Location: Portland, Maine
Parking; Metered Parking in Old Port
Dogs: Permitted in Dog Friendly designated areas
Family Friendly: Yes
There are only a couple places in the Old Port that I find myself continually tucking into for beers. Obviously, there are lots of options for drinks and eats in the Old Port, but chances are, you'll only find me at the same few. And one of those is The Thirsty Pig.
They were already pandemic proof because of their killer back deck situation. Give me a sunny day, a Substance Ale in hand and one (okay, probably two, you got me) of their Pub Pretzels and they may have to ask me to leave. Honestly, it doesn't even have to be sunny, just give me a couple hours free day or night and I'll be here.
The other amazing thing about the back deck is that if you didn't know it existed you wouldn't be able to see it from Exchange Street (which is the main street in the Old Port that is usually crowded with folks looking for an exact spot - like the one I secure at The Thirsty Pig - to nosh and drink a perfectly beautiful Saturday away.) I very rarely can't find a spot. And best of all, we always roll as a family of three and we've always felt totally welcome with our kid. She happily munches on hot dogs and sings along to whatever tunes they are playing.
Find your way to The Thirsty Pig's back deck. But don't take my spot.