Bars in Maine

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The chefs at Seasons Grille and Bar fry up early-morning egg dishes and sear steaks in the evening, drawing on fresh local ingredients to create an inventive menu of signature dishes. Early risers brandish forks at three-egg omelets and host mock United Nations meet-and-greets with french toast. Dinnertime diners coax taste buds into deep-sea diving with the seafood celebration's scallops, Maine shrimp, and mussels sautéed in a garlic vermouth broth, or the haddock provencal crisped up in sundried tomato olive tapenade. Pan-fried boneless chicken hides beneath a blanket of bubbly mozzarella, clutching linguini and tomato for security on the parmesan plate, and shrimp scampi flatbread pizza fuels conversation about news on a flat-screen TV. As patrons chow down, an exposed stone fireplace warms bodies and hearts simultaneously by using Chicken Soup for the Soul as kindling.

155 Riverside St
Portland,
ME
US

More than 10 colorful tap pulls unfurl rivulets of amber brews behind a mirror-inlaid bar, whose glossy panes reflect expert barkeeps as they shake, stir, and slide cocktails down the wood-topped counter. Each libation complements bites from Rivalries Sports Pub and Grill's menu of upscale bar fare, such as its signature sweet-chili buffalo chicken wings and burgers topped with caramelized or crispy fried onions. The screens of 34 televisions, each flickering with sports, dapple the walls between black and white posters of iconic moments in sports, from fateful tip-offs to Muhammad Ali punching a butterfly. Upstairs, an atrium-centered party room sprawls beneath a wood-beam ceiling, where Rivalries stocks celebrations with abundant party platters and buffets.

10 Cotton St
Portland,
ME
US

Every day is different at Standard Gastropub. Every day, its chefs dream up new twists for their menu, putting a gourmet touch on pub favorites and infusing global flavors into classic street foods. In the past, that's meant fresh maple bacon glazed donuts, Asian-fusion burritos, schnitzel coated in pork rinds, and crispy egg rolls stuffed with duck confit and goat cheese. The day's short yet captivating menu depends largely on what tickles the chefs' culinary imaginations and what was in the fridge that morning, as well as what ingredients they can source from local vendors.

Standard Gastropub does have a few constants. Its casual interior contains an open kitchen and robin's-egg-blue picnic tables that make for quirky seating options. Against the wall is a large refrigerator with glass doors, which look in on uncommon wines and more than 200 beers from across America. Further proving the team considers beverages to be more than an afterthought is a selection of craft sodas and coffee from Tandem Coffee Roasters.

233 Main Street
Bridgton,
ME
US

Gourmet Stone Hearth Pizzas, Jumbo Baked Chicken Wings, Sandwiches, Gelato. Pool Table, free WI-FI, Open Wednesday Through Sunday 4 PM to 1 AM

223 Water St
Hallowell,
ME
US

Tia’s Topside—sister to Tia's Boston—is a waterfront restaurant overlooking Lower Village. Dine al fresco on the deck with views of the harbor. Tia's offers innovative New England cuisine, a firepit, porches, as well as Brunch and Happy Hour specials. The drink selection includes plenty of mixed drinks and specialty ales, and Tia's caters to formal seated dinner parties as well as casual lunches out with the kids.

12 Western Ave
Kennebunk,
ME
US

Whether slicing fresh deli meat, preparing artisan cheeses, or layering savory burger patties on sauce-slathered locally baked bread, Nosh delivers a menu of flavorful bites until late into the night. Featured on the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food, Nosh is known for its giant burgers smothered in cheese, bacon, and even foie gras. All of Nosh’s tasty cuts are butchered, brined, and roasted in-house, guaranteeing a gourmand experience from this casual urban feasting ground. Nosh’s creative sandwiches are all salad-convertible, meaning you can enjoy your duck confit or pig-belly Reuben over a bed of chopped greens, a duvet of fresh veggies, and a mosquito netting of salad dressing.

551 Congress St
Portland,
ME
US