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Posted: April 14, 2014

Take it outside: 58 outdoor decks and patios for soaking up the sun

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Feel that? It’s called the sun. It’s nice, isn’t it? Take advantage of the rays and warm weather and have your drink outside on one of the sweet decks at these Maine bars and restaurants, because cocktails always taste better outside:

PORTLAND

Portland Lobster Company. Press Herald file photo

Portland Lobster Company

180 Commercial St., Portland | 775-2112 | portlandlobstercompany.com
A deck that stretches out over the water, an outdoor bar and a stellar Commercial Street backdrop.

Porthole Restaurant. Press Herald file photo

Porthole Restaurant

20 Custom House Wharf, Portland | 780-6533 | portholemaine.com
A longstanding happy hour staple, the Porthole Restaurant lures the office-working masses for after-hours camaraderie.

Eve’s at the Garden, Portland Harbor Hotel

468 Fore St., Portland | 775-9090 | portlandharborhotel.com
A classy hidden gem decked with flora and bubbling fountains.

Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room. Press Herald file photo

Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room

86 Commercial St., Portland | 774-5725 | boonesfishhouse.com
With large decks on two levels and an outdoor bar, Boone’s, which opened last August, is sure to be one of the busiest spots on the waterfront this season.

Novare Res Bier Cafe

4 Canal Plaza, Portland | 761-2437 | novareresbiercafe.com
Experiment with the unique beer list and pass an afternoon conquering the world at cornhole.

Gilbert’s Chowder House. Press Herald file photo

Gilbert’s Chowder House

92 Commercial St., Portland | 871-5636 | gilbertschowderhouse.com
The deck looks over the working waterfront. Protect your food from gulls!

Dry Dock

84 Commercial St., Portland | 774-3550
One deck. And another on top of it. That’s a double-decker deck. And it overlooks other restaurant decks.

Outliers Eatery. Press Herald file photo

Outliers Eatery

231 York St., Portland | 774-4166 | outlierseatery.com
Savor one of the West End’s best views from the cottage-like covered porch — you can see across the Casco Bay Bridge all the way to South Portland.

Flatbread Company

72 Commercial St., Portland | 772-8777 | flatbreadcompany.com
Pizza with a view is always a good thing. Especially when the pizza is organic and the view is of the ferries plying Casco Bay.

Bayside Bowl

58 Alder St., Portland | 791-2695 | baysidebowl.com
Bocce courts, cornhole and an outdoor bar!.

El Rayo Taqueria Press Herald file photo

El Rayo Taqueria

101 York St., Portland | 780-8226 | elrayotaqueria.com
El Rayo turns a parking lot into a warm-weather city oasis with picnic tables and bright patterns.

Cantina El Rayo

85 York St., Portland | 780-8226 | elrayocantina.com
More sophisticated than the patio at its sister restaurant next door, Cantina’s deck features firepit tables and flickering torches.

Brian Boru

57 Center St., Portland| 780-1506 | brianboruportland.com
The upstairs deck has a cool view of Portland and – thank goodness – it has a high weight capacity.

DiMillo’s on the Water. Photo: DiMillo’s/Facebook

DiMillo’s on the Water

25 Long Wharf, Portland| 772-2216 | dimillos.com/restaurant
Maine’s busiest restaurant is a boat, so of course it has outdoor decks. Three of them. With heat and plastic curtains when it’s chilly.

Dogfish Bar and Grille

128 Free St., Portland | 772-5483 | thedogfishbarandgrille.com
Two decks – one in front, one in back. Front has a nice second-story view of pedestrians on Free Street.

Shays Grill Pub

8 Monument Square, Portland | 772-2626 | shaysgrillpub.com
The best people-watching in town in Monument Square, during the work week or at night.

Silly’s Press Herald file photo

Silly’s

40 Washington Ave, Portland | 207-772-0360 | sillys.com
Sure, we love the lively interior at Silly’s, but the back patio is just as fun and colorful.

David’s

22 Monument Square, Portland | 773-4340 | davidsrestaurant.com
Also the best people-watching in town. Monument Square is wonderfully entertaining.

Oasis

42 Wharf St., Portland | 370-9048 | oasisportland.com
The brick patio looks out onto Wharf Street and has an old-world feel.

Amigos. Press Herald file photo

Amigos

9 Dana St., Portland | 772-0772
Make friends outside. They’ll bum a smoke and you’ll both love the live music.

Rivalries

10 Cotton St., Portland | 207-774-6044  | rivalriesportland.com
Take a break from the game (gasp! What?!) and step outside. Look, there’s the sun, just like on TV!

King of the Roll

675 Congress St., Portland | 828-8880
The State Street/Congress Street corner is a cool one. The side patio is right amid the bustle.

Yosaku Japanese Restaurant

1 Danforth St., Portland | 780-0880
You’ve driven by and been jealous. The patio is citified, yet somehow quiet serene. Hmm.

Caiola’s. Press Herald file photo

Caiola’s Restaurant

58 Pine St., Portland | 772-1110 | caiolas.com
The private patio – right in the heart of the West End – is quaint as all get-out.

The Great Lost Bear. Press Herald file photo

The Great Lost Bear

540 Forest Ave., Portland | 772-0300 | greatlostbear.com
Dine out and drink out on the patio. Forest Avenue will seem a lifetime ago!

Sebago Brewing Co. Press Herald file photo

Sebago Brewing Co.

211 Fore St., Portland | 775-2337 | sebagobrewing.com
Drinking on city sidewalks is forbidden. Unless you’re behind the gate at Sebago.

White Cap Grille. Press Herald file photo

White Cap Grille

164 Middle St., Portland | 899-1881 | whitecapgrille.com
The outdoor seating is covered – perfect for people who melt in the sun.

The Thirsty Pig

37 Exchange St., Portland | 773-2469 | on Facebook
How did they fit a deck in between all those buildings? It’s unexpected and perfect.

ARUNDEL

Bentley’s Saloon

1601 Portland Road, Arundel | 985-8966 | bentleyssaloon.com
While the parking lot fills with motorcycles like a field of steel cattle, the huge front deck fills with locals on a break from a summer ride.

BELFAST

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3 Tides beer garden Press Herald file photo

3 Tides Beer Garden (aka The Bottom)

2 Pinchy Lane, Belfast | 338-1707 | 3tides.com
You could sit up on the awning-shaded deck, but the real fun happens at ground level, with bus-station benches, a bocce court and a rusty behemoth of an outdoor fireplace.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR

Mine Oyster. Photo by Ted Axelrod

Mine Oyster

16 Wharf St., Pier 1, Boothbay Harbor | 633-6616 | mineoyster.com
This sliver of a deck overlooking picturesque Boothbay Harbor is a fine spot to slurp down Maine’s finest bivalves.

Chowder House Boat Bar

22 Granary Way, Boothbay Harbor | 633-5761 | chowderhouseinc.com/boat_bar
Grab a stool at the bar, a wooden sloop with the bartender standing in the cockpit, to get in on a local “secret” drinks destination.

Boat House Bistro

12 By-Way, Boothbay Harbor | 633-0400 | theboathousebistro.net
The rooftop deck offers both table and bar seating along with a tapas menu and a birds-eye view of the harbor.

DAMARISCOTTA

Schooner Landing Restaurant

40 Main St., Damariscotta | 563-7447 | schoonerlandingmaine.com
The lively outdoor music and deck-top dancing never lets you down.

FALMOUTH

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Foreside Tavern and Side Bar

270 Us Route 1, Falmouth | 781-4255 | theforesidetavern.com
It’s a secret little garden at Foreside. Drink up while surrounded by flowers, stacked stone and birch trees.

The Dockside Grill. Press Herald file photo

The Dockside Grill

215 Foreside Road, Falmouth | 747-5274 | thedocksidegrill.com
The joint’s garage-door walls are opened up to the elements on warm days. And you can’t knock the outdoor bar.

FREEPORT

Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen & Topside Tavern

88 Main St., Freeport | 865-9835 | lindabeansmainelobster.com/Restaurants
Peer over the railing of the upstairs deck and watch the shoppers go by.

Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub

187 Lower Main St., Freeport | 865-4321 | grittys.com
A place to bring the whole family with local beers for the parents and a play area for kids.

KENNEBUNK

Federal Jacks

8 Western Ave., Kennebunk | 967-4322 | federaljacks.com
The second-floor deck has cool views of the marina. And it’s covered, so pffft to you, rain.

Bartley’s Dockside Restaurant

4 Western Ave., Kennebunk | 967-6244
Out-of-town visitors appreciate the lobster bibs. Locals like getting to drink outside.

KENNEBUNKPORT

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The Ramp

77 Pier Road, Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport | 967-8500 | pier77restaurant.com
The highly coveted Adirondack chairs are ideal for enjoying the picturesque harbor views.

Arundel Wharf Restaurant

43 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport | 967-3444 | arundelwharf.com
Outdoor bar, Adirondack chairs everywhere and water on three sides.

KITTERY

Robert’s Maine Grill

326 Route 1, Kittery | 439-0300 | robertsmainegrill.com
Overlooking bucolic Spruce Creek and the surrounding marshland, this spacious, covered deck is a shady spot to spend a summer afternoon.

NAPLES

Rick’s Cafe and Sports Bar

On the Causeway, Naples | 693-3759 | rickscafenaples.com
Wide doors open onto a large, covered outdoor space downstairs. Or head up the steps – Rick’s isn’t ashamed of a little double-decker deck action.

Bray’s Brewpub

678 Roosevelt Trail, Naples | 693-6806 | braysbrewpub.com
Bray’s backyard is like the backyard of that cool friend you have who lives in the sticks but always has a ton of cool friends over playing music and drinking and stuff.

OGUNQUIT

BeachFire Bar & Grille

658 Main St., Ogunquit | 646-8998 | beachfiremaine.com
Firepits! And a cool drink menu. And firepits!

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Pirates Patio and Galley. Press Herald file photo

Pirates Patio and Galley

2 Walnut St., Old Orchard Beach | 934-0031 | piratespatioandgalley.com
A stone’s throw from the Atlantic and with a fire pit close at hand, live music, picnic tables and – is that a pirate ship?!?

Myst Oceanside Restaurant and Lounge

1 East Grand Ave., Old Orchard Beach | 934-8699
The ocean? It’s right there. Beach-centric shops? Right here. OOB’s quirky menagerie of visitors. Everywhere.

The Brunswick. Press Herald file photo

The Brunswick

39 West Grand Ave., Old Orchard Beach | 934-2171 | thebrunswick.com
This patio is vacationland all the time. Live music most nights. The beach all. the. time.

Pier Patio Pub. Press Herald file photo

Pier Patio Pub

2 Old Orchard St. (on the pier), Old Orchard Beach | 934-3595 | oobpier.com/pub.html
The pub sways when the “sea is angry.” But on the patio, hovering over the Atlantic, you’ll always be happy.

PEAKS ISLAND

Cock-Eyed Gull

78 Island Ave., Peaks Island | 766-2800 | facebook.com/cockeyedgull
Chilling on the deck here is a reason to go to Peaks Island.

The Peaks Island House

20 Island Ave., Peaks Island | 766-4400 | thepeaksislandhouse.com
Casual and covered, the deck looks out over Casco Bay. You can see Portland from here!

SOUTH PORTLAND

Saltwater Grille Press Herald file photo

Saltwater Grille

231 Front St., South Portland | 799-5400 | saltwatergrille.com
Saltwater Grille’s sweet deck offers a scenic perspective of the peninsula and the water.

Elsmere BBQ. Press Herald file photo

Elsmere BBQ and Wood Grill

448 Cottage Rd., South Portland | 619-1948 | elsmerebbq.com
There’s not much to see from the roadside deck, but it’s still nice to chow down on barbecue outside when the weather allows.

TOPSHAM

Sea Dog Brewing Co.

1 Main St., Topsham | 725-0162 | seadogbrewing.com
The Androscoggin River flows rapidly underfoot. Makes one thirsty.

WELLS

Torches Patio Pub & Grille Restaurant

757 Post Road, Wells | 646-0344 | torchespatiopub.com
It’s a tiki bar feel on the side of Route 1 with live tunes Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

WESTBROOK

Stockhouse Restaurant and Sports Pub

506 Main St., Westbrook | 854-5600 | thestockhouserestaurant.com
It’s like your own backyard deck, except there are a bunch of people you don’t know there too.

Royal River Grillhouse. Press Herald file photo

YARMOUTH

Royal River Grillhouse

106 Lafayette St., Yarmouth |846-1226 | royalrivergrillhouse.com
The spacious deck overlooking the river and marina is a serene spot to sip one of the restaurant’s signature 20-ounce Bloody Mary’s.

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