Revisiting Little Tap House

We haven’t written about Little Tap House is quite some time, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been having a blast there now and then. Check out our first review of Little Tap House here. They’ve changed it up a bit, so we thought an update is due.

Little Tap House

Don’t worry, LTH still offers their Bar and Barrel pairing special and they have broadened their happy hour with the addition of some other specials as well. Happy hour now consists of the $5 Bar and Barrel pairing, $4 house red or white wine, $4 select draught and $4 well drinks from 4-7pm, Monday through Friday.

For those of you who have not experienced the Bar and Barrel pairing, it really is a wonderful thing. The chef prepares a small plate to accompany the beer selection of the night. It changes all the time and it’s always tasty.  The night of our latest visit the beer offering was a Barreled Souls Hoppin’ John. This was paired with a ramekin of braised kale and mushrooms with sweet sausage.  Hello comfort food! The hearty treat was just enough to tide us over before a proper dinner.

Now that Little Tap House has updated and expanded their happy hour options its definitely a worthwhile spot to hit up for a drink and a bite.

NOTE: Little Tap House no longer offers the AMAZING sweet potato fries. Let’s all shed a quick tear and hope these items make a return to the menu or at least the special board now and then.

Sebago Brewing Company – Downtown Portland

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211 Fore Street, Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine has made a name for itself in the craft brewing industry and Sebago Brewing has been a part of that since 1998. For the last 16 years it has been brewing up various beers in it’s brew pub as well as selling to other bars and retail outlets. We love that they have a happy hour which lets us sample their offerings and save some cash at the same time, but at any time of day Sebago is a great place to grab a pint and a bite.

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Sebago runs a variety of daily specials and two sessions of happy hour pricing. Now that is something we love! Monday – Friday from 4-7pm you can enjoy $1 off draft beers, pints and tall pours. While that isn’t as much savings as some other places we’ve been, it’s still saving you money on some great local beer. The draft list features seasonal offerings like a barley wine as well as year round favorites. They also have $6 select appetizers including pork dumplings, haddock bites, mozzarella planks, veggie quesadilla, chicken tenders, and their famous potato nachos. Late night happy hours is every night from 10 to close.  It still has $1 off pints and $6 appetizers but adds $7 burgers and $5 call drinks to the offerings. Weekly specials are available from 4-close and change each day:

Monday – regular burger and a Sebago pint for $9.99

Tuesday – $3 tall saddlebacks and $5 Tito’s vodka cocktails

Wednesday – $3 tall drafts

Thursday – $1 off all glasses of wine

Friday – Sunday – No daily special

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The Sebago Brew pub used to be a favorite haunt in the late 90’s early 2000’s when it was located on Market Street (current home of the White Cap Grille). Downstairs featured high banquette booths and the floor was painted in a map of Sebago Lake. Later food quality faltered and we stopped frequenting it. They have since moved to a new location on Fore Street in the Hampton Inn Waterfront hotel building. Since everything is worth a revisit and we try to leave no happy hour stone unturned we decided it was time to check them out again.  And a good thing we did!

The bar area is large and inviting which is great for meeting up with friends for lunch or after work. They have a dining room area for dinner dining or if you prefer to be separate from the bar patrons. Seating is available at the bar, at high top tables, or at booths along one wall. The waitstaff was attentive and friendly which made the experience a pleasant one. They didn’t even look at me askance when I ordered the breaded haddock bites and then followed it up with a burger in a lettuce wrap. Everything in moderation right?! The burgers, which are made from Pineland Farms beef, are delicious and available on regular buns, gluten-free buns, or, as I had mine, in a lettuce wrap catering to all sorts of dietary needs. I paired it with a side caesar salad which was also very good and was pleased with my meal.

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We are so glad we decided to head back to Sebago. It was a great place to meet up with friends and pass an enjoyable, if snowy afternoon. In the summer they provide outdoor seating so will will definitely be back to check that out. With additional locations in Scarborough, Gorham, and Kennebunk there is bound to be a Sebago Brewing near you too! Specials may change at the various locations so be sure to call ahead, but definitely go check them out!