The North Point (35 Silver St., Portland, ME)
This bar always reminds me of Europe. A beautifully quaint bar on a street you otherwise would rarely go down in Portland, this bar is a true gem. A yellow-patented exterior, with tables outside in the warmer months, welcomes you into a dim-lit interior. The bathrooms contain truly comical old-fashioned pictures with ridiculous commentary that is sure to make you laugh. Even better is the Monday wine special! Make sure to check out their incredible flatbreads, especially the Maine Blueberry one. And don’t forget their Wednesday night special – half bottle priced wines from 6 – 10 PM!
Hunt & Alpine Club (75 Market St, Portland, ME)
This bar is modern and influenced by Shttp://www.destinationmaineweddings.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpcandinavian fare. You can order platters with fish, cheese, and meats that truly cater to this style. They also have amazing cocktails! Perhaps some of the best in town. Well crafted and thoughtfully put together, each one is worth every sip. The menu is delivered to you as a map a leather bound book, which truly caters to the bar’s vibes. The best time to go is in the early evening, as the bar gets quite packed late at night, especially in busy nights like the summer.
Sonny’s (83 Exchange St., Portland, ME)
Sonny’s is a true staple of Portland. The bar was formerly a bank, with a view of the former vault, this place is truly unique. With an extensive cocktail menu, offering amazing options, many of which involve their infused house spirits, there’s an option for everyone. Cucumber infused gin cocktail? You got it. Strawberry habanero infused margarita? Yes, please. This is one of the most vibrant bars you will find in Portland, with plenty of people meeting there, especially on the weekend nights.
Franklin’s (Next to Market Street Eats – 36 Market Street, Portland, ME. Hint: Look for the door next to MSE, and walk down a small flight of stairs where you’ll see the fire place.)
Who doesn’t love a good speakeasy? I mean, truly what is trendier these days? And yes, Portland has one. Located on Middle Street, you will open a door that looks like a fire place and enter what is a luxurious red and black themed bar. Paying tribute to Mr. Benjamin Franklin himself, every drink in this bar is $5. It’s best as a late night place, but don’t go too late, as they have a maximum capacity limit that may leave you waiting at the door (or fireplace).
Maps (64 Market St. Portland, ME)
In the basement of this building you will find Maps. It may feel like a secret bar due to the low lighting and cozy environment, but this is on the rise with Portland locals, most notably the young population. A fun fact about Maps is the delicious slices of cake they serve for a reasonable price. This place is lesser known amongst tourists, so if you’re looking for an escape with a great selection of beers, this is a wonderful bar to check out.
LFK (188A Congress St., Portland, ME)
In my opinion, this is one of the most underrated bars in Portland. With type-writer letters lining the bar and romantic lighting, this bar can be both a romantic setting or one to embrace with friends. Each table is different and books line the walls. Furthermore the cocktails are unique and well crafted and according to the season.
Bramhall (769 Congress St., Portland, ME)
Don’t let the entrance to this bar scare you, as it may look like you’re entering a dungeon. Lined with brick and stone and candles, this light illuminates the antique windows. However, downstairs you will find a mid-evil setting that will transport you to another century. A great place to venture to late at night, this bar is one of the most distinctive in Portland.
The Porthole (20 Custom House Wharf, Portland, ME)
I would only recommend this place in the summer, because the porch is true bliss. Right on the water, you have an incredible view of Casco Bay as you sip affordable drinks on classic New England wooden stools. The sunniest days epitomize the quintessential Portland vibe and feeling. Right on the water, with a vibrant energy and affordable drinks, the Porthole is a must in the summer.
Vena’s Fizz House (345 Fore St., Portland, ME)
While Vena’s may be a lesser known place in Portland for a bar, I include it because not only do they have incredible cocktails…but also mocktails! I think this is important to include for any guests who are not drinking. It also has a wonderful small bar atmosphere and a truly special selection of bitters or and syrups that make each cocktail incredibly special.
Rhum Food & Grog (98 Cross St., Portland, ME)
Rhum is a newer bar on the scene in Portand, but unique in it’s kind. Welcome to Portland a large Tiki Bar, filled with festive cocktails and a lively tropical scene. You can be transported to the Caribbean filled with Tropical cocktails and décor. One of the few places in Portland that offers a Happy Hour, if you’re looking for a late night place with deals, Rhum offers $6 cocktails, $2 drafts, and a free Snack Plate during this hour.