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Maine nightlife

Nightlife in Maine is concentrated in Portland, which has as many bars and restaurants per capita as San Francisco, most of them clustered around the Old Port District. You'll find a surprisingly eclectic selection of microbrew pubs (Gritty's), arty lounges, and fisherman's dives (J's Oyster Bar). The night gets rolling at 10 pm and ends when the bars close at 1 am. Don't be surprised if you make a few new acquaintances along your port crawl—Portland residents are known for their friendly, laid-back attitude. Outside of Portland, Maine nightlife consists of two very different scenes: sipping cocktails on a waterfront terrace overlooking the Atlantic, or slugging back a round of beers in a roadhouse while the jukebox plays rock 'n' roll and '70s country hits.

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Gritty McDuff's, Portland

Gritty McDuff's is Maine's original microbrewery and a Portland institution. It opened in 1988, but with its copper-topped brick bar and wood-beam ceiling,...more

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J's Oyster Bar, Portland

Want to drink like a sailor? Look no further than this perennial favorite where lobstering and fish-hauling captains—along with a few local...more

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