Royal River Grill House

IMG_1830106 Lafayette St., Yarmouth, Maine

Yet another wonderful spot for out-of-town happy hour, Royal River Grill House is a nice way to escape Portland on First Friday. Located, you guessed it, on the Royal River,  in Yarmouth, Maine it is far enough to be “getting away”, but close enough to make the drive after work. Happy hour starts at 3:00 and goes until 6:00pm. Specials include 20% off well drinks, $5 beers and $2 select wines. While there are no food specials, there is a bar menu with small plates and appetizers to share.

Royal River Grill House

The space at Royal River Grill House is gorgeous! The views of the river and the marina are so Maine and wonderful and the decor on the inside is the prefect upscale match for the outside space. The bar area is set slightly apart from the dinning room and is designed with big sturdy bar chairs and plush, comfy love-seats. There is also plenty of outside seating where the views speak for themselves. Another bonus is plenty of parking. Because it is located outside the city there is a huge parking lot available.

IMG_1832_2Royal River Grill House

Along with our drinks, a Vinho Verde and an Allagash white, we had some apps and small plates. The shaved brussels sprouts were quite tasty and beautiful and the fries were amazing and generously portioned. We also enjoyed the rabbit rillettes served with pickles and mustard. In addition to our food, our neighbor at the bar shared her spinach and artichoke dip with us. We were so happy that she did. It was, hands down, no question, the best spinach and artichoke dip I have ever eaten. EVER. No kidding. It was creamy and buttery, but also held the flavor of the veggies as well.  If you go there, get it!

Royal River Grill House

Royal River Grill House



The Royal River Grillhouse was a great place for happy hour. If you are in the area you should definitely check out out. Great drinks, delicious food in generous portions, and great ambiance make it an experience you shouldn’t miss.


SoPo Bar and Grill

740 Broadway, South Portland, ME 04106

Located just over the bridge on Broadway in South Portland, The SoPo Bar and Grill is a great escape from busy downtown Portland, especially during First Friday. It’s a quick drive or bike-ride away from the city and a great neighborhood spot for South Portlanders as well. There is plenty of parking too. Happy Hour runs 4-6p and consists of $1 off drafts, $4 house red/white, and  $3.50 well drinks and some sort of ever-changing food special.  *Pro tip: during football season they run varying specials while the NFL games are on TV.


The bar area is set apart from the restaurant side of things, but offers up plenty of space for groups large and small. The bar itself is a long “L” that runs the length of the space. There are also A. LOT. of TV’s, so don’t worry you wont miss a thing when you duck in for happy hour. Also, see pro-tip above.

We had a great time at the bar. The bartenders were friendly and helpful. They were quick to notice when we needed refills and had good knowledge about the beers they were serving. They were also able to answer all of our questions about dinner service as well.  And…did I mention a free pizza?  An extra pizza was made, so it was offered to us free of charge!  Now, that is great service.


Here’s hoping that the SoPo will hang around a little longer than J.P. Thornton’s, the previous occupants of this space, because this is a nice addition to the neighborhood in South Portland. A great place to grab a drink and a bite after work, and also big enough for groups to the catch the game of the week.