83 Exchange Street, Portland, Maine
Sonny’s Restaurant and Lounge really has everything we look for in a great place to hang out. They serve up amazing food blending locally sourced foods with cuisine inspired by far flung locales. They have honored the history of the space they inhabit by preserving a number of architectural features which remind you of its storied past. They also have a great patio dining space as they are adjacent to Post Office Park. You can enjoy great views in the heart of the Old Port while sipping on their deliciously crafted cocktails. Which brings us to our particular favorite feature of Sonny’s. The drink list! Packed with flavorful and unique concoctions to tickle any palate, the drink list at Sonny’s is worth multiple visits. Get the Hot Mama. Trust us.
Happy hour is the perfect time to ease into their list. They break it down to a few essential offerings at a great price point. For just $6 you can choose from a selection of cocktails. Many places only offer one drink on special so we love that you can pick from 4-5. If you are looking something a little lighter in alcoholic content they serve up house wine at $5 per glass or draft beers, all local, for $4. You can pair these with a $4 appetizer for a great happy hour experience. These specials are offered Monday – Friday from 4-6pm.
The drinks offered do change from time to time so don’t be surprised if you see something different when you go. When we went we could choose from a traditional margarita, hot pepper margarita, sloe gin fizz, a rye press hill, or a greyhound. Something for every taste in spirit! We opted for the sloe gin fizz which came out bright pink and deliciously refreshing. It also felt wonderfully vintage to be sipping a cocktail that seems so old fashioned in Sonny’s gorgeous space. The greyhound was also delicious. Featuring vodka and freshly squeezed grapefruit it was tart and immensely drinkable.
To help balance out our drinks we also decided to check out the appetizer specials. You can get chips and salsa, yam or french fries with choice of dipping sauce or fried calamari. Perfect happy hour noshing. We ordered up a plate of french fries paired with garlic aioli which were so delicious they were devoured before they could be pictured. They are thinly sliced and crisp. Mmmm! The calamari was also scrumptious and thankfully we snapped a pic before digging in.
Sonny’s is a great place and their happy hour just gives us one more reason among many to go visit it. Don’t worry if happy hour segues right into dinner. They’ve got you covered. Go check them out. You’ll soon find yourself there much more often.