Neighborhood institution with a huge taplist, mostly beers from Maine and the Northeast. Definitely a place that goes for breadth over depth. No, they donít have many rare experimental brews, but they do have a lot of stuff you wonít find other places in town, mostly from smaller, less-hip Maine breweries. And the prices are much better than the places downtown. Also has a big food menu with good portions for good prices. Always a fun evening, great place to meet friends!
This place was depressing, itís like where the townies all went to die. It was dead quiet as people drank away their sorrows lonely. The server seemed to busy, and not friendly at all. As a plus they offer flights on their 70 drafts so you can go to tick, but not a place I found very fun.
Dark and gloomy bar to walk into after enjoying a lovely clear spring day around the breweries. The tap selection has a good representation of Maine breweries but much of it can be found around Portlandís beer bars. A lot of pedestrian and easily accessible interstate beers on that list. Service was OK. I guess itís a true local pub but somehow doesnít have much character and kind of souless. It probably didnít help I had an old drunk dude sitting next to me on his sixth can of whatever crap swill he was drinking. Anyway itís worth a look if heading back from the breweries further north.
Very laid back and chill atmosphere. I enjoy sitting in the lounge area which is always busy. The selection of beers is incredible and the food menu is quite large. The service could have been faster but Iím sure that my server just had too many table which happens sometimes. I like the wings and choosing many different beers each time I come back to the GLB.
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I was once stationed in Maine and hereís my take on this awesome place.
Though a tad dark most of the time, Iíve been there, its still a great place to have almost any brew youíre lookiní for from the New England states. Even when its pretty busy, the service is mostly still good. Iíve had a fair amount of somewhat rare beers here, but also somewhat new for the most part. The food is absolutely excellent every time Iíve had it. The value, hmmm...well, it is New England (go figure, not gonna say too much). Overall, thought a tad more pricier than other places, I went there when I could and almost always loved it.
Last thing, if youíre not a local, take a taxi, parking leaves more than enough to be desired - it sucks the ratís ass.
This place was really hoppiní on a Friday evening. Went up to the bar, which was rather large and found an empty seat way around the back. Lots of beer on tap, including about 6 Allagash. I only stayed for 1 beer, however, because of the drunk frat assholes sitting next to me at the bar. Loud, obnoxious, drunk. Just bad luck for me, I guess.
This is a great place, wide selection of beer and decent food with reasonable prices. The atmosphere is fun and the crowd is mixed from barely legal age to old farts like me. The bar tenders are good and responsive. Grab a seat at the bar if you can find one. Enjoy!
was in the city for their annual beer week and the event mandated a journey her, to Portlandís beloved Great Lost Bear and their great beer list of some 70 drafts - mainly Maine brews, natch. Located about 2 miles north of downtown, the Bear lives behind a modest storefront benaeth a green awning. Upon entry, you find a lively place: a fun and lively dining room to one side, an active bar to the other. All amid an exuberant display of beer paraphanalia. Kids are more than welcome.
The food menu is ecclectic and loaded with a variety of choices: I went for the cajun chicken wrap and chili, the latter being a particular specialty here.
This was my fourth visit and, hopefully, not the last. To anyone wishing to partake of the malted beverages without the prospect of a DWI, the city bus No, 2 passes right by the front door. Donít you pass this place up.