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Address: 396 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101-4026
Phone Number: +1 207-772-2739
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Gritty McDuff’s, Maine’s Original Brew Pub specializes in

hand-crafted...

Gritty McDuff’s, Maine’s Original Brew Pub specializes in

hand-crafted English style ales and traditional and creative pub fare, in

a friendly and fun atmosphere. Both Gritty's fine ales and the pubs

have won countless "best of" awards through our twenty-six years of operation.

 

Our standard brews are session beers, Gritty’s Pub-Style Pale Ale, McDuff’s Best Bitter, Black Fly Stout,

allowing one to have multiple beers within a reasonable time period without overwhelming the

senses. Our seasonal and varietal ale offerings are more adventurous, some with a higher ABV, and some with higher IBU. We brew a beer for all craft brew palates.

 

For the diner, we offer traditional pub fare alongside not so traditional

specialty items. Our pub-style long tables with benches easily accommodate parties

of all sizes and add to the camaraderie.

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Nice spot to have a beer.

Came into Gritty's looking for a seat with a friend on a Friday night, most of the bars on the Fore St strip were packed. Gritty's beer is great, and was served by a friendly... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 13, 2016
Yendi
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Mapleton, Maine
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Boston, Massachusetts
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108 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Grittys for some drinks after dinner. The entrance to the bar is on a cobblestoned alleyway, beneath the restaurant located on Fore Street. We had a lot of laughs, some pretty good drinks and not a lot of elbow room. Definitely a fun spot to go out late night and have some fun.

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Thank Pesky6
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time in Portland, stopped here for lunch, felt the wonderful vibes instantly. Happy, relaxed, a little alternative. Service was great. Jasmine instantly graced us with a joyous smile and gave great recommendations on their wonderful selection of beers. She also helped us out with food selections and had a great steak and cheese, one of the best I've had... More 

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Thank Cody S
Gritty M, Manager at Gritty McDuff's, responded to this review

Awwww! We are so very pleased to hear about your positive experience. There are so many variables involved in delivery a quality experience, and it makes us smile to learn of happy customers. The shout out to Jasmine, one of our hard working staff, is also greatly appreciated. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Frustrated to have wasted my money here. Seems like a nice enough place to get a pint in the afternoon, friendly staff and decent atmosphere but I made the mistake of going here for a meal. I ordered the fish and chips. If I wanted frozen fish fillets and fries from save-a-lot heated up I would have done it myself... More 

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Thank Bloodbeats
Gritty M, Manager at Gritty McDuff's, responded to this review

For the past 28 years, we have been proudly had fresh fish delivered to us, and strive to provide a quality product. This review is atypical of so many others. We would sincerely like to learn more about your experience in order to serve our customers. Please reach out to us at: gritty@grittys.com so we can gather information from you... More 

Portland, Maine
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

If you like noisy, energetic places with so-so food from a bar menu, have at it! Menu choices are limited, but you might enjoy the bar scene.

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Thank 393-On-The-Road
Gritty M, Manager at Gritty McDuff's, responded to this review

The traditional pub environment changes based on many factors, including time of day, day, time of year, events, etc. At times the communal tables and pub is filled with energy and conversation which is a huge draw to those looking for this environment. At other times you may find it filled with couples, business people, and happy families enjoying meals.... More 

Mapleton, Maine
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150 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

Came into Gritty's looking for a seat with a friend on a Friday night, most of the bars on the Fore St strip were packed. Gritty's beer is great, and was served by a friendly bartender working downstairs. Atmosphere leaves a lot to be desired, but beer was good, and we got a seat on a Friday night. No easily-visible... More 

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Thank Yendi
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29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

Gritty's is a Portland classic. Don't miss their great craft beers, their delicious bar food, sandwiches and salads. The Gritty Chips, homemade potato chips served with tarter sauce an s sour cream make a great addition to any pint and their nachos are a full meal in themselves. There is a small outdoor patio on the backside basement area that... More 

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Thank Terje C
Gritty M, Manager at Gritty McDuff's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write such a nice review. It is always wonderful to hear that our hard work is being appreciated and enjoyed. Cheers! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Dropped in while shopping in Portland. Really enjoyed the "Gritty" salad with steak tips. Even inspired me to make my own version of this salad at home.

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Thank BeFabUUlous
Gritty M, Manager at Gritty McDuff's, responded to this review

Thank you for the shout out to our steak salad. We know a nice little beer or two you can pair with it. :) Cheers! More 

Painesville, Ohio
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26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

My wife and I stopped in for lunch on my suggestion after arriving at the airport. I knew we would get in around lunchtime so I simply scouted locations on Google Maps. Gritty's looked like my kind of brewpub, so we went. My wife and I split two beers - the Blueberry Ale and the Halloween Ale. Both were excellent... More 

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Thank CEagle69
Gritty M, Manager at Gritty McDuff's, responded to this review

Wow! We can't thank you enough for taking the time to tell us about your positive experience at our pub. We are so pleased you found us and you have good memories to take home with you. Also, appreciate the shout out to our harbor view of the working waterfront that we are very proud of here. Cheers! More 

Portland, Maine
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

If I am not hungry and if I look for a drink, I would stop by. Other wise, it is average fast food place

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Thank komik h
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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

I strolled in after seeing all of the local pubs and decided I wanted to try the blueberry beer they had chalked on a sign outside. Unfortunately after ordering it, the bartender said it wasn't coming out of the tap? Bummer. I tried the Halloween ale and really liked that one. I loved the ambiance inside.

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Thank Jessica A
Gritty M, Manager at Gritty McDuff's, responded to this review

It sounds as though we may have been experiencing a temporary problem with the tap and appreciate your flexibility which resulted in having the extremely popular Halloween Ale. Thank you for the shout out to our ambiance. Many thanks for the review. Cheers! More 

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