Pat’s Pizza Old Port

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30 Market Street, Portland, Maine

Pat’s Pizza is a Maine institution with locations all over the state.  Pat’s Old Port location is located on Market Street, just a short walk up from Middle Street.  Pat’s is a great spot for hanging with friends, grabbing some tasty food, or catching a game.  It’s also a great place to snag good happy hour specials.  Now we certainly love to hang outside but the Maine weather doesn’t always cooperate and when the temps start to dip you’ll need some great indoor spots in your happy hour arsenal.  Pat’s fits the bill perfectly.

Happy hour runs Monday-Thursday 4-6pm.  It features $2 Coors Light, PBR, and Bud Light; $3 Shipyard Export and house wines; and $5 well drinks.  They also have a selections of $3 appetizers including jalapeno poppers, breadsticks, and mozzarella sticks.

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We snagged a high top table in the bar area and ordered us some wine and hot apps.  It was a busy place already but there is ample seating.  If you’re a larger group you may want to be on the early side however.  Pat’s is a fun and relaxed place where you can feel free to laugh with friends and not elicit stares from your fellow diners.  The food is simple and good.  You can easily stay for dinner and sample their menu of pizzas and sandwiches.  They also have a mug club if you decide Pat’s is the place you want to drink often.

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What else can we say?  Pat’s is a solid happy hour place.  We had a great time escaping a dreary, rainy day while enjoying some tasty drinks and snacks. The drink specials have something for everyone and having food specials to go along with them is great.  It’s always nice to have something to nibble on and space out those drinks.  Our biggest complaint is that happy hour doesn’t extend till Friday.  We know Fridays are typically a big business day anyway, but happy hour is a great way to kick off the weekend and often morphs into dinner and a willingness to buy regular priced drinks once happy hour is over. IMG_0788

The Corner Room

Corner Room

110 Exchange Street, Portland, Maine

Sometimes a place has a happy hour offering so good, you can’t believe it took you so long to get there. The Corner Room on Exchange Street is just such a place.

Occupying the space on the corner of Exchange and Federal Streets the aptly named Corner Room offers up rustic Italian fare in a beautiful setting. Happy hour runs from 4-6pm Monday through Friday and features some great deals like $3 house wines including Prosecco and $3 drafts too. They also have free food! Yes, you read that right free food during happy hour. See great deals!

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All these great deals plus it’s Old Port location do make it a popular spot so be prepared. Happy hour is also only available in the bar and drink rail area.

When we went it was threatening to rain so we weren’t too disappointed to be inside. Though we got there by 4:30 the place was hopping. Luckily we were able to squeeze some space at the drink rail and the bartender was nice and efficient. We ordered up a couple glasses of Pinot Grigio and decided to check out the food offerings.

Many places have limited offerings when they put out a free food spread. Not so at The Corner Room. We enjoyed two different types of salad, herbed frites, crispy fried onions, house made pizza, and a delicious ricotta tart. They also kept the food coming throughout happy hour so latecomers did not miss out.

Overall happy hour at The Corner Room was a great deal. Excellent prices on drinks and delicious, plentiful free food make it a great place to go for any occasion, though if you are going to be a larger group make sure to get there early or you may not have space for you. You’ll leave having enjoyed a great evening without shelling out much cash at all.