If you're getting married in the Portland, Maine area and you're thinking of hosting your rehearsal dinner in Portland, why not stay in town and enjoy some delicious cocktails with your guests. Showing you guests a good time in the port city makes for a fun wedding weekend. Consider it a welcome cocktail party (that you don't have to cater)! Trust me, your out-of-town guests will love you for making "grabbing a cocktail" part of your wedding weekend festivities!
I've compiled a list of the best bars, pubs, lounges and speakeasies in Portland, where you can greet your guests. I've noted which ones I've been to and have personal experience with.
Best Pubs, Bars and Lounges in Portland Maine
Bramhall Dimly lit speakeasy with a grotto-like atmosphere. Such a cool place!
Portland Hunt & Alpine Club Cocktail bar with award-winning drinks, serving small bites. A fav of mine
Dry Dock Relaxed, casual atmosphere with killer bloody marys
LFK Laid-back neighborhood bar, haven't been yet
Vena's Fizz House Also serving really creative and innovative mocktails
Brian Boru Traditional Irish tavern in an iconic red brick building in downtown Portland
Local 188 Great cocktails and yummy tapas
Top of the East Best view in all of Portland! This swanky bar is at the top of the Westin hotel
Little Tap House Haven't been but a friend really likes this place
RiRa Irish Pub The best of both worlds: fun pub on the 1st floor and completely remodeled dining area and bar on the 2nd floor overlooking the harbor; right next to the ferry terminal
Blyth & Burrows Seems really nautical and hip, can't wait to go
Dogfish Bar & Grille Haven't been yet but have heard good things
Porthole Great location and fun for a wild night, probably not the best place to take Nana
Bayside Bowl Bowling alley and big, open bar, perfect for a bigger gathering
The Thirsty Pig In the heart of the old port so walking distance from the ferry
Novare Res Taproom and bier garden, haven't been yet
The North Point Haven't been yet but has good reviews
MJ's Wine Bar Haven't been yet but looks cool
This list is in no way inclusive of all the bars in Portland, Maine. I tried to select ones I have actually been to, have heard about or that have good reviews. Do you research. Some places are a little fancier than others so it really depends on what you're looking for. For example, if you want a fun dive-bar on the water, then the Porthole would be a good choice, where if you want something a little more upscale and classy, check out Top of the East.