Portland Nightlife

Art galleries and studios have spread throughout the city, infusing with new life many abandoned yet beautiful old buildings and shops. Many are concentrated along the Congress Street downtown corridor; others are hidden amid the boutiques and restaurants of the Old Port and the East End. A great way to get acquainted with the city's artists is to participate in the First Friday Art Walk, a self-guided,

free tour of galleries, museums, and alternative-art venues that happens—you guessed it—on the first Friday of each month.

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Bull Feeney's

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For nightly specials, plenty of Guinness, and live entertainment, head to Bull Feeney's, a lively two-story Irish pub and restaurant.

Gritty McDuff's Portland Brew Pub

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Maine's original brewpub serves fine ales, British pub fare, and seafood dishes. There are between six and eight ales on tap, and there's...

Novare Res Bier Café

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At tucked-away Novare Res Bier Café, choose from some three dozen rotating drafts and more than 300 bottled brews. Relax on an expansive...

Rí Rá

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Ths happening Irish pub has live music Thursday through Saturday nights. For a mellower experience, settle into a couch at the upstairs...


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In a Victorian-era bank building with arched windows overlooking an Old Port square, this stylish bar and lounge packs in the late-night...

The Big Easy

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To catch live local and national acts most any night of the week, try the Big Easy. Everything from blues, jazz, and soul to Grateful...