United States > Maine > Portland
TheBeerBabe (13) Portland, Maine | July 8, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
Big draught list and tasty food - but the main drawbacks for me are the service which can be very, very slow (even to grab a few beers, let alone order food) and I usually end up with someone whoís kind of hungover or distracted. However, there are some beers here that you canít get anywhere else on draught. Just be sure to double check freshness - with lists that large thereís always a chance that something might be a little past its date.
Vballnbeer (72) Gorham, Maine | July 5, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Great place to take a date or hang out with buddies. This is my favorite place to go in Portland. They have daily drink specials and really good food.
Tico (2) , | July 4, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome bar, unmatched selection of beers on tap in the Portland area - especially if you like belgians. Food: pub fare, with a LOT of choices, but I recommend sticking to the classics -- burgers, wings in particular.
BeerandBlues2 (803) San Diego, California | June 24, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
This seems more like a biker bar than a craft beer bar, though it seems they cater to all, given the "tower of beer" available for the macro lovers. The decor reports of yesteryear with old photographs of the area. The staff seemed like they were just going through the motions of a job that was keeping them away from other things.
KPD (204) Michigan | June 21, 2013| Updated June 23, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited before the Shelton brothers beer fest. Several beers on draft made for the fest. Impressive tap list lots Iíve not seen both fest beers and Maine beers. Did a couple samplers really good. Had nachos. Some of the Maine beers were hit and miss. Excellent beer stop.
johnnnniee (118) Bedford, New Hampshire | June 15, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
My second trip to the Bear on a business trip for work by myself. Roadhouse/chain restaurant feel to the inside of building with a nice deck off to to the back left. The menu is mostly pub grub, but does have some choices that are veggy and/or healthy. I had a hanger steak that was really well done! The huge, Maine focused tap list holds many choices for the casual beer drinker, but I did manage to find a beer or two that excited my inner geek. Service was attentive and my meal was moderately priced for the area. Great place for some beer and food, I wouldnít hesitate to return unless I was sampling some of the geekier beer destinations in Portland.
PhilHarmstead (2) Vermont | May 15, 2013
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
A dream come true! The Bear is happy times every time. My friends and I have made it an annual tradition when weíre in New England, visiting from Michigan. Very nice selection and you MUST try the chili fries. Good idea to get a taxi to/from this one, though. If only it were downtown!
boomerbrew (16) Texas | April 8, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice bar and selection. I was excited about this place because they have samplers of your choice. I wanted to try the local beers and this was a good place to do so. Food was good (sea food) and the ambiance was warm on a cold night before a big storm hit. Plenty of brews to select from beyond just the local brews. Overall great place and Iíll go again if ever back in the area.
mustardtiger (2) Brooklyn, New York | March 31, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Had been meaning to get here for awhile as i have friends in Portland and take trips every couple of months. It was much bigger than expected and they had a great selection of local beers that I have never had or seen before. Had a locals kind of vibe which was made clear to me when I went to the bar to order and was greeted with strange looks. All in all nice place with casual vibe and good beers.
lachrymalisis (18) Pennsylvania | March 2, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Cool place, nice big bar, a bit too much of a TGI Fridayís feel in the dining areas, but not unbearable. Decent selection, although I was surprised at the omission of some great stuff, although Iím not completely sure of Maineís distribution issues, so I was satisfied. Didnít have any food,so canít fairly rate it (although I did see an abundance of nachos with factory-made chips, and Sysco Foods boxes in the building...). Bottles of Maine Beer MO were almost 2 months old-not a good sign for a bar in the town where the beer is made...but the Peeper from the draft was exceptionally fresh, the Kipling cask was stellar, and Oxbow Farmhouse Pale was clean. No line funk that I could detect. Paid $20 for the above mentioned beers (including tip). very happy about that. Will definitely come back when Iím in Portland again.
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