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“A GREAT beer bar and restaurant” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Great Lost Bear

Great Lost Bear
540 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101-1507
207-772-0300
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Ranked #134 of 540 Restaurants in Portland
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Portland, Maine
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76 restaurant reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“A GREAT beer bar and restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Okay, what makes a great beer bar? Is it strictly the number of taps? Number of bottles? Number of reviewers?

http://draftmag.com/features/americas-100-best-beer-bars-2014/

That said, this bar has more taps than I can count--reading from the draft list, I'm over sixty and the scroll function is messing with me....
http://greatlostbear.com/

Foods range from fresh, local seafood, vegetarian, several burgers, hot sandwiches, nachos, chicken, pork... We got the BBQ mess, with pulled pork, bbq-beans, slaw, fried dills pickles (surprisingly good), and rich and creamy mac-n-cheese.

Beer samplers: $1.25 for non-Belgian 5oz samples...I had three different beers.

Oh...it's kinda dim and some people might say it looks a little bit seedy--hey, if you want sterile and boring--go to your local suburban chain! Me, I like character and an atmosphere of happy people, (moderately-) loudly enjoying superb beers.

Check their home page or FB for the weekly specials--tonight was "Good-bye to the summer ales" night, but the (new) seasonal pumpkinhead was available for the same seasonal sale price of $2.99/pint!

Love this place--we'll be back.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Portland, Maine
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384 reviews 384 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 92 cities Reviews in 92 cities
327 helpful votes 327 helpful votes
“Great Place Just Off Portland’s Beaten Path”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is one of Portland’s better small neighborhood restaurant/bars. Curbside parking is the best option for first-timers. A beer and ale seeker’s paradise, the Bear reputed to have the largest selection in Portland, if not in all of Maine – which says a lot. Patrons may seat themselves anywhere – at booths, tables, or at the bar. The dark interior and décor create a welcoming, laid-back atmosphere. A collection-display of dozens and dozens of canned beers is well worth a look – ask about it. We got attentive, fast, and friendly service. Our haddock plates were delicious and reasonably priced for Portland. If you need a break from fancier Old Port area fare and the summer cruise ship throngs, be sure to check out the Bear!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“The Best in Portland.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Simply the best dinning experience in Portland. The unique, but easily understood menu offers endless pleasure for all taste preferences.

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Portland
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“Great food and beer selection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Family vacation with great burgers, fish and chx quesadilla and a 'funky bow so folkn hoppy IPA'. Great waiter with super good advice on beers !!

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Come and get it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Eclectic food just like its patrons. Friendly staff, beer and good food abound in this gem. Love this place.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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