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Posted: October 24, 2016

Biker or not, anyone can have fun at Bentley’s

Written by: Katy Kelleher
Bikes might be the vehicle of choice, but Subaru drivers are welcome at Bentley's too. Photo by Katy Kelleher

Bikes might be the vehicle of choice, but Subaru drivers are welcome at Bentley’s too.
Photo by Katy Kelleher

In the 1996 cult classic “From Dusk Till Dawn,” the main characters hole up in a biker bar with a name that’s not fit to print.

Since you’ve had 20 years to see this epic horror film, there’s little reason to provide a spoiler alert, but if that kind of thing bothers you, stop reading right now. Because guess what? Those biker babes are all vampires.

Now, I’m not saying I expected Bentley’s Saloon in Arundel to be full of bloodsuckers, but Hollywood has taught me that biker bars are fearsome places, so I was a little nervous walking in. But just minutes after entering the front room, a friendly guy dressed in a sweet leather vest saw my confusion and pointed me in the right direction.

“New here?” he said. “There’s a lot more out back.”

And, oh boy, was he right.

Picnic tables provide one of many areas to hang out in the sprawling bar. Photo by Katy Kelleher

Picnic tables provide one of many areas to hang out in the sprawling bar.
Photo by Katy Kelleher

Bentley’s Saloon is a sprawling bar/restaurant with an open-air courtyard, two huge smokers (the smell emanating from these pork cookers was pure heaven), a gift shop, a campground, picnic tables, bar seating, multiple stages for live music and a big metal hog (the animal, not the vehicle) that patrons like to ride on “Angel Night” Fridays.

In the main bar area, vintage motorcycles hang from the rafters alongside dozens of brassieres of every size, fabric and color.

“What’s with the bras?” I asked the bartender after ordering my Wine Wednesday special: a $10 bottle of Yellowtail.

“Women just take them off and throw them up there,” she explained.

A nearby biker (dressed in leather and a bandanna, naturally) interjected. “There’s some real friendly ladies in Maine.” (“Don’t I know it,” said my husband, earning him a under-the-bar kick.)

In the main bar area, vintage motorcycles hang from the rafters alongside dozens of brassieres of every size, fabric and color. Photo by Katy Kelleher

In the main bar area, vintage motorcycles hang from the rafters alongside dozens of brassieres of every size, fabric and color.
Photo by Katy Kelleher

Fortunately, there’s also some real friendly bikers in Maine. While there are elements of Bentley’s that feel slightly intimidating — it’s very much a regulars’ spot, and many of the drinkers seemed to know everyone, making it hard to walk in as an outsider, particularly one who drove up in a Subaru — the vibe is surprisingly welcoming.

The waitresses were lovely, as was the woman who tended the gift shop (where you can buy underwear with silly sayings on the rear or leather belts with the Bentley’s logo). And there were several dudes drinking solo at the bar, and all of them were happy to exchange a few words about their favorite watering hole.

The smell coming from pork smokers is another amenity. Photo by Katy Kelleher

The smell coming from pork smokers is another amenity.
Photo by Katy Kelleher

However, unless you’re a biker looking for a new cruising crew, I’d suggest visiting Bentley’s with friends. It’s a rowdy, fun place (the motto is “Who has more fun than us? … We do!”), perfect for a night out with buddies or a Sunday Funday excursion. They’ve got hog roasts on the weekend, car shows, live music and other events to keep you coming back for more.

Bentley’s Saloon

WHERE: 1601 Portland Road, Arundel
PHONE: 985-8966
WEBSITE: bentleyssaloon.com
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Wednesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday
AMENITIES: Outdoor seating, indoor seating, barbecue and pub menu, campground located within stumbling distance from the bar, live music, hog roasts, dance nights, karaoke, drink specials, corn hole and bar games, motel rooms, community events including fundraisers, gift shop.
BOTTOM LINE: Touting itself as New England’s No. 1 biker bar, Bentley’s Saloon and Campground is a truly unique place. Rowdy and utterly authentic, the massive drinking establishment is party central for two-wheeled fiends and their friends.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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