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J's Oyster Bar, Portland

5 Portland Pier
Portland , Maine
Tel: 207 772 4828's insider take:

Want to drink like a sailor? Look no further than this perennial favorite where lobstering and fish-hauling captains—along with a few local landlubbers—come to slurp fresh oysters and down pints of Allagash and dirty martinis. From the outside, the harborside shack isn't much to look at, but the shiplike interior is all polished mahogany, antique nautical maps, and a beautiful brass bar. Tourists sometimes get the ugly eye when they step through the door, but after your fifth drink, a round of oysters, and a few rambling tales of the open water from the surly lobsterman seated beside you, you'll feel as if you're part of the crew. Arrive early if you want a seat on the patio.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 11:30 am to 1 am, Sundays noon to midnight.

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