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Posted: November 23, 2015

Eve’s at the Garden offers a cozy and secluded bar experience in Portland

Written by: Claire Jeffers
Claire Jeffers photo

Claire Jeffers photo

Most bars are situated where you’ll be seen. Unless you’re visiting one of Portland’s speakeasy-style bars in a basement or behind tinted windows, there aren’t many places where you won’t bump into a handful of acquaintances. Eve’s at the Garden at the Portland Harbor Hotel offers the best of both worlds – a refined bar experience, and a quiet, more secluded environment with plenty of natural light.

There’s no clear signage for Eve’s. Tucked away one level above the street in the hotel’s main lobby, the only way up is through the front entrance at the corner of Fore and Union streets.


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The Portland Harbor Hotel home of Eve’s at the Garden. Claire Jeffers photo

The Portland Harbor Hotel home of Eve’s at the Garden. Claire Jeffers photo

At the top of the stairs, the lobby opens into a bright dining room and bar lounge. A gas fireplace is situated in the center of a room that, during the day, is primarily lit from the picture windows that line the length of the far wall. No matter where you sit at Eve’s, it’s easy to take in the peaceful views of the outdoor gardens, and in a couple of months, the patio will be transformed into an ice sculpture garden where cocktail parties have been hosted for the last several winters.

The mahogany bar at Eve’s is simple and classy, featuring vintage lamps and spotless liquor shelves lined with numerous selections of single malt scotches and other high-quality spirits. While this is not the place to get a trendy craft cocktail – “Orange Dreamsicle” is one from the list, as well as “Pineapple Express” – the bartenders are exceedingly hospitable and can whip up your favorite drink, no problem. There are six house martinis available, an assortment of seasonal, local bottled beer, and a robust wine list.

Eve’s at the Garden features 14 cocktails, including the Champagne Cosmo ($13) which is actually made with Champagne’s bubbly cousin, prosecco,  grey goose, grand marnier and cranberry. Claire Jeffers photo

Eve’s at the Garden features 14 cocktails, including the Champagne Cosmo ($13) which is actually made with Champagne’s bubbly cousin, prosecco, grey goose, grand marnier and cranberry. Claire Jeffers photo

During the winter months, Eve’s would be an ideal place to sit by the fire, read a book, or visit with a friend and enjoy a warm Irish coffee or hot toddy. With a constant stream of out-of-town visitors throughout the year, it’s likely you won’t see a familiar face.

Eve’s at the Garden

468 Fore St., Portland | 207-775-9090 | evesatthegarden.com

HOURS: Breakfast 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday to Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday; lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; Sunday brunch 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. daily; happy hour 4 to 7 p.m.
AMENITIES: fireplace nook, lounge seating, garden seating during warmer months, quiet noise level, luxurious bathrooms
PARKING: Valet, on-street and parking garage
BOTTOM LINE: Tucked away on the second floor of the Portland Harbor Hotel is Eve’s at the Garden, a warm and elegant hotel bar and restaurant that boasts a toasty fireplace nook, superbly comfortable bar stools, and peaceful views of the patio sanctuary, which transforms into an ice sculpture garden come winter. While the cocktail list is mediocre, this is the perfect place to enjoy a nice glass of Scotch, share a bottle of red, or order a warm Irish Dream Coffee.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: Yes

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