The Thirsty Pig

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37 Exchange Street, Portland, Maine

The Thirsty Pig is a great local establishment located in the heart of the Old Port. They put their own spin on buy local by pairing house made sausages with locally brewed beer.  They also happen to have a killer deck overlooking Market Street which is a popular spot on warm Maine summer evening. With these cold days lately, we are wistful for those days of deck drinking.

Happy hour at runs from 4-6pm Monday through Friday. For just $3 you can snag an Allagash White or Shipyard brew. They also have a great selection of other breweries if you want to venture off the specials menu. You can order up at the bar and find a spot to settle in. Luckily they have plenty of indoor seating in case of cold weather or you get caught in a sudden summer shower.

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This just makes us long for long summer days on the deck!

Not into sausages? Don’t worry, they also serve up hot dogs (not made in house, but all beef) and if that’s still to close to sausage you can check out the appetizers which have pub pretzels, hummus, or buffalo chicken dip.

The Thirsty Pig recently celebrated 5 years of operation in Portland. That is quite a feat for such a niche restaurant. Their commitment to local food and support of Maine brewers has helped them to build a loyal and friendly following.

If you find yourself out and about, be sure to stop in. Or look for us when the weather turns nice! Don’t forget to save us a seat on the deck!

Samuel’s Bar and Grill

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Samuel’s Bar and Grill, or as most of the us refer to it, Sammy’s, has long been a favorite haunt of ours. The bar offers a little bit of everything and the staff working there is great too.

Samuel’s offers happy hour everyday! That’s right, folks… EVERYDAY, from 2:00-6:00 with half price drafts. But the deals don’t end there, in fact they have hardly begun. Each day of the week, in addition to the happy hour specials, there are daily specials offered. A favorite of ours is the mimosa special for brunch on Sundays: buy one mimosa and get your next one for .5 cents. Love it! Another favorite is two for one dinner on Saturday nights. Dinner at Samuel’s tastes home-cooked and there are always a lot of options to choose from. Can’t beat that anywhere else in town.

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Aside from the plated dinner options, Samuel’s has delicious pub-style food as well. They have the best wings in town and killer Maine-style pizza.

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If you are looking for a comfortable, cozy spot to hang out that offers great deals at almost any time of day, Samuel’s is a the way to go. It has a welcoming neighborhood feel and there is always a host of interesting characters stopping in for a drink…or many.

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We have a lot of good things to say about Sammy’s because we love it, but there is one thing we don’t love. Sometimes finding a parking spot can be tricky. But, with deals like they have you’ll end up drinking too much anyway. Take a cab or uber and have a great time!