Our Favorite Spots to Get a Tasty Beverage

Novare Res Bier Cafe
Tucked away in an alley off Exchange Street in Portland, Novare Res Bier Cafe waits like a beer lover's reward. With more than 25 rotating taps, more than 300 bottled beers, tequila, single malt scotch and wine, there's truly something for everyone, but we stick to the beer, usually the Belgians. And if you're lost, the beertender will be more than happy to offer a recommendation and a sample pour. Read More
4 Canal Plaza
Portland, ME
(207) 761-2437
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The Corner Room
There is a reason why John Myers is a legend. Watching him behind the bar is like watching an intricately choreographed ballet. In this case, Myers, who looks like a cross between a blues musician and a well-groomed biker and mixes drinks like a magician, is the premier danseur. Yes, the food here is good — we recommend the Wild Boar Ragu — but the drinks are out of this world. Order the Kiss, The Elder and by all means, sit at the bar.

110 Exchange Street
Portland, ME
(207) 879-4747
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Armory Lounge at the Portland Regency
We used to slip into the Armory Lounge at the Portland Regency, tuck into a corner table — surrounded by that bizarro library book wallpaper — and sip a hot toddy in silent solitude. Those days are over. On our last visit, it was dripping with beautiful people who have discovered the Armory’s quirky charm. If you go, be sure to accessorize accordingly — we recommend a giant Angela Adams bag in one hand, a glass of Zardetto Prosecco in the other.
20 Milk Street
Portland, ME
(207) 774-4200
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Woodman's Bar & Grill
At 3 p.m., any day of the week, you will find Abe Furth behind the bar at Woodman's in Orono, juicing lime after lime after lime. After that, it's the lemons. Next up, twists and fruit wedges. Freshness — and an old-fashioned commitment to proper drink-making — make the bar at Woodman's outstanding. Thanks to the restaurant's proximity to UMaine, Furth is known far and wide for his mojitos — we've tried many, if not all, in the state and are convinced Abe's are the best.
31 Main Street
Orono, ME
(207) 866-4040
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The Old Port Sea Grill
Known for its raw bar and ridiculously fresh seafood, which is all well and good, but the bar here — a poured concrete creation that looks like a piece of art — is the place to be. Bar manager Laura Romasco gives traditional drinks a modern, restrained twist. We're especially fond of the not-too-sweet tea martini, with Earl Grey-infused Ketel One, lemon and simple syrup. Mmmm.
93 Commercial Street
Portland, ME
(207) 879-6100
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