The intimately sized Gold Room seats audiences at private tables to giggle and grin at the quips of a huge variety of comedians during two-hour shows that feature a lineup of three standups. In October, the Friday-night shows highlight the wild improvisational style of Bob Seibel and the edgy humor of Dave Rattigan, whose wit is dryer than a martini mixed in Death Valley. Between guffaws, duos and quartets can enjoy bites from steaming plates of appetizers stageside, selecting from such perennial favorites as spinach and artichoke dip, nachos with chili, and chicken wings spiced with hot, mild, barbecue, thai, or teriyaki sauce.
Owner Geoff Houghton transformed an abandoned 1830s mill into a bustling pub on Factory Island, a place dominated for centuries by the iron and sawmill industries. Today, the only things milling there are Houghton's handcrafted beers, which flow from The Run of the Mill's 14 barrels straight into the bar's taps. These lagers, ambers, and cask-conditioned ales complement classic pub meals of wings, crab cakes, and burgers. The Run of the Mill also organizes a Mug Club, which awards guests who drink 300 of its beers in one year with a handmade ceramic mug, an official hat or T-shirt, and a heartfelt, bar-top eulogy to all the fallen hops.
Chefs and mixologists at Plush West End pair a diverse assortment of ever-changing small plates with fine wines and specialty drinks. Like a hug from a princess, the atmosphere feels both elegant and welcoming, and the Portland Press Herald’s Elisa Doucette remarked that the "cushioned leather couches in the lounge area and deep-red walls create a dark, seductive setting that compels you to stay for hours." The restaurant shows its commitment to Maine-based merchants in a variety of ways such as the Angus beef sliders topped with locally sourced cheddar. Cocktail connoisseurs mix signature specialty drinks at the bar’s glass chilling station illuminated by fiery red under-lighting, and a VIP section calls to diners seeking privacy for a special proposal or a rendezvous with international spies.