Little dive bar in downtown by the water. Has quite a bunch of taps, 40 I believe, but unfortunately their selection is pretty lacking. When your tap line is mainly controlled by AB/Miller/Coors/Sam Adams/Shipyard beer selection, then you become just another bar to me. Has the potential to be something better. Food was excellent.
Fun bar with lots of Maine beers, a Guinness beer cocktail menu, and free popcorn. right down on the waterfront in Portland. Used to go here weekly after our kickball games as they were our league sponsor. Love the Atlantic Coal Porter here which is hard to find on tap.
In the lower city close to the sea. So close to the fishing boats that the place smells like fish. Either that or it’s the smell of the fishermen than hang around there. Because that’s what this place seemed to me. A cheap bar for the local workers (fishermen and others) to have a cheap pint and a cheap meal. Not a touristy bar. Affordable beer at $4/pint, the cheapest I’ve seen in town. Cheap full meal for $10 or less. No quality food here. My girlfriend’s plate was so-so but my Reuben was original and quite good considering the cheap price. Rather large, probably sits 150 or so. Typical american restaurant-pub decoration and atmosphere. Some TVs on sports channel here and there. Classic rock music on low volume. About 30 taps of basic session beer. Standard Maine micros (Shipyard, Atlantic, Bar Arbor, Seadog, etc.) along with standard imports (Bass, Harp, etc.). I don’t remember seeing a single strong beer or very hoppy beer or original beer. My pint of Atlantic Coal Porter was not in very good shape. Bottle menu has a few common Maine micros and a bunch of macros. Bottom line, worth a visit only if you need a cheap pint and a cheap meal. If you have more than $20 in your wallet I don’t see a reason to go there.
Great location on the harbor a few blocks down from a truly remarkably bakery and an excellent small beer store called Downeast. Given its location, selection of taps with local focus and killer beer price specials Dewey’s is a great place to have a few pints. Decent atmosphere with old hardwood floors. The service is sad and standoffish.
Oakes (835) Vancouver, British Columbia | June 21, 2008
Decent place to drink a beer. Service was kind of lousy - some kid who obviously didn’t want to be there. Selection was sizeable, if lacking in truly special items. But it’s a nice place to try a few different Maine brews while bumming around downtown Portland.
Stopped in to get a beer on the way to the car. Average interior, lots of room. Fair selection of local stuff, but overall not very interesting. At least they had some Cadillac Mountain Stout. I wasn’t terribly disappointed, but that was only because I expected this to be a run of the mill bar and not something that actually had stuff that I liked. Otherwise, I’d skip it in the future
I visited over the Memorial Day weekend. The selection of beers was most the readily available Maine and NH beers with nothing really unusual on tap. Popcorn was good as was my dinner. Except for the food, there are better places to find good beer in the Portland area.