Little Tap House

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BA SCORE
90
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11 Ratings
Ratings: 11
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: n/a
Taps: 14
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

106 High St
Portland, Maine, 04101-3815
United States
phone: (207) 518-9283

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @littletaphouse

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(Place added by: brewandbbq on 04-08-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of slander
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

A little walk up a long goddamn hill, is what it is. We were here back in June post The Festival, but I was in no shape to scribble, or maybe in shape to only scribble. In any event, no notes nothing no. So now many months later, just back in town from the Oxford show and on the heels of a lobster roll, we set out in the cold cold rain (btw, it’s 60 and sunny in New York). Up the hill backwards...

Enter off the corner and dodge the 5 barrel tables to the far wall bar; straight, with a slat laminate top, panel base, & my feet left to dangle. Seating for 10 on swivel stools. Barback is a wall of brick with a window a center mirror with crosshatched panel framings. Countertop below holds a two tiered booze pedestal over stemmed glassware to the left and a long wood box holding 14 taps to the right; tulip & snifter types atop, and shortys in between. Booze cabineted below and other shorty mirrorage on the end. Xmas wreath with strung white baby lighting in the barback window; it being the season, and flats in both corners of the bar.

Brick & stucco in yellow and maybe two toned in white; but maybe not, hard to tell in this light. The ceiling done in black with matching ductwork, and beautiful looong wide plank floorings, reclaimed from something somewhere somewhentime. 3 prong spots, drop single filament glow bulb gumdrop lighting, and a cluster of 8 of them at alt heights up front.

Windows over both streets off the corner entrance, horizontal wine display piece on the far wall, a pick a pint board down on the end, and some random tools mounted. Vaulted ceiling in the rear room with crown molding, track spots, & spinnys. Light décor; a red, white, & blue star, a watering can on a stool, potted plants, an arched mirror, candle holders in various sizes & shapes, and a framed Duchesse de Bourgogne print (She seems sad). The draft list is printed on a narrow door to somewhere, and there are kitchenings to the rear. A single shorty table up front, a handful more in a small side room, and 4 to the rear.

14 taps, roughly ½ of them Maine goods (Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale, Allagash White, Gneiss Weiss & Cenozoic, Bunker Brown, Funky Bow Five String Oatmeal Milk Stout & End of the Line Pale Ale, Atlantic Real Ale), and the other ½ a collection of coast to coast American craft (DogFish Head Import, Sixpoint Sweet Action, Founders Centennial IPA & Breakfast Stout, Lagunitas Brown Shugga, Stone Smoked Porter). I drank Bunker Brown, Funky Bow End of the Line Pale Ale, & Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale.

Revisited 4 months out, and found 9 of the 14 taps holding state of Maine offerings, and a list that was in general most hop forward (¾ of the list was IPA’s, Rye IPA’s, & Pale Ales). Sampled the Marshall Wharf Toughcats IPA (not what I was looking for), but the Bissell Brothers The Substance, was just that, so I grabbed a pint, one and done this evening.

It’s a chill place come midnight. I thought this town closed at like 10 PM. Congratulations for escaping Old Port, there are other places to play. It’s a good little house. I like that you have to earn it by hiking the hill.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of jjboesen
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Been in Portland a few days and seek relief from the bars and booze holes of the Old Port? Well, have I a place where you can escape the madness and quaff excellent beers and dine on some superb cuisine: it is the Little Tap House on the quiet corner of High and Spring, a few steps from Congress Street.

The venue is single room, dim and cozy adorned with a modest arrangement of tables and a moderate sized bar. There is soft lighting accented by candles amid whitewashed brick. Yet it still comes off as rather casual – neither yuppie nor hipster doofus are about. The crowd is mostly thirty-somethings – with the exception of your gallant reviewer.

This visit occurred during Portland Beer Week (November 2013) and Little Tap was the venue for the Dark Knight event that featured dark beers natch. I thoroughly enjoyed: Otter Creek Hop Session, Geary Porter, Stone Smoked Porter, Sierra Nevada Narwhal and a delightful concoction called Phantom Punch, a winter stout from Baxter Brewing.

Great chow (Shepherd Pie) and decent service made for an enjoyable dark night. So, like I said, if you need to get away, there is no place better to hide than here at the Little Tap House.

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4.14/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Finally got around to visiting Little Tap House this past weekend. Nice, open interior with some sit down tables toward the windows and in the back then some stand up tables by the large bar. Lots of light from the big windows and nicely decorated. Laid back atmosphere and crowd which was nice to enjoy some drinks and food.

Tap list is a touch small for a beer focused bar (14 taps I believe) however the selection was good with lots of high quality Maine brewed beers but nothing that wow'd me. Beer prices were in line with other restaurants/bars in Portland.

Food was excellent and very fairly priced. Menu is small but diverse and most items were $15 or less which is a welcome relief from the many high end places which have dominated new restaurant openings in Portland recently. I ordered the burger which was cooked perfectly and I would say is the best burger in Portland. My wife had the Forager's Pie which was also very tasty.

Service at the bar was excellent.

Overall a great place for a high quality but more casual and relaxed dining or drinking experience. Looking forward to coming back soon!

Photo of johnnnniee
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Red brick on an unassuming corner just out of downtown Portland. Natural brick facade inside painted pale yellow with sparse but eclectic wall hangings. Big windows on two walls let lots of the outside in. Small bar with maybe 12 seats and about twenty tables around with a few high top whiskey barrel tables. Taplist about 12 deep with a focus on Maine brewers. The menu is a bit on the small side but well thought out and focused on local and sustainable. I had a burger today an at medium well was cooked to perfection and juicy enough to not need condiment. Daniel was extremely attentive and somewhat knowledgeable about the beer he served me. Prices are what I would expect for the quality. Great experience for me, I would come back again if in the area!

Little Tap House in Portland, ME
90 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.