Portland Bars: Variety and Energy

Portland bars run the gamut from the neighborhood tavern to the more posh places to be and be seen. For lovers of microbreweries, Federal Jack's in Kennebunkport has been serving up some of the best craft beers in southern Maine for more than two decades. Meanwhile, places such as Sprint Point Tavern in South Portland feature an inviting, local bar type of atmosphere. Many of Portland's bars are also choice destinations for enjoying up and coming music talent. Places such as the Big Easy, Asylum and Empire Dine and Dance are just some of the choice venues for enjoying live performances. No matter what your preference, Portland's bar scene offers much for locals and newcomers alike!

Pier Patio Pub
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Looking to let loose on Maine's cool summer evenings? Then be sure to check out the Pier Patio Pub in Old Orchard Beach. Located on a pier that juts 600 feet into the ocean, this venue offers stunning, compelling views of the coast. Patrons...  Read More

51 Wharf and Ultra Lounge
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With its fun offerings of upscale dining and luxurious nightlife entertainment, 51 Wharf Restaurant and Ultra Lounge has gained rave reviews as the place for that special night out in Portland's trendy Old Port district. House music sets the...  Read More

Empire Dine and Dance
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If you're looking to rub shoulders with Portland's hipster community, there is perhaps no better place to explore than Empire Dine and Dance. This venue features diverse entertainment offerings including bluegrass, jazz, blues, folk and soul...  Read More

Jonathan's Restaurant
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Jonathan's Restaurant in nearby Ogunquit is famous for showcasing entertainer icons that have built significant followings, both locally and nationally. Personalities such as comic Paula Poundstone or roots master Leon Redbone are regulars at...  Read More

Inn on the Blues
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Blues in nearby York. This legendary live music destination is a magnet for national blues and soul performers touring the New England region. This is especially true during the summer, the top tourist season along the southern Maine coast....  Read More

Big Easy Blues Club
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Looking for the best in independent music in New England? Then the Big Easy should definitely be included on your list. This intimate nightclub setting welcomes some of the leading lights in blues, soul and rock music to be found in the region....  Read More

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Asylum offers a bit of something for everyone. This massive complex is actually three bars in one with a growing following in Portland. Asylum's main focus is on live performances. Their 700-person music space is one of the largest mid-sized...  Read More

Spring Point Tavern
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The atmosphere at Spring Point Tavern in South Portland is decidedly local and friendly. It is a classic neighborhood tavern with a twist – a welcoming environment even for non-locals. The interior is warm, comfortable – a nice place to...  Read More

Bull Feeney's
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It doesn't get much more authentic in terms of Irish pubs in Portland – or anywhere else for that matter – than Bull Feeney's. Located near the bustling Old Port district, Bull Feeney's boasts a comfortable, laid back atmosphere. Just the...  Read More

Federal Jack's
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For more than two decades, Federal Jack's has been a mecca for beer lovers in southern Maine. This expansive pub serves up some of the finest beers, brewed fresh on the premises, to be found anywhere in the Pine Tree State. There are also...  Read More