Patio season: 58 outdoor decks to drink in 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 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.
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
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
92 Commercial St., Portland | 871-5636 | gilbertschowderhouse.com
The deck looks over the working waterfront. Protect your food from gulls!
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.
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.
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.
58 Alder St., Portland | 791-2695 | baysidebowl.com
Bocce courts, cornhole and an outdoor bar!.
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.
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
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.
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.
22 Monument Square, Portland | 773-4340 | davidsrestaurant.com
Also the best people-watching in town. Monument Square is wonderfully entertaining.
42 Wharf St., Portland | 370-9048 | oasisportland.com
The brick patio looks out onto Wharf Street and has an old-world feel.
9 Dana St., Portland | 772-0772
Make friends outside. They’ll bum a smoke and you’ll both love the live music.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Schooner Landing Restaurant
40 Main St., Damariscotta | 563-7447 | schoonerlandingmaine.com
The lively outdoor music and deck-top dancing never lets you down.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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 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.
Sea Dog Brewing Co.
1 Main St., Topsham | 725-0162 | seadogbrewing.com
The Androscoggin River flows rapidly underfoot. Makes one thirsty.
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.
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
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.