go out for a bender, they do have live music on the weekends, Trivia night on Weds and an Irish band on Tues. From the end of the authentic Irish bar you can watch families, friends and folks looking for a chill place to listen to some Irish music or catch the game over a pint of Guinness.

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Bath
Riverside Sports Pub
// InfoOpen Mon-Sun 11 am-1 am
// At a glance

The night life is hopping at Riverside with a dance floor and DJ on the weekends, complete with disco ball and light show. It’s one of those rare places that is able to do both a daytime and an evening scene well.

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