Maine Cocktail Tours combine Portland’s cocktails with Portland’s history in 2.5-hour walking tours. There are five stops along the way to sample the city’s cocktails, and plenty of education, too. The cost is $49 and includes all drinks (and wisdom). Drinks won’t be full-sized, to help keep tourgoers from – ahem – over-appreciating and making bad “I’m on vacation” decisions.
Book fans can seek out fellow reading geeks in libraries, where the conversation might be halted by a shushing librarian, or in book stores, where shop owners will still politely request that you stop haranguing customers at the register. An easier option for the addicted page turner: Beer & Books Book Club.
As it turns out, putting Hannaford bags on your feet DOES NOT make last year’s busted boots appropriate for this year’s blizzard. This and other helpful lessons from the annals of the hopelessly snowed in.
It’s taken a long 160 years for cocktails to become a local craft – something more complex than the apple martini of our twenties. Something created, not poured from a half-frozen bag and tinted a painfully artificial red. Local Noah Love believes the time for craft cocktails is here. The Portland native is the founder of Maine Cocktail Tours, a walking tour of Portland bars that highlights our city’s alcoholic history. And yes, there will be cocktails.
Paint Nite combines artistry with the good ol’ fashioned art of drinking. Everything you need to paint – paint, brushes, canvas, apron, easel, guidance – is provided. You buy the drink of your choice.
There’s no rest for the cheery this time of year. Santa’s working overtime to ensure his one night of worldwide present dispensing goes off without a hitch. It’s a joyful gig. But the stress sometimes keeps him up nights. Makes sense that he might choose to blow off some steam with an innocent bar crawl around town.
The 2013 Ice Bar at Portland Harbor Hotel is Thursday to Saturday, January 24-26. Tickets are on sale, order yours now. Ticket prices are $20 (entry) and $26 (entry plus a cocktail). Additional drink tickets will be on sale during each night of the Ice Bar.
Fact: Beer and wine make you a better painter. The people behind Paint Nite get it, and they’ve brought painting to local pubs like Bull Feeney’s and Flask Lounge.