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Novare Res Bier Cafe

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Belgian
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4 Canal Plaza, Suite 1, Portland, ME
207-761-2437
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Late Night

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best. Bar. Anywhere.

There's not enough space on the internet to capture the awesomeness. The groove-per-capita ratio at Novare is ridiculous. World-class tap and bottle options? Yep. Service so good you'd come back no matter what was on tap? Definitely. One of the funkiest locations that just screams bucket list bar... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

There's not enough space on the internet to capture the awesomeness. The groove-per-capita ratio at Novare is ridiculous. World-class tap and bottle options? Yep. Service so good you'd come back no matter what was on tap? Definitely. One of the funkiest locations that just screams bucket list bar? Of course. It can get a bit crowded at times, sure, but... More 

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Portland, Maine
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Frequent flyer of Novare - always have an awesome tap list, the staff is amazing, and it's the best beer bar in Portland. Had a larger company function there a couple weeks ago and Erica & staff took great care of us. We will definitely be back! Thanks Novare!

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Lincoln, New Hampshire
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

KILLER tap and bottle lists. Great selection of craft beer, both local and international. Extensive Belgian collection.

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Portsmouth, RI
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The amount of different beer and wine at this café are amazing. The bartender was knowledgeable and very upbeat. Lots of good conversation among customers at the bar.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Portland has a lot of funky low key establishments. This spots a little hard to find but worth the hunt. Long beer list, eclectic music, nice staff. Definitely will return.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Oh my goodness! I loved this place! Don't give up if you can't find it right away...just go into the courtyard and down the stairs behind the building. It's tucked away around the corner down an alley. It's worth seeking out, for sure! Everyone is super friendly and knowledgeable, and the beer selection is amazing. I'm not a beer lover,... More 

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NJ
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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Great atmosphere and floor plan. Lounge area, long tables for communal dining and a decent amount of space at the bar. The beer list is extensive, a good selection, especially if you like Belgians. Probably 20-30 beers on tap. The bottle selection is much larger. We had some snacks but not a full meal, the food was delicious and the... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We stopped in on a recent trip to Portland. An extensive beer list, knowledgeable and friendly staff and long wood tables where you can get to know other patrons. Food was very good and different from typical pub food. The crowd was a mix where everyone could feel comfortable - there were students, families, tourists, older folks. Definitely a unique... More 

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Yokohama, Japan
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148 reviews 148 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

This place was pretty cool but definitely hard to find. We wandered around with Google map trying to pinpoint its exact location. Well, it's in an inner courtyard off the sidewalk. The establishment itself looks like what I imagine an old European pub would look like. Dim lit with long tables and barrels. The weather was great, so we took... More 

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Massachusetts
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142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I felt like I was in a European bar...what a great place, but it is not easy to find (even once you are in the "courtyard" it is not obvious!). Great selection of beers on draft as well as in bottles. A few interesting munchies and sandwiches. We had the cheese plate which was terrific to go with the hearty,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4 Canal Plaza, Suite 1, Portland, ME
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 207-761-2437

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Belgian
Open Hours
Monday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

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