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The King's Head

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25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: n/a
Taps: 35
Bottles: 6
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

254 Commercial St
Portland, Maine, 04101
United States
phone: (207) 805-1252

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @kingsheadmaine

Place added by: Panamamo42 on 06-30-2014

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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 11
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4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

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4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.24/5  rDev -5.4%

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1.52/5  rDev -66.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of ChaseBoat77
4.75/5  rDev +6%

I've been here 3 or 4 times now and have had great experiences every time. Draught list is always full of great local beers (Allagash, Bissell) and the food is amazing. I hear they are adding even more tap lines (goal is to reach 40!). Atmosphere feels like it's been there forever; very warm, very inviting. The bar design really utilizes the space well, and the bartender and owner are very nice, knowledgeable, and personable. I've had the food, and it is exceptional. So glad this place opened up. It's my new favorite place in town, highly recommended.

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4.52/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.36/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of jimpdx
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Amazing food and great selection. Kicked both kegs we were interested in but we tried a number of great local IPAs. Could use more dark beers in the lineup

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4.67/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of thebeerbabe82
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

The King's Head is one of Portland's newest bars, and has opened without a lot of fanfare. It deserves a bit more acclaim. This place comes setup for beer geeks, with a selection that stands out even with other beer bars in close proximity. There are often interesting collaboration beers on - I had the Lemon Cello (HF/Siren/Mikeller collab.) and they also had Vermontoise, the De Blaugies/Hill Farmstead collaboration on, right next to some of Maine and the international community's best beers. While you won't see some of Waterbury's exclusive beers on like you do at the Black Back, their tap selection definitely as a distinct point of view and unique in the portland beer scene.

The atmosphere in the brick mill building is comfortable - sitting at the U-shaped bar allows groups of people to interact and to talk with the servers, who are talkative and helpful. There is lots of additional seating in a dining room area but I usually just go up to the bar. When they were first getting started, things were slightly rough (a few foamy kegs, servers learning the POS, etc.), but I was just back last night and things are great. The servers are attentive, knowledgeable, friendly and got everything right. Beer is properly served, well-explained and the worst part is trying to pick which to order.

The food that I've had there so far has been of high quality. Portions are satisfying and they're well done - I haven't been disappointed by anything. Also, they make their own beef jerky - yum!

It's leapt up into my top places I recommend for visiting beer geeks in Portland.

Photo of privateguy603
4.75/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

The Kings Head is relatively new to Portland. One of the owners Justin told me they were the former owners of the Blackback Pub in Waterbury VT and they sold to open the Kings Head in Portland. Waterbury's loss is Portland's gain.

The brew selection is outstanding, rivaling Novares Res for taps in both selection and diversity. From Le Vermontoise (a Hill Farmstead Blaugies colab to Dieu Du Ceil Roses D' Hibiscus to Bissell Bros. Baby Genius, they have it covered.

The food is also outstanding - from lamb burger, to a smoke rabbit pot pie to a perfect Scotch Egg, it was never a disappointment. Service was knowledgable and prompt. The ambienance is good - they are ktty corner behind Infiniti down on the wharf a bit off Commerical in the Pierce Atwood bldg.

As we were leaving Todd Alstrom came in with the BA contigent from Beer Camp so the word is out! Great addition to the Portland beer scene.

Photo of maddogg
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

First time in Maine and went here with capra12. They open at 1130, we arrived early but they let us in anyway. They have a nice selection of local breweries and actually put up a keg from bissell brewing that was just delivered since we haven't had anything from them. Lobster roll was outstanding and ambiance was rustic and earthy.
Bottom line, if you are looking for great food and drink. This place is definitely worth a visit.

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4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Stopped in while in town for beer camp.
Great local selection of brews.
Food was good. Love the grass fed burger with a fried egg.
My friends first lobster roll was great.
If you want good food and beer, drop in and you'll be sure to have a great time.

Photo of jperks18
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Kings Head is a great new place in Portland. It is set in an old brick building right on the water and we enjoyed the cool, comfortable atmosphere. The beer selection is a good mix of local, US craft and interesting imports. The food is very good, a creative take on English food.

Photo of cbone
4.91/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

I had a great time at Portland’s newest bar. Their beer list was amazing; I enjoyed Cantillon’s St. Gilloise, Foundation’s Wanderlust, and Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel. The interior of exposed brick and wood offers a relaxed atmosphere and this hidden gem is right off Commercial St. Definitely check it out.

Photo of Tajmohol
4.91/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

You walk into a gorgeous wrap around bar with great english style food and 25 beers on draft. I enjoyed some IPA's and my girlfriend had a few different pilsners she really liked. The menu was small and well thought out. The staff was friendly and well educated about beer. I had smoked rabbit pot pie that was incredible. I am defiantly going to be a regular here.

Photo of venisonale79
4.91/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

What a great list. Cantillon St Giloise on tap Dr Struise Panneput and Motuecha
Great lineup of local beers including Bissell Substance and Banded Horn Green Warden as well as Maine beer company La Vermontoise Blaugies/Hill Farmstead collab was fantastic as was Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel w the smoked rabbit pot pie!!

Photo of Panamamo42
4.91/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Yes they do have $9 De Struise taps but they also had $5 Bissell Substance. They had Cantillon Iris when they opened three weeks ago and they will be getting another keg of Cantillon for the Fourth of July. I've eaten the Short Rib Pot Pie and the Fish and Chips and the Burger and all were outstanding. A very well put together draft list of 25 and with ten more taps to be added soon I'm told.
No fake poseur craft beer here. No shipyard or Sam Adams or anything like it
Lots of local breweries and great international breweries. It's in the pierce Atwood building on the water 50 yards from Infiniti. A must visit!!

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