Sapporo, 230 Commercial Street Portland, ME
Blue, 650 Congress Street, Portland, ME
Usually Sundays are reserved for leisurely brunches mid morning filled with pancakes and mimosas. Don’t get us wrong, brunch is great but it can also be crowded and hard to get people together. Enter the Sunday happy hour. You can meet up with friends after regular Sunday activities or just wrap up a great weekend before heading home to get ready to face the week.
We decided to see what Portland had to offer by way of Sunday happy hour and decided to check out two spots Blue, a great cozy music venue on Congress Street, and Sapporo, a Japanese restaurant located down on the waterfront on Commercial Street.
Our first stop was Blue for their Sunday Spins happy hour which runs 3 -6 pm. Specials included $3 craft beer (bartenders choice), $1 PBR, $3 house wine, $5 house cocktail and two food specials $4 red snapper or hummus and olives. They also have a regular M-Th happy hour as well with slightly different specials.
Blue is a fun place to hang out. It’s small and cozy which makes it a great place to catch live music. During Sunday Spins it’s also a great place to bring in your vinyl records and give them a listen. They also have a number of records there for you to choose from if you don’t want to bring your own. Everyone was very polite, usually changing records after one side had played which allows for flexibility. You may hear anything played there, though if you hang with us it leaned toward Sergio Mendes and Led Zepplin.
After Blue we headed down to Sapporo which runs happy hour Sunday – Thursday from 5-7pm. They offer a number of specials mainly focusing on sake and Japanese brews for drinks and a bunch of food items. It’s a great way to assemble a delicious and inexpensive dinner. If you need more than small plates and appetizers their full menu is available as well. We were a larger group and a bit raucous so we ordered up a large sampling of food and tucked in. Our servers were great and it was a lot of fun!
We love a weekend happy hour and these two places were great options. If brunch just isn’t your thing or you are looking for something different, we recommend you give these places a try.