The Thirsty Pig

37 Exchange St
Portland, Maine United States 04101
restaurant  4.15/5.0 12 reviews
Mon - Thu 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM; Fri - Sat 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM; Sun 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Mayor: Ron (2) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 10
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Ron  (207) Rochester, New York | October 18, 2017
Lunch here with JB, Anne and Patty. Good beer selection, Good food and a enjoyable time. Plenty of seating out back.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
jb  (188) Rochester, New York | October 17, 2017
Pretty excellent draft list great food and okay prices. Yes bissell plus several others.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
radarsock  (112) Massachusetts | June 28, 2017
Dropped in for lunch and a beer, stayed to hear the rest of the touring band’s set. Flavorful dogs and a consistently considerate draft list. What else could you possibly ask for? Not the most impressively large in terms of taplists go, but the draughts that they did feature were pretty well-thought-out. Price is typically the same in most of the downtown Portland beer bars. Doesn’t appear like it’s ever been especially crowded.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
brokensail  (1374) Dublin, California | November 26, 2016
Cool place. A typical store front leads into the restaurant/bar and they also have a decent sized patio area, which was very nice on a summer day.

Not the biggest draft list in town, but they have really good prices and solid offerings, including some good stuff from Bissell Brothers that I didn’t see as much at other places (like Nothing Gold).

Food menu is sausage based, which is fine with me. Pretty good pricing on that as well, though we didn’t end up eating here.

I found this to be a really nice place. It’s probably not worthy of being a top place on anyone’s travel guide, but if you want a place to get a bite to eat and have some good beers in a nice atmosphere, definitely a winner.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20  (23) Ann Arbor, Michigan | June 20, 2016
This was what someone was talking about at Bissell. Said there was always great stuff on tap. That being said, it was a disappointment. There were a few beers on tap, but non of them looked to be that great. The smell was awesome. It seems their food expertise is in brats, and it smelled like it. The guy was friendly at the bar, but kept to himself most of the time. The prices were good, $4 for a pint or so. This wasn’t a bad place, I was just hoping for a bit more after what we’d heard at Bissell.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
nate2g  (1290) Boomtown!, Australia | May 3, 2015
First stop in Portland and arrived late afternoon so only a few folks hanging out with a pint. I ordered a tasty chilli dog and pint. Happy hour sees $3 pints on selected pours. Good tap selection with 100% Maine breweries. The lady serving was very friendly and chatty. Nice homely vibe going on here. This is a cool joint for a beer and snack.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
AdamChandler  (276) Enfield, New Hampshire | August 4, 2014
Great ambience, plenty of seating and the sausages are freaking awesome! The beer selection is top notch. I went during the week so it was quiet but I imagine it fills up on the weekend. Staff was also great. Really enjoyed the vibe of this place.
78
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Pivoyager  (106) Gaithersburg, Maryland | November 26, 2013
The Thirsty Pig is more of a sausage restaurant than a beer destination; but the sausages are so damn good! It can be found on Exchange Street, almost across from the entrance to Novare Res (See My Reveiw) and amid the hustle and bustle of the Old Port. It consists of a large single room strewn with tables, with booths along the wall. There is a small semi-circlar bar in the middle, where you get the grub. There is loud music blasting away - during my visit, the TV above the bar was running "The Big Lebowski." The beer selection was limited to 10 frequently rotating taps, but well chosen and included Long Trail, Gritty and the superb Rising Tide Zephyr. I enjoyed this place, because I love fresh sausages, which come in several varieties, and these are worth a visit. Just avoid the chilli relish or you will die. Great eats with decent beer. Not bad. The Thirsty Pig abides.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
bottleforager  (63) Gray, Maine | September 24, 2013
Tucked into he heart of the old port of Portland this places has a nice back patio with a nice little bar atmosphere on the inside. Food is pretty standard with lots of sausage and hot dog selections but nothing that got me overly excited. The draught list ranges from really poor local offerings such as Shipyard to good one offs from Allagash and Oxbow. Nice little spot for lunch and a couple brews but nothing worth traveling for.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
rejtable  (267) Ontario | August 16, 2013
Solid spot. Dozen largely New England craft tap including a few real beauties. Sausages, hit dogs and some other pub fare on the menu. Service at the bar is quick enough. Good spot!

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